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browser demographics
goombas.org Posted 2012-04-19 19:57:01 by Jim Crawford
Top five browsers accessing twinbeardstudios.com:
1.Chrome53.63%
2.Firefox30.33%
3.Safari5.01%
4.Internet Explorer4.51%
5.Mozilla Compatible Agent3.01%

Top five browsers accessing goombas.org:
1.Safari36.71%
2.Chrome20.01%
3.Internet Explorer14.10%
4.Firefox12.56%
5.Android Browser12.50%

For reference, ~70% of recent Twinbeard traffic has been going to Huggy Bear, and ~95% of Goombas.org traffic has, for years, been going to you ever get those balls in your earlobes?

Search keywords coming in to goombas.org:
(not provided)19.59%
earlobe cyst11.27%
ball in earlobe4.20%
cyst in earlobe3.69%
cyst on earlobe1.31%
hard ball in earlobe1.28%
lumps in earlobes1.28%
hard lump in earlobe0.91%
cyst earlobe0.79%
knot in earlobe0.76%

You poor, poor, Mac users. Statistically speaking.

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throwbacks
goombas.org Posted 2006-04-03 19:08:49 by Jim Crawford
I had to use the phone and wait on hold to talk to a live representative of Network Solutions in order to transfer goombas.org away from Network Solutions. And the domain transfer is pending in five to seven days. Do they have to ship the documents via Pony Express? What the hell did we invent the Internet for again?

(goombas.org expires in four days. I just know this will be excuse enough for Network Solutions to deny the transfer. In the biz, this is what we refer to as “scheduled downtime.”)
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comments are back
goombas.org Posted 2006-01-30 06:56:17 by Jim Crawford
I've reimplemented user comments. I've only bothered to implement anonymous commenting because PHP is nasty and noone really logged in anyways.
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switching servers
goombas.org Posted 2005-08-12 23:05:20 by Jim Crawford
The deal I have with my current hosting provider is about to end, and not being an employee any more, I'm no longer eligible for the employee discount. I'm tempted to just ask them to take the cost of the next year of hosting out of the $1200 or so they still owe me, but, uh, I actually want the $1200 (or so).

So, I'm moving goombas.org to 1and1.com, with whom I have just over a year of free hosting left. This means problems on several fronts, the most irritating one being that I have to rewrite the back end in PHP.

I'm going to be doing the rewrite piecemeal, so expect goombas.org to suddenly drop a lot of functionality when the IP change propogates to a DNS server near you. Specifically, if you've been meaning to comment on anything, you'd better hurry.

Update: Too late!

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undermining referrer spam
goombas.org Posted 2005-02-04 17:07:32 by Jim Crawford
Thanks to this slashdot post for informing me of the feature Google has implemented to deal with problems like referrer spam. Specifically, if you you add the attribute rel="nofollow" to a link, Google will not count the link when calculating PageRank for a given page. I've implemented this, so rest assured that the planted entries in the recent referrers list are not getting their perpetrators the google juice they desire.

If it becomes enough of a problem, I'll do this for comment links too, but I don't expect it to be necessary any time soon.

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revival
goombas.org Posted 2005-01-09 05:26:55 by Jim Crawford
I just added a bunch of backdated entries to goombas.org, which I had for no good reason failed to post here when I wrote them.

I've also got more to say about what's been happening in my life, but I'll write that up later. Most of the people reading this already know all the interesting stuff anyways.

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stoking the paranoia
goombas.org Posted 2004-05-18 16:15:23 by Jim Crawford
While updating goombas.org's DNS info, I discovered that if you do a domain lookup on networksolutions.com, and it tells you that this domain is taken, there's a link to “backorder” the domain. The idea being that you can reserve a domain for instant registration if it ever expires.

Seeing this link on my own personal domain name was pretty disturbing. What it said to me was that if I let up my guard for a moment and let goombas.org expire, it would be instantaneously replaced by something soul-deadening like this.

It's as if I were looking at my my personal information on Yahoo! People Search and seeing a link exhorting the reader to “Order this person killed! Only $29.95, we accept PayPal!”

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recent referrers
goombas.org Posted 2003-01-24 09:32:26 by Jim Crawford
There now exists a “recent referrers” column to go along with the “recent comments” column. You like?

You know, if goombas.org were getting a few thousand sessions per day rather than a dozen, having so many database hits on each page would probably kill the server. But the way I see it, being able to get away with this kind of thing is just one of the many advantages of not being famous.

I just need to ensure that I don't post anything interesting enough to make it onto slashdot.

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fixing things
goombas.org Posted 2002-10-13 01:46:58 by Jim Crawford
“Today” has been a productive day for goombas.org. I've finally gotten around to implementing many of the changes I've been meaning to for months.

. . .

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anonymous comments
goombas.org Posted 2002-06-26 12:22:14 by Jim Crawford
Well, boringguy's comment on “!!” convinced me that there's most likely a demographic out there that cares enough to post but not enough to create a user... so I've just hacked in anonymous posting.

There was no infrastructure for it, so I ended up creating an “Anonymous” user and hardcoding some behaviours using its UserID. Heh.

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