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Just a quick note to say “way-to-go” to Matt Mullenweg and the whole WordPress community team on the new release of WordPress 3.0 – This is a huge release!

The merger of single- and multi-user versions is great. So cool to watch WordPress grow over time. I remember eating lunch with Matt at a Gnomedex conference back in the day. Good guy.

I plan to move to WordPress sometime in the future for this weblog, but the whole “keep the link, content and search engine indexing” thing demands some careful planning that I have not had a chance to do yet. Anyone a pro in migrating from dasBlog to WordPress and making it actually work? I love dasBlog, and it’s been really good to me, but it feels like time for a change.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Congrats on WordPress v3.0 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,5445db5c-2719-4eb1-8ea3-99ffceca2774.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CongratsOnWordPressV30.aspx Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:49:06 GMT <p> Just a quick note to say “way-to-go” to <a href="http://ma.tt/" target="_blank">Matt Mullenweg</a> and the whole WordPress community team on the new <a href="http://wordpress.org/development/2010/06/thelonious/" target="_blank">release of WordPress 3.0</a> – This is a huge release! </p> <p align="center"> <embed src="http://v.wordpress.com/wp-content/plugins/video/flvplayer.swf?ver=1.21" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" wmode="transparent" seamlesstabbing="true" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" overstretch="true" flashvars="guid=BQtfIEY1&amp;width=640&amp;height=360&amp;locksize=no&amp;dynamicseek=false&amp;qc_publisherId=p-18-mFEk4J448M" title="Introducing WordPress 3.0 &quot;Thelonious&quot;"></embed> </p> <p> The merger of single- and multi-user versions is great. So cool to watch WordPress grow over time. I remember eating lunch with Matt at a Gnomedex conference back in the day. Good guy. </p> <p> I plan to move to WordPress sometime in the future for this weblog, but the whole “keep the link, content and search engine indexing” thing demands some careful planning that I have not had a chance to do yet. Anyone a pro in migrating from dasBlog to WordPress and making it actually work? I love dasBlog, and it’s been really good to me, but it feels like time for a change. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,5445db5c-2719-4eb1-8ea3-99ffceca2774.aspx Blogging Tech
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A couple weeks ago I mentioned the release of Identi.ca, a social networking/microblogging site built on an open platform and allowing federation. Today, a beta release of Twhirl, one of the more popular clients used on the Twitter microblogging service as well as a couple others, adds support for Identi.ca and includes "push" support. Many of us who have come to like Indenti.ca are very happy.

That means Twhirl doesn't have to pole (read: overwhelm) the Identi.ca servers to see if you have any new items to read. Instead the servers just let you client know there's new content and pass it along. It works using the jabber/instant messaging interface (identi.ca sends it's push messages to your jabber account, and you tell Twhirl how to log into your IM account).

This is pretty darned smart (and takes a couple steps to set up). It's something that Twitter could probably use on their service to potentially reduce load (although I cannot say for sure that a push service would actually reduce the issues related to overloading of their servers).

Read more about it at CNET or grab the latest beta of Twhirl with Identi.ca support from this link.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Identi.ca service now available in Twhirl with push support http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,6619bd7d-3520-4193-85f2-4916b93c91f9.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/IdenticaServiceNowAvailableInTwhirlWithPushSupport.aspx Mon, 21 Jul 2008 06:38:41 GMT <p style="clear: both; "> A couple weeks ago I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/IndenticaLaunchesOpensourceSocialNetworkMicroblogging.aspx">mentioned the release of Identi.ca</a>, a social networking/microblogging site built on an open platform and allowing federation. Today, a beta release of Twhirl, one of the more popular clients used on the Twitter microblogging service as well as a couple others, adds support for Identi.ca and includes "push" support. Many of us who have come to like Indenti.ca are very happy.<br /> <br /> That means Twhirl doesn't have to pole (read: overwhelm) the Identi.ca servers to see if you have any new items to read. Instead the servers just let you client know there's new content and pass it along. It works using the jabber/instant messaging interface (identi.ca sends it's push messages to your jabber account, and you tell Twhirl how to log into your IM account). <br /> <br /> This is pretty darned smart (and takes a couple steps to set up). It's something that Twitter could probably use on their service to potentially reduce load (although I cannot say for sure that a push service would actually reduce the issues related to overloading of their servers). </p> <p style="clear: both; "> <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-9995303-2.html" target="_blank">Read more about it at CNET</a> or grab the latest beta of Twhirl with Identi.ca support <a href="http://beta.twhirl.org/ewok/twhirl-0.8.3e.air">from this link</a><u>.</u> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,6619bd7d-3520-4193-85f2-4916b93c91f9.aspx Blogging Tech
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I've really missed Windows Live Writer since I starting using my Macbook Air so much. Even though I have it in a Fusion virtual machine running Windows, I find I rarely use it since it uses the VM's filesystem (not the Mac's), and copying stuff onto the Mac clipoard and then pasting into a Windows virtualized app is not what one might wish.

I was pleasantly surprised to run across a Mac app called Blogo, which I am using to write this post. It's nowhere near as feature-rich as Live Writer, but Blogo is a great start on a WYSIWYG editor with many of the bells and whistles. I pointed it at my blog home page during setup, with very little hope it would auto-discover my blog settings, but I was pleasantly surprised. Up popped a dialog asking for my username ad password, and once I provided it, there on the screen was my list of blog posts pulled straight from the server's API (which I seem to recall emulates the Blogger API). Very nice.

Blogo has a funny icon logo, is available as a free 21-day trial, and after that it's $25. There are a few key features missing that might make me pause when it comes to shelling out the cash. Specifically there is no spell checking (I'd like to see red underlines and inline corrections with the right-click action), selecting text and trying to drag it around doesn't work, the image editor is fairly limited, and it doesn't seem to pull my list of existing categories. Plus you cannot edit the HTML it creates (yet) and pasting multimedia content inline doesn't seem to work well. But as I said, it's a great start. If you have a Mac and you're frustrated with other blogging apps, you should check it out.

It's the best WYSIWG mac client I've found so far, so it earns a spot on my Mac's Dock. I will be keeping up with this editor's progress with high hopes, and am encouraged there may yet me a Mac blogging client to rival WLW.

We can hope!



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Trying Blogo - a decent blog authoring client for the Mac http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,a1b3f352-f88c-4686-ad3c-c2527a9a9ef4.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TryingBlogoADecentBlogAuthoringClientForTheMac.aspx Tue, 01 Jul 2008 01:59:33 GMT <p style="-webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; "> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-1.jpg"><img class="linked-to-original" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-1.jpg" height="264" align="left" width="200" style=" display: inline; float: left; margin: 0 10px 10px 0;" /></a>I've really missed Windows Live Writer since I starting using my Macbook Air so much. Even though I have it in a Fusion virtual machine running Windows, I find I rarely use it since it uses the VM's filesystem (not the Mac's), and copying stuff onto the Mac clipoard and then pasting into a Windows virtualized app is not what one might wish.<br /> </p> <p style="-webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; "> I was pleasantly surprised to <a href="http://drinkbrainjuice.com/blogo" title="Go to the Blogo web site" target="_blank">run across a Mac app called Blogo</a>, which I am using to write this post. It's nowhere near as feature-rich as Live Writer, but Blogo is a great start on a WYSIWYG editor with many of the bells and whistles. I pointed it at my blog home page during setup, with very little hope it would auto-discover my blog settings, but I was pleasantly surprised. Up popped a dialog asking for my username ad password, and once I provided it, there on the screen was my list of blog posts pulled straight from the server's API (which I seem to recall emulates the Blogger API). Very nice. <br /> </p> <p style="-webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; "> <img class="" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-2.jpg" height="102" align="right" width="162" style=" display: inline; float: right; margin: 0 0 10px 10px;" />Blogo has a funny icon logo, is available as a free 21-day trial, and after that it's $25. There are a few key features missing that might make me pause when it comes to shelling out the cash. Specifically there is no spell checking (I'd like to see red underlines and inline corrections with the right-click action), selecting text and trying to drag it around doesn't work, the image editor is fairly limited, and it doesn't seem to pull my list of existing categories. Plus you cannot edit the HTML it creates (yet) and pasting multimedia content inline doesn't seem to work well. But as I said, it's a great start. If you have a Mac and you're frustrated with other blogging apps, you should check it out. </p> <p style="-webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; "> It's the best WYSIWG mac client I've found so far, so it earns a spot on my Mac's Dock. I will be keeping up with this editor's progress with high hopes, and am encouraged there may yet me a Mac blogging client to rival WLW. </p> <p style="-webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; "> We can hope! </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,a1b3f352-f88c-4686-ad3c-c2527a9a9ef4.aspx Apple Blogging Tech
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I want to make a change since my old template is, well, old. And because Scott harasses me for it a couple times a year. But the template I have been using for a few years now works very well and so I have not made the final decision to move away from it just yet. My plan is to play with this one some and work toward a design that is as effective performance-wise as the old template, but one that looks nicer.

Anyhow, just wanted to send out a quick "sorry" for regular readers of the blog via the web for the cliche "under construction" phase. Be sure to let me know what you think works and what doesn't for you.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Trial period for a new look and feel http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,e2ffe0ca-0f95-432b-98b4-9a0c8c3430a6.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TrialPeriodForANewLookAndFeel.aspx Wed, 18 Jun 2008 05:04:29 GMT Apologies to web viewers for the temporary disruption here - I have changed the design template for this blog to a new one (thanks to Anthony Bouch at <a href="http://www.58bits.com/">http://www.58bits.com/</a> for letting me borrow) and plan to leave it live for 24-48 hours to see how it impacts visits, clicks and retention times in the stats. <br> <br> I want to make a change since my old template is, well, old. And because <a href="http://www.hanselman.com">Scott</a> harasses me for it a couple times a year. But the template I have been using for a few years now works very well and so I have not made the final decision to move away from it just yet. My plan is to play with this one some and work toward a design that is as effective performance-wise as the old template, but one that looks nicer.<br> <br> Anyhow, just wanted to send out a quick "sorry" for regular readers of the blog via the web for the cliche "under construction" phase. Be sure to let me know what you think works and what doesn't for you.<br> <p> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,e2ffe0ca-0f95-432b-98b4-9a0c8c3430a6.aspx Blogging Random Stuff
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One of the main reasons I decided I would buy the MacBook Air recently was that I knew I would be able to run Windows on it, either in a bootable install or in a virtual machine. In fact there is really one main app that I use all the time on Windows that I just can't get for the Mac, but that's a topic for another post. I'm quite happy with the Air - It's a great machine and  I have to admit that OS X has grown on me.

I bought a copy of VMWare Fusion after doing my required research. Compatibility with OSes and a variety of different features/capabilities put it at the top of my list for a virtualization host. I have a couple copies of Windows Server 2003 lying around here that I never broke the shrink wrap on, so I built a trimmed down virtual machine for use on the Mac.

In fact, I built three of them. But every time I installed a new VM and got it up and running, every time I restarted the machine VMWare would simply quit, die, crash - console and all. No running process and nothing on the screen.

Long story short, I searched and searched and searched and then went to the VMWare user forums, where I found a note about issues people have been having with Fusion and the MacBook Air when using the Air's external DVD drive. Apparently because I was unplugging the DVD drive and then restarting the machine without it attached, Fusion was somehow wigging out (my term) and closing unexpectedly.

After reconfiguring the VM in Fusion's control panel to no longer show the missing drive as "connected," the VM fires right up and works. Hopefully this is something VMWare will address in it's next Fusion update. It's tough keeping up with the nuances of new hardware, to be sure, so looking forward to a fix. In the meanwhile, manually removing the DVD drive in the VM's settings works like a charm.



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http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=63273eb2-d04a-4dd3-bba9-ae7f2d28a5a3 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,63273eb2-d04a-4dd3-bba9-ae7f2d28a5a3.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,63273eb2-d04a-4dd3-bba9-ae7f2d28a5a3.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=63273eb2-d04a-4dd3-bba9-ae7f2d28a5a3 I discovered (via iPhone Atlas) a new web app that lets you specify any well-formed RSS feed, which it converts to an iPhone-formatted and friendly list of headlines - sliding animations and all. My site's feed can be seen by clicking here.


You can just click on over and add your feed. It takes seconds. This geeral idea could translate into some pretty cool blog themes if someone wanted to tackle it.


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Guy Kawasaki and a couple of his friends recently fired up a site/service called Alltop, which displays a variety of popular topical areas in which various popular blog/news feeds are aggregated. Think of each of the topical sites as a one-stop-information-shop. High-level topics include the categories of Work, Living, People, Interests, Culture, Geekery, Good and News. On his blog Guy describes it as:

Alltop ... a news aggregation site that provides “all the top” stories for forty of the most popular topics on the Web. The headlines and first paragraph of the five most recent stories from forty to eighty sources for each topic are displayed. Alltop stories are refreshed approximately every ten minutes.

The interface is clean and easy to read - lots of information on alltop-windowsthe page. Mouse over a headline and see the first few sentences of the article. Click the headline to go to the original site and read the full article or post.

I'm privileged to be among the bloggers whose sites are listed on the Windows Alltop news site (at http://windows.alltop.com/), along with a list of information sites and authors which - truth be told - I am amazed to be paired with. I mean, glancing at the site right now, I'm on the page between Ed Bott and the IEBlog. If I work hard enough at it, I can only hope to provide the types and quality of information you get from the other sites in the list.

Check out Alltop. Lots of good stuff there.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Check out Alltop - &quot;All the top news in one place&quot; http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,1be968ef-16c0-4012-891e-60342693f993.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CheckOutAlltopQuotAllTheTopNewsInOnePlacequot.aspx Thu, 20 Mar 2008 19:55:06 GMT <p> <a href="http://blog.guykawasaki.com/" target="_blank">Guy Kawasaki</a> and a couple of his friends recently fired up a site/service called <a href="http://alltop.com/" target="_blank">Alltop</a>, which displays a variety of popular topical areas in which various popular blog/news feeds are aggregated. Think of <a href="http://alltop.com/" target="_blank">each of the topical sites</a> as a one-stop-information-shop. High-level topics include the categories of Work, Living, People, Interests, Culture, Geekery, Good and News. <a href="http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/03/announcing-form.html" target="_blank">On his blog</a> Guy describes it as: </p> <blockquote> <p> <a href="http://alltop.com/"><em>Alltop</em></a><em>... a news aggregation site that provides “all the top” stories for forty of the most popular topics on the Web. The headlines and first paragraph of the five most recent stories from forty to eighty sources for each topic are displayed. Alltop stories are refreshed approximately every ten minutes.</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> The interface is clean and easy to read - lots of information on <a href="http://windows.alltop.com/" target="_blank"><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="45" alt="alltop-windows" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/CheckoutAlltopAllthetopnewsinoneplace_B5A8/alltop-windows_3.jpg" width="433" align="right" border="0"></a>the page. Mouse over a headline and see the first few sentences of the article. Click the headline to go to the original site and read the full article or post. </p> <p> I'm privileged to be among the bloggers whose sites are listed on the <a href="http://windows.alltop.com/" target="_blank">Windows Alltop news site</a> (at <a title="http://windows.alltop.com/" href="http://windows.alltop.com/">http://windows.alltop.com/</a>), along with a list of information sites and authors which - truth be told - I am amazed to be paired with. I mean, glancing at the site right now, I'm on the page between Ed Bott and the IEBlog. If I work hard enough at it, I can only hope to provide the types and quality of information you get from the other sites in the list. </p> <p> Check out <a href="http://alltop.com" target="_blank">Alltop</a>. Lots of good stuff there. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,1be968ef-16c0-4012-891e-60342693f993.aspx Blogging Tech
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I don't think I have actually mentioned it here before (oops), but I use Twitter on a semi-regular basis to jot down PocketTweets Screenshot (click for the site)thoughts, post my "status" and keep an eye on what some other people are doing. My Twitter name is greghughes (go figure), so feel free to add me to your follow list, or whatever. :)

Twitter has a mobile client (at m.twitter.com, but note that it only works on a mobile device) that works, but it's pretty basic and feature-incomplete. So, since I had some time this evening I decided to look around for software (to run on the PC) and web-based (for the iPhone) clients.

I found a few options, including a really nice web-based client specifically made for the iPhone (or the iPod Touch) called PocketTweets, which is clean in appearance and includes pretty much all the Twitter functionality. I can post my own Twitter updates (called "Tweets"), send replies to others, or anything else on Twitter I might want. It's certainly better than any of the other clients I found. Very cool.

Next I need to find a good Windows client that won't crash when run on a 64-bit OS. I've been using Snitter, which is pretty okay but doesn't quite work (update) reliably enough in my experience and I'm not much of a fan of bright and contrasty color schemes. Any ideas?



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Found a great iPhone Twitter web client http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,1ebcdbd1-9b5e-496d-8045-3514d08dc085.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/FoundAGreatIPhoneTwitterWebClient.aspx Sun, 10 Feb 2008 04:12:38 GMT <p> I don't think I have actually mentioned it here before (oops), but I use Twitter on a semi-regular basis to jot down <a href="http://pockettweets.com/" target="_blank"><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="243" alt="PocketTweets Screenshot (click for the site)" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/FoundagreatiPhoneTwitterwebclient_11C2C/pockettweets_3.jpg" width="219" align="right" border="0"></a>thoughts, post my "status" and keep an eye on what some other people are doing. <a href="http://twitter.com/greghughes" target="_blank">My Twitter name is greghughes</a> (go figure), so feel free to add me to your follow list, or whatever. :) </p> <p> Twitter has a mobile client (at m.twitter.com, but note that it only works on a mobile device) that works, but it's pretty basic and feature-incomplete. So, since I had some time this evening I decided to look around for software (to run on the PC) and web-based (for the iPhone) clients. </p> <p> I found a few options, including a really nice web-based client specifically made for the iPhone (or the iPod Touch) called <a href="http://pockettweets.com/" target="_blank">PocketTweets</a>, which is clean in appearance and includes pretty much all the Twitter functionality. I can post my own Twitter updates (called "Tweets"), send replies to others, or anything else on Twitter I might want. It's certainly better than any of the other clients I found. Very cool. </p> <p> Next I need to find a good Windows client that won't crash when run on a 64-bit OS. I've been using <a href="http://snook.ca/snitter/" target="_blank">Snitter</a>, which is pretty okay but doesn't quite work (update) reliably enough in my experience and I'm not much of a fan of bright and contrasty color schemes. Any ideas? </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,1ebcdbd1-9b5e-496d-8045-3514d08dc085.aspx Blogging Mobile Tech
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My friend Brad Pierce is in the middle of his trip around the world (literally), where he is doing the whole trip on the surface - no airplanes. He's crossed the United States, then the Atlantic, and is in Europe as I write this. Paris to be specific. It's a lifelong dream of his, and he left the familiar world behind to live that dream. I am a lot proud and a little envious. :)

You can keep tabs on Brad's travels at http://www.peopleinpassing.com/, where he is logging his experiences and posting some photos as he goes. Brad is also a talented photographer.

He says 5-6 months or more are still left to go, and the path is one that gets determined on the fly. It's a trip with it's bumps, which is really a critical part of the great experience in Brad's book. Great stuff, man.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Keeping tabs on my friend Brad on his round-the-world trip http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,a7962f26-c016-4bbb-b87e-de2967750a49.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/KeepingTabsOnMyFriendBradOnHisRoundtheworldTrip.aspx Sat, 01 Sep 2007 05:24:03 GMT <p> <img hspace=15 src="http://peopleinpassing.com/wp-content/themes/leia-en/imagenes/author.png" align=right vspace=10>My friend Brad Pierce is <a href="http://www.peopleinpassing.com/">in the middle of his trip around the world</a> (literally), where he is doing the whole trip on the surface - no airplanes. He's crossed the United States, then the Atlantic, and is in Europe as I write this. Paris to be specific. It's a lifelong dream of his, and he left the&nbsp;familiar&nbsp;world behind to live that dream. I am a lot proud and a little envious. :) </p> <p> You can keep tabs on Brad's travels at <a href="http://www.peopleinpassing.com/">http://www.peopleinpassing.com/</a>, where he is logging his experiences and posting some photos as he goes. Brad is also a talented photographer. </p> <p> He says 5-6 months or more are still left to go, and the path is one that gets determined on the fly. It's a trip with it's bumps, which is really a critical part of the great experience in Brad's book. Great stuff, man. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,a7962f26-c016-4bbb-b87e-de2967750a49.aspx Blogging Random Stuff
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Minutes ago and well in time for the Tuesday release goal on the West Coast, Omar released dasBlog v2.0 on Sourceforge, which as Scott mentioned a few days ago runs under the .NET framework v2 and supports medium trust deployment.

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Downloads can be found here for source and compiled web files.

I'll upgrade soon (when I can find enough free minutes, probably later in the week). The dasBlog dev team is also pushing ahead with a version that will take advantage of the .NET 3.5 framework and should be very, very cool as well. So, lots there now and lots more to come!

I'll update here with details (or more likely a link to someone else's details list) soon.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. dasBlog v2.0 released - .NET 2.0 and medium trust support http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,b751ee3d-5cc0-40f1-9924-95cb3f27bd34.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/dasBlogV20ReleasedNET20AndMediumTrustSupport.aspx Wed, 15 Aug 2007 05:27:44 GMT <p> Minutes ago and well in time for the Tuesday release goal on the West Coast, Omar <a href="http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=127624&amp;package_id=242431" target="_blank">released dasBlog v2.0</a>&nbsp;on Sourceforge, which as <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ComingTuesdayDasBlog20AndMediumTrust.aspx" target="_blank">Scott mentioned</a> a few days ago runs under the .NET framework v2 and supports medium trust deployment. </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=127624&amp;package_id=242431" target="_blank" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="87" alt="dasblogbannerimage" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/dasBlogv2.0releas.0andmediumtrustsupport_1387E/dasblogbannerimage_2.png" width="500" border="0"></a> </p> <p> Downloads can be found <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/dasBlogv2.0releas.0andmediumtrustsupport_1387E/dasblogbannerimage.png" target="_blank">here for source and compiled web files</a>. </p> <p> I'll upgrade soon (when I can find enough free minutes, probably later in the week). The dasBlog dev team is also pushing ahead with a version that will take advantage of the .NET 3.5 framework and should be very, very cool as well. So, lots there now and lots more to come! </p> <p> I'll update here with details (or more likely a link to someone else's details list) soon. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,b751ee3d-5cc0-40f1-9924-95cb3f27bd34.aspx Blogging Tech
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image Scott posts about the latest dasBlog release, v1.9.7, which you can download and use now. He also discusses the pending (within a week) release of dasBlog v2.0, which will be compiled using the 2.0 .NET framework, and even additional versions planned under framework v3.5. Lots happening in dasBlog land. 

Among the new, improved and changed stuff in v1.9.7 (the below list is quoted from Scott's blog):

  • Fixed a metric buttload of bugs (ed: Scott's word, not mine, heh)
  • Taken in more patches from the public than any other release (Thanks public!)
  • Category and Home Page Paging Macros
  • LiveComment Preview (thanks SubText!)
  • Emailed Daily Activity Reports
  • Windows Live Writer Custom Integration
  • Support for Akismet Comment Spam Support
    • Go get a WordPress account, without a blog, and use the API key they'll send you.
  • Optionally show comments on the Permalink Page
  • Even more performance gains (4x+) in the Macro engine
  • New Internationalized Languages, including Swedish (Thanks Per Salmi!)
    • This brings our total supported language count up to 15! Although we can ALWAYS use more, and we really need double-checkers and updaters to put in localized strings for some of the new features!
  • Support for Blogging directly from Word 2007
  • Many fixes in our Blogger API and MetaWebLog API support
  • Better detection of referrals from Search Engines
  • CSS fixes and additions like highlighting of the Blog Author's comments
    • Make the comment email address match the email address in sitesecurity.config for this feature.
  • DHTML Timeline of Posts from the MIT Simile project
  • Support for SMTP Servers like Gmail for notifications
  • New themes
  • Support for THREE Rich Editors - FreeTextBox, FCKEditor and TinyMCE (in DasBlog Contrib, see the source)


greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. New dasBlog v1.9.7 release - final .NET 1.1 version http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,c75d3cf3-cc44-44aa-9991-cdd32c95ca16.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/NewDasBlogV197ReleaseFinalNET11Version.aspx Wed, 27 Jun 2007 17:25:43 GMT <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/NewdasBlogv1.9.7releasefinal.NE.1version_8FF9/image.png" target="_blank"><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 15px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="48" alt="image" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/NewdasBlogv1.9.7releasefinal.NE.1version_8FF9/image_thumb.png" width="240" align="right" border="0"> Scott posts about the latest dasBlog release</a>, v1.9.7, which <a href="http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=127624" target="_blank">you can download</a> and use now. He also discusses the pending (within a week) release of dasBlog v2.0, which will be compiled using the 2.0 .NET framework, and even additional versions planned under framework v3.5. Lots happening in dasBlog land.&nbsp; </p> <p> Among the new, improved&nbsp;and changed stuff in v1.9.7 (the below list is <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog/DasBlog197ReleaseFinalASPNET11Version.aspx" target="_blank">quoted from Scott's blog</a>): </p> <ul> <li> Fixed a metric buttload of bugs (<em>ed: Scott's word, not mine, heh</em>) <li> Taken in more patches from the public than any other release (Thanks public!) <li> Category and Home Page Paging Macros <li> LiveComment Preview (thanks <a href="http://www.subtextproject.com/">SubText</a>!) <li> Emailed Daily Activity Reports <li> Windows Live Writer Custom Integration <li> Support for <a href="http://www.akismet.com">Akismet</a> Comment Spam Support <ul> <li> Go get&nbsp;a <a href="http://www.wordpress.com)/">WordPress</a>&nbsp;account, without a blog, and use the API key they'll send you.</li> </ul> <li> Optionally show comments on the Permalink Page <li> Even more performance gains (4x+) in the Macro engine <li> New Internationalized Languages, including Swedish (Thanks Per Salmi!) <ul> <li> This brings our <em>total supported language count up to 15</em>! Although we can ALWAYS use more, and we really need double-checkers and updaters to put in localized strings for some of the new features!</li> </ul> <li> Support for Blogging directly from Word 2007 <li> Many fixes in our Blogger API and MetaWebLog API support <li> Better detection of referrals from Search Engines <li> CSS fixes and additions like highlighting of the Blog Author's comments <ul> <li> Make the comment email address match the email address in sitesecurity.config for this feature.</li> </ul> <li> DHTML Timeline of Posts from the MIT Simile project <li> Support for SMTP Servers like Gmail for notifications <li> New themes <li> Support for THREE Rich Editors - FreeTextBox, FCKEditor and TinyMCE (in DasBlog Contrib, see the source)</li> </ul> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,c75d3cf3-cc44-44aa-9991-cdd32c95ca16.aspx Blogging Tech
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Kent Newsome started a "help me rebuild my feed list" project recently, and I was pinged to contribute a short list.

This is an update on my swivel feeds experiment , in which I ask bloggers I read to help me rebuild my reading list.  I've had a great response so far, and my new reading list is coming together nicely, with a diverse and interesting mix of bloggers.

A good list has formed and when all is said and done he plans to create an OPML list to share.

Here are my five (or so) blogs for the recommendation list. I've tried to find ones that I would recommend highly but which are not already on Kent's list (there is one repeat though). Also, ones where the author published often. They're all listed for their own individual reasons, and no - not all of them are tech-related. Three of these people I have met in person, one I have interacted with on the 'net, and one I have only read. All get my attention in FeedDemon.

  • Rory Blyth - Often described in the past as a train wreck in progress, mostly his blog is just plain real - sometimes very much so. And he's a great writer.
  • Trevin Chow - A Microsoftie I know and appreciate, he's worked on a number of cool products and projects.
  • Adam Gaffin - He writes quick and topical links at computerworld.com on pretty much a daily basis.
  • Scott Adams - Yes, the author of Dilbert and a couple very good books. Scott's blog is incredibly smart and funny and smart and sarcastic and smart and ... Well, just go read it. I'd be shocked if you were not to become a regular.
  • Scott Hanselman - Yeah, he's already on Kent's list but let's face it, Scott's top notch and his blog bears repeating.

Of course, I subscribe to a lot more than those five, but they are among the ones I look at and read new content on nearly every day.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. A few blogs I read - &quot;Swivel Feeds&quot; list http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,7d222077-e9bf-46bd-b72c-a534d3bee49c.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/AFewBlogsIReadQuotSwivelFeedsquotList.aspx Sun, 17 Jun 2007 19:39:46 GMT <p> <a href="http://www.newsome.org/index.shtml" target="_blank">Kent Newsome</a> started a "help me rebuild my feed list" project recently, and <a href="http://www.newsome.org/2007/06/swivel-feeds-group-4.shtml" target="_blank">I was pinged to contribute</a> a short list. </p> <blockquote> <p> <em>This is an update&nbsp;on my </em><a href="http://www.newsome.org/2007/05/swivel-feeds-for-better-reads.shtml"><em>swivel feeds experiment</em></a><em>, in which I ask bloggers I read to help me rebuild my reading list.&nbsp; I've had a great response so far, and my new reading list is coming together nicely, with a diverse and interesting mix of bloggers.</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> A good list has formed and when all is said and done he plans to create an OPML list to share. </p> <p> Here are my five (or so) blogs for the recommendation list. I've tried to find ones that I would recommend highly but which are not already on Kent's list (there is one repeat though). Also, ones where the author published often.&nbsp;They're all listed for their own individual&nbsp;reasons, and no -&nbsp;not all of them are tech-related. Three of these people I have met in person, one I have interacted with on the 'net, and one I have only read. All get my attention in FeedDemon. </p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://neopoleon.com/home/default.aspx" target="_blank">Rory Blyth</a> - Often described in the past as a train wreck in progress, mostly his blog is just plain real - sometimes very much so. And he's a great writer.</li> <li> <a href="http://trevinchow.com/blog" target="_blank">Trevin Chow</a> - A Microsoftie I know and appreciate, he's worked on a number of cool products and projects.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=compendium" target="_blank">Adam Gaffin</a> - He writes quick and topical links at computerworld.com on pretty much a daily basis.</li> <li> <a href="http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/" target="_blank">Scott Adams</a> - Yes, the author of Dilbert and a couple very good books. Scott's blog is incredibly smart and funny and smart and sarcastic and smart and&nbsp;... Well, just go read it. I'd be shocked if you were not to become a regular.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog/" target="_blank">Scott Hanselman</a> - Yeah, he's already on Kent's list but let's face it, Scott's top notch and his blog&nbsp;bears repeating.</li> </ul> <p> Of course, I subscribe to a lot more than those five, but they are among the ones I look at and read new content on nearly&nbsp;every day. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,7d222077-e9bf-46bd-b72c-a534d3bee49c.aspx Blogging Random Stuff
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You know the best way to get a real grasp of how many people read your blog? Just stop posting. They'll come out of the woodwork with questions...

"Hey I noticed you haven't written much on your blog recently - everything okay?"

"What happened? Nothing new recently."

"Did you stop blogging or something"

"When are you going to start writing again?"

... and on and on. Which is nice. So thanks to all of those who have asked. I am alive and fairly well, thank you very much.

I've been pretty tied up at my job lately, with an even-more-than-usual workload. Between that and all the related (and unrelated) travel, any available time to think and write has been quite scarce. Then add in the fact that Richard and I have been working on our new IT podcast, RunAs Radio, and the situation gets even tighter.

But I am still here, so thanks for the thoughts and there is more to come.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Where the heck have you been?!?! http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,78f54946-2254-432b-ab51-a260a4c85c1a.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/WhereTheHeckHaveYouBeen.aspx Fri, 11 May 2007 15:09:04 GMT <p> You know the best way to get a real grasp of how many people read your blog? Just stop posting. They'll come out of the woodwork with questions... </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <em>"Hey I noticed you haven't written much on your blog recently - everything okay?"</em> </p> <p> <em>"What happened? Nothing new recently."</em> </p> <p> <em>"Did you stop blogging or something"</em> </p> <p> <em>"When are you going to start writing again?"</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> ... and on and on. Which is nice. So thanks to all of those who have asked. I am alive and fairly well, thank you very much. </p> <p> I've been pretty tied up at my job lately, with an even-more-than-usual workload. Between that and all the related (and unrelated) travel, any available time to think and write has been quite scarce. Then add&nbsp;in the fact that Richard and I have been working on our new IT podcast, <a href="http://www.runasradio,com">RunAs Radio</a>, and the situation gets even tighter. </p> <p> But I am still here, so thanks for the thoughts and there is more to come. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,78f54946-2254-432b-ab51-a260a4c85c1a.aspx Blogging Random Stuff
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Over at problogger, I recently (well, actually it was several weeks ago - I am just now using a long flight from Chicago to finish this post) ran across a post entitled "Does AdSense Suck for Bloggers?" where Darren Rowse points to Guy Kawasaki (who started a popular blog called "How to Change the World" in 2006) and the New Web Order blog, which editorializes a bit further on Guy's experiences.

A bit of a high-profile slam on AdSense was taking place in these venues, which is unfortunate because Guy's experiences are not the same as everyone's. I'd venture to say that his experience may in fact be similar to the majority of people who just "give AdSense a try" without putting any serious effort into it. But Guy's blog was never optimized in terms of layout for AdSense advertising and his page content is not exactly optimal for context-sensitive advertising either. Now, he writes about many things (and quite well, by the way) and I truly enjoy his blog, but the fact of the matter is that there are a few things he could have done to improve his click-through rate and revenue. Not to mention the fact that his blog is still relatively new - it's only a year old. These things take time, the creation of contextual content and careful design. And the kinds of changes I am referring to would not necessarily have required trashing the layout or skimping/compromising on the author's writing style.

Go read Guy's post about his experience, and then take a look below at mine, to illustrate that it's not just about being famous or high up in technorati's listings when it comes to having a successful experience with AdSense. Being famous or well-known can help, of course, but it's really about how many web site visitors you get, whether the ads are contextually relevant, and how many of the people who visit your site actually click the ads to reach to the content they provide. I'm far from famous, and I am certainly not too well-known (thank goodness). But my revenues from AdSense on one single web site continues to amaze me.

Note: I am providing some information here that other people may not feel comfortable sharing about their own sites and experiences. That's fine, but I have no reason to hide any of this information. My point is to illustrate that AdSense can and does work, and to provide some evidence as well as a little balance to the "AdSense sucks" argument.

In mid-2006, my page views numbers were somewhere in the 8,000 per day range. Later in the year,  it's climbed to well over 10,000 a day, and is now well over 15,000 page views a day on most days - often in the 20-30,000 range.

So - for posterity's sake and for conversational comparison, here are some stats for the year 2006 on greghughes.net, per Google's system counters (which vary from and are slightly lower than my own internal stats counters, but I think being conservative is a good thing when looking at these values). Note that I cannot post publicly my account's actual click-though rate or other numbers due to Google's AdSense terms of service, which I respect. Also, I ran this article (pre-edits) by the AdSense support team before posting, just to make sure I am not crossing any lines. I have no desire to fall victim to the rather terse and stern terms of service that Google rightfully has on its program. They said I was good to go.

What I can tell you is that my click-though rate is relatively high compared to typical site averages, and that through testing I have proven to myself and others that the high rate is a direct result of effective placement and design of the ads themselves, in combination with site layout and design tweaks.

The 2006 stats for this site (greghughes.net):

  • 2,355,059 page views for an average of approximately 6,450/day average (using some very conservative counters to be sure). Note that today I average more than 20,000 per day - a significant difference. As you'd expect, that difference is reflected in the total number of clicks per day and the daily revenue numbers.
  • 264 posts for the year generated significantly less comments and trackbacks than Guy's blog did - and that's one difference in being famous and high-profile - people link and talk back to you more if you have some celebrity following like many of the A-listers do. Note that perhaps more important than how many posts and comments I had in 2006 are the other 1,107 posts that I made between this blog's inaugural post in 2003 and the end of 2005. Those posts still generate a significant amount of interest and traffic from search engines - many thousands of visits a day.
  • Again speaking conservatively, several hundred people regularly grab the RSS feeds. Again, this is a huge difference from Guy's RSS subscription count (I'm on the low end of the spectrum). His subscriber count via RSS is in the thousands - and this is also an indicator of why his traffic may not be driving much revenue. It's been proven that RSS feeds are not the better advertising medium. People just don't click as much. However, I should say that my friend Scott has seen some good results in his RSS advertising.
  • Total advertising revenue for 2006: approximately $8,700.00, which is significantly higher than Guy's revenue, and let's face, it - no one really knows me from a hole in the ground. It's also worth pointing out that the 2006 amount is for the full year, which includes a good six to seven months of significantly lower monthly revenue before I made some critical design changes to the page layout in about August. In fact, $1800.00 of the year's total came in December alone and my revenue values have been increasing consistently over time. Only time will tell, though. You never know what might drop or raise your numbers. Hopefully not this post, heh. For comparison purposes, my January 2007 revenue was over $2000.00 and it looks like February will close out at about $1700.00.
  • Again, I have intentionally left out any mention of metrics other than how many page views occur and the total payment amounts, because Google is pretty strict about not sharing other metrics like click-though ratios, cpm, etc.
  • As an aside, it's worth saying that for those who are not yet familiar with the process of IRS Form 1099 income, this is not all free money. You do have to pay taxes on it, and it's treated as income for an individual, so be prepared to set a large chunk aside for tax time each month. Keep that in mind and be sure to evaluate whether you should be running AdSense as an individual or as a business entity. Depending on your situation, there may be one option that's better than the other. you may want to consult a good CPA on an hourly basis to give you some advice. That tax hit, ouch!

There's a lot more that goes into making AdSense work than just dropping ads on the page and getting a few (or a lot of) people to look at your site. Sure, you have to drive traffic to your site content in order to get clicks. But ad positioning, relevance of the ads, the actual content of your site, and a number of other critical design and configuration elements play a major role in the failure or success of your advertising. The fact of the matter is, if you have a lot of distracting, flashy, graphical stuff on your pages, the ads will not get clicked nearly as much. Why? People just won't look at them nearly as much. It's that simple. 

For example, I used to have a picture of myself in the header of every page on my site, but one day I decided to remove it just to see what impact that would have on my ad clicks (specifically the click-through rate). I suspected that the picture was competing visually with the ads, resulting in less clicks. Sure enough, click-through nearly doubled as soon as I removed my mug-shot from the page template. Visual competition with your ads equates to distraction (you can think of it as visual aerobics - like watching a tennis game from side court), which means less clicks, which in turn means less revenue. Not a very complicated formula.

So, let me leave you with this - Despite the occasional popular, cliche rant in the blogosphere, AdSense most certainly and definitely does not suck for bloggers if you have patience, use it thoughtfully and apply it well. If you don't believe me, ask Joel Comm, the AdSense guru. If his AdSense Secrets is the bible of AdSense, then he is the prophet who can lead you to the promised land (forgive the analogy, sorry), but only if you actually follow his suggestions - all of them, even the ones you don't really want to. Remember - it's just a web site, so you can always put it back the way it was if you don't like the changes you make. You will have to experiment and try new things. Joel can tell you pretty much everything you need to know and a whole lot more. If I was to put some real and substantial time applying even more of his suggestions and those of others to this blog and maybe another one or two topical sites, I could quite possibly quit my day job.

But hey, I am certainly not planning to do that. I like my work and blogging is more of a passion for me than a vocation. I consider myself lucky: I'm certainly glad to have a revenue stream that makes it easy for me to justify using a dedicated host server and which pays for itself quite well (and then some). I'm also financially able to do more charitable giving in my community and in the world, which is important to me. It's a pretty darned good deal, no doubt about it. And I don't even have to do all that much to make it work - the content I've already written over the past few years seems to appeal to a wide audience, so they come here to find what they're looking for. Because the ads are relevant to what they're researching they sometimes click. All I really have to do is continue to write about the things that interest me and hope that others will remain interested, too.

By the way, I am certainly not the only beneficiary of my advertising success. It's a good deal for Google and it's advertisers, too: The better the ad performance on my site, the more effective their customer's ad campaigns. We all win.

Here are a few resources for learning about AdSense and making it work. These are the ones I used, in addition to a few acquaintances who made suggestions here and there:



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. AdSense doesn't suck for bloggers - not at all http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,2e92ccbf-afce-4450-9225-138d25ca8fe4.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/AdSenseDoesntSuckForBloggersNotAtAll.aspx Wed, 07 Mar 2007 05:14:40 GMT <p> Over at <a href="http://www.problogger.net/" target="_blank">problogger</a>, I recently (well,&nbsp;actually it was several weeks ago - I am just now using a long flight from Chicago to finish this post)&nbsp;ran across a post entitled "<a href="http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/01/08/does-adsense-suck-for-bloggers/" target="_blank">Does AdSense Suck for Bloggers?</a>" where&nbsp;Darren Rowse points to <a href="http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2007/01/a_review_of_my_.html" target="_blank">Guy Kawasaki</a> (who started a popular blog called "How to Change the World"&nbsp;in 2006) and the <a href="http://www.nik.com.au/archives/2007/01/05/only-cents-from-adsense/" target="_blank">New Web Order</a> blog, which editorializes a bit further on Guy's experiences. </p> <p> A bit of a high-profile slam on AdSense&nbsp;was taking place in these venues, which is unfortunate because Guy's experiences are not the same as everyone's. I'd venture to say that his experience <em>may in fact be similar</em> to the majority of people who just "give AdSense a try" without putting any serious effort into it. But Guy's blog was never optimized in terms of layout for AdSense advertising and his page content is not exactly optimal for context-sensitive advertising either. Now, he writes about many things (and quite well, by the way) and I truly enjoy his blog, but the fact of the matter is that there are a few things he could have done to improve his click-through rate and revenue. Not to mention the fact that his blog is still relatively new - it's only a year old. These things take time, the creation of contextual content and careful design. And the kinds of changes I am referring to would not necessarily have required trashing the layout or skimping/compromising on the author's writing style. </p> <p> Go read&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2007/01/a_review_of_my_.html" target="_blank">Guy's post about his experience</a>, and then&nbsp;take a&nbsp;look below at&nbsp;mine, to illustrate that it's not just&nbsp;about being famous or high up in technorati's listings when it comes to having a successful experience with AdSense. Being famous or well-known can <em>help</em>, of course, but it's really about how many web site visitors you get, whether the ads are contextually relevant, and how many of the people who visit your site&nbsp;actually click the ads to reach to the content they provide. I'm far from famous, and I am certainly not too well-known (thank goodness). But my revenues from AdSense on&nbsp;one single web site&nbsp;continues to amaze me. </p> <p> <em>Note:&nbsp;I am providing some information here that other people may not feel comfortable sharing about their own sites and experiences. That's fine, but I have no reason to hide any of this information.&nbsp;My point is to illustrate that AdSense can and does work, and to provide some evidence as well as a little balance to the "AdSense sucks" argument.</em> </p> <p> In mid-2006, my page views numbers were somewhere in the 8,000 per day range. Later in the year,&nbsp; it's climbed to well over 10,000 a day, and is now well over 15,000 page views a day on most days - often in the 20-30,000 range. </p> <p> So - for posterity's sake and for conversational comparison, here are some stats for the year 2006 on greghughes.net, per Google's system&nbsp;counters (which vary from and are slightly lower than my own internal stats counters, but I think being&nbsp;conservative is a good thing when looking at these values). Note that I cannot post publicly my account's actual click-though rate or other numbers due to Google's AdSense terms of service, which I respect. Also, I ran this article (pre-edits)&nbsp;by the AdSense support team before posting, just to make sure I am not crossing any lines. I have no desire to fall victim to the rather terse and stern terms of service that Google rightfully has on its program.&nbsp;They said I was good to go. </p> <p> What I <em>can</em> tell you is that my click-though rate is relatively high compared to typical site averages, and that through testing I have proven to myself and others that the high rate is a&nbsp;direct result of effective placement and design of the ads themselves, in combination with site layout and design tweaks. </p> <p> The 2006 stats for this site (greghughes.net): </p> <ul> <li> 2,355,059 page views for an average of approximately 6,450/day average&nbsp;(using some very conservative counters to be sure).&nbsp;Note that today I average more than 20,000 per day - a significant difference. As you'd expect, that difference is reflected in the total number of clicks per day and the daily revenue numbers. <li> 264&nbsp;posts for the year generated&nbsp;significantly <em>less</em>&nbsp;comments and trackbacks than Guy's blog did - and that's one difference in being famous and high-profile - people link and talk back to you more if you have some celebrity following like many of the A-listers do. Note that perhaps more important than how many posts and comments I had in 2006&nbsp;are the other 1,107 posts that I made between this blog's inaugural post in 2003 and the end of 2005. Those posts still generate a significant amount of interest and traffic from search engines - many thousands of visits a day. <li> Again speaking conservatively,&nbsp;several&nbsp;hundred&nbsp;people regularly grab the RSS feeds. Again, this is a huge difference&nbsp;from Guy's RSS subscription count (I'm on the low end of the spectrum). His subscriber count via RSS is&nbsp;in the thousands&nbsp;- and this is also an indicator of why his&nbsp;traffic may not be driving much revenue. It's been proven that RSS feeds are not the better advertising medium. People just don't click as much. However, I should say that my friend <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog" target="_blank">Scott</a> has seen some good results in his RSS advertising. <li> Total advertising revenue for 2006: approximately $8,700.00, which is significantly higher than Guy's revenue, and let's face, it - no one really knows me from a hole in the ground. It's also worth pointing out&nbsp;that the 2006&nbsp;amount is&nbsp;for the full year, which includes a good six to seven months of significantly&nbsp;lower monthly revenue before I made some critical&nbsp;design changes to the page&nbsp;layout in about August. In fact, $1800.00 of the year's total came in December <em>alone</em> and my revenue values have been increasing consistently over time. Only time will tell, though. You never know what might drop or raise your numbers. Hopefully not this post, heh. For comparison purposes, my January 2007 revenue was over $2000.00 and it looks like February will close out at about $1700.00. <li> Again, I have intentionally left out any mention of metrics other than how many page views occur and the total payment amounts, because Google is pretty strict about not sharing other metrics like click-though ratios, cpm, etc. <li> As an aside, it's worth saying that for those who are not yet familiar with the process of IRS Form 1099 income, this is not all free money.&nbsp;You do have to pay taxes on it, and it's treated as income for an individual, so be prepared to set a large chunk aside for tax time each month.&nbsp;Keep that in mind and be sure to evaluate&nbsp;whether you should be running AdSense as an individual or as a business entity. Depending on your situation, there may be one option that's better than the other.&nbsp;you may want to consult a good&nbsp;CPA on an hourly basis to give you some advice. That&nbsp;tax hit, ouch!</li> </ul> <p> There's a lot more that goes into making AdSense work than just dropping ads on the page and getting a few (or a lot of) people to look at your site. Sure, you have to drive traffic to your site content&nbsp;in order to get clicks. But ad positioning, relevance of the ads, the actual content of your site,&nbsp;and a number of other critical design and configuration elements play a major role in the failure or success of your advertising. The fact of the matter is, if you have a lot of distracting, flashy, graphical&nbsp;stuff on your pages, <em>the ads will not get clicked nearly as much.</em> Why? People just won't look at them nearly as much. It's that simple.&nbsp; </p> <p> For example, I used to have a picture of myself in the header of every page on my site, but one day I decided to remove it just to see what impact that would have on my ad clicks (specifically the click-through rate). I suspected that the picture&nbsp;was competing visually with the ads, resulting in less clicks. Sure enough, click-through <em>nearly doubled</em> as soon as I removed my mug-shot from the page template. Visual competition with your ads equates to distraction (you can think of it as visual aerobics - like watching a tennis game from side court), which means&nbsp;less clicks, which in turn means less revenue. Not a very complicated formula. </p> <p> So, let me leave you with this - Despite the occasional popular, cliche rant in the blogosphere, AdSense most certainly and definitely does <em>not</em> suck for bloggers if you have patience, use it thoughtfully and apply it well. If you don't believe me, <a href="http://www.joelcomm.com/" target="_blank">ask Joel Comm</a>, the AdSense guru. If his AdSense Secrets is the bible of AdSense, then he is the prophet who can lead you to the promised land (forgive the analogy, sorry), but only if you actually follow his suggestions -&nbsp;all of them, even the ones you don't really want to. Remember - it's just a web site, so you can always put it back the way it was if you don't like the changes you make. You will have to experiment and try new things.&nbsp;Joel can tell you pretty much everything you need to know and a whole lot more. If I was to put some real and substantial time applying even more of his suggestions and those of others&nbsp;to this blog and maybe another one or two topical sites, I could quite possibly quit my day job. </p> <p> But hey, I am certainly not planning to do that.&nbsp;I like my work and blogging is more of a passion for me than a vocation.&nbsp;I consider myself lucky:&nbsp;I'm certainly glad to have a revenue stream that makes it easy for me to justify using a dedicated host server and which pays for itself quite well (and then some). I'm also financially able to do more charitable giving in my community and in the world, which is important to me. It's a pretty darned good deal, no doubt about it. And I don't even have to do all that much to make it work - the content I've&nbsp;already written over the past few years seems to appeal to a wide audience, so they come here to find what they're looking for. Because the ads are relevant to what they're researching they sometimes click. All I really have to do is continue to write about the things that interest me and hope that others will remain interested, too. </p> <p> By the way, I am certainly not the only beneficiary of my advertising success.&nbsp;It's a good deal for Google and it's advertisers, too: The better the ad performance on my site, the more effective their customer's&nbsp;ad campaigns. We all win. </p> <p> Here are a few resources for learning about AdSense and making it work. These are the ones I used, in addition to a few acquaintances who made suggestions here and there: </p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.joelcomm.com/" target="_blank">Joel Comm</a> - who has his <a href="http://www.adsense-secrets.com/" target="_blank">AdSense Secrets</a> and <a href="http://www.adsense-secrets.com/catalogue.html" target="_blank">other</a> resources <li> <a href="https://www.google.com/adsense/" target="_blank">Google's AdSense program site</a> - where you can get started <li> <a href="http://www.google.com/adsense/policies" target="_blank">The Google AdSense Terms of Service</a> (TOS) - which you need to read and understand so you don't make any fatal mistakes </li> </ul> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,2e92ccbf-afce-4450-9225-138d25ca8fe4.aspx Blogging Random Stuff Tech
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Sorry for the mess.

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(the one where I ponder the personalness (or is it personality? (both?)) of blogs and notice how level the playing field really is...)

I was glancing at Techmeme.com this evening to see what I have been missing the past day or so, and I started browsing the names of the weblogs listed there. I noticed mine was listed, which was pretty cool, and a whole slew of others. For those that don't know, Techmeme lists current online news and blog entries about - you guessed it - technology. Where a topical post appears, the author is attributed and when others write about the same topic, those weblogs or news sites will sometimes also get listed under the main entry. You can click on each one and see what each author has to say about the topic at hand. It's really very slick, and it's all automated. You can blame Gabe Rivera for it's creation. It's really pretty much virtual ice cream for a geek's hungry mind.

Anyhow, as I was passing through Techmeme during my end-of-day, finally-got-home-from-work, just-have-to-see-what-the-rest-of-the-world-is-thinking time, I realized that not many people with tech blogs use their own names in the title. That got me to thinking that tech blogs are often "properties" by name, rather than direct representations of the people that author them, which is interesting to me since one of the things I like best about blogs is that they are uniquely personal.

Then it also occurred to me that except for certain specific blogs I already know (Engadget, TechCrunch, big names like that), I am naturally drawn to blogs that have someone's name in them. I had not thought about it before, but often I want to know what other people think about something. So, I guess when I see a person's name, I am drawn in. Interesting.

SO I went back and looked for examples at TechMeme. There are some people names scattered around. My name is right there, listed as "greg hughes." Robert's is listed as "Scobleizer," which is a play on his name. And Ed Bott's name is part of his weblog's title. But look at all these other names - most are some pithy or cool geeky blog name. Here's a partial representation of what's on there this evening:

Download Squad, Engadget, TechBlog, The PC Doctor, Ed Bott's Windows Expertise, Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog, Guardian Unlimited, Silicon Valley Sleuth, Blackfriars' Marketing, Tech Digest, Ed Bott's Microsoft Report, Microsoft News Tracker,Gearlog, Slashdot, Under The Stairs, TechCrunch, Search Engine Journal, Office Evolution, Download Squad, Screenwerk, ContentBlogger, InsideGoogle, Black Voices, paidContent.org, 21talks, GigaOM, robhyndman.com, Between the Lines, Silicon Valley Watcher, Good Morning Silicon Valley, Valleywag, Googling Google, Search Engine Journal, Google Blogoscoped, Download Squad, Mashable!, Digital Inspiration, Google Operating System, digg, Scobleizer, Beet.TV, AdJab, IP Democracy, TechEffect, Search Engine Journal, ClickZ News Blog, Bloggers Blog, Digital Micro-Markets, Techdirt, rexblog, CNNMoney.com, E-consultancy, Web Worker Daily, StrayPackets, rexblog, greg hughes, Gadgetopia, Scripting News, digg...

Quite the mix of properties, blogs, new sites, names and sources there. Also quite a group to be associated with, to be honest. Often individuals who post on personal weblogs are listed right alongside pro bloggers from big organizations and companies. That's proof that the playing field is as level as you care to make it. Listed in the same context as CNN Money, Todd Bishop, Michael Arrington and Om Malik? That's a level field, alright. Heh.

And another thought... I find that even though I subscribe to Techmeme via RSS, I prefer reading and using it via the browser because of the way it positions and presents information on the page. You just don't get the same dimensional organization in RSS, and not everything works best in "river mode."

Do you read Techmeme? You should. Really.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Something occurred to me on my way through Techmeme... http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,9fa1a287-b53e-42b6-b6c9-456f5e951cae.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SomethingOccurredToMeOnMyWayThroughTechmeme.aspx Thu, 05 Oct 2006 04:52:54 GMT <p> <em>(the one where I ponder the personalness (or is it personality? (both?)) of blogs and notice how level the playing field really is...)</em> </p> <p> I was glancing at <a href="http://www.techmeme.com/">Techmeme.com</a> this evening to see what I have been missing the past day or so, and I started browsing the names of the weblogs listed there. I noticed mine was listed, which was pretty cool, and a whole slew of others. For those that don't know, Techmeme lists current online news and blog entries about - you guessed it - technology. Where a topical post appears, the author is attributed and when others write about the same topic, those weblogs or news sites will sometimes also get listed under the main entry. You can click on each one and see what each author has to say about the topic at hand. It's really very slick, and it's all automated. You can blame <a href="http://blog.memeorandum.com/">Gabe Rivera</a> for it's creation. It's really pretty much virtual ice cream for a geek's hungry&nbsp;mind. </p> <p> Anyhow, as I was passing through Techmeme during my end-of-day, finally-got-home-from-work, just-have-to-see-what-the-rest-of-the-world-is-thinking time, I realized that&nbsp;not&nbsp;many people&nbsp;with tech blogs use their own names in the title. That got me to thinking that tech blogs are often "properties" by name, rather than direct representations of the people that author them, which is interesting to me since one of the things I like best about blogs is that they are uniquely personal. </p> <p> Then it also occurred to me that except for certain specific blogs I already know (Engadget, TechCrunch,&nbsp;big names like that), I am naturally drawn to blogs that have someone's name in them. I had not thought about it before, but often I want to know what other people think about something. So, I guess when I see a person's name, I am drawn in. Interesting. </p> <p> SO I went back and looked for examples at TechMeme. There are some people names scattered around. My name is right there, listed as "greg hughes." Robert's is listed as "<a href="http://scobleizer.wordpress.com">Scobleizer</a>," which is a play on his name. And <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott">Ed Bott's</a> name is part of his weblog's title. But look at all these other names - most are some pithy or cool geeky blog name. Here's a partial representation of what's on there this evening: </p> <blockquote> <p> <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=339"><a href="http://www.downloadsquad.com/2006/10/04/microsoft-threatens-to-cripple-pirated-vista-pcs/">Download Squad</a>, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2006/10/04/microsoft-will-cripple-pcs-running-pirated-copies-of-vista/">Engadget</a>, <a href="http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2006/10/may_i_see_your.html">TechBlog</a>, <a href="http://www.pcdoctor-guide.com/wordpress/?p=3514">The PC Doctor</a>, <a href="http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1495">Ed Bott's Windows Expertise</a></a>, <a href="http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/107340.asp">Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog</a>, <a href="http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/archives/2006/10/04/microsofts_software_protection_platform_wga_will_get_tougher.html">Guardian Unlimited</a>, <a href="http://www.siliconvalleysleuth.com/2006/10/microsofts_lame.html">Silicon Valley Sleuth</a>, <a href="http://www.blackfriarsinc.com/blog/2006/10/microsofts-youve-got-to-be-kidding.html">Blackfriars' Marketing</a>, <a href="http://www.techdigest.tv/2006/10/vista_antipirac.html">Tech Digest</a>, <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=150">Ed Bott's Microsoft Report</a>, <a href="http://www.hunterstrat.com/news/2006/10/04/microsoft-details-windows-vista-and-longhorn-copy-protection/">Microsoft News Tracker,</a> <a href="http://gearlog.com/blogs/gearlog/archive/2006/10/04/ReducedFM.aspx">Gearlog</a>, <a href="http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/04/1959238">Slashdot</a>, <a href="http://tfl09.blogspot.com/2006/10/more-details-on-wga-in-vista.html">Under The Stairs</a>, <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/10/04/aols-snazzy-new-private-information-gatherer/">TechCrunch</a>, <a href="http://www.searchenginejournal.com/?p=3862">Search Engine Journal</a>, <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/Orchant/?p=239">Office Evolution</a>, <a href="http://www.downloadsquad.com/2006/10/04/aol-openride-all-in-one-broadband-browser/">Download Squad</a>, <a href="http://gesterling.wordpress.com/2006/10/04/aol-takes-an-openride-with-new-client/">Screenwerk</a>, <a href="http://www.shore.com/commentary/weblogs/2006/10/aol-openride-vs-google-universal.html">ContentBlogger</a>, <a href="http://google.blognewschannel.com/index.php/archives/2006/10/04/aol-openride/">InsideGoogle</a>, <a href="http://free.aol.com/thenewaol/openride/">Black Voices</a>, <a href="http://www.paidcontent.org/aol-hopes-users-will-take-a-free-ride-aol-openride-that-is">paidContent.org</a>, <a href="http://21talks.net/voip/aol-openride">21talks</a>, <a href="http://gigaom.com/">GigaOM</a>, <a href="http://www.robhyndman.com/2006/10/04/the-hp-saga-lockyer-lowers-the-boom/">robhyndman.com</a>, <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=3722">Between the Lines</a>, <a href="http://www.siliconvalleywatcher.com/mt/archives/2006/10/charged_califor.php">Silicon Valley Watcher</a>, <a href="http://blogs.siliconvalley.com/gmsv/2006/10/late_addition_t.html">Good Morning Silicon Valley</a>, <a href="http://www.valleywag.com/tech/hewlettpackard/california-to-indict-hp-exchair-and-investigators-205327.php">Valleywag</a>, <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=348">Googling Google</a>, <a href="http://www.searchenginejournal.com/?p=3860">Search Engine Journal</a>, <a href="http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2006-10-04-n43.html">Google Blogoscoped</a>, <a href="http://www.downloadsquad.com/2006/10/04/google-groups-launches-new-beta/">Download Squad</a>, <a href="http://mashable.com/2006/10/04/new-google-groups-arrives/">Mashable!</a>, <a href="http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/10/google-groups-vs-yahoo-groups-google.html">Digital Inspiration</a>, <a href="http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006/10/new-google-groups.html">Google Operating System</a>, <a href="http://digg.com/tech_news/The_new_Google_Groups_experience">digg</a>, <a href="http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/10/04/video-advertising-pisses-off-audience-who-knew-heheh/">Scobleizer</a>, <a href="http://www.beet.tv/2006/10/247s_jeff_marcu.html">Beet.TV</a>, <a href="http://www.adjab.com/2006/10/04/pre-roll-ads-make-for-sticky-situation/">AdJab</a>, <a href="http://www.ipdemocracy.com/archives/2006/10/04/#002010">IP Democracy</a>, <a href="http://techeffect.thedealblogs.com/2006/10/clarifying_online_video_advert.php">TechEffect</a>, <a href="http://www.searchenginejournal.com/?p=3861">Search Engine Journal</a>, <a href="http://blog.clickz.com/061003-143338.html">ClickZ News Blog</a>, <a href="http://www.bloggersblog.com/cgi-bin/bloggersblog.pl?bblog=1004061">Bloggers Blog</a>, <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/micro-markets/?p=503">Digital Micro-Markets</a>, <a href="http://techdirt.com/articles/20061003/074614.shtml">Techdirt</a>, <a href="http://www.rexblog.com/2006/10/04#a11523">rexblog</a>, <a href="http://money.cnn.com/blogs/browser/2006/10/wal-mart-shutters-myspace-clone.html">CNNMoney.com</a>, <a href="http://www.e-consultancy.com/news-blog/361781/wal--mart-dumps-social-networking-site.html">E-consultancy</a>, <a href="http://webworkerdaily.com/2006/10/04/amazon-s3-as-data-backup-options/">Web Worker Daily</a>, <a href="http://www.straypackets.com/2006/10/04/are-we-in-a-personal-computer-rut/">StrayPackets</a>, <a href="http://www.rexblog.com/2006/10/04#a11522">rexblog</a>, <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ReplacingAHomeBackupServerWithAmazonsS3.aspx">greg hughes</a>, <a href="http://www.gadgetopia.com/post/5562">Gadgetopia</a>, <a href="http://www.scripting.com/2006/10/04.html#onBackingUp">Scripting News</a>, <a href="http://digg.com/hardware/Home_backup_server_vs_Amazon_S3">digg</a>... </p> </blockquote> <p> Quite the mix of properties, blogs, new sites, names and sources there. Also quite a group to be associated with, to be honest. Often individuals who post on personal weblogs are listed right alongside pro bloggers from big organizations and companies. That's proof that the playing field is as level as you care to make it. Listed in the same context as CNN Money, Todd Bishop, Michael Arrington and Om Malik? That's a level field, alright. Heh. </p> <p> And another thought... I find that even though I subscribe to Techmeme via RSS, I prefer reading and using it via the browser because of the way it positions and presents information on the page. You just don't get the same dimensional organization in RSS, and not everything works best in "river mode." </p> <p> Do you read <a href="http://www.techmeme.com/">Techmeme</a>? You should. Really. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,9fa1a287-b53e-42b6-b6c9-456f5e951cae.aspx Blogging Tech
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There's no point in droning on and on about this one - Scott Hanselman is 100% correct when he proclaims:

"I say this: IE7 and Office 2007 not supporting Basic or Digest Authentication out of the box for accessing secure feeds will negatively affect adoption of RSS more than any other failing of the spec since its inception. It will slow adoption down at every level; it will make it harder for Financial Institutions to justify it and it will flummox internal Enterprises who don't have completely NTLM/AD infrastructure."

He discusses this in the context of using RSS to securely retrieve feeds for banking data, for example. Sure, there are many points to ponder regarding the retrieval and storage of likely sensitive information, but in the end this is something that will be needed, and would be useful now for many uses.

Do you think this functionality is important? Scott does and so do I. Read his post, Accessing Private and Authenticated Feeds - Why it's important, and say something - in the comments here on this blog, on Scott's blog, on the IE Blog, on your blog.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. No functionality for authenticated RSS feeds in IE7? What's your take? http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,23edea25-b505-4856-9b3e-cb45464c405b.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/NoFunctionalityForAuthenticatedRSSFeedsInIE7WhatsYourTake.aspx Wed, 20 Sep 2006 23:44:51 GMT <p> There's no point in droning on and on about this one - Scott Hanselman is 100% correct when he proclaims: </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <em>"I say this: <strong>IE7 and Office 2007 not supporting Basic or Digest Authentication out of the box for accessing secure feeds will negatively affect adoption of RSS more than any other failing of the spec since its inception. </strong>It will slow adoption down at every level; it will make it harder for Financial Institutions to justify it and it will flummox internal Enterprises who don't have completely&nbsp;NTLM/AD infrastructure."</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> He discusses this in the context of using RSS to securely retrieve feeds for banking data, for example. Sure, there are many points to ponder regarding the retrieval and storage of likely sensitive information, but in the end this is something that will be needed, and would be useful now for many uses. </p> <p> Do you think this functionality is important? Scott does and so do I. Read his post, <a class="TitleLinkStyle" href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog/AccessingPrivateAndAuthenticatedFeedsWhyItsImportant.aspx"><font color="#9f2201">Accessing Private and Authenticated Feeds - Why it's important</font></a>, and say something - in the comments here on this blog, on Scott's blog, on the IE Blog, on your blog. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,23edea25-b505-4856-9b3e-cb45464c405b.aspx Blogging RSS Stuff Tech
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Just downloaded Windows Live Writer, a blog publishing tool that was released in Beta by Microsoft while I was on vacation. Omar was using it (without being able to say exactly what he was using) and said to keep an eye out, someone was releasing a sweet blog authoring tool, and this is it. I am writing this post after a very fast and automagical installation of the Live Writer software.

Windows Live Writer Screenshot

Wow, that was cool, pasting that image in the window... Finally, a blog authoring package that lets me copy an image to the clipboard without saving it and then lets me CTRL-V to paste it into the editing window, without having to save the image on the clipboard as a file - and drop-shadows to boot!

And, if all works well, I will be able to post this to my dasBlog weblog without using FTP for the images, using the metaweblog API enhancements in dasBlog.

There's lots of great little features. Check it out and try it out.



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I just downloaded and installed Zoundry's Blog Writer over lunch, a free and ultra-feature-filled blog editor. This thing is slick! I am writing this post with the new editor.

I think I found my new blog editing app that I have been dreaming of for so long. At least it's going to get a real trial run. I have fought with Rocketpost so many times (it has never worked for me, and the authors don't seem to answer email anymore), and while I love BlogJet, the feature set in Zoundry is pretty incredible.

I'll write more about it tonight, after I get a chance to play around with it some more.

zoundry1.JPG UPDATE: I am having a hard time getting the app to play nicely with my web hosts's FTP. Seems to upload image files, but the "test" mechanism says it does not work correctly, which is kind of strange. I have filed a post on the support forums, we'll see how that goes. I can upload images, as witnessed at right...

UPDATE AGAIN: One super cool feature I noticed was that Zoundry totally used the newly-implemented blog autodiscovery calabilities that have recently been baked into dasBlog by Omar. None of the old manually setting up and remembering the URL for the blogger API or any of that stuff. Nice!!



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Zoundry - a hot little blog post editor http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,116226a3-5ea2-4a24-a9bf-6e03b273a585.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ZoundryAHotLittleBlogPostEditor.aspx Fri, 04 Aug 2006 06:04:00 GMT <p> I just downloaded and installed <a href="http://www.zoundry.com/download.html" title="Download Zoundry">Zoundry's Blog Writer</a> over lunch, a free and ultra-feature-filled blog editor. This thing is slick! I am writing this post with the new editor. </p> <p> I think I found my new blog editing app that I have been dreaming of for so long. At least it's going to get a real trial run. I have fought with Rocketpost so many times (it has never worked for me, and the authors don't seem to answer email anymore), and while I love BlogJet, the feature set in Zoundry is pretty incredible. </p> <p> I'll write more about it tonight, after I get a chance to play around with it some more. </p> <p> <strong><a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/zoundry1.JPG"><img src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/zoundry1_tn.jpg" style="MARGIN-TOP: 8px; DISPLAY: inline; FLOAT: right; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 8px; MARGIN-LEFT: 12px; WIDTH: 200px; HEIGHT: 189px" title="zoundry1.JPG" height="189" width="200" alt="zoundry1.JPG" border="0" id="zoundry1.JPG" /></a>UPDATE:</strong> I am having a hard time getting the app to play nicely with my web hosts's FTP. Seems to upload image files, but the "test" mechanism says it does not work correctly, which is kind of strange. I have filed a post on the support forums, we'll see how that goes. I can upload images, as witnessed at right... </p> <p> <strong>UPDATE AGAIN:</strong> One super cool feature I noticed was that Zoundry totally used the newly-implemented blog autodiscovery calabilities that have recently been baked into dasBlog by Omar. None of the old manually setting up and remembering the URL for the blogger API or any of that stuff. Nice!! </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,116226a3-5ea2-4a24-a9bf-6e03b273a585.aspx Blogging Tech
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I have a tendency to bleed a little on this blog, meaning I grab the latest source code version and compile it myself to run it on the server almost all the time. The last official release of dasBlog (which is an open-source .NET blogging server application) was v1.8 and it was born nearly a year ago (wow, that long?). But for those who compile it themselves from source, it's been changing regularly over the past year and we've been enjoying the trickle-flow of feature enhancements.

And sometime soon now, says Scott, the official dasBlog v1.9 release will be out.

v1.9 will include some significant feature enhancements. Here is a mostly complete list (at least at this point -- the list is blatantly stolen from Scott's blog):

  • Much better multi-user/blogger support including a Top Posters macro and total comments - from Christoph De Baene
  • TagCloud - from Scott
  • Huge (100x+) speedup in Macro execution - from Scott
  • Support for If-Not-Modified to speed up execution, improve RSS bandwidth and CPU cycles - from Scott
  • Direct Feedburner Support with 301 redirection for RSS and Atom feeds. Don't lose a single subscriber. We're the only blog with direct support for Feedburner and Feedflare I believe. - from Scott
  • Delete comments directly from your mail reader - from Omar
  • New themes out of the box, 18 at last count - from Many Folks
  • New XML-RPC support for newMediaObject - from Omar and Giuseppe Dipietro
  • New support for RSD so client software can autoconfigure itself - from Omar
  • Pluggable Rich Text Editor, choose from FreeTextBox or FCKEditor or write your own adapter - from Josh Flanagan
  • Support for CoComment - from Scott
  • Organized source, build, and packing for clarity - from Josh Flanagan
  • New Feed Icons - from Omar
  • Automatic disabling of Comments after a certain number of days. Also manual "close comments" support - from Omar
  • ContentLookAhead show future dated posts - from Josh Flanagan
  • Other misc fixes and suggestions from Tomas Restrepo, Jason Follas, Rene Lebherz and Steven Rockarts. Added entry CPU usage optimizations from George V. Reilly.
  • Better strings and support for Portuguese, Turkish and Vietnamese from Ph?m Ð?c H?i.

If you're a sourceforge nut, know how to use Subversion and want to compile it yourself, go for it. Or wait a bit longer for the release. I am running the latest code on this weblog, and it's pretty darned slick.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Upcoming dasBlog v1.9 feature list http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,145eaf00-37f2-4cae-9880-430c1c643cd6.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/UpcomingDasBlogV19FeatureList.aspx Thu, 03 Aug 2006 05:57:59 GMT <p> I have a tendency to bleed a little on this blog, meaning I&nbsp;grab the latest source code version and compile it myself to run it on the server&nbsp;almost all the time. The last official <a href="http://sourceforge.net/projects/dasblogce">release of dasBlog</a> (which is an open-source .NET blogging server application) was v1.8 and it was born&nbsp;nearly a year ago (wow, that long?). But for those who&nbsp;compile it themselves from source, it's been changing regularly over the past year and we've been enjoying the trickle-flow of feature enhancements. </p> <p> And sometime soon now, <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog/UpcomingDasBlog19.aspx">says Scott</a>, the official dasBlog v1.9 release will be out. </p> <p> v1.9 will include some significant feature enhancements. Here is a mostly complete list (at least at this point -- the&nbsp;list is blatantly stolen <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog/UpcomingDasBlog19.aspx">from Scott's blog</a>): </p> <ul> <li> Much better multi-user/blogger support including a Top Posters macro and total comments - from Christoph De Baene</li> <li> TagCloud - from Scott</li> <li> Huge (100x+) speedup in Macro execution - from Scott</li> <li> Support for If-Not-Modified to speed up execution, improve RSS bandwidth and CPU cycles - from Scott</li> <li> Direct Feedburner Support with 301 redirection for RSS and Atom feeds. Don't lose a single subscriber. We're the only blog with direct support for Feedburner and Feedflare I believe. - from Scott</li> <li> Delete comments directly from your mail reader - from <a href="http://www.shahine.com/omar">Omar</a> </li> <li> New themes out of the box, 18 at last count - from Many Folks</li> <li> New XML-RPC support for newMediaObject - from Omar and Giuseppe Dipietro</li> <li> New support for RSD so client software can autoconfigure itself - from Omar</li> <li> Pluggable Rich Text Editor, choose from FreeTextBox or FCKEditor or write your own adapter - from Josh Flanagan</li> <li> Support for CoComment - from Scott</li> <li> Organized source, build, and packing for clarity - from Josh Flanagan</li> <li> New <a href="http://www.feedicon.com/">Feed Icons</a> - from Omar</li> <li> Automatic disabling of Comments after a certain number of days. Also manual "close comments" support - from Omar</li> <li> ContentLookAhead show future dated posts - from Josh Flanagan</li> <li> Other misc fixes and suggestions from Tomas Restrepo, Jason Follas, Rene Lebherz and Steven Rockarts. Added entry CPU usage optimizations from George V. Reilly.</li> <li> Better strings and support for Portuguese, Turkish and Vietnamese from Ph?m Ð?c H?i.</li> </ul> <p> If you're a <a href="http://www.sourceforge.net/">sourceforge</a> nut, know <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog/DasBlogMovedFromCVSToSVN.aspx">how to use Subversion</a> and want to compile it yourself, <a href="http://sourceforge.net/projects/dasblogce">go for it</a>. Or wait a bit longer for the release. I am running the latest code on this weblog, and it's pretty darned slick. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,145eaf00-37f2-4cae-9880-430c1c643cd6.aspx Blogging Tech
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A Gnomedex discussion took place earlier in the conference about sharing intimately personal things on weblogs and in public forums. There was a lot of other stuff in the conversation, too - but what I took away from it was the "what do you write about, why, and is it a good idea?" theme.

Some people are a truly and completely open book (crime, sex and all) on the Internet, while others who used to be quite open in their blogging have since changed and have pulled all the personal stuff back in, only writing about things that are not descriptive of real life. Kids these days (that's my old dude comment for the week) seem to post all kinds of things that some find both shocking and concerning.

For my part, I write both. I would never write about certain things that are definitley best kept private, and there are a number of specific things that happen in my life which I choose not to post here. But people do sometimes comment about things I write that are quite personal. It really doesn't take courage (people often say "I wish I had the courage to..."), just some common sense and a desire to think things through sometimes, which I find works out well by writing.

I often write (both the personal and the tech stuff) to clear my plugged up brain so I can sleep better. So I guess whatever comes out just comes out. With a filter. Like it or not. Good or bad.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Blogging: Personal stuff or technology? http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,1804960a-e867-4758-b5c8-b31c02432d6e.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/BloggingPersonalStuffOrTechnology.aspx Sat, 01 Jul 2006 16:59:30 GMT <p> A Gnomedex discussion took place earlier in the conference&nbsp;about sharing intimately personal things on weblogs and in public forums. There was a lot of other stuff in the conversation, too - but what I took away from it was the "what&nbsp;do you write about, why, and is it a good idea?" theme. </p> <p> Some people are a truly and completely&nbsp;open book (crime, sex and all) on the Internet, while others who used to be quite open in their blogging have since changed and have pulled all the personal stuff back in, only writing about things that are not descriptive of real life. Kids these days (that's my old dude comment for the week) seem to post all kinds of things that some find both shocking and concerning. </p> <p> For my part, I write both. I would never write about certain things that are&nbsp;definitley best kept private, and there are a number of specific things that happen in my life which I choose not to&nbsp;post here. But people do sometimes comment about things I write that are quite personal. It really doesn't take courage (people often say "I wish I had the courage to..."), just some common sense and a desire to think things through sometimes, which I find works out well by writing. </p> <p> I often write (both the personal and the tech stuff) to clear my plugged up brain so I can sleep better. So I guess whatever comes out just comes out. With a filter.&nbsp;Like it or not. Good or bad. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,1804960a-e867-4758-b5c8-b31c02432d6e.aspx Blogging GnomeDex Personal Stories Random Stuff
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What podcasts do you listen to? Which ones actually keep you coming back?

Honestly, there are so few podcasts out there that I can stand to listen to anymore. I deleted a whole slew of podcast subscriptions the other day because I felt like I was wasting massive amounts of time on those occasions when I did listen, and because many of them have simply turned me off completely and therefore got skipped over and never listened to (and honestly that's most of them).

What are my pet peeves? Okay, here's my harsh list for what will cause me to kill the audio before the podcaster even gets started.

  • Any podcast that opens with anything even remotely like "your speakers are about to blow up" or "warning, "the sound you're about to hear may cause damage." Give me a break. Everyone says that, and the only potential damage is me pushing a pencil through my ear to drown out the un-original intro.
  • Don't say "welcome to the world of (anything)." That's as lame as the movie trailers that start with "In a world..." People laugh and cringe at the same time. And it's sad when cringing is accompanied by uncomfortable laughter.
  • Open your show with "blahblah podcast" plus the date and then never use the word podcast ever again. Use of the word "podcast" more than once in any single sentence, or in more than one sentence in a row should be a felony. Agh. I know it's a freakin' podcast, it's not like it magically found its way onto my computer - I had to do all kinds of work to find it and access it. Tell me something I don't know and (here comes the 'o' word again) original.
  • As much as it might mean to you, chances are nobody else especially wants you to pontificate about how you and your girlfriend celebrated her 31st birthday this past weekend. In fact, your girlfriend probably doesn't want you saying it either...
  • Podcasts about podcasting. Uh, yeah.
  • Crappy indie music. Note that I have nothing against independent music if it's good. But any music that's bad (indie or otherwise) is bound to drive away listeners. The operative word is 'crappy.' If you played "We Built This City" on your podcast opener, I'd probably click the 'Close' button, too.
  • Repetition
  • Repetition
  • Repetition
  • Seriously, you don't need a blog entry with the same copy/paste text on the page for every episode. I'm reading to see what's different, not what's the same. I already unsubscribed from the podcast, don't tempt me to do the same with the blog.
  • Snot noises (sniffling, etc). Seriously, blow your nose or take a decongestant or something.
  • "So I thought I would talk about something like that and so ummm yeah so uh I am going to talk about that now..." GAH!

They can't all be that bad...

Anyhow, my new goal is to find 10 awesome podcasts that attract, deserve and retain my attention. Let me know if you have suggestions.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. What drives me crazy about listening to podcasts (and why I deleted almost all my subscriptions) http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,1377ad75-021a-44d2-b889-099b6cc62db1.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/WhatDrivesMeCrazyAboutListeningToPodcastsAndWhyIDeletedAlmostAllMySubscriptions.aspx Sat, 17 Jun 2006 18:14:26 GMT <p> What <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting">podcasts</a> do you listen to? Which ones actually keep you coming back? </p> <p> Honestly, there are so few podcasts out there that I can stand to listen to anymore. I deleted a whole slew of podcast subscriptions the other day&nbsp;because I felt like I was wasting massive amounts of time on those occasions when I did listen, and because many of them have simply turned me off completely and therefore got skipped over and never listened to (and honestly&nbsp;that's most of them). </p> <p> What are my pet peeves? Okay, here's my harsh list for what will cause me to kill the audio before the podcaster even gets started. </p> <ul> <li> Any podcast that opens with anything even remotely&nbsp;like "your speakers are about to blow up" or "warning, "the sound&nbsp;you're about to hear may cause damage." Give me a break. Everyone says that, and the only potential damage is me pushing a pencil through my ear to drown out the un-original intro.</li> <li> Don't say "welcome to the world of (anything)." That's as lame as the movie trailers that start with "In a world..." People laugh and cringe at the same time. And it's sad when cringing is accompanied by uncomfortable laughter.</li> <li> Open your show with "blahblah podcast" plus the date and then never use the word podcast ever again. Use of the word "podcast" more than once in any single sentence, or in more than one sentence in a row should be a felony. Agh. I <em>know</em> it's a freakin' podcast, it's not like it magically found its way onto my computer - I had to do all kinds of work to find it and access it. Tell me something I don't know and (here comes the 'o' word again) <em>original</em>.</li> <li> As much as it might mean to you, chances are nobody else especially wants you to pontificate about how you and your girlfriend celebrated her 31st birthday this past weekend. In fact, your girlfriend probably doesn't want you saying it either...</li> <li> Podcasts about podcasting. Uh, yeah.</li> <li> Crappy indie music. Note that I have nothing against independent music if it's good. But any music that's bad (indie or otherwise) is bound to drive away listeners. The operative word is 'crappy.' If you played "We Built This City" on your podcast opener, I'd probably click the 'Close' button, too.</li> <li> Repetition</li> <li> Repetition</li> <li> Repetition</li> <li> Seriously, you don't need&nbsp;a blog entry with the same copy/paste&nbsp;text on the page for every episode. I'm reading to see what's <em>different</em>, not what's the same. I already unsubscribed from the podcast, don't tempt me to do the same with the blog.</li> <li> Snot noises (sniffling, etc). Seriously, blow your nose or take a decongestant or something.</li> <li> "So I thought I would talk about something like that and so ummm yeah so uh&nbsp;I am going to talk about that now..." GAH!</li> </ul> <p> They can't <em>all</em> be that bad... </p> <p> Anyhow, my new goal is to find 10 awesome podcasts that attract, deserve and <em>retain</em> my attention. Let me know if you have suggestions. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,1377ad75-021a-44d2-b889-099b6cc62db1.aspx AudioBlogging Blogging Random Stuff
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http://www.zachbraff.com/

Sure, he's had the Garden State blog going with an occasional post here and there for a while, but Zach Braff - one of the few actors I can actually stand to listen to (actually I think he's a rather good, decent, funny cool person) for more than five minutes at a time - has started a new blog with video and text entries. Check it out.

Needs RSS though.



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JK posted a cool picture that turns out to be a visual representation of his weblog. So, I went to the site that creates them and made one of my own (click the image below to view full-size):

greghughes.net site graphical representation

Color Legend:

blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
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I had to go to the Seattle area for my three-month post-op followup with my surgeon today. My back is in great shape he says (more x-rays were made today that look pretty darned cool), and the doc thanked me for doing so well. Heheh... I think maybe he had a lot to do with that, though. So I thanked him, again, for helping me get my life back. I owe him a lot.

After my appointment with the doc, I drive the ten minutes from the hospital over to the Microsoft campus and met up face-to-face with my online acquaintance, Trevin Chow. He's on the Windows Live ID team there, and I've always though he was a good guy. Come to find out I was right - we had fun meting and discussing a variety of things. And Trevin, thanks for the coffee!

Shameless plug time: Go read Trevin's blog - it's well worth the read. And, of course, subscribe. Here, let me make it easy for you: Subscribe to Trevin's RSS feed.

It was especially fun because although we'd never met face-to-face, it was much like the natural continuation of a conversation. Trevin emailed me this afternoon in reply to my saying thanks and said, "Your personality oozes into your blog, so you weren't a surprise in any way :) " Well, I hope it's not an infection, or we're all doomed... Heh...

Seriously though - that's exactly the impression I got from him. Glad to have met ya, Trevin. And he'll laugh that I posted all this, heheh...

Random Side-bar: Trevin has his motorcycle endorsement, but he's smart enough (read: much smarter than I) not to buy one because a couple people he knows have been in bad motorcycle accidents recently. I worry about that, too. If you ever ride a motorcycle, you must pretend you're invisible on the road - others simply will not see you. And even then, there's no guarantees.

So... Who was the last person you met, whom you met first online, but eventually caught up with face to face? And, who is the one person you've met online, but not met face to face, whom you'd most like to meet in person?



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. My personality "oozes?" That's what Trevin says... http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,e6fcfa56-dfcf-4ed2-b556-5fb9d96c9f06.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MyPersonalityOozesThatsWhatTrevinSays.aspx Tue, 16 May 2006 03:42:57 GMT <p> I had to go to the Seattle area for my three-month post-op&nbsp;followup with my surgeon today. My back is in great shape he says (more x-rays were made today that look pretty darned cool), and the doc thanked me for doing so well. Heheh... I think maybe <em>he</em> had a lot to do with that, though. So I thanked him, again, for helping me get my life back. I owe him a lot. </p> <p> After my appointment with the doc, I drive the ten minutes from the hospital&nbsp;over&nbsp;to the Microsoft campus&nbsp;and met up face-to-face with my online acquaintance, <a href="http://spaces.msn.com/trevin/blog/">Trevin Chow</a>. He's on the Windows Live ID team there, and I've always though he was a good guy. Come to find out I was right - we had fun meting and discussing a variety of things. And Trevin, thanks for the coffee! </p> <p> Shameless plug time: <a href="http://spaces.msn.com/trevin/blog/">Go read Trevin's blog</a> - it's well worth the read. And, of course,&nbsp;<em>subscribe</em>. Here, let me make it easy for you: <a href="http://spaces.msn.com/trevin/feed.rss">Subscribe to Trevin's RSS feed</a>. </p> <p> It was especially fun because although we'd never met face-to-face, it was much like the natural continuation of a conversation. Trevin emailed me this afternoon in reply to my saying thanks and said, "Your personality oozes into your blog, so you weren't a surprise in any way :)&nbsp;" Well, I hope it's not an infection, or we're all doomed... Heh... </p> <p> Seriously though - that's exactly&nbsp;the impression I got from him. Glad to have met ya, Trevin.&nbsp;And he'll laugh that I posted all this, heheh... </p> <p> Random Side-bar: Trevin has his motorcycle endorsement, but he's smart enough (read: much smarter than I)&nbsp;not to buy one because a couple people he knows have been in bad motorcycle accidents recently. I worry about that, too. If you ever ride a motorcycle, you <em>must</em> pretend you're invisible on the&nbsp;road&nbsp;- others simply will not see you. And even then, there's no guarantees. </p> <p> So... Who was the last person you met, whom you met first online, but eventually caught up with face to face? And, who is the one person you've met online, but <em>not</em> met face to face, whom you'd most like to meet in person? </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,e6fcfa56-dfcf-4ed2-b556-5fb9d96c9f06.aspx Blogging Personal Stories Random Stuff Tech
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I lucked out last night - big time. We dropped by the Best Buy store in Beaverton (that's Oregon) after a fun day hanging out at OMSI and cruising Portland, just in case by some random chance they had any of the complete Xbox 360 kits around (as opposed to the "core" system version). Sure enough, a hand-made sign inside the door read "Xbox 360's in stock!"

We headed back to the place where they have the consoles, and sure enough, there were about 15 white and green boxes stacked behind the table. So I bought two - one for me at home and one for work, where all the people that work for me can play during breaks (I have been promising them one for quite awhile now - they work hard, they should play hard now and then). Added a few games and extra controllers, and walked out poor (for what it's worth, the funds have been set aside for some time waiting for a store to stock them and for me to show up before they got bought up), but also a bit excited and with a feeling of accomplishment. Finally!

I hooked mine up at home last night. I played Battlefield 2 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. I also got Quake 4, but have not played it yet. Maybe tonight. The graphics, digital sound and animation on this thing are all freakin' A-MA-ZING.

And today, my Xbox 360 decided to start blogging. Yes, seriously. My console has it's own blog. Go figure. I guess new posts will start showing up soon. And you thought those blogging Aibos were cool eh? Nahhh... Heh.

I have to say, this is one seriously nice gaming and home entertainment console. Projected on my wall at 120 inches, that's some serious game play, and of course DVD movies look and sound great, too. I need to fire up the Media Center PC (need to fix a hard drive issue first) and tie these things together - that will be a killer combo for sure.

(Thanks, Trevin for the blogging link)



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. I got my Xbox 360 - and it's started a blog... http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,ed9b7680-5e03-4592-b03e-41685088604e.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/IGotMyXbox360AndItsStartedABlog.aspx Tue, 09 May 2006 03:53:14 GMT <p> I lucked out last night -&nbsp;big time. We dropped by the Best Buy store in Beaverton (that's Oregon) after a fun day hanging out at OMSI and cruising Portland, just in case by some random chance they had any of the complete Xbox 360 kits around (as opposed to the "core" system version). Sure enough, a hand-made sign inside the door read "Xbox 360's in stock!" </p> <p> We headed back to the place where they have the consoles, and sure enough, there were about 15 white and green boxes stacked behind the table. So I bought two - one for me at home and one for work, where all the people that work for me can play during breaks (I have been promising them one for quite awhile now - they work hard, they should play hard now and then). Added a few games and extra controllers, and walked out poor (for what it's worth, the funds have been set aside for some time waiting for a store to stock them and for me to show up before they got bought up), but also a bit excited and with a feeling of accomplishment. Finally! </p> <p> I hooked mine up at home last night. I played <a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/b/battlefield2moderncombat/default.htm">Battlefield 2</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/n/needforspeedmostwantedxbox360/">Need for Speed: Most Wanted</a>. I also got <a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/q/quake4/">Quake 4</a>, but have not played it yet. Maybe tonight. The graphics, digital sound and animation on this thing are all freakin' A-MA-ZING. </p> <p> And today, <a href="http://www.360voice.com/blog.asp?tag=gergin8or">my Xbox 360 decided to start blogging</a>. Yes, seriously. My console <a href="http://www.360voice.com/blog.asp?tag=gergin8or">has it's own blog</a>. Go figure. I guess new posts will start showing up soon. And you thought those blogging Aibos were cool eh? Nahhh... Heh. </p> <p> I have to say, this is <em>one seriously nice gaming and home entertainment console</em>. Projected on my wall at 120 inches, that's some <em>serious</em> game play, and of course DVD movies look and sound great, too. I need to fire up the Media Center PC (need to fix a hard drive issue first) and tie these things together - that will be a killer combo for sure. </p> <p> <em><font size="1">(Thanks, </font></em><a href="http://spaces.msn.com/trevin/Blog/cns!C97E92F3E4DAD144!974.entry"><em><font size="1">Trevin</font></em></a><em><font size="1"> for the blogging link)</font></em> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,ed9b7680-5e03-4592-b03e-41685088604e.aspx Blogging Geek Out Random Stuff
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The other day one of my coworkers, Brent, asked me if I've given up blogging.

No, Mr. Sarcasm - I have not. But with the recent wholesale replacement of part of my spine, plus travel, work, a variety of stressors, the need to rest and a ton of other things, I have not been writing much here lately.

I have a lot to write about, though - eventually. I just need to get better caught up with life. Heck, we're losing an hour of sleep tonight. That doesn't help any!

So don't worry. I'm not dead yet.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. I'm not dead yet... http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,b3fc867f-65d7-4554-9458-aa667d24d146.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ImNotDeadYet.aspx Sun, 02 Apr 2006 06:00:22 GMT <p> The other day one of my coworkers, <a href="http://www.qainsight.net/">Brent</a>, asked me if I've given up blogging. </p> <p> No, Mr. Sarcasm - I have not. But with the recent wholesale replacement of part of my spine, plus travel, work, a variety of stressors, the need to rest and a ton of other things, I have not been writing much here lately. </p> <p> I have a lot to write about, though&nbsp;-&nbsp;eventually. I just need to get better caught up with life. Heck, we're losing an hour of sleep tonight. That doesn't help any! </p> <p> So don't worry. I'm not dead yet. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,b3fc867f-65d7-4554-9458-aa667d24d146.aspx Blogging Personal Stories Random Stuff
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I haven't posted much recently because I have been out of pocket quite a bit, and during the few days I've been in town and functioning normally, it's been quite busy for me. So, even though this blog's been quiet, I have quite a few things stacked up and waiting to be written. I'll get to them soon. Plus I think the slow down in writing is good for me for a little while. Creativity recuperation you might say.

Hopefully they'll have WiFi on the flight to Europe this weekend - that would make it easy to catch back up some. And easier to get some work done.

Meanwhile, I went and saw Scott Willis, one of our past IT interns where I work, in his school's performance of An Ideal Husband (by Oscar Wilde). Had a good time, and I am once again amazed at what young people can do all on their own when simply provided the opportunity and support when requested.

More to come soon. Hopefully some pics from Germany, too.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Short on time. long on topics http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,edc7e5d1-8c6e-4046-8a7d-1b466f0cfa21.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ShortOnTimeLongOnTopics.aspx Fri, 17 Mar 2006 07:38:54 GMT <p> I haven't posted much recently because I have been out of pocket quite a bit, and during the few days I've been in town and functioning normally, it's been quite busy for me. So, even though this blog's been quiet, I have quite a few things stacked up and waiting to be written. I'll get to them soon. Plus I think the slow down in writing is good for me for a little while. Creativity recuperation you might say. </p> <p> Hopefully they'll have WiFi on the flight to Europe this weekend - that would make it easy to catch back up some. And easier to get some work done. </p> <p> Meanwhile, I went and saw Scott Willis, one of our past IT interns where I work, in his school's performance of <em>An Ideal Husband</em> (by Oscar Wilde). Had a good time, and I am once again amazed at what young people can do all on their own when simply provided the opportunity and support when requested. </p> <p> More to come soon. Hopefully some pics from Germany, too. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,edc7e5d1-8c6e-4046-8a7d-1b466f0cfa21.aspx Blogging Random Stuff