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thing-a-day

Brittney and I have decided to do thing-a-day this year.

Each year, we will make at least one thing. Sometimes it will be something we do together, sometimes something just one of us did it.

Hopefully a few of my things will be some of the blog posts I have been meaning to write for a while.

You can check us out at alanandbritt.com and see more about thing-a-day at thing-a-day.com.

We didn’t put our first day posts up on the thing-a-day site (trying to figure out how to get posterous to do it automatically didn’t seem to work) but we will probably post the rest of them there.

Flying Pie Notifier Update

I previously blogged about my newest side project, FlyingPieNotifier.com. On September 20, Flying Pie Pizza mentioned the site on their Facebook page. The response was amazing. Here is the Google Analytics showing the number of visitors before and after the Facebook post.

FlyingPieNotifier.com Google Analytics

As you can see, the number of visitors to the site went from essentially 0 to 234 in one day. And now, weeks afterafter this initial mention, the average number of visitors is at about 4 per day.

The same thing is shown in the number of users signed up. Before the mention, Flying Pie Notifier had 34 users registered, 23 of whom were receiving our weekly updates. 2 days after, we were up to 161 registered, and now it is up to 177.

This still isn’t a lot of traffic for a website, but for a local one that you should only ever have to visit once, I am really happy with the response. Site activity has died down a bit, but we have only had 2 people unsubscribe from the site, so we still have hundreds of people being notified of when it is their day.

Some of the new users signed up with full names or multiple names at once, which unfortunately isn’t supported right now. I had to go through these, but I got them all cleaned up so it should work for those users now.

The only problem remaining is that AOL appears to be blocking the emails I send to their users. Luckily there were only 2 people with AOL addresses who signed up, but I will blog later about how I am handling this.

As always, if you have any comments or have any suggestions for Flying Pie Notifier, leave a comment or send me an email.

Replacing a Cracked Lumix DMC-ZS3 Screen

Last year I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 (also known as the DMC-TZ7) and have loved the camera. It has an amazing 12x zoom, takes great pictures, and does 720p video. If you are in the market for a camera, I would recommend the new version of it, the Lumix DMC-ZS7 which has GPS tagging and is currently cheaper on Amazon.

About a month ago, I cracked the screen on it. The camera still worked, but since there is no viewfinder I could never see what I was getting pictures of or adjust any settings. It made it really hard to get good pictures, especially when trying to use the zoom.

I ordered a new screen from http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220639262841 and it works great. If you need a screen for this camera, I would recommend buying it there.

It is a bit tricky to replace the screen though. Luckily, I found a video that shows all the steps. The text is in German, but you can see all the steps which is all you really need.

The only difference I found from this video was that the screen I bought did not have the metal bezel around it that the one in the camera and in the video. All I had to do was remove the bezel and put it on the new screen and it follow the rest of the steps the same as the video.

Total it took me about 20 minutes to replace the screen, and then it was working perfectly.