Early adopters DO matter. Anyone who says that they don’t needs to go back to business school.
No, no, you aren’t getting screwed.Â Quite on the contrary!Â I got an SMS from PrimeTel today with their special offer.Â Here is the text of the message:
Free 19″ LCD TV.Â Get 2 of your friends to become PrimeTel subscribers and the 19″ LCD TV is yours.Â Call 133. Learn more www.primehome.com/offers
I know that you know that I’m biased towards PrimeTel, being an ex-employee and having a friends over there.Â But I still have to say that this is a pretty neat offer.Â I saw that 19″ LCD TV (remember that LCD means flat), and I wish I had any friends who aren’t PrimeTel subscribers… I have a much bigger CRT TV, and would swap it any day for a smaller LCD, that I could use as a monitor for my laptop too.
Too bad I’m out of non-PrimeTel friends right now, but you.. you got get the TV!
I’m sure by now everybody knows about One Million Pixels project. Interesting idea that earned the guy even more than a million dollars and that will make you go “Oh, Jez, why didn’t I think of it first?”.
The idea was so simple and effective that several projects spinned off of it. Some are simple copies. Others try to apply the same idea to something other than pixels.
One of these new projects got my attention – One Million Blogs. Instead of pixels it tries to sell one million spaces for blog links. If you have a blog, you can pay $1 and get linked to from that site. You will even get a 30×30 pixel square for your logo, or whatever else you want to place in there. Saying that they want to see one million blog links together, and not only one million dollars, adds a nice touch to the project.
In fact, I liked it so much, that I immediately sent them my $1 USD (via PayPal). Within a few hours I’ve got a reply confirming my transaction. I emailed my ugly face downsized to 30×30 pixels and this blog’s URL and got linked. I even received two personalized buttons – my number is 52 – that I can use anywhere to link back to One Million Blogs. Since I am not using buttons on my site, I’ll save them in this entry.
Check it out. While you still can find me in there…
I have done a few minor changes about the Google Ads that I run on this site.
Firstly, I have added another vertical ad on all pages. It appears below the search field and makes the sidebar look not as lonely as it used to when scrolled further down.
Secondly, I have changed the color scheme of all ads to match the new colors of the site. Luckily, I didn’t have to mess around with CSS and hexadecimal numbers myself. Google Adsense has a theme that closely matches the colors that I wanted – Steely Gaze.
Thirdly, I have separated all ads into three channels – sidebar, comments-above, and comments-below. This will allow me to get better reports from Google. From now on I will see which ads are more effective and also will be able to play around with different color schemes and ad formats.
I hope that all these ads are not too annoying and that you’ll be clicking on those that really match the content of posts. I am less than $10 USD short for my second paycheck from Google and I hope to get it before Christmas.
I’ve been too kind to my visitors with the Google Adsense thingy. Only one or two of you guys are clicking on the ads. I don’t have any banners on the main page, and I used to have only one on the full post page. I am adding few more on the there. Hopefully those won’t be too annoying and will display enough interesting ads for you to check them out more often.
With all the blogging I am doing, I think I can earn some bucks with this site. If that won’t work, I will have to separate my blog into several blogs, each of which will be topic oriented (movies, Cyprus, blogosphere, computers, personal). Those will be much easier to promote and profit from.
C’mon, I’m not aksing for much.
Linux’s logo – a friendly penguin – can be seen in the wild more and more often. If you have no idea where it came from, here is the original page with permissions to use and modify.
If you don’t know how crazy it can go, then here is a nice gallery collected by LWN staff (16 pages for the moment, and no two are the same).