Author: Wes

With the advent of the iPod Video, iTunes let you organize your movies into one convenient location. However, if you are anything like me, you’ve collected a large number of videos that aren’t exactly “movies”. You might have TV Shows, or live performances that have been ripped from your DVDs, and now they don’t all fit under the movie label.

The solution is to reorganize your videos so that they end up in iTunes under TV Shows, and enter your iPod the same way. To do this, you need a program that changes the label data within the movie so that iTunes can recognize it. Enter Parsley is Atomically Delicious. This handy little program takes files you have encoded for your iPod, and can rename them so that they appear in iTunes under the proper category. It can rename movies, TV shows or even music videos.

So how do you label an entire TV season at one time? Read More »

So you just got a new MacBook, have a big, powerful surround sound system, and want the two to cooperate with each other. What do you do?

One of the little known features of the MacBook, as well as all of the current Macs available, is that it can output full surround sound using the headphone jack. This is because the jack is both analog out and optical out. This makes it very easy to connect your computer to a home theater system and listen to music at the highest quality possible. With this cable, the MacBook will output full digital sound.

That takes care of making the connections, but outputting true 5.1 sound requires a few more steps.
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Google AdSense is a terrific program. There are numerous stories of web builders making substantial money off websites that started as a simple idea. It is very easy to set up, and requires very little maintenance to keep running.

Recently I received an email from the AdSense team that said my account had been disabled. This came as a complete surprise to me, as I did not receive a warning email or notification that this was going to happen.

This is quite disappointing, not because I lose possible revenue from this blog, but because I can no longer take part in this program if I decide to start another website.

So this is a warning, to any other AdSense users, to read the AdSense Program Policies and make sure your website complies with the requirements. Don’t get caught like I did, and miss an opportunity to take part in this great program.

I will continue to post updates about my quest to get my account reinstated.

UPDATE: Excellent. Google is reevaluating my account.

Hello,

We’re currently in the process of reviewing your account with the
additional information that you’ve provided. Please understand, however,
that there is no guarantee that your account will be reinstated into
AdSense. As a reminder, Google does reserve the right to disable an
account at any time, as stated in the AdSense Terms and Conditions
(http://www.google.com/adsense/terms ).

Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

UPDATE2: You may have noticed, but I have been reinstated into the AdSense program! Hurray for appeals!
[tags]Google, SEO, Adsense, advertising, websites[/tags]

When it comes to technology, timing is everything. The problem, though, is that technology moves at such a high rate that whatever you buy now, will be outdated within weeks. This is especially true with Macs. Apple is such a secretive company that you can never tell when they will release a new product until it is done.

However, there are times of the year when it is best to wait and see what will come from Apple. These conferences often bring updates to the computer lines. They are:

  • Macworld San Francisco (second week of January)
  • Worldwide Developer Conference (July)*
  • Apple Expo (September)

* WWDC doesn’t usually have consumer product updates (ie. iPods) but has done so in the past.

The basic idea is to wait as long as you can before purchasing a Mac. If you need it now, buy it, and don’t look back. The computer or iPod will still be powerful, it just won’t be the latest and greatest.
[tags]Apple, Macworld, WWDC, guide[/tags]

googleIt has been just over 48 hours since wesg.ca officially went online, and I have now started the process of increasing traffic to the site. The first task is to get the site into the Google index. This is important because it will get the site included in Google searches for keywords that match the site.

But how do you increase the rank of your site in the Google index? The best way to do this is to place links to your site on any online community you are a part of. These include forums, discussion boards, profiles and site databases.

To get my site in the index, I looked for anything that I participate in online – like forums, user profiles and other websites that I have helped build. I also submitted it to Digg, and within 1.5 hours, the page I linked to was in the index. I did the same thing for my Macworld forum profile and my Adium profile. I did this for a number of other forums, so that now people will see the site address, and given enough time, Google will find the links as well.
[tags]Websites, SEO, Google, forums, Digg[/tags]