Monthly Archives: April 2008

Home Network Wireless

I know, I know, just a few days ago I said “…home network wiring before I moved in…”, well the times have certainly changed. I realized real fast that this was not necessary.

The main PC is my desktop with a wired connection to the router on my desk. The other desktop is in another room and has been using a Linksys WET11 bridge to connect to the WRT54G Wireless Router. All the other computers are laptops with wireless connectivity.

One of the concerns I had was that a wall between the office and 2nd PC was lined with 1/4″ mirrors and that the signal would not be able to penetrate this. Once I placed the computers in their new locations and hooked up the network there was no reason to go any further. One pleasant surprise was how much better the Comcast signal was at the new location.

I will probably still be doing some wiring, but it is not a priority at the current time.

On a side note I found it interesting how many wireless networks are unsecured in my area. I took my Nokia N770 for a ride around the neighborhood and just let it cycle through a search of available networks. Apparently people just hook up their wireless router and start working without making any changes to the default setup. At least 75% of the wireless networks visible were simply named Linksys or Netgear.

What Time Is It In?

While working with people in other locations around the world I have had trouble keeping up with the time differences.

A quick trick that can help with quickly knowing what time it is somewhere else is using Google to show you the current time anywhere in the world.

It has been reported that Time: is an “advanced operator”, although it is not listed on the Advanced Google Search Operators page.

I have found that you can simply enter the word Time followed by any location. If your search term is not specific enough to return only one time zone, it will give you all available time zones.

A query for Time United States, will show you all time zones in the U.S.

Some countries obviously have only one time zone and in that case it is easy to get the results you need for any city in that country, such as Time Italy returns.

So now you can always know the current time quickly.

Home Network Wiring

I have been away from the Internet a lot since last Friday, and it will probably be that way for a couple weeks as we closed the deal on our house and we are moving next week.

I promised myself the last time I bought a house that I would do any of the home network wiring before I moved in, and that is one of the big projects I will be working on. Of course now with wireless networking the whole task is a lot easier than it used to be. But there is still a lot to do.

I am also considering moving to an advanced universal remote for all the components. So far the Logitech Harmony 1000 has got my interest.

I can’t wait to get in my new office, it is located between the master suite and upstairs balcony which gives me a nice quiet area to work, with a great view.

Timing Contextual Advertising

Contextual advertising works better with search traffic compared to that of more direct traffic, such as RSS subscribers. Although some may still argue over this, I believe it to be an established fact, at least in my experience.

One thing I realized recently was that most of my search traffic comes from my older posts. However, I found myself doing the same thing as a lot of other bloggers, placing my contextual ads on pages and not considering these facts about who is visiting the pages.

Typically I would place contextual ads on most of my blog pages except for the home page, thinking that the loyal readers visited the home page and did not want to have those ads in their way. After taking a fresh look I discovered that was not the case.

The reality is most of the readers on a blog that are loyal readers read a post when it is fairly new, probably within the first 48 hours of it’s life cycle. So instead of placing ads based on pages, maybe it would make more sense to base them on time. I have changed my contextual ads due to this data, these ads will now show up on pages after 48 hours.

The idea is simple, keep it clean for the benefit of my loyal readers, while still taking advantage of the long tail search traffic.

Let’s see what happens!

Twhirl

After trying Digsby for a week, I have now downloaded and installed Twhirl. Digsby had more options for other social sites like Facebook and MySpace, but it was extremly slow.

So far Twhirl has met my expectations of what I wanted in a 3rd party Twitter client. It is customizable and loads quickly. I will continue to try other Twitter clients but so far I am satisfied with Twhirl.

Twhirl has been aquired by the video chat service Seesmic, here is a good post at Seesmic to explain why.