Monthly Archives: September 2012
The Google Adwords algorithm is a theory that often the first impression won’t yield a conversion, and so they offer Adwords re-targeting. What that means is when a user is searching for something, they’ll be shown ads. Perhaps they’ll even click one of those ads – but it doesn’t mean the advertiser (payer) will get a conversion. If there is no conversion, Adwords knows that the user is probably interested and perhaps just needs to be “impressioned” a few more times. They use cookie tracking and lots of other good methods to follow you around to their affiliate sites (think Youtube video ads, ads on websites, etc) and will show you what they think you’re interested in. I recently took a look at the design of the SquareUp site and ever since then I’ve been seeing so many ads for their product. Amazon.com does a similar thing – if you visit their site you’ll start seeing things that you looked at show up on other websites. In short, that’s what Google’s Adwords’ Re-Targeting is all about.
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If you’re doing some web development with CodeKit and want to be able to send folders to the program via the command line (I was really hoping to do this via Quicksilver), then you can use this little tidbit: open -a /Applications/CodeKit.app “/path/to/your/project” The CodeKit application apparently does not associate itself with being able to open files and so it doesn’t register with folders or files as being an available “Open With” application for opening them. Again I was hoping to do this via a quicksilver action, something like: If it did then quicksilver would stick it in the third pane when using the “Open With” action, wouldn’t that be nice! It is possible to get it into the third pane but you need to have the path to the application in your clipboard (/Applications/CodeKit.app) and then: Select the Folder Choose “Open With” Tab to the third pane and paste the path to the application in. That’s demonstrated in the screenshot above. CodeKit’s not too bad, some aspects seem sluggish and I wish there were more features to customize it – like inclusion and exclusion rules and a finer grained control of which tabs refresh in the browser – also maybe some explanation of their partial CSS injection-on-update feature they have in the preferences.
If you’re wondering what Popup.app is on your Mac, the little program that has a lighthouse as an icon, and you are questioning “How did this thing get on my computer?”, well, I have your answer. Popup.app is the pharos print popup manager. If search your hard drive for Popup.app you should find it located: /Library/Application Support/Pharos/Popup.app The version I have says: Popup.app, version 8.1 (5169) Copyright ©2004-2009, Pharos Systems
If you have XCode installed you can go to preferences, downloads, and install the iOS Simulator, at this time the iOS 5.0 Simulator is the only one available, even though iOS 6.0 is already out. Once it’s installed you’ll have a new application – but it is not clear where the application is actually stored. You’ll need the path for the iOS Simulator if you want to actually launch it or open it. Fortunately that’s not a big problem – the iPhoneSimulator can be found at: /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhone Simulator.app Now all you have to do is open it. Voila!
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When Github is slow it will give this error: Page did not respond in a timely fashion. And they have a nice picture of an Angry Unicorn: Check our status site for alerts. Either you found a page that took too long to render or we’re getting more requests right now than we can handle. You can try refreshing the page, the problem may be temporary. Learn how to deal with GitHub outages and other access problems.