Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered – nvlddmkm nVidia Driver

So after installing Windows Vista, I’ve been getting the following error occassionally: Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered. Sometimes my system will freeze for a little while then the screen will go black and reappear, sometimes the screen will just go black and come then come back up. Either way, when the screen comes back up, the Windows Vista Aero theme is no longer enabled – all window transparency is gone.

I’m starting to wonder if my video card just doesn’t have enough juice to hack the Windows Vista Aero theme – 256MB PCIE 7300GS card should be able handle it though, right?
Has anyone else encountered problems with the nvlddmkm nVidia driver?
Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and has successfully recovered.

Nvidia Driver Update

Okay, I haven’t found a fix yet, but my computer has been running perfectly lately. Knock on wood. Only occassionally, will I start it up and see little dots all over the login screen – this is when I know that I might as well not even login because Windows Vista will just hang, freeze, and or Blue Screen.

Be sure to check out the nvlddmkm display driver solutions at this dedicated website.

ILD Teleservices – Scam, Rip-Off – ildtelecom.com

Okay, so get this – I just got my most recent Verizon phone bill (I’m in California), and I had a new section of charges from ILD Teleservices. A company who I have never done business with nor do I recal ever agreeing to or signing up with them. My phone bills are typically in the $150 range for 2 voice lines and a DSL line. This month, thanks to this ILD Teleservice non-sense, my phone bill came in at a whopping $237!!!

This is absolutely ridiculous, has anybody ever heard of this company? Does anyone know where they’re from?

I’ll update this site with what happens, I’ve tried calling both Verizon and ILD Teleservices today with no luck (it’s past 5pm on Friday).

Check out the updated ILD post here – contains updated information and links.

Google to Provide Real-Time Quotes Free of Charge

In my opinion, it was only a matter of time before Google stepped up to the plate and offered something outlandish with Google Finance (http://finance.google.com/) – now they’ve done it. Google is working on offering real-time stock quotes. Ever notice that most websites that display stock prices have that little disclaimer: *Data delayed 20 minutes.??? Hopefully Google is able to solve that problem and get a real-time feed into the system.

Here’s what the official Google Blog said about it:

At Google, we get excited about making all kinds of information accessible to everyone. The more up-to-date the information, the more valuable it is. This is particularly true in the world of finance; information, and timing of that information, is money. Today, real-time quotes are not freely and easily available on the web. Some websites offer one real-time quote at a time, but typically only after you have enrolled in a service and/or signed a complicated legal agreement. Other sites approach the problem differently and show you streaming delayed data, but that doesn’t solve the problem either — it masks it. What’s really important is getting free, easy and fast access to real-time quotes so you know how the market or your company is doing now, not as of twenty minutes ago.

As a result, we’ve worked with the SEC, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and our D.C. trade association, NetCoalition, to find a way to bring stock data to Google users in a way that benefits users and is practical for all parties. We have encouraged the SEC to ensure that this data can be made available to our users at fair and reasonable rates, and applaud their recent efforts to review this issue. Today, the NYSE has moved the issue a great step forward with a proposal to the SEC which if approved, would allow you to see real-time, last-sale prices across all Google properties including Google Finance, Personalized Google, Mobile, and of course, Google.com. It won’t matter if you’re on Wall Street or Main Street — you’ll have free, easy and fast access to real-time prices from NYSE on Google.

So stay tuned on our progress with this. We’re excited that financial data as we know it is about to change. In the meantime, set up your portfolio on Google Finance today.

Apple iTunes Windows Vista Compatability Problems/Issues – Repair Tool – Trying to Steal Thunder from Microsoft???

Apple has announced that using iTunes on the new version of Microsoft Windows (Windows Vista) could cause problems and possibly corrupt the entire music library. Apple recommends that, “…customers wait to upgrade Windows until after the next release of iTunes…“, how perfect is that? I’m personally running iTunes and Windows Vista with no current problems, knock on wood and I haven’t yet seen any necessity for the iTunes Repair Tool for Vista 1.0

Is it possible that Apple is trying to steal thunder from the release of Microsoft’s new operating system? You bet it is! There are millions of iPod users who use PC’s to sync their music, if this release by Apple can stall even 50% of those users from upgrading to Vista, that just may be enough, with the upcoming release of the iPhone and whatever else Steve Jobs may have up his sleeve, Apple may be stealing away more customers than Microsoft actually realizes.

This document can be found on the Apple website:

iTunes 7.0.2 may work with Windows Vista on many typical PCs. Apple recommends, however, that customers wait to upgrade Windows until after the next release of iTunes which will be available in the next few weeks. This document will be updated as more information becomes available.

If you are upgrading to Windows Vista or have purchased a new computer with Windows Vista pre-installed, here is some information you may find helpful:

Compatibility with Windows Vista

Apple is preparing to address a number of iTunes compatibility issues in the next release of the software.

Some currently known compatibility issues with iTunes 7.0.2 and earlier versions include:

  • iTunes Store purchases may not play when upgrading to Windows Vista from Windows 2000 or XP.
  • iPod models with the “Enable Disk Use” option turned off may be unable to update or restore iPod software, and make changes to iPod settings.
  • iPod models configured to Auto Sync and have the “Enable Disk Use” option turned off may require being ejected and reconnected to resync.
  • Ejecting an iPod from the Windows System Tray using the “Safely Remove Hardware” feature may corrupt your iPod. To always safely eject an iPod, choose Eject iPod from the Controls menu within iTunes.
  • Cover Flow animation may be slower than expected.
  • Contacts and calendars will not sync with iPod.

Upgrading to Windows Vista

If you are upgrading from Windows XP or 2000 to Windows Vista prior to the next release of iTunes, here are a few steps that will improve your experience when syncing your iPod or playing iTunes Store purchases once upgraded to Windows Vista.

  1. Deauthorize all iTunes Store accounts.
  2. Enable Disk Use on all iPod models.
  3. Uninstall iTunes.
  4. Perform a clean install of Windows Vista (Highly recommended but not required).
  5. Reinstall the latest version of iTunes.
  6. Open iTunes.
  7. Choose Authorize Computer from the Store menu in iTunes.

Customers who have upgraded to Windows Vista and are still experiencing issues playing iTunes Store purchases should download and run the iTunes Repair Tool for Vista after re-installing iTunes 7.0.2. Click here for more information about this tool.

The above article can be found here:

Google – Fourth Quarter Profits Nearly Triple – Stock Price Falls

For the first time in its 8 year history, Google’s quarterly earnings hit the billion dollar mark after posting earnings of $3.21 billion. Crazy to think their stock price would fall after tripling their revenue, I guess the tech stock investors are looking for bigger and better things from Google, but I must admit… I’m pretty impressed. In fact, I might even fork out a couple bucks to buy a single share of Google stocks in hopes that it will soon split 10 for 1.

After its huge 4th quarter news, the stock ended up falling 3.94% to $481.75. This is quite possibly the lowest price we’ll see this stock at for some time to come.

January Web Traffic and Revenue Report

The first month of the new year has been completed, and once again, it seems that most visitors find my site, read what their looking for, and leave. I’ve currently got a returning visitor percentage of 7.16%. Obviously, I’d like to see this change, because the longer I’m able to keep a user on my site, the better the chance I have of generating revenue from clicks. Though most of my visitors (about 90%) only view a single page upon each visit, I was still happy with the amount of traffic generated.

Over the course of the month, I had a total of 2,543 visitors for 3,236 total pageviews – this equates to a pathetic 1.27 page views per visitor. I have noticed that when traffic spikes, it typically doesn’t fall of to the level it was prior which tells me that for each “brilliant” article that I dream up, I actually am able to gain a reader or two. After seeing these statistics, my new goal is going to be:

To double my number of
pages per visit from 1.27 to 2.5

January Visits and Pageviews

As a new site, I think this is an acheivable goal, and I am hopeful that it’ll happen by the end of February… stay tuned! Between the addition of new content, and cross linking between my articles, doubling the number of pages per visit shouldn’t be out of reach.

Next up: Where does all of my traffic come from? Still, the large majority of all my traffic comes from Google. Why wouldn’t it? Google is the largest search engine in the world. Digg.com and MSN.com are still on the list, and this month we’ve also got a new referrer – AVSforum.com (the Audio/Video Science Forum) – I’m not sure why they’d be linking to me, but if you find the page that does link to my site, please send me a link… I’m curious to see who/what/why is linking to me.

January Visitor Sources (Referring Sites)

This site could obviously use some more inbound links, so don’t be afraid to link to me! Don’t worry, I’ll return the favor!


How much money did the site generate?

During the entire month of January, Google Adsense tracked 3,004 pageviews as opposed to the 3,236 tracked by Google Analytics. Why the discrepancy? I don’t know, if you’ve got any insight on that, please fill me in. Anyhow, of the 3,004 page views, I got a total of 58 clicks on advertisements (a 1.93% Click-Thru-Rate). These 58 clicks earned me a whopping $9.54 (about 16 cents per click). All I have to do is figure out how to increase this… by 1,000%!!!

Oh, don’t forget AdBrite – I implemented a header advertisement on the 27th and Adbrite helped me earn a total of $0.80 – 80 cents! That’s almost enough to call my wife from a pay phone.

So in total, I made $10.34 from my website in January – retirement… here I come. At least I hit double digits in the first month of the new year. My new goal is to have this site earning at least triple digit income by the end of 2007 – is this attainable? Are there better ad networks that could increase the revenue? I don’t know now, but I’m going to find out. And I’ll let you all know!