Website Woes

Today I upgraded Wordpress and managed to thoroughly botch things up. I was using an old template that had fits after I upgraded. Thankfully, I got things sorted out with a new template that is nearly identical to the old one. I’m still dealing with “issues” in the banner but hope to have those sorted out soon.
Once again, my pal Darren Rolfe from Macwingnut totally saved my bacon with getting the logo on a new banner. Things are busy in the office but I should have the site further tuned up in the next few days or possibly the weekend.

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Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

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I recently discovered a great podcast by Dan Carlin called “Hardcore History” Dan does a great job of drawing lines and connections that never occurred to me. For instance, in one show he talks about the similarities between Alexander the Great and Hitler. Dan doesn’t limit himself to any particular period and is full of insight. If you are a history junkie, this one is worth checking out.

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SuperDuper Haiku


Don’t get me wrong. I like TimeMachine for backups. It has already saved my bacon in ways SuperDuper can not. Yet . . . alas . . . there is a part of me that can not help wistfully thinking about that bootable backup. I’ve resorted to stalking the ShirtPocketSoftware website waiting for that Leopard release. Anyway, this has inspired me to Haiku

Oh Super Duper
On Leopard you are not . . . Yet
The new cat awaits

Man . . . I really shouldn’t post after 14 hour days in the office.

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Is that a Geeky Shirt Under Your Tree?

There are a few entrepreneurial folks out there looking to cash in on your Mac Geekery. Specifically, InsantelyGreatTees has a variety of Mac-centric shirt including, among others, one with a 30 year timeline of Mac history and another humorously called “It Never Happened” with just a big Command-Z.


Of course, if you are feeeling fiesty, FakeSteveJobs is peddling a shirt that says, “Everytime you buy a Dell, a baby seal dies.” Now THAT is poetry.

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MacSparky is No Longer Dead to Google


I’ve posted before, along with pestering friends and fellow geeks, with my big MacSparky problem since moving it to its own server. Specifically, I was dead to Google (and every other search engine). I knew this must be a simple problem but it was a bit disheartening to see that little box in my web stats that shows nobody was stumbling upon my ramblings with a search engine. The good news was that I still have a pretty good following of people that carry my feed and the numbers were still pretty acceptable. Maybe that is why it took me so long to get to the root of it.
Regardless, through a friend I talked to someone at Google and they were baffled. I wrote several emails to my hosting provider, Dreamhost, to which they very nicely told me it may just because my content isn’t that good. Well, THAT most certainly could not be the problem.
Last night I had some time on my hands and decided I was going to go through every line of every menu on my Wordpress settings and sure enough, buried deep inside, there was a check box called “Privacy” with a big ugly check next to it. I know I never set that but, alas, there it was. I unchecked it and this morning I find that is no longer one great big black hole in the internet and people are actually finding me again. So there you have it, operator error at the root of my problems . . . again.

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Keyboard vs. Mouse


I discovered, courtesy of John Gruber, a link to a very interesting article comparing the benefits of the keyboard vs. mouse interface that argues the mouse is faster. The money quote reads as follows:
We’ve done a cool $50 million of R & D on the Apple Human Interface. We discovered, among other things, two pertinent facts:
Test subjects consistently report that keyboarding is faster than mousing.
The stopwatch consistently proves mousing is faster than keyboarding.
This contradiction between user-experience and reality apparently forms the basis for many user/developers’ belief that the keyboard is faster.
People new to the mouse find the process of acquiring it every time they want to do anything other than type to be incredibly time-wasting. And therein lies the very advantage of the mouse: it is boring to find it because the two-second search does not require high-level cognitive engagement.
It takes two seconds to decide upon which special-function key to press. Deciding among abstract symbols is a high-level cognitive function. Not only is this decision not boring, the user actually experiences amnesia! Real amnesia! The time-slice spent making the decision simply ceases to exist.

Interesting food for thought for this Quicksilver junkie. Actually, I have always been pretty practical about these things. I just use what works whether it be the keyboard, mouse, or tea leaves. Anyway, you can read the full article right here.

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Help Wanted – Google Wizard


I’m calling out to the MacSparky community for help. Since moving the server to Dreamhost things are running really smoothly with one exception. I am dead to Google. According to my wordpress stats I have not got a single referral from a google search since relocating. I used to get about 100 search referrals a day and now its nothing, nada, doughnuts. I’ve written Dreamhost, Google, and a few of my web wizard friends and everyone is baffled. If anyone has an idea, please write me.

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