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Traffic / I made a Web Ring 5 Days Ago. I'll see myself out.
« on: July 08, 2018, 11:28:10 PM »
Hi, my name is Brad, 5 days ago I made a webring for the first time in over 15 years.

See, the folks on the Indieweb have rediscovered webrings, only being developers they do their ring real high tech. They are talking about a "webring revival."  So I besides Webring I found Webringo.com one of the last old school web ring hosts left standing.  Once you kick the tumbleweeds away from the door it still actually works, straight out of 1998. 

Took me back to Virtual Promote/JimWorld days when there was a whole separate category of subforums devoted to non-search engine traffic including web rings.

So, in a burst of nostalgia, I made a ring.  It was kinda fun.  At one time I ran a lot of webrings in the science fiction, fantasy and horror field, most started when the search engines still sucked.

I will say one thing about the Indieweb.org folks, they are not at all intimidated by Google.  They mostly ignore Google and don't care if they get any traffic from it.  They are talented and create their own ways of communicating with at and around the social network silos.  Mainly they are talking to each other.  Anyway they are unafraid to try new takes on old ideas that we have long abandoned.  I wonder if I can sell them on Top Sites?

See one of the problems amongst blogs, especially new blogs, is discovery - getting found.  Same old story, Google indexes pretty quick but it takes awhile to start having articles rank if you are doing natural link building.  I can see were an old fashioned webring for blogs might help.  (We're not talking commercial SEO here or those levels of traffic.)

Hhh, I might make another ring.  Just one more...

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Robolinux Lets You Easily Run Linux and Windows Without Dual Booting | Linux.com | The source for Linux information
https://www.linux.com/learn/intro-to-linux/2018/7/robolinux-lets-you-easily-run-linux-and-windows-without-dual-booting

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Traffic / Duckduckgo and Yandex
« on: June 19, 2018, 11:35:08 PM »
For a smaller site, there may be an advantage to getting Yandex to index it.
https://r3bl.blog/en/exploring-duckduckgo-for-smaller-websites/

This seems to jive with some things I've noticed on DDG and site search.

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Marketing / Amazon and Buying Habits
« on: June 06, 2018, 11:27:22 AM »
Interesting article.  Not a lot new here except the bar graphs showing the difference in frequency of purchases between Prime members and regular customers is revealing.

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/06/615137239/what-americans-told-us-about-online-shopping-says-a-lot-about-amazon

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Water Cooler / I kinda miss those 5000 search engines.
« on: May 21, 2018, 11:11:49 PM »
I kinda miss submitting sites to 1,500 to 5000 "search engines".  My email inbox used to be jammed with spam asking me to submit my sites or buy some software that would submit for me.  It has been a long time since the last one of those emails.

I also miss directory optimization: where we would craft a title and description for Yahoo, dmoz and Looksmart that contained the keywords we needed without sounding or looking commercial or spammy and hope it got past the editors.

But I would kind of like to at least have the option to submit my URL's to a few (maybe 5, please) major search engines besides Google.  That would be rip snorting good fun. 

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Hardware & Technology / Standard Notes
« on: May 13, 2018, 11:09:26 PM »
Heard about this for the first time today when it got mentioned in relation to Google allowing Linux apps to run on Chromebooks.

https://standardnotes.org/

The more I read about it the more merit I see.  Looks like it will run on any OS.

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Hardware & Technology / Gmail adds disappearing messages
« on: April 25, 2018, 10:26:32 AM »
Also security warnings for phishing emails.  Locked emails can be set to disappear from 1 day to 5 years.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/meet-the-new-gmail-now-with-disappearing-messages/ar-AAwj0Rh

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Hardware & Technology / Amazon working on home robot
« on: April 23, 2018, 01:15:44 PM »
Amazon may be working on a home robot

https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/23/amazon-is-reportedly-working-on-a-home-robot/

No word on what it might do, but I, humbly, suggest it should pass the Brading Test:

1. Can it make tea? 
2. Can it fetch a beer?
3. Can it order a pizza delivered?
4. On command: can it find the cat, spouse, household kid, and report back.

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Hardware & Technology / On shoring in tech
« on: April 18, 2018, 01:08:26 PM »
Linux computer maker System76 is moving manufacturing from China to the US.  They will start with desktop computers first to learn how to do it then move on to laptops, so this is a multi year process.

https://opensource.com/article/18/4/system76-us-manufacturing-plant

1. Hopefully this is the first very tiny step in a larger trend.
2. Although this has been in planning for years, it's probably a good idea given the deterioration of relations between China and the US.
3. I suspect they will automate the manufacturing as much as possible.

For System76 this seems like a part of a larger strategy.  The company used to use Linux Ubuntu exclusively but has recently launched their own flavor of Linux called Pop!_OS.  They seem to want to take more control of their upstream sources.  I suspect the goal is to quietly become a third brand in computer hardware and operating systems.

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Water Cooler / Sunstones might really have worked for Vikings
« on: April 06, 2018, 09:19:27 PM »
Mysterious sunstones in medieval Viking texts could really have worked | Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/mysterious-sunstones-in-medieval-viking-texts-could-really-have-worked/#p3

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Hardware & Technology / Linux: Gnome vs KDE
« on: April 06, 2018, 04:06:26 PM »
New Linux laptop on the way.  I'm trying to decide what GUI to use Gnome 3 or KDE.

Gnome - besides the forced minimalism, the only real negative I hear about Gnome is that it constantly refreshes everything which can be a resource hog.

KDE - I  kinda like that it is so customizable.  Beyond that I have no recent experience.

Which do you use?  If you have tried either one what were your impressions?

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Water Cooler / Amazon brand dry goods
« on: March 21, 2018, 07:09:22 PM »
We've heard about Amazon Basics. Now they have another brand: Pinzon for dry goods.

I'm washing a new set of sheets right now.  These are made in Portugal.

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If you are making security focused Linux devices it makes sense to have encryption.

https://puri.sm/posts/purism-collaboration-with-cryptography-expert-werner-koch/

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Hardware & Technology / It's snowing again where is my robot?
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:54:11 PM »
Still not there and it costs $4k.  I want it to do steps on the sidewalk and spread salt as needed.

https://thekobi.com/

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