Archives for June 2008

Presidential SEO?

Who would have thought that SEO would come into play in the Presidential election?  Well, for some of us that deal with it on a normal basis, it did seem obvious.  It also seems obvious to us that you would want to exploit the digital world to further your campaign.

Scoble points out that Barack Obama must have a much better web team than John McCain does.  And he’s right.  When you do the searches that Robert suggests, Barack shows up number one in Google, while John shows up about 8th.  Not pretty if you’re McCain.  But to be frank, it might just be McCain’s VP that forms the tech policy.  McCain has admitted publicly that he barely knows how to check his email.  I’d rather not have someone that computer illiterate setting national policy on tech.

To answer Robert’s question, I think that Obama has the better tech policy.  But if I were to let that be the only reason for my vote, I’d be sending a very bad message.  Tech will almost take care of itself.  If we don’t get some reform elsewhere (Like Taxes and Pork), tech policy will be the least of our worries.

Oh, and Robert?  STFU about Friend Feed already.  We know that you <3 it.  We know you want to have it’s babies.  I understand you’re trying to be a customer evangelist and all, but mentioning it in every post?  All that does is make me want to avoid the damn thing like the plague.  The PLAGUE I say.

Review: Sigg Water Bottle

Backstory: I’ve taken to drinking water mixed with those little crystal light travel packages at work.  Rather than buy a huge flat of horribly expensive bottled tap water, I bought a couple of 20oz sports drinks and re-used the bottles for those.  Naturally, my bottles disappeared several weeks later.  Victims of an overzealous cleaning person.  I dutifully bought more the next day and they too disappeared.  After a third time around, I finally decided that it was time to find a more permanent solution.

Sigg Water BottleEnter the Sigg Water Bottle.  I decided on a Sigg after some research.  I discovered during said research that most, if not all, plastic bottles eventually degrade and leech chemicals into whatever they contain.  Not a good thing.  The Sigg water bottles were recommended as a solution to that problem.

Constructed from a single piece of extruded aluminum and then painted on the outside with a large number of wonderful designs and a water based sealant/lining that is guaranteed to never leech, these things are pretty darn good water bottles.

My concern in buying one was that I wouldn’t like the bottle.  It has a little bit smaller mouth than I normally prefer and my experience with drinking out of metal containers (canteens mostly) has always left a tinny taste in my mouth.  And it’s not like these are a small $1.95 Powerade bottle, so being happy with it was important.

sigg cloud dragon water bottleAt first, I went directly to the Sigg site to buy a bottle, but they seem to have been having some supply issues and shut down their online shop.  Bad for business, but I’m a rather resourceful Internet shopper so I eventually found one with a design that I really liked (Limited Edition Japan Cloud Dragon) on eBay and bought it.   I spent just under $32 with shipping.

My bottle showed up extremely quickly and after a quick clean and fill I gave it a test run.  And I really do like it.  The mouth is actually quite good to drink from and the coating on both the outside and inside means that you aren’t left with aluminum tasting water.  Being metal, the bottle is able to get quite cold in the fridge which is also very nice.

Cons of the bottle: I’ve been told that they dent easily.  I haven’t gotten any dents yet, but I use it in an office setting, so it’s not getting jostled much.  I’m also not fond of the default stopper.  They sell a sports bottle-like stopper that can be opened without removal which would be much nicer.   Currently, the stopper must be completely unscrewed or left off each time you want a drink.

Overall, I think the purchase was a good one.  I foresee this bottle lasting much longer than the plastic ones and it’s unlikely to get thrown out like them either.  So far, it has proven durable and very usable. Aside from the stopper issue, I really don’t have any complaints and would recommend one to anyone looking for a good water bottle that is both health and eco conscience.

Blogging Idol?

It’s an interesting concept.  I have to wonder about copyright infringement and how long it will be before Fox puts the DMCA smack down on.

Basic concept is you take a bunch of blogs that sign up for the contest, and see which one becomes the blogging idol by increasing their feed reader count the most.  So far, they’ve got about $1500 in prizes and only 50 blogs that are competing.  A 1/50th chance to pull in $1500?  Pretty good deal if you ask me.

In keeping with the “amateur” bit that their namesake uses, all entrants must have a beginning feedcount of less than 1000.  It seems like a pretty well thought out contest (aside from the name), so go check it out.

Online Income for May 2008

Well, it’s the 23rd of June.  And I’m just now getting my Online income report out.  Too bad it isn’t because it took me that long to add it all up.  In truth, it’s been a rather busy month and I kinda forgot about it.  That and it was rather pathetic, so I really didn’t see the need.  But, without further ado, here it is.

  • TLA: $39.33
  • Adsense: $79.97
  • Linkworth: $49.00
  • Amazon: $32.74
  • Kontera: $36.64
  • ClixGalore: $4.00

Grand Total: $241.93

That’s a decrease of $207.29 (46.14%) from April.  Ouch.

That’s about all I have to say about it though.  Adsense nosedived.  Not exactly sure why, but it’s come back only slightly so far in June.  Working on pushing some other things and we’ll have to see how that turns out.  Most likely won’t see any results from that until at least July if not a little later in the year.