TinkerTry's First Birthday, June 1, 2012

Posted by Paul Braren on Jun 1 2012 (updated on May 3 2014) in
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  • 1st year Statistics:

    It's been a year already, wow, time flies. It would seem my fingers have been flying too, with 58,728 words typed so far. Yep, I guess I've written a book.

    In addition to the fresh screenshots above, here's some more Google Analytics data, from June 1st 2011 through March 31, 2012:

    • 457,863 Page Views.
    • 101,480 Unique Visitors.
    • 59,096 Words.
    • 287 Responses (by the moderator).
    • 3rd ranked country is Germany, barely behind 2nd ranked English-speaking UK, wow!
      (see screenshots below)
    • 170 Articles.
    • 57 Videos.
    • 50 Draft Articles, some of which will never see the light of day (old and stale).

    It seems obvious that I'm not always as concise as I should be, eh?

    Finally found an efficient, attractive, and affordable ceiling fixture, with 3 LED bulbs, totalling just $88 | TinkerTry

    Hi +Paul Braren, longest light fitting review in the history of mankind. Well done
    Renny Phipps

    Editor's note: Renny, that article was actually 1,907 words, so yes, I guess it's safe to say I get a carried away writing about promising new technologies like LEDs

    1st year Visitor Comments:

    This is the sort of stuff that keeps me going, especially when I remind myself that well under 1% of all site visitors take the time to comment!

    How to configure ESXi 5.0 for USB 3.0 passthrough to a Windows VM
    Dude, this thing rocks! Thanks for the excellent instructions!
    Vital Networks

    The reasoning behind vZilla’s use of the LSI 9265-8i RAID Controller (hint: SSD for RAID5 read-and-write caching)
    I'm also interested in building my own ESXi. My searching about this whole topic brings me to your blog and it is so usefull to me. Thanks for your work!
    I want to use local storage and therefor I'm looking for a good RAID-Controller. I think the brand new LSI...

    How to configure ESXi 5.0 for USB 3.0 passthrough to a Windows VM
    This is soooo cool. Have had my own (identical) vZilla running for about a week now and it’s an amazing rig. As an ESXi virgin with only some dabbling with VMware Workstation, I’m blown away. And I would not have done this without the info you provided.

    Windows Server 8 Beta runs fine on ESXi 5.0 Patch 02
    Thank you for the great post, it worked exactly as you stated, followed the steps which was clear and consice.

    How to make ESXi 5.0 recognize an LSI 9265-8i RAID controller
    Awesome! That Driver Rollup ISO is exactly what I needed. Thanks!
    Kyle Anderson

    Resolving false “Incorrect Password” messages after MobileMe to iCloud migration: fixes for iPhone, Outlook, and Windows Live Mail
    Hiya, I must say it's people like you that restore my faith in human nature...wonderful concise resolution to a painful issue for many of us out here, many thanks!!!!
    Kam Sandhu


    • I try to keep my focus on solid, unique content, of an intermediate or advanced technical nature.
    • I actually enjoy Google+, and have found considerable value in following many of those who follow me.
    • Overall site traffic has roughly doubled every 2 months.
    • Site comments continue to creep up in frequency, yet the quality has always been outstanding from the very start, even without requiring a login.
      Remarkable, I've only had to delete about a dozen useless comments (from a spammer) in 365 days, which truly shocked me, in a very good way.
      Contrast that with YouTube comments, need I say more?
    • Visitors feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
    • I've finally obtained the ability to generate enough income to (barely) offset the cost of running this site.
    • Skimlinks has been a success, and doesn't seem to slow anybody down or get in the way, with no discount codes required.
    • Partnering with Collobos Software (opportunity arose well after my review was written) has been a moderate success.
    • All manner of subtle and not-so-subtle banner ad have been nearly complete failures.

    Lessons learned:

    • I do enjoy sharing something fun, particularly when it's unique and fresh, and not found anywhere else.
    • I do appreciate all forms of site feedback, especially corrections and clarifications, which helps me help you all.
      But I also realize I need to spend more time to refine my work, to avoid those pesky, distracting typos.
    • I don't particularly enjoy creating stuff that is just conjecture:  much better for me to get my hands on something, then tell the world about my success.
    • Some of the articles that I spent many hours writing have been seen by very few visitors (261),
      other articles I spent relatively little time on have been big hits (15,174),
      others have legs, where the hits keep coming (8 months and counting).
    • Success with conquering technical issues often only arrives after a great deal of difficulty. That is, of course, the best way to learn, no?   ;-)
      I'm looking forward to continuing to grow this site, for years to come. Thank you all, for your continued support!
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