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Friday, December 23, 2005

All I want for Christmas is sleep 

Ain't that the truth. I dedicate a large portion of my life to work. Sometimes I really question why. So far I work about 50 hours (supposed to be 37.5) at my current job, then a ton of side projects outside of work. I also have to rotate a weekend shift which enables me to work 11 straight days. (YES!)

I try to go above and beyond at work for a few reasons:

1. I have always tried to be the best at what I do, not to show anyone up, but just because that is me. I don't want to be mediocre, I want to be the best.

2. I want to advance in my career. So far it has not paid off too much. I have won some awards but not anything I really wanted. I don't care about awards/recognition. I know what I can do and what I do well. I want that to be shown in my job title/pay.

3. I really do love what I do. I code everyday all day and that is my thing. Take away all the annoying work-related crap and I love what I do.

4. To learn. It is easy in life to do what you know and be scared to move on. I love to learn knew things, find new ways to code, find faster more compact ways to code. How is this done? Time, and lots of it.

5. Out to prove myself. I get turned down for a lot of things because I have less education than most. People doubt me everyday in all aspects of life. I love, actually strive, to prove these people wrong. I get no better satisifaction in life, than to rub success in someone's face that said "You can't do that" or "So and so is more qualified, you only have an Associate's Degree." Don't get me started on education. Life isn't about how much money you spent to educate yourself, it is about how you use your education.

It is not that I do not get enough sleep, I do, it is just exhausting to use your brain so much. Once in a while I have to just drop everything because I can feel my brain actually turning into a slurpee. (Wouldn't that be a sight to see.)

I am yawning as I type this, maybe it is boredom with this entry, maybe I need a nap, whatever the cause, I will be tired till the day I die.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Integrated Google Ads 

You know what I hate, f'ing ads. Everyone and their grandmother is trying to fool people into clicking their lame google text ads to earn easy money. I was reading a blog on Somewhat Frank about Strategic Board, a new service that shows a list of IT blogs. Okay that is cool I guess, but what is lame is that in between each listing they try to make a Google text ad appear like it is part of the results, tricking you into clicking it.

This type of crap really ticks me off. I am not one for ads period, I understand the importance of them from a financial standpoint, but come on, have some dignity and make one blog site without a google ad.

I am all for Google I think they are a great company with fabulous ideas, I just think people take their products too far and start to make them lame, not Google, their products. Sorry to rant I am just sick and tired of seeing damn ads. I don't click them and never will.

Oh and don't say I put them on my blog because it helps pay for hosting, shut it, must blogs are not using anywhere close to the bandwidth needed to generate a large bill, and if that was the case you would have your own advertisers.

This was not written to offend anyone, just my opinion, and if you are offended, I don't care too much. Anyway it is better to be pissed off than to be pissed on.

Final Answer: Ads suck!


Sunday, December 11, 2005

EasyJournal Ad Hack 

Okay so I was messing around today looking at some other free blog services and came across easyjournal.com. They are a pretty good platform but you are required to have a nice 728x90 (leaderboard) ad at the top of the page. There is a work-around though. (If you do this you will probably violate their TOS, so be warned). You can easily hide the ad using this little snippet of JS code in each post.

<script language="javascript">
<!--
var divs = document.getElementsByTagName("div");
var adUnit = "freetop";
var adDiv = "";

for (var i = 0; i < divs.length; i++) {
if (divs[i].className == adUnit) {
divs[i].style.visibility = "hidden";
}
}
//--
>
</script>

This will cycle thru each div tag on the page and once it finds the ad, it will make it invisible. Why am I showing you this? I don't know, to me it is a huge flaw in their system. They have a free and a paid platform. If I were them I would strip all code from posts on the free system, that could be another upsell for their software. They choose not to do that but that leaves their system open. The best thing is if you run this code it causes the ad to still get served by the adserver so all the stats will get tracked but the click-thrus will be null and void.

Have fun and maybe they will update their system.