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Stuff I use to make “the” Web “my” Web.

Rebooting My RSS Reader

I’m starting to feel “not-so-fresh,” you know? Starting to feel the bloat, starting to feel the… well, you know. It’s that time of the month. Or year. Whatever. Time for me to update my RSS reader, eliminate some of the feeds gathering unread posts like dust on my monitor and add in some new, fresh bits. Mostly eliminating old feeds, since I have something like… well, hell, I’ve lost count. But there are a lot, some of which no longer interest me (I’ve moved on), and others which simply haven’t updated in forever and a half. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - May 7, 2008 at 10:36 am

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Introducing Microfiction

I haven’t talked about this here because, frankly, I didn’t know how far it would go. In fact, I’m still not sure how far it will, although it seems to be taking me in a rather desirable direction. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - October 1, 2007 at 1:36 pm

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Sometimes I Hate Firefox

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I know, I know… probably has to do more with the extensions than with the browser. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - August 31, 2007 at 2:03 pm

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Odds and Ends: Life, Rebooted

The title doesn’t really mean anything. I haven’t rebooted my life, though I have rebooted my eating patterns. (It comforts me little to know that if I were a caveman I would have a genetic advantage over my skinnier counterparts.) “Life, Rebooted” sounds kind of cool, though, in a “oh hey, Windows crashed again!” sort of way. Anyway, here are few odds and ends: Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - January 10, 2007 at 8:41 am

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From $10 a Week to $800 a Week Using AdSense

I just caught this incredible story from Entrepreneur’s Journey: a guy down in Brisbane details how he grew his AdSense revenue from US$10 per week using a group of sites to over $120 per day. (Full story here. EJ’s take on it is in the first link.)

Considering the recent issues with getting my checks on time from Google, I’m glad at least someone is doing good with them. Almost makes me re-think my decision to move over to other forms of advertising, starting with other affiliate programs and text link ads. Almost.

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Posted by Gnorb - January 7, 2007 at 1:55 am

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Web Hosting Services From Fort Onion

This is a not-paid and not-even-requested-but-what-the-heck-I’ll-do-it-anyway advertisement about Web hosting:

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you may remember Nate, the Administrator (He was the guy who admirably administered Gnorb.NET until about a couple of weeks ago, when an article showing up on LifeHack, Del.icio.us, and Digg baslically destroyed the “ghetto server” the site was running on and I decided to sign up with a BlueHost). Well, Nate’s gone all wacky and decided — a couple of weeks too late, in my humble opinion — to start up a full-fledged hosting franchise: Fort Onion.

Having mooched off of Nate from about 2004, I know full-well of his capabilities as an administrator, so I won’t hessitate for a second to recommend that anyone give him a shot. So, if you or someone you know needs website hosting services (including dedicated servers), needs email to fax services, wants to start a blog, wants to start a podcast, wants to buy a domain name, wants hosted email or other like
services, go ahead and check out FortOnion.com. You can also be secure in the knowledge that this isn’t a fly-by operation: even if Nate decides years from now to get out of the hosting business, you can be comfortable in the knowledge that all accounts will always be serviced with top-notch quality customer care.

Again, that’s FortOnion.com.

(Nate: If you don’t have a tag line yet, how about “Layers of services so good they’ll make you cry”?)

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Posted by Gnorb - October 22, 2006 at 4:49 pm

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Attribution and Plagiarism

The following clip is from a post featured in the Weblog Tools Collection, dealing with the lack of attribution and problem of plaigiarism on the Web today. It’s something any even remotely successful site has to deal with at some point. As for me, I’ve only had to deal with it a couple of times, but most of the time the issues have been resolved without much confrontation.

I really like the word attribution and I find the lack of attribution disturbing. I bring this up because there are thousands of websites that absorb and regurgitate information published elsewhere for monetary gain without so much as a line stating where the original item was published. I used to have a major problem with them until I realized that there were just too many to deal with. There are lots of very good resources on how to deal with content theft. I applaud and support Lorelle and everyone conrcerned in their efforts.

By the way, when you read the article, also check out the comments, which just bring the point home (and are more than simple “right on, brother!” replies).

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Posted by Gnorb - October 15, 2006 at 2:58 pm

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Fun With Web Content Management Software

Installing software can sometimes be fun, especially when it’s easy. In the short time after my move, I’ve started to play around with other software for possible later uses. You can check out what I’ve just now started to work with at the following locations

I haven’t done much with these, so what you see is pretty much what you’ll get after installing these.

From the back end, my favorites up to now are Xoops and Joomla. With Xoops I like the built-in banner-tracking features (which can be used for personal banners for featured articles or advertisers). With Joomla I like the robustness. That said, all of these packages look like they’re very well built and I’m looking forward to learning more about them, although it looks like I’ll really have to hunker down and learn me some PHP.

Anyway, check them out and if you’ve used any of these, I’d like to hear what you think.

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Posted by Gnorb - October 3, 2006 at 1:26 pm

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Google Analytics

Ok, 2005 tapped me on the shoulder last night and told me to check out the Google Analytics page. Basically, if you own a site, Google Analytics will help you see where your traffic is coming from, where it’s leaving from, and will generally help you optimize your site for your audience. From everything I see, my audience is mostly made up of horny males who find me via Google by looking for the term “Elita Loresca”, which of course takes them to the Elita Loresca Pics and Info page I put up a while back. (Never did I guess that page would end up becoming so popular. Behold the power of sex, I guess.) That aside, it seems people enjoy the Bloody Penguin Baseball game an awful (and I do mean “awful”) lot. I guess violence sells, too.

Hmm… sex and violence… Interesting that while I work pretty hard not to include any of those things in most of my posts, in the end, those end up being the most popular. Maybe I should take a hint…?

BloodRayne

Nah. Unless she did the weather every morning. “Today, it will rain… BLOOD!” *bites cameraman*. Then it’d be different. Somehow.

I plan to keep playing around with that tool (uhm… Google Analytics… not what you’re thinking… after seeing that picture…) to make the site better, but in the mean time you may have to “pardon my dust” to turn a phrase. If you see strange things happening with the RSS feeds and the site layout you’ll know what’s happening and why. I’ll keep off the whole “sex and violence” thing, though. Unless Square-Enix changes their formula for Final Fantasy, in which case… well, I’ll get off of that subject.

(By the way, for those of you not familiar with the image above, that’s the main character of the BloodRayne video game.)

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Posted by Gnorb - September 29, 2006 at 8:36 am

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How to Keep Your MySpace Page from Scrolling Horizontally

(I would have posted this only on my MySpace blog, but it seems MySpace doesn’t take kindly to Linux systems, even those running Firefox. If you’re here from there, my apologies for not making it easier on you. Trust me, I tried. I’ll be adding this to over there later.)

Don’t you just hate it when someone adds a pic or something on your coment’s section that makes your page so huge you have to scroll horizontally? I know I do. (Well, seeing it. I haven’t actually gotten images that big yet, but I see them all the time in people’s pages.)

To solve this, I deviced the following little bit of code. Just copy it (not including the demarcation lines) and paste it to the top or bottom of your “About Me” section. (Don’t worry, the code won’t be displayed on the page.)

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<style type=”text/css”>
<!--code by Gnorb, www.gnorb.net-->
embed {max-width:250px; display:block; margin-left: auto; margin-right:auto;}
img {max-width:250px; display:block; margin-left: auto; margin-right:auto;}
</style>
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(You can go ahead and just do a copy/paste.) This resizes all images inserted using either the “embed” or “img” tags to 250 pixels in width. To make that larger or smaller, change the “250px” part of the code to whatever size you want (300px is pretty good). The images are also automatically centered. (I added that just because I think centered images look better.) If you don’t want your images centered, remove the following code from both: “display:block; margin-left: auto; margin-right:auto;”

I hope you find this useful. If you like it, drop me a line. If you don’t, feel free to ignore this message. Feel free to pass this info on to your firends, but if you could, tell ‘em where you got the code from.

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Posted by Gnorb - July 15, 2006 at 11:28 am

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