Learn with Google for Publishers

Learn with Google for Publishers

I spent the day at the Google offices in New York attending their first Learn with Google for Publishers event. It was awesome! This series of events replaces the AdSense in Your City program and has been expanded to include sessions on DFP Small Business, Google Analytics, and the Go Mo initiative. Most (all?) of the staff running the sessions were imported from Mountain View and I was really...

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9 books that changed the way I see the world

9 books that changed the way I see the world

I love reading. Actually, that isn’t really true. I hate reading. Takes forever, can’t watch TV or code at the same time, etc. What I really love are stories. More than that, I love the ability that some authors and books have of getting me to see the world in a different way. I’d like to share with you a few of the books that I’ve found especially thought provoking. I...

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SYN flood mitigation

My Sunday morning was ruined by a notification email from a monitoring service letting me know that my server was down. Eek! I took the normal first steps: try to SSH to the box and remote reboot. Still offline. I started a chat with my hosting company’s tech support. They said that it looked like a SYN flood was in progress, and that I’d need to handle it on my own. They pointed to...

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A few of my favorite web tools

I find myself using the same tools each time I go to work on a site, so I thought I’d write a quick post for my own future benefit and perhaps to help other web developer friends. Google AdWords Keyword Tool – Possibly the easiest way to know if a website will be financially successful is to use the AdWords Keyword Tool to find out if anyone is searching for the website’s...

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Your urine won’t save you

Your urine won’t save you

A survivalist book recently popped up on a Cool Tools site that I follow. This book, written by a celebrity expert, advocates drinking your own urine in an emergency situation. The author says it is completely safe and sterile as long as you drink it right after urinating, and that you can drink the first two passes of urine. So the question becomes, is he right? Will drinking your urine save...

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