Demographics, Video Games, and Shoes

  1. www.quantcast.com – Get demographics about any web site on the net. Look at their top 20 web sites. I loved seeing how many unique visitors google.com got vs yahoo.com.
  2. www.familyvideo.com – Discounted video games and DVDs. Use this familyvideo.com coupon code to get $5 your first purchase ‘NEWPGMEM’. I just bought Mario Strikers Charged for the WII for only $38.98 including $1 shipping.
  3. www.endless.com – Online Shoe Store. Free overnight shipping! Good gravy, free overnight shipping? Yes! And they are currently discounting all shoes $5 and sending it to your house the next day. It is too good to be true, but they are seriously doing it. If the shoes don’t fit, you can send them back for free, and they will send you a new size, free! Try it out, I dare you. Steve Maddens are amazing.

Try them out, I love finding great things online.

Quicksilver for Windows

Download AppRocket

I converted to a Mac G5 for 2 days, then I had to get back to my PC. I did enjoy Quicksilver, which is a application launcher where you press ctr-space and the name of the program and it finds the program on your computer. I did a quick google search and found AppRocket which is similar to Quicksilver on the Mac. Press alt-space and you can launch any program or find any file, very handy.

Enjoy.

Social Media

For 2 years I leave, and come back, and wham! All these social media sites have popped up without me knowing about it. I’m on a social media extravaganza right now.

Tonight I just found:
Flixster.com – Movies! Actors! Movies! – Everything I’ve ever wanted in a movie site!
iLike.com – Find Music!

Recently I just registered for:
Facebook.com – An Upgraded MySpace!
Linkedin.com – Professional Community

Other social media sites I enjoy:
YouTube.com
43things.com

Other Fun Sites I enjoy:
Pandora.com
LastFM.com
Threadless.com

Best Web Hosting

Host Gator

I have finally found the best hosting out there for the best price.
http://www.hostgator.com

Hostgator offers hosting of unlimited domains for only $9.99 a month. If you are a web developer and have clients, they have reseller accounts for only $25.00 a month. You can then bill each of your clients separately.

After trying out 2advanced.net’s web hosting and the foobah that happened there, I will never, ever go back to them. Their server uploads speeds were slow. Uploads were continually interrupted. They didn’t even have MySQL 4.0 nor did they intend on upgrading (so much for having WordPress 2.0). They never responded to my ticket requests. They refused to give me a refund on my money even though they offered a 30 day money back guarantee. Don’t get 2advanced.net hosting.

Go check them out:
http://www.hostgator.com

How To Build a Computer, p5n-e SLI Style

In all my nerdery, I have never built a computer from complete scratch. I am back from my mission, and my computer is four years old. I need a new computer. I got a new computer. After deciding what I wanted, and $846.56 dollars later, I returned with my precious.

My intent on publishing this article is so that history does not repeat itself. Please educate yourself and learn from me. It was a great learning experience, and I’m now hardware competent.

The Specs:
Motherboard: ASUS P5N-E SLI
CPU: Intel 775 Core2 Duo 6300
RAM: 1 GB DDR2 800 MHz
Video Card: nVidia e-Geforce 600GS 256 MB (Video Card overheated and blew capacitors)
New Video Card: Sapphire HD 2600 XT
DVD-Rom: Pioneer 18x DVDRW
Wireless Networking: Marvell Libertas 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Client Adapter

Case: AZZA Xion 4 Black 450 Watt
BlueTooth USB

Mmmmm… Tastey.

I encountered 3 distinct problems, here they are, and here is how I solved them.

#1: Motherboard wouldn’t turn on (or boot up).
After installing everything properly and connecting all the power cables and the CPU, etc, my computer simply wouldn’t turn on. I messed with the frontside power cables to the case. I started taking everything apart one at a time and trying to turn it on, simply to find that nothing worked. Something kept prompting me (in my religion, I refer to this as the Holy Ghost), to LOOSEN THE SCREWS! So I did. And….. It Worked! My Computer actually turned on, the blue lights lit up, a smile came across my face.

#2: After being on for three minutes, my computer would simply shut off on its own.
I tried taking everything off, one at a time, again. Simply to find that this didn’t work either. I tried taking out the ram and repositioning it (many forums suggested this, it didn’t work in my instance.) I finally read and realized the my CPU was overheating and as a defense mechanism, it was turning itself off so that I wouldn’t waste $200 on my brand new Intel Dual Core cpu. I like my computer. So in the 3 minutes I had after boot up, I went in the BIOS and located the Hardware Observer that allows you to view the temperature of your CPU. My CPU was starting at 30 degrees Celsius and would climb to 68 degrees and then shut off. I found the problem. To solve it, I took off my heat sync, rotated it 45 degrees (so that the INTEL faced East), popped it in. Solved. My CPU now stays at 30 degrees Celsius.

#3: My Motherboard wouldn’t detect my DVD-Rom.
I switched the IDE cable to the secondary IDE position on the motherboard. Started up my computer. My motherboard loves my DVD-Rom now.

So here I wait while my 320 GB hard drive is being formatted so I can install XP. Please take notes, and let me know if this saved you some frustration. I do this simply to help others.

The Web Standards List

Article: What’s Next? The Same Thing! @ The Autistic Cuckoo

Many ask what web standards are. Here’s the list that web standards prevent.

Web Standards prevent:

  • lack a specified document type,
  • contain invalid (X)HTML,
  • use tables for layout,
  • require a particular browser to work,
  • require client-side scripting to work,
  • require third-party products such as Flash to work,
  • cannot be used by people with disabilities,
  • are semantically meaningless,
  • are unnecessarily heavy to download, thereby also placing unnecessary load
    on the server,
  • force links to open in separate windows whether the visitor wants them to
    or not, and
  • do not allow the text to be resized in the most commonly used
    browser.