Archive for March 2009

Does Subliminal Advertising Work?

by Paul Wilson

Every since I was a kid and first heard about subliminal advertising I have been fascinated about whether it works or not. In college I read a study about a Canadian TV network running subliminal advertising and then informing their viewers at the end of the program. They asked people to call in and tell them what they thought was being advertised to them—less than one percent got it right.

I believe if done correctly subliminal advertising could work. This video makes me believe that I just might be right.

http://mymarketer.net/vids/subliminal.flv

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Another Tool In The Fight Against Viruses!

by Paul Wilson

Another Tool In The Fight Against Viruses!

computer-virus So, last week was a frustrating week. For the first time in 10 years I received a virus on my computer. The virus was so nasty that I had to completely re-image my hard drive. Then the very next day, as I was trying to install all my programs, I got another virus. This time I had to put in a brand new hard drive. Thankfully, I was able to recover all my content but for security I changed all my passwords.

Now, last night I think another virus may have hit me. For some reason I get a window coming up now and then trying to pull a pdf file from a chinese site. The actual string is: mirain.cn/sv/pdf.php?f=all. Let me tell you how frustrating all this.

My biggest concern is that I do all my bills and banking online. I was telling a friend about this and he recommended a free keystroke encryption software on download.com called Blue Gem. I have now downloaded this on my computer and my wife’s. It won’t stop the virus from infecting my computer but it will stop them from accessing personal information.

 
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Fixing Image Alignment in WordPress

by Paul Wilson

Fixing Image Alignment in WordPress

03-17-09_wordpress-theme I help develop a lot of custom wordpress themes (you can see some of my work in the gallery). One common mistake that a lot of developers make is having images in post be styled according to wordpress standards. Case in point, the theme for MyMarketer is a free theme. When I tried on the theme all the images in my posts no longer held their formatting.

I came across this problem with one of my freelance projects and asked the developer of the project his thoughts. Here is the email he sent:

Actually we need to add extra CSS classes for customized themes, so the final CSS rules would be:

 
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The Unchosen Plugin

by Paul Wilson

The Unchosen Plugin

trash-can So, almost a month after Yoast.com’s plugin contest I finally heard a response concerning my plugin submission—no. Actually, it wasn’t quite so direct, below is the response:

“Hi Guys,
apologies for the delay! Joost and I decided to make the eventual winner work harder for their prize, so we asked a couple of the entrants to go back and take their ideas to the point where we can release them. If we haven’t contacted you yet, I’m afraid you are out of the running, but many thanks for having a go! We expect to announce the winner and launch the plugin/theme in a week or so.”

I didn’t hear from them, so I am out. I do understand not winning the contest, WordTravel was a very basic plugin. However, I do have plans on expanding WordTravel to a more versatile plugin, so keep a watch for some upcoming releases. I wish Yoast.com’s plugin finalists the best in the refining of their plugin/theme! ~Paul W.

 
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