Author Archives: normalkid

New York Times and More…

By now, many people have seen the New York Times article about me and my quitting medicine to pursue a career on my websites. Overall, the response has been amazing, and generally very positive. The article itself was amongst the … Continue reading

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I Quit My Job

Yesterday was my last day at my full time job as a physician. I plan to work on and other web projects full time. The most likely reaction I expect from regular MacRumors readers is “You weren’t working on … Continue reading

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Used to Be a Real Programmer (Need an Old Mac)

Once upon a time, I was actually a non-web programmer. I had an interest in game development and the demoscene. This was mostly done at the hobby level. I did write one screen saver module for After Dark 4.0 (‘Points … Continue reading

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Traffic = Power = Money

The secret to success on the internet can be boiled down to one simple accomplishment: building traffic. That’s it. If you have a site that attracts a lot of visitors, you will be able to make money. On the internet, … Continue reading

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Launch of

I’ve owned an Apple computer since the age of 12 or so. My first Apple was an Apple //c. I later moved on to the Apple //gs, a Mac IIsi, PowerMac 7500 and so on. I’m presently on a Mac … Continue reading

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The Business of XKCD

XKCD is a web comic created by 23-year-old physics major and programmer Randall Munroe who is actually making a living off his web-comic. Here’s a sample comic that I found particularly funny… but you have to be a programmer to … Continue reading

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Ars Gets Bought.

From my point of view, the biggest news this week is that ArsTechnica was purchased by Conde Nast for a rumored $25 million. The acquisition itself has been verified, but the price will likely never be publicly confirmed. For those … Continue reading

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Engadget vs Gizmodo Stats

Hitwise publishes stats comparing Gizmodo and Engadget — two of the most popular “gadget blogs”. The stats are interesting… with Engadget supposedly receiving 6x larger a share of visits than Gizmodo. By “visit”, I presume they mean unique visitor rather … Continue reading

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Twitter as a Traffic Referral Source

In case you don’t follow web, tech, and social news sites, there’s a vocal minority that claims that Twitter is the next best thing since sliced bread. One of the arguments of pro-Twitter bloggers is that Twitter is quickly becoming … Continue reading

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On Attribution and Links

As a blogger or site owner, you are keenly aware of the activities of other sites on the internet, especially in your field. In particular, you might notice when other sites properly credit your site for either original news or … Continue reading

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