Clickbank Hoplink Protection

New Clickbank Logo
New Clickbank Logo

Not only did Clickbank roll out an all new color scheme and layout, but they also launched a new tool that will help protect your affiliate links from prying eyes.  It’s a free tool which masks the promotion name and your affiliate link within a Clickbank hop.

HopLink Shield is a free tool that encrypts the affiliate and vendor nicknames in HopLinks.

Setting up an encoded hoplink is as easy as entering the Vendor Nickname and your Affiliate Nickname.  Then press a button and BAM fresh encoded hoplink.  Also, if you confused yourself in the process and have some encoded links floating around and can’t remember what they are for they also have a decoder.  Which brings up another question, why encode a link if there is an open way to decode them?

Seems like a small oversight and if they were this dedicated to privacy seems like they wouldn’t publish the decoder as well.  Or as a recommendation, at least only be able to decode once logged in, allowing only your own hops to be decoded.  Oh well, it’s a start.

Source: Clickbank Blog

Foxit Reader Review

In my 9-5 job I go through a ton of PDF’s online, mainly for parts research and quoting purposes.  Adobe is obviously a bear to handle, requires far too many unnecessary updates and just generally pisses me off when using it.  Today I discovered a new piece of software called Foxit Reader, by Foxit Software.  It’s free and so far has saved me a ton of heartache.

Foxit Reader promises to load faster, light weight, more intuitive, more uses, and again Foxit is free.  The latest version of Foxit Reader is 3.0 and offers a lot of increased functionality over previous versions.  Since is the first I’ve used the software, I can’t vouche for the upgrade.  Let me just say, I love this software no matter the number!

  • Incredibly small: The download size of Foxit Reader is just a fraction of Acrobat Reader 20 M size.
  • Breezing-fast: When you run Foxit Reader, it launches instantly without any delay. You are not forced to view an annoying splash window displaying company logo, author names, etc.
  • Annotation tool: Have you ever wished to annotate (or comment on) a PDF document when you are reading it? Foxit Reader allows you to draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes on a PDF document and then print out or save the annotated document.
  • Text converter: You may convert the whole PDF document into a simple text file.
  • High security and privacy: Foxit Reader highly respects the security and privacy of users and will never connect to the Internet without users’ permission. While other PDF readers often silently connect to the Internet in the background. Foxit PDF Reader does not contain any spyware.

Once you start using Foxit Reader you will never go back to Adobe ever again.  The time I save on loading the application alone probably shaves an hour out of my day by itself.  I’ll keep my eyes peeled for bugs, but for now I’m more than satisfied.

Recommended Professional PDF Creator Software


Interview With Trent Reznor

Digg Dialog’s 4th installment was with Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor.  Judging by the name of the blog, it’s obvious that I would have an interest with what Reznor has to say about the current state of the music industry, distribution, and most importantly what lies ahead with NIN.  Some of the questions I felt were ho-hum, but that’s what you get with a system like Digg that requires votes and popularity to make it into the top 10.

Even if you’re not a fan of NIN, chances are you’ve heard what he’s been doing for music distribution.  This was talked about a little with Reznor during the interview, but seemed to be highly edited and cut short for time reasons.

It’s obvious that the man behind the songs that originally drew me to NIN has grown up, so to speak.  Closer, Reptile, Terrible Lie, and even some of the tracks from his Fragile album seem to be a distant past.  I would have preferred to hear what he has to say about the genre of music he’s currently releasing and if there will ever be a throw back to what originally excited me about a new NIN release.

Troublesome, would best describe my feelings at the end of the Digg interview with Reznor.  Nothing was said that we didn’t already know, except for the cute story about blaring unexpected music before a show.  Furthermore, Reznor indicated that NIN would be going away soon, but not saying for how long.  I suspect the latest tour schedule has finally started taking it’s toll on the now 43 year old influential rocker.

Oh well, as long as he never goes back down in it.

Invent This Cellphone

My wife has always handled the cell phone bill, until last week.  We spend a whopping $130 per month on our cell phone bill, which consists of 2 phones, text msg package, and insurance for our phones.  This monthly price is only for the bare bones monthly minutes usage as well, which leaves no wiggle room for downsizing.  This gave me an idea.

We are all familiar with how Vonage has now started taking over traditional land line phones, though their VOIP system.  Well, isn’t it a matter of time before someone invents a Vonage like system package and then couples it with a custom cell phone that routes back through some sort of WiFi connection?

Think about it, you would purchase a typical phone line through a company like Vonage, about $25.  You would then purchase a cell phone that would communicate directly with software installed on your computer at home, which would then route calls through the internet.  This would rule out the need for expensive antennas used by the cell phone industry and negate the need to buy air waves, since the signal transfer would be through broadband internet.

So how about it, someone please invent this sytem, which I would gladly pay upwards of $100 per month for.  That is if it included a land line and two cell phones with close to unlimited minutes and at the very least free text messaging.

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Does Anyone Still Use Google Chrome?

Oddly enough I’m writing this post using Google Chrome, but only after I put on my french maid outfit and dusted that Chrome icon off. To be honest, since it doesn’t offer any quality Add-Ons as of yet, it’s fell by the wayside. I’m surprised that Google hasn’t done more to encourage developers to create Chrome Add-Ons, at least in any capacity to compete with FireFox.

Searching for a solution to the Chrome add on problem I did come across a site called My Chrome Addons.  This site is the closest thing to a repository of useful tools for Chrome as it gets, but seems to focus more on themes than actual tools that increase user experience.  In it’s raw form Chrome has yet to do anything that FireFox can’t do better.

Furthermore, it’s just not as stable as originally advertised.  Well, just typing this post it’s crashed on me completely, not just a few functions.  I’ve never had any problems using FireFox, in regards to stability, other than it’s wildely free roaming memory consumption.  Hell, this many revisions later I’d hope they would have that fixed by now.

As mentioned previously, I am writing this blog post in the Chrome browser, but it almost feels unnatural.  Generally when researching blog posts I’ll have multiple FireFox windows and tabs open.  Chrome doesn’t offer one-click opening of multiple instances of itself.  So for now, Google Chrome will remain a novelty icon, a program I dust off every so often to see if any progress has been made.

Google Chrome Logo
Google Chrome Logo

DRM Is Like…

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is being tossed onto PC games left and right despite a huge back lash on the interwebs.  So, how can I describe what DRM is to the common person?  Below is a list of what I would compare DRM to.

DRM is like…

  • building a house on your own property, but having to call the supplier of the lumber for permission to walk in at the end of the day.
  • buying a car but needing permission from the dealer before you let your friend drive it.
  • not being able to sell junk on ebay.
  • not getting a good review on Amazon.com
  • looking at an attractive young woman only to find out she had a sex change at 12.
  • having Chris Hanson tell you to have a seat over there.
  • being rick rolled while looking for porn.

and lastly

  • legally purchasing a product to support the industry and manufacturer only to be treated like a criminal.

I know there are others,  but these were on my mind when I woke up this morning.  Please feel free to add your own below.

Why Nails Blog?

I’ve used the online alias nails in some manner since the first time I laid hands on a keyboard.  ‘Nails’ made reference to my favorite band, Nine Inch Nails.  Literally, I’ve been a fan since the early 90’s and was won over by Pretty Hate Machine and later truly devoted to the NIN following with Downward Spiral. Hence, my love affair with the nails name and now my persona ‘cldnails’ continues on.

This week maybe more than ever I’m proud to bear the nails moniker.

On Monday Nine Inch Nails released their 2nd album in the past 3 months, The Slip.  Trent Reznor has managed to completely shake up the record industry with his previous release of Ghosts, which he marketed versions of as cheap as $5.  Because of Ghosts success and Reznor’s love of his fans, he released The Slip completely free and bearing a Creative Commons License.  Free of a record label he’s been able to connect with fans at a closer level than any other artist in recent history.

No DRM, high quality downloads, options for quality of download, and extras like art was included in NIN’s past 2 releases online.  Everywhere you look people who were not even formally NIN fans are starting realize the value of such an endeavor and supporting the cause.

For those interested in downloading and supporting Nine Inch Nails, head over to NIN.com to get your utterly free, DRM Free, and high quality copy of The Slip.

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Microsoft Thanks Porn Industry

Ok, they didn’t, but they should. Depending on which part of the world you live in, Blu-Ray may have been the ruling force in HD media, especially Australia. However, in the latest turn of events, HD-DVD is back on the scene bringing new players and a cheaper price. But why? Porn, that’s why, at least according to the reporting at the Herald Sun.

Although the porn industry has had an impact on the success of the HD wars, can we really thank the XXX industry for going cheap? The common clown puncher can’t tell the difference between the quality of a Blu-Ray or an HD-DVD, so of course price will be the winner. It’s odd thought that, in other parts of the world, the HD-DVD player has been leading the sales of HD media at almost 4-1.