28.june.2005 - Working with a Rad reader to bring you a Guide to eBay. I couldn't sell my way out of a wet paper bag, but he has experience since '97. I reviewed his guide and was impressed. We'll drop you a link soon as we get things figured out. I think you'll be impressed, too.
Oh, and Magoo is also working on another guide. (BitTorrent was his first, which he just updated today.) His new one will be on Eliminating Spyware. But it will be a few weeks before he's ready to go public.
27.june.2005 - Started updating the Guide to Ripping & Encoding CD audio (MP3s). The link-rot has been incredible. The only links on the first page that were still active were the ones to my own pages.
The good news is that actual content contained in the guide has finally stabilized. So I won't need to update the actual information so drastically. But dead links infer neglect and need to be fixed.
25.june.2005 - Been receiving many inquiries from folks looking to write their own guides. They ask if I think a guide on a certain topic will do well.
My response is always the same: I don't know. There are guides I thought would become very popular, such as the one on PC Stability.
Then there are others I posted merely for convenience, such as the ASPI guide, thinking only a handful of folks would be interested. In both cases I was wrong. The only way to find out is write it.
Most people want immediate results, but I tell everyone that it takes about 18 months for a guide to reach maturity. That's how long it takes for a guide to peak in search engine rankings. In that time, some of the other, competing guides will disappear, as their authors discover it takes sustained effort to keep a guide current.
24.june.2005 - Got a massage yesterday. I have the best massage lady in Laguna. People who do massage for a living go to her for their own work. She totally has the mojo going on. Puts you on another planet. Feel like jelly afterwards.
We trade computer work for massages. Last year, I built them a monster PC designed to edit video (using Avid Xpress Pro). Good to see it's still running tip-top.
22.june.2005 - Google sent word of their new Optimization Tips (for their ads). These new guidelines reflect a study I've seen analyzing how the reader's eye glances over a web page. Areas receiving more attention are called hotspots. Google also claims wider format ads perform better. Quote:
Obviously Google is the expert when it comes to ad performance, since that's how they make their money (zillion$). I'm sure they've invested heavily in researching the topic.
21.june.2005 - Continued to break up the Ghost guide into smaller pages. It's now 15 pages. Purely cosmetic update. Improved the guide's organizational structure. Page sizes are now more manageable. Glad to be done with that. So tedious. Now I remember why I let the pages grow so long.
20.june.2005 - Updated the Ghost guide .. to break up some of the larger pages into smaller ones. As new information is added, some pages gradually grow larger, until they become unwieldy (the eternal scroll).
Yesterday, the guide consisted of 9 pages. Today there's 12. And I should probably break up a few more pages into smaller, bite-sized chunks.
19.june.2005 - After working with Mr. Magoo on his (now world-famous) BitTorrent guide, and others on their guides, I noticed I was repeating much of the same information. So I got the idea for a new Radified guide: on how to write a Radified guide [the standard by which all other guides are judged]. =)
Most of the guides began like this one: as a series of emails to friends. Once I begin repeating the same information, it becomes easier to simply paste the info into a web page, post it on the 'Net, call it a Radified guide and send a link containing the information.
17.june.2005 - Saw Batman Begins last night. Very different from all other Batmans. I liked this one best. Enough to put it on my official Recommended list. The others seemed more playful & fun compared to this one, which explores the dark side of Batman's past.
FEAR plays a major role in this Batman. Or more importantly, *facing* your fears: turning toward them, instead of away from. Confronting & embracing the discomfort this typically brings. Of course, the concept now forms the basis for a popular TV show.
16.june.2005 - Most clicks ever yesterday on Google ads. Altho a record number of clicks does not necessarily translate in record revenue, because each ad-click pays differently. Some clicks pay pennies, while others pays dollars.
So some days see relatively few clicks, accompanied by large numbers in the corresponding revenue column. While other days, like yesterday, see many clicks, with only meager revenue. But it's still good to see the numbers growing. All things being equal, more clicks = more revenue.
15.june.2005 - Dang, Just realized I missed the site's 5-year anniversary, which occurred back on June 5th. Must've been distracted by the landslides in Bluebird canyon.
All 5 years are archived here. The very first RADIFIED entry is posted at the bottom of this page. Ah, a few things have changed since then.
14.june.2005 - RADIFIED set a new site record a couple of days ago with over 20,000 visits. See here. Actually, almost 22,000. The numbers continue to grow.
Most visitors find their way to the Guide to Norton Ghost, which is more popular than ever.
13.june.2005 - I know somebody with a room to rent here in Laguna Beach. Sweet place. Quiet neighborhood. North side of town. Crown Point area. Beach side of Coast Hwy. Walking distance (barefoot) to Crescent Bay.
12.june.2005 - Been busy dealing with life. You know how crazy things can get sometimes.
Saw Mr. & Mrs. Smith last night, which is not very different from what I'm going thru. Didn't think I'd like it (the movie), but I did.
07.june.2005 - Saw Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe & Renee Zellweger. A Ron Howard film. While waiting for the show to start, I overheard a guy across the aisle say, "Ron Howard has never directed a bad film."
Not sure if that's true, but he's one of the few directors whose every film I see. He spoke at the USC Film school graduation a few years back. Surprisingly humble for a guy who won the Oscar for Best Director (2001, A Beautiful Mind), noting how he *still* has to fight executives for creative control of his films.
04.june.2005 - Posted photos of the restricted area of Bluebird Canyon, where a landslide destroyed million-dollar homes 3 days ago on June 1st. See here: Photos of Bluebird Canyon: landslide destroys homes in Laguna Beach.
Maria lives in Bluebird Canyon. She has a resident's pass, which you need to get into the restricted area (past two police checkpoints). Photos taken early this morning.
02.june.2005 - A reminder for the local folk who live here in Laguna Beach: today is the First Thursday Art Walk. Hope to see you out on the town tonight, sucking up a little culture, along with the complimentary chardonnay. Even geeks need a little culture now & then.
I counted *six* choppers hovering in the skies over Bluebird Canyon today. The constant noise must get annoying after a while. The choppers don't move; they just sit there in one place, hovering motionless. They leave no doubt about exactly where Bluebird Canyon is located.
01.june.2005 - RADIFIED set a new site-usage record last month with over 2.4 million hits. It wasn't that long ago when the site didn't get 2.4 million hits all year. The numbers continue to grow. Indeed all metrics set new monthly highs.
Breaking news: Here in Laguna Beach, Maria just called and said the city is evacuating her and everyone else who lives in Bluebird Canyon, because houses are sliding down the hill.