Archive | August, 2006

Save Planet Pluto..I Say!!

Posted on 31 August 2006 by SonHouse

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “I love you to planet Pluto and back?” My wife and I have been saying it daily, multiple times a day in fact, to our 4 month old son. We never gave much thought to what once was our 9th planet, but in April, after our son was born, we began saying that phrase over and over.

Did we take planet Pluto for granted? Maybe so, but we loved it none the less. So, what do we say now, “I love you to the dwarf Pluto and back?” It doesn’t really have the same ring to it, now, does it? Or even worse, I love you to the Plutonion Object and back? Tragic!! For now, we’ll keep on saying it to him, and until they beat down our door telling us otherwise, Pluto will remain a planet in our family.

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Streamload Issues – Which Download Server Service Do You Use?

Posted on 28 August 2006 by SonHouse

I have been using this company called Streamload as a file server for some of my shareware applications for over 2 years.  They recently announced some changes and upgrades to the system which I thought would only make things better so I didn’t pay much attention to it until today.

I logged into my account only to discover that some basic things, like finding out how many downloads you have in a typical day, are no longer available and the file names and URL strings are too long for the space that is available.  I tried to click on the columns to resize like you would do in any other application and nothing happened.  I emailed the company thinking that I was missing something and they confirmed that the download reporting feature was not available at this time and gave some crazy way to check the URLs of my files.

Here’s the email:

“I am sorry for the ongoing issues that you are experiencing with your Streamload MediaMax account. Unfortunately the feature for reviewing downloads performed in a day is not available at this time.2. I am sorry but there is no way to resize the columns to display the complete filename. In order to see the complete file name or folder name select the folder or file then click on the Edit button. As for the URL you will need to right-click on the link then select copy shortcut with IE then paste the URL into a text editor like Notepad.Terrible, huh?  They have me cutting and pasting things into text editors to view the files that are hosted on their own servers.  I would switch in a heart beat to something else but it’s much easier said than done, as I have tons of links out there with these URLs and switching may do more damage than good.”Terrible, huh?  They have me cutting and pasting things into text editors to view the files that are hosted on their own servers.  I would switch in a heart beat to something else but it’s much easier said than done, as I have tons of links out there with these URLs and switching may do more damage than good. I’m thinking about trying another service and run the download servers parallel to each other until I can see that the change will be made smoothly, but what a pain in the arse…

Terrible, huh?  They have me cutting and pasting things into text editors to view the files that are hosted on their own servers.  I would switch in a heart beat to something else but it’s much easier said than done, as I have tons of links out there with these URLs and switching may do more damage than good. I’m thinking about trying another service and run the download servers parallel to each other until I can see that the change will be made smoothly, but what a pain in the arse…Streamload has been a pretty good company to work with until now..and I would imagine I’m not the only one with this issue.

Terrible, huh?  They have me cutting and pasting things into text editors to view the files that are hosted on their own servers.  I would switch in a heart beat to something else but it’s much easier said than done, as I have tons of links out there with these URLs and switching may do more damage than good. I’m thinking about trying another service and run the download servers parallel to each other until I can see that the change will be made smoothly, but what a pain in the arse… has been a pretty good company to work with until now..and I would imagine I’m not the only one with this issue.

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Back In Google’s Index….well, sort of.

Posted on 27 August 2006 by SonHouse

I posted a few weeks back how one of my sites had been receiving increased traffic from google.  A bunch of my pages were getting number one spots in the SERPS for keywords I was targeting.  I was finally making some decent revenue and then one day, poof, it was gone.

This particular site is an aggregate site, put together from copyright free articles I found online.  After some research, I discovered that google may have banned the domain due to a duplicate content penalty.  Anyway, I had accepted that this is what probably happened and decided to move on and work on some other sites.  I submitted a reinclusion request, but never heard from google, one way or the other..then one day, boom, the pages were back in the index…well the supplemental index that is.

After doing some research about the supplemental index, I discovered that it is just one step above being gone all together.  I guess it’s better than nothing but I haven’t really seen any increase in the traffic to that site at this point.

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