Archive for December, 2009

The State of Computer Forum’z (Reprinted)

December 31, 2009

Originally posted March 8, 2009:

The State of the Forum, as of this writing, is poor. In the past few months this Web site has seen an increase in spam postings and a decrease in substantive postings. It has also seen a decrease in enrollment rates. We seem to have lost two moderators: lexmarks567 and Perham.

These circumstances tend to be cyclical, however, as this forum goes through active and stagnant periods. And our two missing moderators will hopefully return soon.

Computer Forum’z has, on the other hand, excellent search engine rankings. If you type computer forums into Google, this forum lists in the first 10 results. And if you perform the same search at Yahoo, we are usually displayed again within the first 10 results.

Spam:
Spam is defined as any writing or link that financially benefits (directly or indirectly) the individual authoring the post via commercial business ventures.

Simply recommending a product or service at a commercial Web site does not constitute spam. For example, if I were to recommend that you purchase the MSI Wind Netbook from newegg.com, since I gain nothing from such a transaction this is not considered spam.

We do not allow spam on this forum for two very important reasons. First, spam is annoying. It wastes the time and effort of members who read the spam posting.

The second reason may be less obvious. This Web site partially funds itself by the advertising that runs on many of its pages. It would be foolish of the administrator to allow anyone to advertise here without collecting a fee. So free advertising (spam) is strictly forbidden.

There is a special section of this site marked “Stuff for Sale”. This section is reserved for private individuals who wish to sell their used computer equipment. Think of this as a geek garage sale.

Bot Postings:
There are currently three automated members posting regularly to the forum. John, pete, and Luxor have been averaging about two posts per day each.

I personally don’t like the Bots. However, they do have special permission to post here by the administrator and owner, maverick.

My objection to the Bots has nothing to do with the content of their postings. In fact, the articles linked to through the Bot postings contain good, solid information. My objection stems from the fact that they defeat the purpose of the forum, which is to engage in a discussion about the topic presented for consideration. You cannot talk to a Bot!

Look at the number of Bot postings that have a received a response. The vast majority of them have generated zero responses. They do have a significant number of viewings, but little or no replies.

I do not believe that the Bots should be banned. Instead I have added a disclaimer to the Bot postings as a courtesy to new members who may not be aware of the nature of these articles. This, at least to me, seems like a fair solution.

To all members (old and new):
Thank you.

Thank you for composing excellent, meaningful content for this Web site. Computer Forum’z wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for you.

Keep writing. Create new postings and add your insight to old postings. Remember, to someone visiting this forum for the first time every posting is a new posting. And if you have something significant to add to a two-year-old posting, please do not hesitate. Web surfers around the world may just be searching for the information you have provided.

And finally I would like to thank maverick, our host and benefactor, for personally sacrificing much to keep this Web site open.

God bless you all!

Comments and suggestions are not only welcomed they are encouraged.

Updated March 22, 2009

On Sunday, September 20, 2009 this Web site went down for quite a few hours. The problem seems to have been a server issue. Another Web site, Voshy, which is housed on the same server was also down. I use Voshy to test whether this forum is having problems or the server is having problems.

But what if this Web site suddenly vanished forever?

A lot of people would be disappointed, but it would have served its purpose. A forum is only as good as the information it contains. Useless information, like dead links or out-of-date material, serves no purpose. The main goal of a forum is to provide meaningful information.

Ten years ago I was posting under this name at a forum called Red Neck ‘Puters. One day, out of the blue, it disappeared. But that’s okay, because it served its purpose at the time it existed.

We are not here to build immortal monuments to ourselves. Ten years from now, no one is going to give a flip what we said here on these electronic pages. We serve the here-and-now. And tomorrow, if it should all be gone, then we did our jobs and we served our fellow computer users to the best of our ability.

We made someone’s life a little easier, a little better, and even a little nicer with a friendly word, helpful advice, and an expressive emoticon. That’s why I do this. I don’t do it for money or glory. No one knows who I really am, because I’m not important. Hopeful, what I write is significant to someone somewhere.

We are not here to create historical documents that will speak to generation yet unborn. We are here to help. We may not always succeed. We may even fail. But we will know in our hearts that we tried. That’s reward enough.

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The Komando Perception Deception (Reprinted)

December 29, 2009

Originally posted November 14, 2002:

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.  A number given by itself, without any contextual meaning, can be manipulated in such a way as to make it sound more significant than its actual true worth.

Kim Komando claims that her radio program is one of the top ten “rated” programs in the United States.  The implication of this assertion would have listeners believing that there exists a list of ten popular radio programs and within that list of ten names the Kim Komando Show ranks at worst tenth out of ten.

Written out, the implied list would look like this:


Top Ten Rated Radio Programs

1.   Program “A”
2.   Program “B”
3.   Program “C”
4.   Program “D”
5.   Program “E”
6.   Program “F”
7.   Program “G”
8.   Program “H”
9.   Program “I”
10. Kim Komando


However, this is not an accurate representation of the actual current radio ratings.  The current ratings system looks exactly like this:


TOP TALK RADIO AUDIENCES BY SIZE (weekly Monday-Sunday estimates 12-plus in millions rounded off to the nearest .25 million based upon TALKERS magazine analysis of a national sampling of Arbitron reports supported by other reliable indicators in rated and non-rated markets based on Spring, 2002)

1.   RUSH LIMBAUGH 14.50+
2.   SEAN HANNITY 10.00+
3.   DR. LAURA SCHLESSINGER 8.00+
3.   HOWARD STERN 8.00+
4.   MICHAEL SAVAGE 6.00+
5.   ART BELL 4.25+
5.   JIM BOHANNON 4.25+
5.   DR. JOY BROWNE 4.25+
5.   DON IMUS 4.25+
6.   NEAL BOORTZ 2.50+
6.   KEN & DARIA DOLAN 2.50+
6.   CLARK HOWARD 2.50+
7.   MIKE GALLAGHER 2.25+
7.   G.GORDON LIDDY 2.25+
7.   BRUCE WILLIAMS 2.25+
8.   KIM KOMANDO 1.75+
8.   TOM LEYKIS 1.75+
8.   JIM ROME 1.75+
8.   DOUG STEPHAN 1.75+
9.   GLENN BECK 1.50+
9.   MICHAEL MEDVED 1.50+
9.   DAVE RAMSEY 1.50+
10. BOB BRINKER 1.25+
10. DR. DEAN EDELL 1.25+
10. PHIL HENDRIE 1.25+


By audience size alone, Kim Komando’s show does indeed fall in the list as the eighth most listened to talk radio program.  So her claim that her show is one of the top ten “rated” programs in the United States is true if and only if audience size is the sole criteria.

However, this is not a list of the top “rated” ten programs, as implied in Komando’s original claim, but a list of the top ten program ratings.  Those ratings being 14.50 through 1.25.

If each program in the list was assigned a number based on its location within that list, it would read thus:


1.   RUSH LIMBAUGH 14.50+
2.   SEAN HANNITY 10.00+
3.   DR. LAURA SCHLESSINGER 8.00+
4.   HOWARD STERN 8.00+
5.   MICHAEL SAVAGE 6.00+
6.   ART BELL 4.25+
7.   JIM BOHANNON 4.25+
8.   DR. JOY BROWNE 4.25+
9.   DON IMUS 4.25+
10. NEAL BOORTZ 2.50+
11. KEN & DARIA DOLAN 2.50+
12. CLARK HOWARD 2.50+
13. MIKE GALLAGHER 2.25+
14. G.GORDON LIDDY 2.25+
15. BRUCE WILLIAMS 2.25+
16. KIM KOMANDO 1.75+
17. TOM LEYKIS 1.75+
18. JIM ROME 1.75+
19. DOUG STEPHAN 1.75+
20. GLENN BECK 1.50+
21. MICHAEL MEDVED 1.50+
22. DAVE RAMSEY 1.50+
23. BOB BRINKER 1.25+
24. DR. DEAN EDELL 1.25+
25. PHIL HENDRIE 1.25+


Giving the Kim Komando Show full advantage by placing it first in the list of the three programs tied in the eighth position, her program is at best only sixteenth out of twenty-five.  Which means that there are fifteen radio programs “rated” higher than her own.

Kim Komando is not in the top ten “rated” radio programs, but in truth ranks in the bottom ten “rated” radio programs.

It is, therefore, disingenuous of Komando to make her original assertion without properly qualifying the statement.  Misleading listeners with ambiguities is indeed a poor tactic for garnering ratings.  Perhaps full disclosure would prove a better strategy.


The author would like to thank Michael Savage and The Savage Nation for publishing the ratings used in this article.

This article has been reprinted for historical research purposes.

Introducing Again (Reprinted)

December 14, 2009

The following was posted on my personal Web site on March 23, 2003:

Katie Doland has taken the core concept of a Blog and turned it into a fresh, new experience.  But that’s not the amazing thing about Katie Doland.

You can read Katie’s online journal and gain massive insights about her world.  Her approach to life makes this Web site an absolute treasure.  But that’s not the amazing thing about Katie Doland.

Browse through Katie’s collection of original poetry.  These incredibly sophisticated works contain some of the most fascinating imagery.  In some instances, Katie has managed to encapsulate exactly how it feels to be her.  Being able to convey the essence of yourself in a few words is a skill most writers never master.  Katie has not only excelled in this task, but she makes the impossible look effortless.  But that’s not the amazing thing about Katie Doland.

Katie is a Junior in High School.  That’s the amazing thing about Katie Doland.

For this gifted young lady to be writing at the level she is now, by the time she completes her Undergraduate courses in College, Katie will most certainly be an accomplished author.  She’s poised to follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Burton and Sarah D. Bunting, and beyond.   On the Internet, there are no limits.

Katie Doland no longer posts her writings on her Web site.  She’s posted something even more interesting.

As the producer of a student-made documentary, Katie has shown exceptional creativity.  This short production follows a group of modern hippies who have found a unique method of recycling refuge.  Fine Diving is well worth your viewing time.

While you’re there, check out Katie’s resume.

I’m looking forward to seeing more great things from Katie Doland in the future.  But I can’t help wondering if she still puts blue writing on blue paper.

Join Our Forum – Only $50 Per Year (Reprinted)

December 10, 2009

Yes, now you too can join this computer forum for as little as $49.95 per year. That’s 30% off the normal monthly subscription rate of $5.95.

No, not Computer Forum’z. This forum is free for one and all.

The Kim Komando Message Board is a paid, subscription-only forum.

You should NEVER be required to pay to be a member of a forum. The entire purpose of a forum is the free flow of information and opinions. The idea of a membership fee stands in direct opposition to everything a forum represents.

It’s one thing to ask for donations, it’s pure greed to require payment before allowing new members to post questions or comments.

And the worst part of this lies in the fact that Kim Komando herself does not answer any of your questions. In fact, in the only posts that actually claim to be written by Komando herself, you are not allowed to post a response since all her posts are closed to additional comments.

So what are you actually getting for your yearly $49.95 payment? Nothing. You get to line Kim’s pockets with your hard earned cash. But you get no more benefit than what you could find at any of a hundred other free forums.

Kim Komando has proven that this self-proclaimed “Digital Goddess” is nothing more than a digital opportunist.