Being as healthy as my business

I’m lazy. Really lazy. I’d rather sit at my desk in pajamas and watch Hulu than go for a run. Unfortunately, that isn’t a very healthy lifestyle, and I realize I need to start exercising or I’m going to have to start asking my wife to open jars for me. My solution to this issue is to tie my exercises to the health of my business. I’m still thinking through all the...

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Spinning down external USB drives with TomatoUSB

My most recent power bill was 30% higher than usual. Yikes! So how to save some money? If you are using TomatoUSB and have a USB hard drive connected to it, then you can save some money — and extend the life of the drive — by having it spin down when idle. For some crazy reason this doesn’t happen automatically. Luckily, some kind individual wrote a small program that can...

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Opt out of annoying surveys

I’ve recently been bombarded by annoying “take our survey” in-page pop-ups on dozens of pages. I hate these things. If you hate them, too, then you can opt out of many of them by going to these URLs: VoiceFive Opt-out Safecount Opt-out Update: Sadly, ForeSee is the leader in this field, and they don’t have an opt-out option that works across all sites. If you have AdBlock...

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My first iPod Touch

Last week I got my very first iPod Touch. I had a surge of traffic to my sites from iOS devices, and wanted to test to make sure my websites worked well on them (i.e., I wanted to make sure there were plenty of ads and that they showed up correctly). My current phone is an Android. It works okay. Most, if not all, of its problems come from me being cheap and buying the least expensive Android...

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2011 Goal Update (December)

This is my twelfth monthly report on how I’m doing with my goals for 2011: Build a dining room table. Build a piano keyboard desk. Build something. I know what I want to build. I have the plans. I have the shopping list. But, sadly, I didn’t have/take the time to do this. Launch twelve new websites. I failed. My December website was bigger than I could finish in a month. Okay that...

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