Monthly Archives: September 2012

What is Google’s Adwords Re-Targeting?

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. 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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LinksAlpha: New feature announcements

Dear Customer, Social Media Made Easy   You’ve been busy publishing on your website and Social Media Profiles, and we’ve been busy building great new tools to help you do just that! Managing your Social Media Publishing is going to get richer and easier with the launch of Post app by   Post App   Schedule your Posts The new Post app enables you to schedule your posts. You can always come back and edit your scheduled posts and change their publishing time.   Save Drafts Post app enables you to save drafts while working on the posts, making your scheduling and publishing to multiple networks and profiles much easier.     Analytics Post app keeps history of all the posts you have made to each of your Networks. And the application also keeps track of likes, comments, and retweets your posts are getting.   Upload Photos Your account now comes with bundled storage enabling you to upload and serve photographs from right inside the app using our highly scalable infrastructure.   Changes to existing plans With the launch of these new features, we are also rolling out changes to the existing plans that we offer. Since your account is currently subscribed to the free plan, we want to let you know the changes that will happen with the launch of these new features. Below is the quick check list of all that is changing. Please make sure that you are aware of the changes and upgrade your account … Continue reading

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Email notifications from Google Webmaster Tools

Dear Webmaster Tools user, We know that having a healthy and well-performing website is important to you. To keep you informed about your site’s status Webmaster Tools will now automatically send you a notification email if there are critical or important issues that we detect with your site. We’ll only send you email for issues that we think have significant impact on your site’s health or search performance which have clear actions that you can take to address. For example, we’ll email you if we detect malware on your site or see a significant increase in errors while crawling your site. For most sites these kinds of issues will occur rarely. If your site does happen to have an issue we cap the number of emails we send over a certain period of time to avoid flooding your inbox. If you don’t want to receive any email from Webmaster Tools you can change your email delivery preferences at We hope that you find this change a useful way to stay up-to-date on critical and important issues regarding your site’s health. If you’d like more information about Webmaster Tools and building Google-friendly websites please visit The Webmaster Tools Team © 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Webmaster Tools account.

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Send Folders to CodeKit via the Command Line

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/ “/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/ 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.

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What is ?

If you’re wondering what 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. is the pharos print popup manager. If search your hard drive for you should find it located: /Library/Application Support/Pharos/ The version I have says:, version 8.1 (5169) Copyright ©2004-2009, Pharos Systems

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How to Open / Launch iOS Simulator

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/ Now all you have to do is open it. Voila!

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PayPal attempts to compete with SquareUp

Swipe credit cards with your free card reader. PayPal Heretm is a simple way to accept credit and debit cards, PayPal and even checks—anywhere you do business. Unlike other mobile payment solutions, PayPal Here comes with an encrypted card reader that can be used by as many as 20 employees—backed by PayPal’s world-class security, risk and fraud management systems. PayPal says “get paid anywhere” Accept credit cards and checks* wherever your customers are – with PayPal Heretm. PayPal Here check acceptance is for US only.

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Take Twitter with you. Get the app.

Twitter says “Take Twitter with you. Get the app.” I know why the have most of these apps, like the iPad / iPhone and Android. Hell, even the windows app. But why is the Nokia s40 so special that it gets it’s own app? Is this the European iPhone? Have your device with you? Visit on your device » Questions about using Twitter mobile? Visit our Mobile Help Center » Privacy controls & notification settings? Visit our Mobile Settings page » About Help Terms Privacy Blog Status Apps Resources Jobs Advertisers Businesses Media Developers

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Github: Page did not respond in a timely fashion

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.

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