Monday, May 18, 2009


The current site that I am building is still not complete, but I am already planning my next one. I'm not writing out detailed plans. I just can't stop thinking about it and I probably won't be able to get it out of my mind until I start working on it. I'm hesitant to make the switch, because I will probably leave incomplete if I start anything else right now.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Yesterday's Google Failure

Official Google Blog: This is your pilot speaking. Now, about that holding pattern...

The problem affected my sites, although not catastrophically. I have code for Google Adsense and for Google Analytics on This caused the browser to never finish loading the page. Because Google was reachable but extremely slow, the situation was actually worse. The browser did not terminate the attempt to connect and just kep loading forever.

Main content on my site loaded properly, but users may have been confused and thought my server was sluggish. Also, pages could not be printed without forcing the browser to stop loading the page.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Automatic Discounts

One of the advantages of owning a website is the ability to enroll in affiliate programs. If I have a lot of traffic on my site, then I can generate some revenue through banner ads, but there is a benefit even if I don't have a single visitor. Because I get a commission on every sale, I automatically get a discount if I buy things for myself through the affiliate link. I'm collecting a page of the ones that I consider to be useful and making it publicly accessible on my site. I doubt that anyone else will use it much, but I definitely will.