Jaiku invites for Simple Help readers

Jaiku has moved to the Google servers, and they’re now allowing unlimited invites to existing subscribers. Since I’m an existing subscriber, apparently I can invite as many people as I’d like. So – leave a comment below, make sure to use the email address you’d like the invite sent to (not in the comment itself, but in the E-Mail field of the comment form). I’ll send it to you right away (assuming I’m awake when you leave the comment). Cheers!

How to silence a loud video card fan

About a month ago I decided I was going to do something about the insanely loud noise coming from my PC. I incorrectly assumed it was one of the large fans at the back causing what sounded like a jet-engine noise. Turns out, it was the tiny little fan on the video card creating all the ruckus. Thanks to The Shadow over at the How-To Geek forums my video card fan is now running completely silent. If your video card is running loudly, follow the steps outlined below to quiet the little guy down. …

How to easily create great comics

I’ll admit, this is a bit of a plug for my friend Ba (yes that’s his name). He has recently launched a fantastic and terribly easy-to-use online product that allows you to create comics – Bitstrips. For those of you who may be witty as hell, but aren’t artistically gifted, Bitstrips does the heavy lifting for you. What are you waiting for, go check it out. And please feel free to leave links in the comments to any comics you create!


Simple Help Contest Reminder – Win $25, twice!

All the rules (not many) are listed here (and that’s also the post you’ll want to leave a comment on to enter the contest). So far there are only 9 entries for the $25 cash prize and 7 entries for the $25 to non-profit-of-your-choice prize. Those odds are way better than any lottery, so what are you waiting for? :) Contest ends this Friday at midnight.

Oct. 2007 Summary and a couple of site updates

October 2007 was a banner month for Simple Help – new records for visitors and page views. And that was without a single front page digg.

266,665 Visits
490,538 Pageviews

Top Content for October 2007

  1. How to completely wipe all the data from your hard drive (thanks StumbleUpon)
  2. How to convert flac files to mp3 using Windows (usually #1)
  3. How to use your PC and Webcam as a motion detecting and recording security camera (always in the top 5)
  4. 10 Alternatives to iTunes for managing your iPod
  5. 15 Windows Explorer alternatives compared and reviewed

Something interesting (to me) is that the main page, simplehelp.net itself, was actually the 3rd most viewed page this month. That has never happened before – it’s usually somewhere around the 12th most viewed page.

For those of you who are Facebook users/junkies (guilty as charged) – Simple Help has a Facebook group. Right now it’s mostly full of my ‘real life’ friends, but by all means please feel free to join. It’s one of the places I collect feedback, post ‘sneak peaks’ of things (like the recent redesign) etc. And as always, please feel free to add me on Pownce, though I tend to use it to post music more than anything. Oh I should also mention, I have dozens of Pownce invites if you don’t have one yet. Finally, I have given in and joined the masses on Twitter.

Simplehelp has a new look! | Update 1

If you’re an RSS reader, please take a moment to view the site itself and take a look at the new design. I’ve been having some (to put it lightly) “issues” getting the template to display properly, and I think I have it worked out now – but your help would be hugely appreciated.

Assuming I don’t have to revert back to the previous design, I’ll do a much longer write-up on the amazing developer (Jamie) who is solely responsible for what I think is a fantastic upgrade.

Please feel free – no, encouraged – to leave feedback. I would ask that it be constructive. Comments like “it sucks” will be flat out deleted. Thanks!!!

Update 1: I’ll update this post a few times as things progress. Jamie has added a new style to the items in the nav bars (the icon before each entry) and made the title for each section stand out a bit more. He’s also fixed some issues that were showing up for folks running IE at 1024×768. I’ve re-enabled the Related Posts plugin, and am working on getting them to show up in RSS feeds (thx How2Geek). Also I shrunk the category icons so they didn’t blur into the post divider. Up next are fixes to blockquote, unordered lists in content, adding a search widget to a sidebar and a couple other minor things. Thanks once again to everyone who offered feedback via Pownce, Twitter, Facebook, IM and the site itself.

Joost Beta 1 – Overview

I’ve been using Joost on and off for about 4 months now. More off than on. It’s not that I didn’t like the app – it was pretty slick and quite solid for an early beta. It’s that there wasn’t a heck of a lot to watch. At some point over the last few weeks, they’ve added a lot of channels/content, and the latest version (beta 1) is even slicker than before.

Note: Invites aren’t required any more – Joost is now open to anyone who wants to sign up. Just head over to joost.com and sign up.

joost beta 1
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