Wednesday, 29 December 2004

Merill Fernando lives in Sri Lanka, a country that was very hard hit by the tsunamis, and he exchanged emails with me this evening after he took the time to send a few kind words in response to the little bit of help this weblog has provided. He has also posted on his weblog about what even a small contribution can do to help people in need. You should read it, especially if you think you can’t afford to give enough to help others. Even if all you have to give is a five bucks, Amazon.com will let you easily donate whatever you can afford. Merill’s site will show you how much just $1 will buy.

Again, we are calling on all bloggers who use AdSense to pledge to donate your AdSense revenues for December or whatever time you wish to the relief and aid effort. Merill pointed the idea out on his weblog and agrees that it is a great idea – so please contribute and contact Google to let them know you would like them to help make this happen by providing an AdSense administrative option to donate funds at the end of this month. Whether or not Google participates in this effort, I am donating my revenue check. Please consider doing the same.

Together we can make things happen – that’s part of the power of the blogosphere. Give now, post your thoughts and plans to your blog, and contact others that can make a difference and ask them to help.

If you’re looking for places to give, just go here. And thank your for doing your part.



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Personal Stories | Helping Others
Wednesday, 29 December 2004 01:57:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Monday, 27 December 2004

I have an idea, and a burning need to do something more to help those in need. I’ll email Google with this request, but I’m going to post it here, and encourage you to do the same thing on your site.

UPDATE: Google AdSense Support responded to this idea, and it’s at least possible!

I want all my AdSense revenue pending at the end of the year to go to help relief efforts in South Asia where the earthquakes and tsunamis have caused such devastation. If you use AdSense, I want you to pledge to do the same thing.

I think Google should make this an easy option for anyone with an AdSense account, and that they should do it in time for all of us to make our donations now, before the end of the year. It would be so easy for me to give that money to those in need, and Google can help many others do the same thing. Put a simple checkbox on the AdSense admin site that lets me choose to donate my AdSense funds. Do it for everyone.

Are you willing to donate your AdSense revenues? Comment here. Or post it on your blog or web site. Email Google and make it happen.

Scott Hanselman gave me this idea when he said he was thinking about donating his AdSense revenues. I had been thinking the same thing. Scott’s a good, kind person and I am willing to bet there are thousands more like him out there that would like to be able to do the same thing.

Hey Google people - call me if I can help make this happen. Seriously. My phone number is 503–419–6495. I have lots of time right now, as well as a little AdSense revenue to share. So, I hope you’ll help me help someone else. Anyone else who wants to help can call me, too. Make my phone ring.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me... I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." -- Matthew 25:35,36,40 (NIV)

Update – Several bloggers have already posted and signed on to pledge their earnings to recovery efforts. I'll donate mine whether Google makes it easy to do through them or not - but it would be awfully cool if they can make it possible. Making it easy for people will mean more people will participate.

Also – Turns out there’s no better way to mark one year of blogging at greghughes.net than doing something to help others. Just realized it was one year of blogging here on the 27th… People, please contact Google and ask them to make this happen, and then post a link on your blog, and if you use adsense, I encourage you to join us in donating!



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Helping Others | Personal Stories
Monday, 27 December 2004 22:10:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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PlaintextextFrom the land of good things and small packages:

If you’re like me, you find yourself regularly fighting goofy formatting problems with text copied from web browsers and pasted into email (Outlook, Thunderbird) and blog posting (BlogJet) clients. Well, if you’re a Firefox user, here’s a solution:

http://jgillick.nettripper.com/copyplaintext/

PlainText is a browser extension that adds a context menu to Firefox (or the Mozilla browser) that allows you to copy a selection as plain text, sans markup. So simple, yet so freakin’ valuable!

Hallelujah! Thanks to Marc Orchant for the link



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Tech
Monday, 27 December 2004 18:50:21 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Sunday, 26 December 2004

NobodyHere.com is, without a doubt, one of the more interestingly funny and random sites I have seen in some time. It kept me clicking around for some time…

http://www.nobodyhere.com/justme/me.here



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Humor | Random Stuff
Sunday, 26 December 2004 14:05:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Friday, 24 December 2004

When Chris Pirillo started sending me images of rings and dogs and other things on IM the other day, I knew what was up – and his method of asking Ponzi The Question was pretty darn cool. I congratulated him privately then, but today I want to do so in front of the world, so here you go.

Chris and Ponzi, two fine people whom I am glad and proud to know, are engaged to be married – They formally made it known in public on their blogs today.

Congrats you two!



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Random Stuff
Friday, 24 December 2004 23:35:53 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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MSN has a special web site dedicated to educating people about online safety and security:

http://safety.msn.com/

It’s a decent resource for the average user, and provides easy-to-understand facts and answers to common questions and issues people face on the Internet.

In particular, information about protecting kids online and how to recognize and avoid falling victim to phishing schemes are among the topics addressed.



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IT Security
Friday, 24 December 2004 23:25:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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