Archive for March, 2007

New Halo 2 Maps Revealed!

Friday, March 30th, 2007

It’s been a long time since Halo 2 was released, and we have had some new maps released, but nothing new released in the past year. Well, until now. Bungie has announced that they are releasing two new Halo 2 maps, based off the Halo: Combat Evolved maps Derelict and Hang ’Em High. The maps will be released on April 17th via Xbox Live.

It’s been awhile since I’ve played Halo 2 online, and I’m looking forward to trying the new maps.

Speed Linking - March 27 2007

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

On10.net has a video of the Xbox 360 Elite, which is being released in Canada/US on April 29th. Check it out, looks pretty cool. I want to get an Xbox 360, but I don’t have a lot of time for video games these days. I will probably get one after Halo 3 is released later this year.

Google has announced the beta test of their new pay per action (PPA) advertising program. It also comes with a new text link format, which would allow bloggers to put advertisements in their posts. Since it is PPA, the blogger does not make any money unless the user does something (i.e. buys somethnig, etc). This would allow the user to ask the users to click on the advertisement, which in the past has been a violation of the Google Adsense Terms of Service, because the advertiser has paid for each click.  This could lead to some interesting advertisements.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 has been released, check out a review of some new features at Zoom In Online. There are some pretty cool features, I may have to think about upgrading soon.

The DomainTools blog has a good article on how to pick a registrar.

Life, School, Web Update

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

It’s been a busy week for me. I’ve purchased six new domains, including one that I really wanted. This particular domain was already registered but was not in use, so I emailed the owner using the email address in the whois information of that domain. I got it for $35 US. I was pretty happy about what I paid, as I did not want to pay more then $50 for it.  I also purchased 5 other domain names for a total of $15, including two LLLL.com domain names.

School has been busy this past week, normally our courses are five weeks long, however for some reason the course I am in right now (Windows Server 2003) is 2 1/2 weeks long. Right now we are working on a project, of setting up a mock company with 50 users, using Active Directory and Group Policy to set certain restrictions and permissions.

The next course I’m taking is an electronics course, which I am not that interested in. After the electronics course, I will have 10 weeks of school left until summer. These ten weeks will be occupied with another Microsoft Windows Server 2003 course, a Linux course, Cisco CCNA level 4, and another one that has slipped my mind. I am looking forward to them, especially the Linux and Cisco courses.

My sites are doing ok, but not where I would like them to be. They are doing better on weekdays then weekends, but I still need to get the revenue up. I have a few more sites that I will be launching in the next few weeks, which should boost revenue.

I am really looking forward to summer this year. Summer is my favorite time of the year, for many reasons. It rains a lot less, it is usually sunny, and I love cool summer nights. I’m not attending school this summer, so I will be taking some time off. I will also be looking for a local job, something where I can apply what I have learned in school. If you know of anything, let me know.

Google Summer Of Code 2007

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

I’m a full time student who dabbles in coding from time to time, so when I logged into my Wordpress dashboard last night, the Google Summer Of Code caught my eye.

Evey summer for the past few years, Google has awarded students cash prizes for working on open source projects. Some of these projects included FreeBSD, Ubuntu, Debian, Apache, PHP, and Jabber.

This is a pretty good deal for both students and open source projects, as the projects get more open source created, while the students get some cash and a great resume builder.

To find out more, check out the Google Summer Of Code homepage.

The Importance Of Trackbacks

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

This morning I was writing ICANN Has Terminated Registerfly, and as I was entering the trackback links I had the idea to post about what trackbacks do. I checked my RSS feeds and then I found a post over at Daily Cup Of Tech about The Importance of Trackbacks. I guess the author read my mind.

I’ve recently been using trackbacks a lot to link to posts on blogs that relate to the subject that I am talking about, for example in my last post I put one of my old posts as trackbacks, as I had talked about my problems with Registerfly in the post.

Trackback

Using the trackback feature in Wordpress is very simple. All you do is visit the post to get the trackback URL, and then you enter the url into the trackback field of the post that you are writing.

Sending trackbacks to other blogs can generate more traffic for your blog, as people reading the comments will see the link to your post. Sometimes trackbacks are seperated from comments on sites so they are more visible.

If you are not using trackbacks on your Wordpress blog, you may want to consider it.

ICANN Has Terminated Registerfly

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

I recently did a post on Enom dropping Registerfly as a reseller, and now ICANN is putting the final nail in Registerfly’s coffin. It’s about time. ICANN has issued a formal notice of termination to Registerfly, effective March 31, 2007. If you have any domains with Registerfly that you care about, transfer them now! If you have any problems, check out the Big FAQ Thread over at RegisterFlies.

I only have six domains with Registerfly, which are not very valuable to me as they are just .info domains that I paid 60 cents each for. I’ve been having problems with them for a long time, I posted about my problems back in December. I now register all of my domains with Namecheap, although I still have domains with GoDaddy, and Enom.

Wordpress Timestamp Feature

Friday, March 16th, 2007

I’ve used Wordpress for a long time, but have never given much thought to the Wordpress Timestamp feature. After reading John Chow’s post on it a few days ago, I’ve been using it. I’m writing this post on Monday March 12, but it will be published on Friday March 16.

I’ve timestamped the last 3-4 of my posts, and I love it! It gives me a chance to doublecheck the post, to ensure that I have created all links, trackbacks, inserted any pictures, etc. I could write 5-6 posts in an evening, and then take a week break from blogging, and no one would be the wiser!

TimestampIf you are a Wordpress user, I definitely recommend trying out this feature, as well as many other obscure but useful features! As John predicted, it certainly did improve my productivity.

By the way, John if you are reading this..I stole your picture, but I was going to actually screenshot it. Instead of doing the work myself, I borrowed it from you. How’s THAT for evil? (insert evil emoticon here)

Going Back In Time

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

My last post (La Fonera Router) was my 100th post, and I forgot that I was going to write a special post. So as a special treat, I’m going back in time over the past year and a half, to point out some memorable posts.

Two New Sites

Social Networking Bandwagon

Wordpress Autosave Feature

Parallels RC 2.2 Followup

CBB Group

The State Of The Movie Industry

Yeah.

Supernova.org Is Back!

Fullscreen vs Widescreen

USB Thumb Drive

My La Fonera Arrived Today

Monday, March 12th, 2007

After a few long weeks of waiting, my free La Fonera router has arrived in the mail. I’ve taken some pictures, and although a lot of them are blurry, I’ve posted them anyway. I didn’t feel like retaking them, and this isn’t a hardware review site, so who really cares? My buddy Venter has posted some decent pictures, for those interested.

My first impression of the unit is that it is a nice small router, with good build quality. It does not feel like a cheap router, like my D-Link DI-524. It feels sturdy, I would not be afraid to drop it. The box came with the router unit, power adapter, flat ethernet cable, instruction manual, two stickers and a CD.

I don’t have the time to test or exploit the router, but I plan to soon. At this point, the only thing that think the router is missing is a built in switch/hub. I would prefer a switch, but I would take a hub over nothing.

Pictures (Click to see a bigger picture)

La Fonera

La Fonera

La Fonera

La Fonera

La Fonera

Black Viper Is Back

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Last night I was browsing Digg before I went to bed, and I found a story about Black Viper returning. For those who don’t know, Black Viper was the best source for windows information back in the day. He posted lists of Windows services and told people what they did, along with lots of other computing information.

He updated his website with more information, and to say that he will be posting information on Windows Vista in the future. I’m looking forward to reading the Vista information that he puts on his website. I’ll also be watching for a new layout. ;)