When I originally put the ads on maradns.samiam.org and samiam.org, I promised that the ads would always be unobtrusive and text-only. Well, Google changed the ads they give their subscribers; what were once text-only ads now have images in them, making them obtrusive and gaudy.
So I have pulled all ads from my websites. Yes, this is going to cost me real money. But I made a promise to the MaraDNS community, and I can no longer be a client of Google ad words and keep that promise. So the ads go.
I have replaced the obtrusive text + image ads with a single unobtrusive one-line ad at the top of the MaraDNS webpages: “Support MaraDNS or listen to my music” “Support MaraDNS” takes users to a page where they can make a PayPal donation. “Listen to my music” takes users to my page where they can listen to for free and optionally buy the music I am composing.
I keep the promises I have made to the MaraDNS community. That is why I released Deadwood and MaraDNS 2.0 after I realized I no longer wanted to define myself as “The MaraDNS guy.” That is why I still fix security problems in MaraDNS 2, even though, as a single parent, it’s hard to find time to do so. And that is why I spent a lot of time this last weekend scrubbing all of the ads from my web sites.
Lenovo Thinkpads come with an tool which supposedly makes DVDs of all of the files needed to reinstall windows from scratch on a Thinkpad. Only one problem: When I needed to reinstall Windows on my Thinkpad, the image discs did not work. I had to take a fresh install of Windows 7, on my Thinkpad’s identical twin sister which I keep in a closet and sometimes run Windows Update on, make a sector-by-sector disk image of the hard disk, and copy that image to my current Thinkpad.
This process took 12 hours but gave me a working system again. Lesson learned: The only way to ensure I can recover a Windows image so I can reinstall it without purchasing another Windows license is by spending the six hours or so making a sector-by-sector copy of the hard disk when I first buy the system.
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