Embedded YouTube Video

This is just a little experiment to see what an embedded video would be like here. Most of YouTube is not my kind of stuff, but it’s a phenomenon that’s hard to ignore if the online world is important to you.

I have edited here to try a new WordPress Plugin called YouTube Embed.

Referer Spam

Referer Spam (Referrer Spam) is a form of spam that few will be concerned with unless they have a web site or blog. It involves making hits on a site with fake referers to gain a line entry in the servers log file. This then becomes a part of the data generated by the log analyzer such as AWStats.

Now you say big deal what did that do for the spammer creep? Nothing if you don’t give the world access to your analytics data like so many hapless webmasters do. When the search engines pick it up it looks like your are giving a link to the spammer and gives them a chance at more Page Rank. Continue reading “Referer Spam”

Site Look Effects Profit – Ugly Sells?

For the longest I have preached to clients to get their site looking like it’s not a hold over from the 90’s. Maybe I’ll eat a little crow after reading The Surprising Truth About Ugly Websites. The author makes some good observations about the “trust factor” and how it is sometimes enhanced by a site that looks like it was done by the owner. A real person verses a big design team in their eyes.

A while back I was talking with the owner of Louisiana Crawfish-Man telling him how much better his site could sell if only he would modernize it. He insisted that it needed that down home touch to fit with his theme. He wasn’t budging, and now I see more clearly where he was coming from.

openSuse 10.2 – I’m In The Minority

I have been fascinated with Open Source software ever since discovering computers and the internet. They are labors of love for the developers and free tools for those that can freely grab them. The Firefox browser is a great example.

The biggy for me though is to use something as a substitute for Windows. Not because I need to or hate Microsoft, but because I can. It’s part of living in the Free World that is Open Source. Well lately I have my second Linux based operating system installed and it is a little challenging for my age group.

I have the openSUSE 10.2 that is just out in a release version. It challenges me and for help I frequent the LinuxQuestions.org forum where helpful Linux folks hang out. They had a poll that I would like to share titled “How Old is Everyone Around Here?” It clearly shows that I’m in the minority at age 62 and makes me feel better about being slow. They are all just so darn young. 🙂