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Does It Blog – 2013 in Review

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The Rule of Forum Drama: Exit Clause

I didn’t make up this rule. It emerged many years ago on a now-nonexistent forum.

The Rule: “People who announce they’re leaving the forum never really do. The only ones who truly leave are those who fade softly into the night.”

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Does It Blog: 2011 In Review

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Forums Are Not Google – Forum Feature Proposition

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

This is a proposition for a user-management feature that I think should be added into forum software so that anyone administering the system could implement it.

Problem: Too many users post questions that could easily be answered by one Google‑search.

Solution: Forum software should have a feature such that people who post threads asking questions that could easily have been answered through the forum search or Google could be temp-banned by moderators from posting until the offender is the first to alert on (1, 2, 3, etc) other threads that have the same deficiency.

To describe this in more detail, the temp-ban would expire after:
1. A certain number of days have passed, OR

2. For offenders who are temp-banned from posting due to this rule, their forum interface should have a different “alert” button that can be used to tag google-fodder threads. If the tagged threads is in fact google-fodder, the user becomes unbanned.

To reduce the load on the forum’s moderators, any threads tagged by such temp-banned offenders should go into a separate “google-fodder” listing where moderators and users with high post counts can vote on whether the tagged threads do actually count as google-fodder.

If the threads get enough votes, the user who tagged them will be un-banned, and whoever started that thread will be temp-banned for posting google-fodder.

This way, the forum eco-system educates its own users and solves its own problems with minimal moderator-overhead.

Categories: Uncategorized

Christmas Traffic

December 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Thank goodness I live within walking distance of a major shopping mall!

I walked to the mall today to pick up some late-breaking Christmas purchases and drivers were honking their horns everywhere! And it wasn’t even a gridlock situation – this was simply due to some drivers being a little slow to turn left at an intersection! It’s already every person for themselves!

Considering that Christmas is on a Saturday this year, it will be interesting this to see what it’s like on the Thursday and Friday just before it. The weekend immediately preceding Christmas is still one week beforehand, so I think a large volume of procrastinators will be caught doing their last minute shopping on weekdays. The office parking lot will probably be relatively empty on those days.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Monitor Needed

August 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Looks like my Dell Ultrasharp 1905FP has bitten the dust. I think it’s a problem with a solder trace or something.

If anyone has some good recommendations on a 24″ 16:10 IPS panel monitor that accepts most inputs including S-Video and composite, please let me know!

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Sales at Infonec and NCIX

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

From what I can tell, tit appears like the purpose of NCIX and Infonec’s sales are more to push certain brands and product lines versus announce any exciting new price points. As a customer, their sales announcements and e-mails are really dropping like a rock in terms of value.

Will I stop shopping at these places? Probably not. It just irks me. I guess this is just the way of  things in the fight for market share.

By the way, did anyone notice that in NCIX’s announcement of their new Markham warehouse, the cartoon graphics had not one single Asian person? Talk about ethnically cleansed!

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Nigerian Scammers’ Effects On Each Other

June 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I received this today by e-mail. Not sure why it says “FAX” in the body.

Read more…

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I Love Search Engine Statistics

Here’s a screencap of search engine terms that lead people to my blog:

Search Data For This Blog

Search Data

Quite a microcosm of our society… 🙂

Categories: Canada, Uncategorized

Four Demerits Well Worth It!

I got penalized by 4 infraction points on RFD for using the term “Bellshit” while criticizing Bell Canada in one thread.

Four Points well worth it!

DEATH TO BELL CANADA!

Categories: rfd, Uncategorized