Missed it by that much

Today I put a bid on a townhouse in California. The opening price was $459K. By the time all was finished it rose to $510K. That’s an astounding $51K of cost increase in less than 24 hours! Only 4 people (including me) bid on the place, and it wasn’t all that fantastic. Needless to say, I passed on it.

Just goes to show you that people in California are nuts. Really nuts.

Tech Updates

I’m now actively working on that other site as I try to get it under control. What I’ve learned about the folks who visit the collection of web sites I manage is this:

* They love looking at and downloading pictures
* They are overwhelmingly Windows / IE users
* Search engines play a large role in how people find a site
* Less than 1/4 of all the web pages on a site are ever visited

These shouldn’t be surprising facts, but they appear to be startling when weighed against several different sites. The results are consistent, regardless of traffic volume.

Next up: learning how to get a forum/bulletin board up and running effectively!

Battlefield Woes

Yesterday I acquired a copy of EA’s latest masterpiece, Battlefield: Vietnam. What I was met with was utter disapointment, thanks in no small part to the total lack of QA on EA’s behalf. The game just up and crashes every few minutes, usually taking the whole PC with it.

Today I did a series of tests on several systems to see what the problem could be. Here’s what I learned:

  • ASUS A7N8X Deluxe 2.0 (nForce2 Ultra 400) + GeForce 5900 = crash
  • NVIDIA nForce3 250 GB + GeForce 5600 = slow, but no crash
  • NVIDIA nForce3 250 GB + GeForce 5900 = reasonable, but no crash
  • Shuttle SN45G (nForce2 Ultra 400) + GeForce 5200 = slow, but no crash
  • Now I’m really puzzled. More testing is necessary to determine what’s goin on here.

    New Site Duties

    In addition to all the other things I’m doing these days, I’ve taken on managing the R/C airplane club’s web site. It is interesting to me since it is a combo of two hobbies I have, but also because the cross section of the web community that visits that page is so different than what I’ve seen thus far.

    If you want to take a look you can find the site here.

    Back in town

    I’ve made it back from two weeks abroad. I have a cold of some kind that won’t go away and I’ve spent many hours getting DSL to work again. When you think of being on the road for so long you never assume that there will be so much cleanup at the end. Alas, that’s what today is for, I think.