Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

MovieCollector templates

I have a knack for collecting. Whether it is music, videos of particular type (like Steve Jobs keynotes), paper gadget ads…or DVDs. I used to have huge DivX movie collection, but essentially give/threw it away due to really bad image quality. This coincided with start of my DVD collection, which has now grown to over 200 movies. And which naturally leads to cataloging software, which is this post’s topic.

There are many of these. Delicious Library gets a lot of praise and good word of mouth, mostly due to its iSight barcode scanning and lovely interface. Equivalent software in the Windows world is MediaMan, although it’s far from finished, if I may say. Although they are nice, they seriously lack one crucial thing once you go past the interface: sources.

They both work with just Amazon, and pardon me - but Amazon just does not cut it. It does not have too many data about the movies, often lacks non-US movies and/or non-US DVD editions. Those apps can be beautiful as Eye Nebula - they don’t have the substance.

Movie Collector imaginary’s MovieCollector does. A lot of it.

ADxMenu v4.10

After finishing this update, I had yet another moment of how in the hell I didn’t figured this before. You know the feeling - you struggle with certain code for weeks or months, and then after you surrender to the reality and code the “just work, bitch” parts, you realize the simple solution was waiting just around the corner of your mind.

With several simple lines in the script, I can now use much simpler IE6-only CSS. Menus now work with any number of levels, without the need to update the ugly .menu .adxmhover ul, .menu .adxmhover .adxmhover ul, .menu .adxmhover .adxmhover .adxmhover ul.... rules.

Even better, you now have - in IE6 - direct (not simulated) replacements for the following selectors:

  • li:hover

  • li:hover>a

  • li:hover>ul

Ads off

I have removed the graphical ads from my pages, as well as PerformancingPartners ad from ADxMenu and WCH pages.

My little experiment with LinkShare ads proved what I have suspected from the beginning. I have $0 earned. My blog is simply not applicable for such things. Even when one of my posts generated 3x surge in visits, it had not generated any sales. This is not the blog for such things, which I knew - I now simply have a hands-on experience. You need product-oriented web site in order to push people to buy anything. Things like, where you can read a laptop review and then proceed to shopping if you like it.

Same thing happened with Amazon links, but they have a problem on their own, one of which I already spoke in the original post.

PerformancingPartners never really got off. I first had lots of problems with their weird validation routine, then eventually caved in to its requirements and managed to validate my blog. And then realized that the only way I can be payed is through PayPal. Lovely. They are not working in Serbia yet, thus PP are gone - I gave them enough links from my ADxMenu pages for the last month. No freebies anymore.

The only scheme actually generating any money is Google’s AdSense. Nothing spectacular - ~40$ for a month and a half - but enough to earn their place here. I’m itching to see how it will develop in the future. Currently, my page/visit levels are averaging on 3.000/1.700 a day. Things might get interesting if it rises up to 10x that, because I suspect that visitor / CtR ratio is not 1:1.