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  • Get MySQL Certified For Just Under Four Grand

    Posted on November 15th, 2010 phpguru No comments

    Oracle just sent me an email with a “soft offer” to get 20% off MySQL Certification. I’m using GMail in Safari. I click to see the pricing. The click-through sent me to this page.

    The page requires you to pick your country, and then breaks. Second time, I get an error message: The packages couldn’t be received. Third time it worked.

    Normally, $4,635 – act fast and get MySQL Certified for only $3,708.

    So let me see if I understand this correctly… in a down economy, when the average guy is just lucky to have food on the table… I can pay just under four thousand dollars to be certified to use a free database? Hmmm. I’ve never been asked by any employer for such a certification.

    I think I’d rather eat this month.

    Great email campaign though – generated three clicks. D’OH! Fail.

  • Yahoo Search Marketing + Bing = FAIL

    Posted on September 10th, 2010 phpguru 1 comment
    A day or two ago, I received this email from Yahoo!
    Dear Advertiser,
    Last week, we completed the transition of the back-end technology for English-language Yahoo! organic search results in the U.S. and Canada. This week, advertisers can start transitioning their paid Yahoo! Search Marketing account, in anticipation of the Yahoo! ad serving transition which we expect to start mid-October. We encourage you to transition your account before the ad serving transition begins.
    Start your account transition now
    Beginning today, you may log in to your Yahoo! Search Marketing account and initiate your transition to Microsoft Advertising adCenter. We’ve created a detailed Transition Checklist you should review now, to help ensure that you’re prepared to make a smooth transition to adCenter, as well as a Feature Comparison Guide, to help you get familiar with adCenter’s features and capabilities.
    There are three stages to complete your transition:

    Prepare your account for transition to adCenter
    When you log into your Yahoo! Search Marketing account, you’ll automatically be taken to a new tab labeled “adCenter.” You can review the Compatibility Report and fix incompatibilities between your current Yahoo! campaigns and the adCenter platform before transitioning to adCenter.
    Transition your account to adCenter
    You can create a new adCenter account, or indicate that you have an existing adCenter account that you’ll continue to use. You can use the transition tool to copy your Yahoo! Search Marketing campaigns over to adCenter. Please note that once you do so, your new adCenter account will be active and your campaigns will retain the same status (active or paused) as they have within your Yahoo! account, so you may start incurring click charges for Bing traffic right away.

    Continue to manage your Yahoo! Search Marketing account
    The last stage in the transition process is when Yahoo! Search ad serving moves to adCenter, which we expect to start mid-October and complete by end of October. As this happens, you should see traffic decrease from your Yahoo! Search Marketing account and appear in your adCenter account. Until this process is complete, you’ll still need to actively manage your Yahoo! Search Marketing account to have your ads displayed on Yahoo! and our partner sites.

    Commitment to a quality transition continues
    Our primary goal remains providing you with a quality transition experience in 2010, while protecting the holiday season. While we are confident that the preparation work done to date and the transition plan we are moving forward with now will help us reach this goal, please remember that deferring the paid search transition to 2011 is still a possibility if we conclude it would improve the overall experience.
    We appreciate your business, and look forward to bringing you the benefits of the Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance. Soon, you will have the convenience of one account, enabling you to reach more than 159 million searchers in the U.S. and 15 million in Canada* on Yahoo! Search, Bing and our partners.
    Your partners in the search alliance, Yahoo! and Microsoft

    Today I go to login (as directed)… and it’s down.

    Why am I not surprised? As usual, Microsoft gets involved and it goes to 5h!+.

    Yahoo! Bing! FAIL

    Yahoo! Bing! FAIL

    Come on, guys. Really?

  • Director Shockwave Plug-in on Snow Leopard

    Posted on August 24th, 2010 phpguru No comments

    Installing Shockwave on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard) 32-bit, at the end you get this vague dialog:

    To use Shockwave, launch Safari in 32-bit mode.

    Then when launching Safari, you get:

    Shockwave Player Error

    Shockwave Player Error

    Um, ok, you have to hunt for the ‘More Info..’ button in Finder –> Applications –> Safari, not In Safari. Dialog Fail.

    Director Shockwave Plug-in Settings

    Director Shockwave Plug-in Settings

    Also, this has probably been covered on Direct-L, but if you visit a page with Shockwave content with the plug-in installed but Safari running in 64-bit mode, Safari hangs badly, requiring a force-quit. Adobe fail.

    Finder -> Applications -> Safari -> More Info...

    Finder -> Applications -> Safari -> More Info...

    Then check here…

    How to Run Safari in 32-bit mode for Shockwave

    How to Run Safari in 32-bit mode for Shockwave

  • Yahoo! Answers Could Be So Much Better

    Posted on June 11th, 2010 phpguru No comments

    I’ve managed to find several Yahoo! Answers pages lately that have ridiculous answers and are locked out of having better ones added.

    I recently submitted this feedback:

    The current policy of 4 days gives barely enough time to be indexed by other Search Engines (for instance, Google) and by then I can’t provide better answers. Why not let Questions be open to Answers until 15 days past the last answer (that is, until the topic has had no new answers posted for awhile) instead. What harm would that do but only help you get better free content at no cost.

    Duh. Fail.

  • ICANN is retarded. Literally.

    Posted on December 17th, 2009 phpguru 2 comments

    I just had an amazing idea for a new TLD. So, naturally, I Google create new TLD.

    I went to this link, then to  the ICANN FAQ on how to create a new TLD, then the ICANN forum

    This stuff is like from 2000. Am I missing something? The newest info about this is almost a decade old?

    It seems more often lately, I stumbleUpon Ars Technica, which has a good overview of a recent plan by ICANN to allow hundreds more generic Top Level Domains.