Goodbye Text Link Ads!

I am proud to report that is now free of AdSense and Text Link Ads. The decision to remove AdSense was very easy, as the multiple banners that were displayed throughout this blog were vastly outperformed by the single text link advertisement in my sidebar, though the unexplained termination of some of my friends’ accounts, including Jim’s, also weighed in on my decision to leave AdSense behind. This really was nothing more than your classic “this isn’t working for me” decision. On the other hand, Text Link Ads was performing quite well, and covered’s hosting charges. So, why did I decide to leave Text Link Ads behind?

Where's the Blogroll Dive?

The Blogroll Dive was the last of’s regular weekly postings, yet we haven’t seen one for two weeks. Where did it go?

The Blogroll Dive was posted weekly, usually between Monday and Wednesday, and highlighted a selection of posts that got my attention from other blogs within my blogroll. While this was a nice way to provide regular weekly content, I have decided retire the Blogroll Dive in favor of a more blog-like approach with individual “check this out”-style posts. With any luck, you should see these postings far more frequently than the old Blogroll Dive.

Categorized as General

I Have an iPhone

I have had an iPhone for about two months now. I’ve been meaning to write a review, but you know how these things go. By the time I got around to it (today), there were already hundreds (if not thousands) of reviews available both online and in print, so I have decided to fall back to the standard “I have an iPhone” post.

Plain and simple, I have an iPhone, and it is the best mobile phone that I have ever had. My favorite feature is definitely Mobile Safari, which allows me to browse the internet with a real web browser from almost any location. With that said, it is still nice to encounter websites with interfaces built especially for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Here are three such interfaces that my iPhone could not live without:

  • Google Reader – Simply access Google Reader with your iPhone or iPod Touch, and you will be taken to an interface specially designed for touch-screen use. Google Reader is the best mobile feed reader, bar none. I especially like the fact that it allows me to “star” articles for later review.
  • Pownce Mobile – With Pownce’s new mobile interface, posting messages, events and links from even the slowest connection has never been easier.
  • iPhone Pepper – With this handy Mint pepper, you can view your Mint stats in a single column, no horizontal scrolling or zooming required.

Would I recommend purchasing an iPhone? Of course I would! If you don’t want to leave your current mobile service provider, or don’t want to lay down the cash (or credit) for an iPhone, but you do frequent locations with free Wi-Fi, you may want to consider purchasing an iPod Touch instead.

Categorized as Technology

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Blogroll Dive: 11/3/07

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Khaled discussed the usage of “average” descriptions.
  • Rick discovered that the long-rumored direct email address for Steve Jobs’ office actually works.
  • Jim released Yasu v2.5.1.
  • Joen discussed Mozilla Prism, yet-another web-app framework.
  • Sarah listed several “upcoming concerts and events” in November.
  • Chris discussed some of the server-related changes in Mac OS X 10.5 (aka “Leopard”).
  • Angsuman reviewed Battle for Wesnoth.
  • And, Tom discussed Google’s OpenSocial, a proposed “de-facto platform for Social Networks.”