After the onslaught of traffic from my previous post, I got a round of interesting spam. Now granted, I always get spam and delete it right away but for some reason I found it hard to delete these. What made these interesting is their so nice and complimentary… I should keep them around just for my ego🙂 For example:

  • “you`re mesmerizing.”
  • “you`re astute”
  • “this is genuine”
  • “I love this site and you. Good work…”

But at the end I had to hit the delete button but I thought it was interesting enough to share.

This makes me horribly sad. If it wasn’t for the 4 day weekend i’d be depressed all day. But if you do anything right now I hope it’s to go out and backup all of your databases. Heck don’t stop there. Make sure to backup your code, documents, pictures, music, EVERYTHING. Harddrive space is cheap, DVD’s are cheap, heck webspace is cheap too… there should be no reason you can’t do a full recovery from any catastrophic failure.

I’ve never used CouchSurfing, but I appreciate them because it offers an all-to-real-reminder that harddrives and computers WILL fail.

Here’s some links to help you in your adventure:

Online Services

  • Amazon S3 – Provides a web service interface which you can communicate with directly. Probably more useful in a programming environment but the type of applications which can be built off of this should be very cool. Uses an interesting pay model. You pay per data tranfered and total data used. $0.15 per GB-Month of storage used. $0.20 per GB of data transferred. So for storing a 5 GB file transfered once it’ll be $.75 + $1 for the first month and $.75 for every additional month. Not bad.
  • AllMyData.com – P2P solution where you store files on other people hard drives and in return they store it on yours. Currently for ever 10 meg you share you get 1 meg free.
  • BackUpMyBlog – Service which helps you backup your mysql based blogs. 10 MB of backup space and each backup is compressed so 10 MB will typically store 30 to 50 daily backups. Free while in beta.
  • Box.net – A very nice solution. You get 1GB of storage for free or 5 GB for $5/mo
  • ElephantDrive – Is working with Amazon S3 and is offering unlimited amount of storage for fee during their beta test.
  • GoDaddy – Get up to 2 GB for $20 a year
  • iBackup – IBackup has been in the top 2 rated online backup solutions for years 2003, 2004 & 2005 by PC Magazine. Provides many different types of plans, starting at the economy plan you can get 5GB for $10/month.
  • iomega iStorage – Different packages available for home or professional. For 5GB for a home account it’ll cost you around $43.00
  • Mozy.com – Still in beta but has won the PC Mag Editor’s Choice Awards. Has 2GB account for free and 30GB for $5/month
  • Omnidrive – Still in private but looks promising.
  • Openonomy – Looks interesting, has a programming API to do some interfacing with the system. Only provides a free 1GB account (for now)
  • Streamload – Provides up to 25 GB for free. Allows you to put all of your digital files online and provides a way to share your videos. Has received many acolades from Time, PC World and Mobile Magazine.
  • Strongspace – Provides an SFTP communications between you and your backups. You get 4GB of space for $8/month.
  • XDrive – Has been featured in a number of publications such as NYTimes, USA Today and Information Week. Provides a free 5GB account for 30 days. After that it’s $10/month

Desktop Applications

  • FEBO and CLEO – Are used to backup all your FireFox extensions.
  • SuperDuper – Mac backup software. It’s a shareware app and it’s $30 to buy.
  • WinBackup – A great desktop backup tool. It’s completely free!

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A Print View World

There was a SNL skit once which showed a news reporter on CNBC (or something similar) trying to do a report. Every couple of seconds new things would appear on the page. A new scroll at the bottom going from right to left, a new scroll on top of that going from left to right, a new window on the right, and after a while he started to get inundated with stuff and is left with a tiny box in the middle to speak to the viewers. It was a funny skit and somewhat true to form. The reason I bring this up is I feel this same frustration while reading some of these sites these days. The actual content of the page has been so minimized and spread across multiple pages it's almost unbearable and I begin finding myself in search of the "print view" button before even beginning with the site.

Not sure about others but I know when I see this type of design where the content of importance is almost non-existent, I am very put off. In my opinion you begin to alienate your user base. Now I understand that these content sources must make money, nothing is for free. But I would argue there are ways to accomplish advertising and there are ways to be obnoxious. Even in some cases, you'll find that some of these sites have very little ads, it's just the layout.

So in no particular order I monitored some of the sites which came across on Digg. I analyzed a number of them setting my resolution back to 800 x 600 and snapping some screenshots. I viewed the article in the original design and when available in the print view design. Again this is just my opinion, I'm not a designer or a marketing person, I just have my own views.

Case 1: http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/apr2006/sb20060406_865110.htm




Looking at the first image vs the second image you can't tell it's the same story much less the same site. Can you even tell what the story is about? I always give a sigh of relief when I see the second image, why can't we just have it that way to begin with? There are ads in that print version, heck put up a left nav and throw some more ads on there, it's still better than the first one.

Case 2: http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/ptech/04/06/pleo.pet/index.html?section=cnn_tech




This is showing that it's not always the ads which take up the space on the article. As you can see there are only a couple of ads in the first image but in the second I can see more than just the intro paragraph.

Case 3: http://news.designtechnica.com/article10019.html




Again, not very much ads, just a lot of misused space which cuts down on the reason i'm there, to read the article.

This is also why RSS becomes very important to the end user, with a feed I do not have to put up with this, just give me the content and iI'll display it as I want.
So here's what I suggest, what would be great is to create a firefox extension which will automatically display these pages in the print view by default. Not entirely sure how it will work but why can't I click on a link for an article and the first page I see is the print view page? Anyways, if anyone wants to create that I'll definitely use it!

Two days ago my post was submitted to Digg and Reddit, and although didn’t get on the homepage of either one, it still garnered some traffic. Everyone always talks about the digg effect and what it does to their clicks and how their site can’t handle the additional traffic and even how to avoid it if were to ever happen to you. But not everyone can get on the home page of these sites, it becomes the carrot that every webmaster/blogger/techie wants to achieve. But just because you don’t get on the homepage doesn’t mean you still can’t experience some of the same joys. But nobody speaks about this phenomenon. Nobody speaks about the “non-effect.” What is the “non-effect?” Well basically it’s what I’ve experienced, I would describe it as the shrapnel from the actual effect..

After hitting Digg and Reddit my site experience a pretty major jump in traffic. Not major jump is all relative I suppose. The amount of traffic I was receiving previous was anywhere from 5 to 10 hits a day, once it hit this is the spike I saw.


Now all of this traffic wasn’t from just Digg and Reddit. As a consequence of the non-effect I also got picked up in a news.com blog article which generated some hits as well as being number 10 in the Hot Blogs of the Day. Here’s a break down of the amount of hits I got from each across the three days.


As you can see Digg took the crown here, but not by much. Now remember, this is the non-effect so that means I got links from people surfing around on the particular sites and then clicking over to me. Which brings me to my next point. Although I got the most hits from Digg, Reddit actually provided more referral paths than Digg.


Based solely off of these findings it seems that the reddit users do more browsing of the site and will likely find your link buried somewhere deep, as apposed to Digg users who will typically only go one or two pages in. Hopefully you find these stats interesting, it’s always fun to watch your content being linked to and discussed. I thought that these findings were interesting enough to share with the rest of the folks who will be stuck with the non-effect of these sites.

It looks like I’m number 11 10 on the list of Hot Blogs Today. Just barely made, and I didn’t even need a link from Scoble.🙂

I got picked up on Digg and Reddit. I even got picked up by the news.com blog.

What’s really interesting is the traffic patterns that i’m seeing coming from Digg and Reddit and how they compare together. As the traffic dies down from my previous post I’ll be sure to post some findings. Not sure that you would call it the “Digg Effect” or “Reddit Effect” since I didn’t get on the homepage but it shows what the “non-effect” can do.

As a avid PC user, i've been watching the mac progression very closely for the past couple of years, waiting to make the move into the world of Apple. Since the introduction of the Intel based notebooks I've been itching to jump. But for some reason I have been holding off. Not sure why… not sure if it's the price point or some other deep-seeded reason. After hearing about the new line of Macbooks I ran out to my local Apple Store and I must say, the new Macbooks are just perfect.

They actually didn't have any on display but after asking someone they gladly brought one from the back. It was the black model and I fell in love. It was great, because as I was in awe I noticed all of the other employees started gathering around it, this was the first time they had obviously seen it as well. A couple of things I noticed:

  • Very lightweight and the screen resolution was little lower than I would like but at 1280 x 800 it still rocks.
  • The screen had a very nice shine to it. If you familiar with the new Dell glossy screen, it's very much like that.
  • The keyboard is a bit different. A much nicer feel.
  • The mouse key is also new. It has a softer click, much more smooth.
  • The finish on the black Macbook does not have the rough finish. Which is preferred in my opinion.

Is anyone else impressed that Apple can announce a new product in the morning and by lunch they are selling it?

Pretty Awesome

This is probably already made it's rounds but take a look at chris bliss and this amazing juggling routine.

UPDATE:  Doesn't seem that the first one is working, here'a link directly to it

Once you've seen that now take a look at this fellow… he wants to outshine chris by taking on 5 balls. He mimics his routine almost exactly and if you stick to the end he does a small showing of 10!