Video comments now enabled!

February 26, 2008

Video comments have now been enabled on the site — to leave a video comment, you’ll need a webcam, and a free account from

It’s good clean fun, so let’s see your comments!

HD PVRs – Rock and Hard Place

May 19, 2005

Thomas Hawk has some comments on my Dish 942 article.

Thomas writes:

These type of HDTV PVRs will be the competition for TiVo and Media Center going forward. It will be important that TiVo and Media Center are able to distinguish themselves in the HDTV PVR space in order to convince people that it is worth spending the money over what you can get for free (kinda free anyway) from your cable or satellite provider.

Absolutely — and there’s the rub.
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Adobe GoLive is Evil Incarnate

May 7, 2005

I feel for the folks over to Gadgetopia, who couldn’t help but post a well-deserved rant about Adobe GoLive.

Joe and I are working on cleaning a site up that was done in GoLive. Joe was so irritated by the wee hours of the morning that he threatened to make the original developer apologize to Tim Berners-Lee personally. I think the guy who wrote GoLive — especially the image rollover code — should be publicly beaten somewhere….

…everytime someone buys a copy of GoLive, if you listen really closely, you can hear Satan laugh.

The comments are even better.  Go check it out.

Of course, Adobe is the company that now owns DreamWeaver, which is already about 65% useless on most days.  Boy do I sleep well at night thinking about how this is going to work out. 


Good Coffee & Crap Coffee

March 25, 2005

I’ve just been reading through the comments on Mark Prince’s “What the heck is wrong?” article over on CoffeeGeek. Mark compares the coffee industry to the wine industry, both in terms of market perception and how each of them treat consumers. There are some great pointed comments about how the consumer is treated in the comments as well.

There damn well should be. I piss and moan a bit about Starbucks coffee, but I still go there and frankly, as common as it is, it’s about as good as it gets for a lot of people. No surprise there. If people want to step up from robusta-in-a-can, then they can go buy old and crappy beans at most supermarkets, go to Starbucks, or an independant coffee house.

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WordPress 1.5 – Better for Business Blogs?

February 20, 2005

The 1.5 version of WordPress is here!  And, well…  …here.  I’ve just finished upgrading this site from WordPress 1.22 to 1.5 — and I’m quite impressed. 
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Passion and Business Blogging

February 1, 2005

The other day I wrote about finding your passionate voice; here are some similar comments from last week’s Blog Business Summit.

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Google, “nofollow” and Comment Spam

January 19, 2005

The ‘net is all a-buzz with word of a new initiative by the Google, MSN and Yahoo search teams to “eliminate” comment spam from blogs.  What does this mean to you?

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Why you should read weblogs

January 13, 2005

You’re a busy person, and you already spend all of the time you can afford keeping up with your industry.  Should you bother taking the time to learn about weblogs?  You betcha — the benefits to your business and your bottom line can be immense, and once you do, you’ll wonder what you were waiting for.

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No Comments for You

January 4, 2005

I hate comment spam as much as the next person (which is why you have to type in those annoying captcha things when leaving a comment), and so I was thrilled to find a Spam Assassin plugin for WordPress (which I run on several sites, just not this one).

Until I got to the bottom of the post.  They check the various blackhole lists, and since I’m on Comcast (my desktop, not my site), my current dynamic IP address is listed.  No big surprise—Comcast doesn’t block port 25 (at least not in all areas), and as a result, a lot of e-mail spammers live there.  Going through the lookup, the blackhole list collected some e-mail spam from this IP address in June (when I had a completely different IP address, that being what “dynamic” means.)

So I’m not allowed to comment on the post.  Not that I really wanted to, mind you, until I saw that, but still.  Won’t I be thrilled to see this plugin become widespread?

The post also contained this little note:

Comcast is spammer friendly. 45% of last weekend’s comment spam came from the Comcast network. If you’re a Comcast customer, put pressure on them to clean up their act, or find a new ISP if they won’t. Businesses which turn a blind eye to spammers don’t deserve your money.

Which is easy enough to say, of course.  I live about 23,000 feet from the local telco CO, which means my choices for internet access are Comcast, or dialup.  Comcast may not deserve my money, but unless I move, they’ve got an impressively tight grasp on my cajones.  Complaining to them about a loose connector on the phone pole that put me offline last summer took 10 days to get fixed, so I’m sure a complaint to them about their comment spam policies would get a real impressive amount of their attention also.

Interesting that this mentions 45% of comment spam coming from Comcast, a number I hadn’t heard before.  I know Comcast is a great source of e-mail spam (since I get a staggeringly high amount of e-mail spam), something they could largely solve by blocking port 25, as many or most ISPs do these days. 

I’m not sure just how they’re supposed to solve comment spam, however, other than deal with it on a reported case basis—which I’m sure they’d probably be lousy at, but I’ve not heard of any organized approaches to reporting comment spam anyway, at least not nearly like there is for e-mail spam.  It’s not like most of their customers would put up with them blocking port 80 (ie: all web traffic).

I’m sorry, I’m as hard put to deal with comment spam as the next guy (I don’t like cleaning up 7,000 comments about “online poker” any more than anyone else does), but an approach that a) automates out people on dynamic addresses from substantially large ISPs while b) not providing an alternative for people snagged by the automation (force them to enter a captcha, moderate them, etc.) seems to me to be a tad bit over-dependent on the reliability of the mechanism.

(Track’d back to the source post, which also bounced.  I guess he doesn’t like my horse, either)

Class Notes: New Year’s Resolutions for the Internet Marketer

December 28, 2004

I’d like to thank everyone who joined me for today’s free teleclass, New Year’s Resolutions for the Internet Marketer. If you missed this one, be sure to catch next week’s free teleclass — Your Website & The 30 Second Sale.

Here are the notes from this afternoon’s teleclass:

On a successful small business web site, the primary source of traffic will tend to be search engine traffic. There’s a lot of advice out there on search engine optimization, some good and some not so good, but virtually all of it agrees on a few basic concepts:

  • Search engines like fresh content.
  • Relevant links to your site improve your traffic
  • The more unique, original material you have, the higher the odds that some of it will get traffic.

As a bonus, the more fresh and unique content you add, the more people will tend to browse and return to your site, giving you more opportunities to sell your products or services. Likewise, the more links you have to your site from relevant pages, the more people will find your site — even without search engines.

Search engine results change slowly and subtly. It might take two or three months to notice a difference, but the longer it takes you to start, and the slower you go, the longer it will be before you see the results.

  • Doing these things every day is 7 times better than doing them once a week.
  • Doing them once a week is 4 – 5 times better than doing them once a month.
  • Doing them once a month is better than not doing them at all.

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