Jabberings #9

by john on March 19, 2004

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Good advice from Bart there. Most people I know, or at least the smart, connected ones, have done this for years. And when I see one of those types ask a question I know they could answer by looking at Google I know they probably already have and are acting dumb for some reason. Tricky!

Speaking of Google they have made some changes this week to the AdSense program that have broken my MtAdSenseStats plugin (for now) but are really very positive (if I could only get them to work properly). Channels give you the ability to finally get a little more details on which pages are bringing in the clicks. For example I have setup separate channels for my front page, category archive and individual archive pages. I believe I will find the most clicks coming from the individual archive pages but we’ll see. Bottom line is this feature will give website operators some data that will allow them to see the effects of site tweaks such as ad location. Prior to this it really was a crapshoot.

Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks owner) has started a weblog as part of the Weblogs,Inc. network. So far he’s really been putting up some good stuff. He’s basically told the media that this is the new channel he will be using to communicate with them. Pretty cool. Dan Gillmor asks Mark Cuban 5 questions on Blogging.

Jim Louderback is predicting that Tivo Will Die. And before I ever got a chance to get it, shame that.

I’ve really been pleased with the performance of Shuffle Master (SHFL) a stock I bought about a year ago to try and benefit from some of the poker craze. Shuffle Master makes, among other things, those automatic shuffle machines that allow a casino to greatly increase the number of hands played per hour at table games. For poker players used to the lightening quick pace of online games I believe these will become a standard in every poker room. I purchased Harrah’s (HET) at the same time and it too has done pretty well. Of course if I had been more prescient I would have purchased Lakes Gaming (LACO), the founders of the World Poker Tour. I don’t think that rise is sustainable but holy cow, pretty nice run.

Six Apart has created a service called TypeKey that bills itself as a “a free, open system providing a central identity that anyone can use to log in and post comments on blogs and other web sites.” It’s a noble idea and it’s a great service for them to offer as it helps garnish those ever elusive eyeballs, but I’m not sure I’ll be going that route. I think this makes sense for sites that have an active stable base of commenter’s coming from blogs but I find that many of my comments, valuable comments that I want to see, come from people who came across my site from a Google search and who most likely don’t know a blog from a booger.

In other Six Apart news, MT 3.0 is getting closer to release. But this guy doesn’t care, he says MovableType is the Windows of the Personal Publishing World – I think that means he doesn’t like it.

“Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.” –Saul Alinsky

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