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Archive for May, 2006

Domain Name Values

Friday, May 19th, 2006

LeapFish.com has released a tool to calculate the worth of domain names. I don’t know what kind of preposterous ego-boosting crap they are trying to pull here, but they value all kinds of junk domains at way beyond their real worth. One time I registered tornadoeshittingtrailers.com just for shits and giggles and they seem to think it’s worth about fifteen hundred bucks. Please.

<h3>Things I would sell tornadoeshittingtrailers.com for:</h3>

<ol>

    <li>10 Pounds of Beans</li>
    <li>A Kiss on the Cheek</li>
    <li>An Ice Cold Soda Pop</li>
    <li>A Fake Plastic Plant for my desk</li>

</ol>

The Right Tool For The Job

Friday, May 19th, 2006

tools

I’m preparing for my camping trip over the next week and in doing this, I have stumbled upon an interesting conflict. I’ve always been a proponent of the theory that you should always use the right tool for the job. If you need to cut a straight line on a peice of paper, you had damn well better use an exacto knife and a cork-bottom stainless steel ruler. If I catch you sitting on the couch holding the paper in mid-air hacking at it with a scissors, you’re going to hear about it.

Camping is nothing but an orgy of problem-solving scenarios, but you can’t pack up your entire garage and take it with you, hence, the conflict. You are forced to improvise and use tools that may not be designed for the task at hand. But maybe because of the circumstance, using your pocket knife to slice peppers (a blasphemous choice at home) becomes the right tool for the job.

Important camping tools and their uses:

  1. Axe: serious wood cutting, removing branch debreis, pounding in stakes
  2. Pocket Blade (most important tool of all): cutting rope, food preperation, tick removal
  3. Large Ziplock Bags: food storage, ice packs, keeping socks dry
  4. Tarps: under and over tents, shade lean-tos, keeping firewood dry
  5. Duct Tape: repairs, waterproofing
  6. Garbage Bags: waste removal, rain jackets
  7. Rope: hanging lanterns, repairs, lean-to construction

Shopping list for murderer:

  1. Axe
  2. Pocket Blade
  3. Large Ziplock Bags
  4. Tarps
  5. Duct Tape
  6. Garbage Bags
  7. Rope

You shouldn’t not do it you ain’t gonna not do it right.

The Big Move

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Some of my hosting packages are coming up on their renewal dates. I decided a few weeks ago that I would buy a VPS (Virtual Private Server) from my hosting company and move my sites on to that. I consider myself a little above the curve as far as technology goes, but I’m far from a super-hacker network nerd. This is only day one of trying to get it all set up, so I’m not too worried yet, but I fear I might have gotten myself in over my head.

I own three hosted accounts through iPower that I administer through their vDeck program, including this one. I’m not going to mess with those just yet until I successfully set up a less important site.

This is my first attempt at moving a site onto my new VPS:

<ol>

    <li>"Unlock" the domain (chriscoyier.net, an owned but not hosted domain, empty)</li>
    <li>Add Name Servers to that domain (ns1.chriscoyier.net & ns2.chriscoyier.net)</li>
    <li>Update the domain to use those new Name Servers</li>
    <li>"Lock" the domain</li>
    <li>Set up domain in Plesk (program that administers my VPS)</li>
    <li>Cross fingers that the domain will now resolve to correct place on my new server</li>
    <li>Wait impatiently</li>
    <li>If it works, then hopefully FTP will resolve to the same place and I'll be able to log in and upload my files.</li>

</ol>

I understand that I can use those same name servers for all of my sites. I'm not sure how that works but that's what I heard. If anyone out there has experience with this type of thing and has any input, or would be willing to answer some questions, contact me through the email link below. I'm a bit concerned that this is a stupid security risk, that is, telling people what sites I own ,on what hosting company, running what software, and where my name servers are.  Is it?

Things To Do

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

My Dream To-Do List:

<ol>

    <li>Book flight to Alaska</li>
    <li>Order MacBook</li>
    <li>See doctor about candle wax burns on chest</li>
    <li>Respond to fan mail</li>
    <li>Call theater about opening day private screening of Snakes on a Plane</li>
    <li>Get back to Steve Jobs about disc golf saturday</li>
    <li>Restring my 1949 Martin D-28</li>

</ol>

<h3>My Actual To-Do List:</h3>

<ol>
    <li>Put ad in paper in hopeless attempt to find third roomate</li>
    <li>Try to get out of 2-Year Dish Network contract</li>
    <li>Try to get out of 1-Year TiVO contract</li>
    <li>Return box of Civil War books and CD's to friend's dad</li>
    <li>Mow front yard</li>
    <li>Refill allergy medications</li>
    <li>Try to get through another day</li>

Thinking Bigger

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Wow. That’s one big ass artichoke.

<h3>What else should be bigger?</h3>

<ol>

    <li><a href="http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2006/04/08/160761-official-wants-to-offer-big-reward" target="_blank">The B.I.G. Reward</a></li>
    <li><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2692259/" target="_blank">Hamburgers</a></li>
    <li>Christopher Walken's role in Wedding Crashers</li>
    <li>My savings account</li>
    <li><a href="http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2006/04/19/170820-panasonic-unveils-103-inch-tv-screen" target="_blank">Your TV</a></li>
    <li>The Average Sized Lebowski</li>
    <li><a href="http://crowmedicine.com" target="_blank">Old Crow's Popularity</a></li>

</ol>

Knowing From Search

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

I started to write a post today about search. I wanted to emphasize that it is not only important how you search but where. I ended up going on and on and the results were way too scattered and rambling. I’m going to try to explain this simple concept more clearly here.

<h3>What you are searching for and where to do it:</h3>

<ol>

    <li><em>A Definition or Explanation.</em><br /><br />
        Use <a href="http://www.wikipedia.org/">Wikipedia</a> or the <a href="http://dictionary.reference.com/">Dictionary</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Buzz.</em></strong><br /><br />
                     Check the blogs with <a href="http://www.sphere.com/">Sphere</a> or <a href="http://www.technorati.com/">Technorati</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>A Product or Review.</em></strong><br /><br />
                      Use one of <a href="http://froogle.google.com/">The</a> <a href="http://shopping.msn.com/default/shp/">Big</a> <a href="http://shopping.yahoo.com/">Dogs</a>, or<a href="http://www.bizrate.com/">one of</a> <a href="http://www.nextag.com/">the</a> <a href="http://www.mysimon.com/">competitors</a>. Read the <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm">consumer report</a>, check the <a href="http://www.technorati.com/">blogs</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Basics.</em></strong><br /><br />
                      Just need an address or phone number? Try the <a href="http://www.yellowpages.com/sp/yellowpages/">Yellow Pages</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Scoop.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       Searching for news? Try <a href="http://www.newsvine.com/">Newsvine</a> or <a href="http://search.msn.com/news/">The</a> <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/">Big</a> <a href="http://news.google.com/">Dogs</a>. Technology Specific? Search <a href="http://slashdot.org/">Slashdot</a> or <a href="http://www.digg.com/">Digg</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>Like-minded People.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       <a href="http://groups.google.com/">Search</a> <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/">through the</a> <a href="http://groups.msn.com/">newsgroups</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>An Image.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       <a href="http://images.google.com/">Google images</a> might turn up something you can use, but <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/search">Flickr</a> is king for finding tons of great images.</li>
  • Anything movie related.

    Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb are probably all you’ll ever need.

  • The Web’s Big Dogs

    Monday, May 15th, 2006

    The Washington Post has posted a table showing the biggest 50 websites, as judged by total unique visitors, compared from February 2005 to February 2006. I hear fairly often that MySpace is the most visited site on the internet, well, it’s not, yet anyway. It has shown the craziest jump in the one year span, showing over 300% growth in one year. Topping the list, Yahoo! at 115 million visitors in Feb. 06, with a full 25% lead over Google, it’s nearest competitor.

    <h3>The Web's 10 Biggest Sites:</h3>
    
    <ol>
    
        <li>Yahoo!</li>
        <li>Google</li>
        <li>MSN</li>
        <li>AOL</li>
        <li>eBay</li>
        <li>Microsoft</li>
        <li>Passport</li>
        <li>MapQuest</li>
        <li>Hotmail</li>
        <li>MySpace</li>
    
    </ol>
    
    <h3>Most Surprising Sites (To Me) on the Top 50:</h3>
    
    <ol>
        <li>Wikipedia</li>
        <li>Blogger</li>
        <li>Tripod</li>
        <li>CheapTickets</li>
        <li>BizRate</li>
        <li>Real</li>
    </ol>
    

    Stuff On Cats

    Saturday, May 13th, 2006

    I’ve been enjoying Stuff On My Cat since way back in the day when there was one picture on the whole site which was a cat some office supplies all over it. The site has really grown since then, into a blog structure with sometimes hundreds of comments a post. I think the pictures of cats dressed up in cute little cat clothes are super lame, but once and a while there are some pretty priceless pics.

    <h3>Funny things to put on cats:</h3>
    
    <ol>
    
                <li><a href="http://www.stuffonmycat.com/index.php?itemid=641&catid=14" target="_blank">A Cheeseburger</a></li>
                <li><a href="http://www.stuffonmycat.com/index.php?itemid=637&catid=14" target="_blank">Constructs</a></li>
                <li><a href="http://www.stuffonmycat.com/index.php?itemid=376&catid=13" target="_blank">Data</a></li>
                <li><a href="http://www.stuffonmycat.com/index.php?itemid=105&catid=4" target="_blank">Remote Controls</a></li>
                <li><a href="http://www.stuffonmycat.com/index.php?itemid=968&catid=9" target="_blank">Post-It Notes</a></li>
    
    
    </ol>
    
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