Archive for September, 2007

Allergies, Emotions, and the Dysfunctional Family

I’ve just finished publishing a couple of articles on the Allergy site about Allergies and Mood, and Allergies and the Dysfunctional Family.

The two are actually related, I realized, after reading a section in the book Free To Fly.

First of all, allergies can affect your mood - no question about it. I did a survey on Allergy Details about allergies and mood, and found that most respondents did notice a correlation between allergy symptoms and mood. This comes as no surprise to me.

The part that never occurred to me was the link between allergies and dysfunctional families. It sure makes sense though. It is easy to understand that a chronically bad mood and negative outlook will affect interpersonal relationships.

Notice the rise of allergies and the rising divorce rate. Coincide or cause and effect?

The Secret: Doctoring Google AdSense Reports

I am working on an experiment, an idea I picked up from the movie, The Secret. The idea is to create the exact feelings of happiness and joy that accompany attaining your goals.

One of the guys in The Secret explained how he used whiteout and a pen to doctor his bank statements, adding a few zeros to his balance. Imagine having that much money in the bank! The idea is not to imagine the idea, but really feel how you would feel if you really had a bank balance like that.

Here is how you can apply the same principle to your Google AdSense Report. Save the HTML to your hard drive, then use FireBug to copy all nine css styles sheets, and past them into .css files. Next, change the HTML to load up those style sheets. Then, I save the Google logo and change the HTML to load it up from the correct location.

Now, replace the text showing Today’s Earnings, Earnings for all channels, and Total earnings. Remember to change the number of page impressions too.

Save it, then browse to the doctored html file, and there you see it! A very convincing report showing your Google income for the day, but with a few extra zeros!

For this to work, it has to be a believable number for you, so don’t go too crazy with the zeros, at least not until your real Google income is approaching your intended one, expressed as a doctored report.

Happy earnings!

1and1 - the worst registrar

I can’t believe how bad 1and1 (1&1, 1 and 1 or 1 & 1, depending on how you spell it) is as a registrar. Given the way they go about things, I’m sure they are bad at everything else also.

True, once you get set up, the domain does get forwarded to your host. But thats about it.

The rot sets in as soon as you try to register a domain. You can only register one at a time, and they have the most clunky interface for registering a domain, with as many obscure clicks and confusing screens as possible. Sometimes, you end up in an endless loop, going back to the same screen over and over again.

Once registered, there is no easy way of knowing when your domains expire. When they do, they are just automatically renewed without asking you.

Trying to do anything in the control panel is an exercise in frustrating. Nothing is organized, nothing makes sense, and there are just as many clicks as possible for every operation.

Deleting a domain involved going to a separate website with it’s own weird set of steps. This doubles as the place where you turn off auto renewal.

To make matters worse, when you delete a domain, you are informed that the private registration will be turned off and your contact information will appear in the whois database. Thanks! Why do you think I made my registration private, you idiots!

Each time you register a set of domains, it goes into a separate package. This makes it impossible to list all the domains you have. This piece-meal approach is made even worse because they prevent you from selecting and copying your list of domains.

I don’t think 1&1 wants customers. They treat us with disrespect.

For this reason, I am switching my domains to another registrar with a sensible system.

I recommend that you avoid 1and1.