Archive for March, 2007

Buying ads on Yahoo’s network

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

yahoo credit cardSo a few weeks ago I sat down at the computer to buy some ads on Yahoo’s network. I went through their process doing it as quickly as I could (which is hard) because I wanted to be done before the kids got up.

Towards the end I put in my credit card number:

1111111111111111

it was rejected (!) … so I did it again, and again. I double/tripled checked the numbers – I was getting so frustrated! I just spent some valuable time putting this together and now it was rejecting my card! I pulled my personal card and the same thing happened. Dang – why were both of my cards being rejected??

For some reason I thought I’d try it with the spaces, like this:

1111 1111 1111 1111

Guess what – it worked! My thoughts? Why doesn’t a pioneer in the Internet world allow both ways? Why is the spacing such a big deal? Have they tested this??

(of course now I have to go and test my credit card pages and see what’s acceptable – and I realize there are bunches of JibberJobber things that can or should be polished – but we’re working from different budgets here (how’s that for an excuse).)

I bet if I had a Yahoo credit card it wouldn’t have happened… right? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Hipcast – podcasting on the cheap and easy

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Hipcast logoI’ve had about 6 podcast interviews over the last 10 months.  I’ve asked my podcasting expert friends how to go about having my own podcasts.  The answers are always overwhelming because I’m not a gadgety, geeky type and I don’t want to have to spend a lot of time on it.

That’s why I was really excited to learn how CM Russell pumps out podcasts so quickly and easily.  I know you can have flashier, funner podcasts (with music at the front or back or whatever) but for someone dry and boring like me this is all I need: Hipcast (their blog – outdated).

Again, I haven’t signed up for hipcast just yet – I’m not ready to make a podcasting committment.  But its cheap – 5 bucks a month on their basic plan (get 2 months free if you pay for a year).  As far as I understand its dumb-proof – just make a phone call into the hipcast system, push some buttons to tell the system what you want to do and you’ll end up with a recording and the code you need to post it on your blog or site.

I like it and this is likely how I’ll do it if/when I start.

Talkr.com – convert a blog post to a podcast

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Talkr logoEver wish you could convert a blog into a podcast? Stop wishing – you can with Talkr.com. I haven’t signed up yet and will when I get a free *cough* moment.

Here’s the Talkr blog.

Here’s a review by Pete Cashmore at mashable. Yo Pete – why don’t you review JibberJobber??

hat tip to Bill Vick for letting me know about this.

I’m a B-List blogger

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Forget the Z-list, and tongue-stick-out to the A-list – I’m a b-lister! This is for my JibberJobber blog, of course, which is about 10 months old.

B-List Blogger

Once I get about 200 more blogs linking into JibberJobber I’ll hit A-list status. Hat-tip to fellow b-lister Harry Joiner.

a favorite from Monty Python

Monday, March 5th, 2007