Each day tech-recipes gets a ton of comments. In fact, often the information that is left in the comments is more helpful that the original tutorial. 

Like on many other popular web sites, spammers frequently try to use our comments to gain attention for their own websites. 

Microsoft not only decided to spam our comments but is trying to steal our authors too?  Boo!  :)

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Blog Me Tender, Blog Me True

March 11th, 2008

The tech-recipes authors are blogging like crazy. As I am not always the tutorial zealot, please allow me to brag on the crew a little this morning.

BFF and code monkey Q is becoming the photographer and photoshoppper extraordinaire. In his blog exposure post he highlights some of his favorite photography related blog posts.

New tech-recipes author Incursor reminds us all to take an ubuntu typing break. Our other ubuntu guru ShamansTears is on the cusp of getting Google Calendar working offline. He is destined to get us a big scoop before somebody leaks it to the a-listers.

Gadget boy and hardware hacker Seamonkey420 is beating the tobacco addiction but will never be able to give up the gear habit. Check out the videos for his Asus Eee PC 4G and his PS3 versus HTPC.

My wife and I are celebrating a little family time in the wine country. You guys be careful and not mess up the place, okay?

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The Gawker Network has recently changed it’s pay structure to encourage popularity over quantity.

In the new and old system, Gawker pays a base salary. In the old system, authors were paid a $12 per post bonus above the base salary. In the new system, an author’s bonus is based on having more pageviews than expected for that site.

Under the new system, posts that receive a high number of pageviews will likely yield a bigger bonus than the old system. However, lesser popular posts may never reach the pageview threshold; and in that case, the blogger will not get paid anything over the base salary.

ratdiary describes in further detail how many authors may lose money under the new terms. After claiming Gawker’s big man Denton has “no vision beyond page views”, one Gawker author has quit after only one day on the job.

Under this system, Denton is assuming that pageviews are the most important metric. This should not be surprising. Radio and television are already largely driven by popularity. More pageviews = more ad views = more clicks = more $$.

Sadly, this is why our main stream media is being diluted with pop-culture, britney spears / paris hilton junk. Popularity may equal money; however, it does not equal quality.

This is certainly not a knock against Denton. Trying to prevent dilution is hard. Here at tech-recipes we will continue to utilize a straight profit sharing model. The advantage of the profit sharing model is that it rewards quality and popularity. The money made on an article is a factor of pageviews and what an advertiser is willing to pay to be near that content. High quality content (regardless of popularity) is more likely to receive better paying advertising.

Denton’s model, for better or worse, only rewards authors for half of the equation.

We Pay Our Bloggers

December 12th, 2007

I just want everybody to know that we are paying our bloggers. BlogCharm may not pay their bloggers. AGLOCO died without paying its users. BlogNation is not paying either.

This is ridiculous. People are working and not getting paid. Unforgivable. The first thing you do is pay your people. You pay your people before you pay your rent, your servers, and especially yourself.

We have never missed a payment to our authors–not a single one. We are as open and transparent as possible. Our bloggers are our friends. I could not imagine under any circumstance not paying them.

We have never taken funding. We do not believe in black-hat SEO. We are building slowly and honestly. We have funds in the bank.

Depending on their skills and content, we have authors that are making several thousands of dollars a month. We even reward our volunteers who are not under contract. We are constantly in discussions and experimentation with our advertising partners to bring our authors the highest income possible.

BlogCharm, AGLOCO, BlogNation — shame on you. When blogging is your business, then your bloggers should be your top priority.

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With the release of OS X 10.5, Apple has filled their operating system with exciting new features and tools. Here at tech-recipes, we have already released 20 screenshot-filled tutorials highlighting some of these features.

Leopard Mail now has stationery but you will probably want to know how to hide the new Notes features from appearing in your inbox. Leopard’s Finder has been enhanced with breadcrumb and cover flow navigation styles. Tabs are everywhere in OS X 10.5. iChat and Terminal both gain tabs as a very welcomed feature.

Other than the beautiful new design, the Dock now has the ability to handle folders as Stacks. Borrowing a handy feature from the world of windows, the Dock is now spring loaded for drag-and-drop ease. Probably the most important new feature is the Time Machine. However, everybody will need to know how to remove files and folders from the Time Machine’s eternal clutches.

With all these features, it will be important to know how to limit your kids’ computer usage with Parental Controls.

Please stay tuned to our Leopard OS X 10.5 Section for our latest additions to the Leopard tech-recipes cookbook…

Techcrunch lets us know that newsvine acquired by MSNBC.com. Newsvine had raised $1.5 million in capital prior to this.

Considering the estimated metrics of newsvine, this really surprises me. Of course, all of these services are estimations. Let’s look at the numbers:

I’ll include tech-recipes in the comparisons for a baseline…

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Compete – SnapShot of newsvine.com, tech-recipes.com
Alexa – Graph of newsvine.com, tech-recipes.com
Quantcase – Newsvine.com, Tech-Recipes.com

Today I discovered one of the weaknesses of badges, gadgets, and embeds. Users who are behind restrictive web filters may never correctly see a web page that contains an “include” from a blocked site.

On my XP machines at work, the Facebook Badge does not time out in a graceful manner. This has been the source of my thinking that my blog has not been working incorrectly. Today I installed firebug and yslow for firefox and noticed the following…

slow facebook badge

The site was stuck on waiting for the facebook badge — eternally. This is likely because of the websense restrictive filtering policy of the hospital. If I try to directly visit facebook, that never resolves either. I receive an eternal “Waiting for…” message in the tray in both IE6 and firefox.

Eventually, IE6 just quits waiting for the badge and never renders the rest of the page. After a minute or two, firefox gives up and does render the page; however, it is such a long delay most people would give up ship and move to another page.

Certainly, you can complain about the way the browsers handle timeouts on javascript. However, the more important point is the following:

How many users are we missing because we are using these embedded objects?

The huge spikes in internet traffic during the work portion of the week suggests that a large majority of internet traffic is from people at work. People at work often have some type of internet filter between them and the rest of the world. It makes sense to me, then, that these hot new embeddable objects may be making many web pages inaccessible to many users.

If a browser fails to load an image, it fails gracefully. If a browser fails to load a gadget, the rendering of your entire page may choke.

More Minor Blog Changes

August 1st, 2007

Tonight, seamonk requested that we add adsense to his blog so I have gently introduced a few ads into his right sidebar. We are still exploring ways to tame the huge sidebars in most of the tech-recipes blogs.

While I was toying around, I added some primitive google adsense content markers in a few of the blogs. These markers should help adsense find the important content. We’ll see if it changes anything.

Today we added the new front page images to our RSS feeds as well.  Many of our tech-recipes regulars use rss feeds to follow our frequent updates here.  We felt that our rss lurkers deserved some image loving too. 

If you have not already, feel free to subscribe to the official tech-recipes rss feed.   We promise a daily dose of tech-tutorial goodness.  Many of our tutorial authors also blog about other interesting things so subscribe to the tech-recipes blog feed to keep up with all that craziness.

As always… questions, comments, and snide remarks are appreciated.

Over this weekend we rolled out some tweaks to the tech-recipes code. The fact that the code is functioning well–and that Q and I are still on speaking terms–suggests success.

Tech-Recipes will now post updates to twitter through twitter.com/techrecipes. Big props to twittermail that streamlines this process very easily.

We spent the rest of the time adding images to the front page. The monolithic stream of text on the front page was not very inviting. Hopefully, this will better express the warm and fuzziness that is the tech-recipes community. :)

We tweaked the fonts and white space in the CSS as well. You may need to force refresh your browser to reload the CSS to be able to see the all the changes.

Anybody else have any recommended changes?