YouTube Ad Free Subscription

If you don’t want to see any ads on YouTube, then you need to pony up for a subscription. The commercial free service is called YouTube Red and will cost $9.99 per month. It will be available Oct. 28 in the United States and will be available globally in 2016. Just think about the countless minutes and hours wasted watching ads before the videos can load and play. Is this worth the subscription? I think if there’s additional content available with this service, then it would be worth the price. The commercial free service on its own isn’t worth the trouble for me.

Hey Google, Happy Now?

Dear Google,

Is this website to your liking now? Just to let you know, if you haven’t already noticed, I’ve decided to turn off Google Adwords on my website. That’s right. I’m breaking up with you. Nice knowing you. Have a nice life. I hope you feel better.

Do you want to know why I dumped you? I’m no longer participating in your dumb Google Adwords program because you have way too many rules and regulations. You can’t do this, you can’t do that. First, you demand “nofollow” on all links. But that really didn’t matter, because you manually altered and lowered my page ranking anyways. I could care less about page ranking. You can rank mine to negative 5 million if you want. I don’t give a hoot.

Finally, today was the final straw. Now, you want to dictate how and where I can place my ads. So that everyone here reading this knows, here’s the warning and alert message from Google.

LAYOUT ENCOURAGES ACCIDENTAL CLICKS: Publishers are not permitted to encourage users to click on Google ads in any way. This includes any implementation that may encourage accidental clicks, such as placing ads near flash games or navigation bars, or placing ads and site links extremely close together.

Please. I am done with you. Now that your dumb ads are gone from my website, I can finally have my freedom back. I can do anything to my site. I can use any layout, and any design that I want, without you telling me what to do. I don’t have to adhere to your stupid rules and regulations just to make you happy.

By the way, you can shove that worthless couple of dollars a month to where the sun don’t shine. You guys are cheap. Other advertisers pay more. I’m sorry I already found a replacement. And please, don’t bother explaining and rationalizing what you did, because I’m done listening to you. Comments are off.

Amazon Ads on Ubuntu

Canonical plans to integrate Amazon search results in the next release of Ubuntu 12.10. This is an unpopular move to most Linux users because most Linux users want an ad-free environment. I recently moved away from Ubuntu due to the fact that I have to deal with technical issues every time there is a new release. I have to constantly fight with issues that were previously resolved and now broken again with the latest release. The introduction of Unity just made things even worse. I hate Unity. That’s one good reason, I moved away from Ubuntu to Linux Mint and Mate, since Mate is based on Gnome 2. Now, with the introduction of Amazon search results, in Ubuntu 12.10, will result in more Ubuntu users moving away to other distros. Good luck, Canonical. I hope you think more about your user base, that what actually goes into your pocket books.

Technology and Food Ads

So much for content ads. It was long understood that Google Ads were based on content. So, if your blog or website is about technology, you will most likely get served with ads about technology, but it’s not always the case.

Lately, one of my ads have been about food. What does food have anything to do with technology? Well, I guess there are exceptions. I never really figured out why certain ads will show up that are completely unrelated to my content.

I know all geeks needs to eat, but shouldn’t the ads be about technology, like hosting, iPad 2, the cloud, etc. So, why Groupon Foods or pizza? Anyways, it’s making me hungry.

Just some interesting observations. That is all.