Archive for June, 2007

Weekly WTH: June 5, 2007

Welcome to the Weekly What the Heck!

Google Buys Feedburner: As Aaron M. said, “I just hope they don’t start adding Feedsense on your feeds…”

EBay Snatches up StumbleUpon: Why would EBay want to buy StumbleUpon? WTH! Let me guess, you’ll stumble upon auctions, right?

Second Life “Land” Dispute Moves to Federal Courtroom: WTH? It’s virtual! Hmm…They’d better update their TOS. Otherwise, people could Linden Labs for banning them. After all, they’d lose all their “valuable” virtual stuff, right?

Dell Quietly Drops Extended Warranty Support For Ubuntu Machines: The whole Dell/Ubuntu thing has “Marketting Stunt” written all over it…

Wordpress tip: Be careful if you name a subcategory ‘rss’

Here’s a useful tip for you Wordpress users: If you want to name a subcategory on you blog “rss”, make sure you edit the category slug to be something other than “rss” (like “rss-cat”, whatever). If you don’t, Wordpress thinks users are trying to open the rss feed of the parent category. Oops.

Apple Updates MacBook Pros

Apple has just updated their Macbook Pro line. The main updates are the Intel Santa Rosa chipset and LED-backlit displays (cool!). Take a look at MacRumors for more on it.

Along with these updates, they’ve increased RAM amounts, and some other things as well. Currently, the laptop I would buy (if I had enough money), would be the 15-inch MacBook Pro (with a 200GB hard drive update).

Google Mordor

My brother found this online when he was searching Google Images for “mordor”. It’s called Google Mordor. Hilarious.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. It gives you the same results page no matter what you search. Too bad.

No one has www.googlemordor.com. Someone should buy the domain and use a Google Custom Search to make a working version.

Introducing the Revamped Webmaster-Source

After a couple days of work, the new Webmaster-Source is online.

You may have been to the old site, which was just a, well, source for links to sites for webmasters. After the recent update, Webmaster-Source is now a blog. It is now a source for links, tutorials, and general stuff for webmasters.

Or maybe I should say that it’s a blog about the internet. Take a look, you may like it. I’ll be posting tutorials there a bit in the near future.

Less Posting?

Just so you know, I may be doing a bit less posting on here. I’ll be posting on Webmaster-Source and the NTugo Blogs a bit, so I’ll be posting less on here. I’m not shutting this blog down or anything, just shoving some of my posts onto other blogs (check ‘em out!).

For example, I’ll be posting most most of my stuff for webmasters at, predictably, Webmaster-Source.

I’ll continue with the Weekly What the Heck. I’ll post my highly opinionated stuff here, along with plenty of other things as well. My post rate will just drop a little. I’ll go from (what about 8-9 posts a week?) to about 3-4 plus a WTH.

BackPackit.com

BackPack is yet another 37Signals service. If you spend a lot of time online (blogging, for example), you probably scribble notes and ideas on scraps of paper (or scattered text files). Wouldn’t it be cool if you could store all that online in a central location accessible from any computer? You can, with BackPack.

I use it to keep track of ideas for blog posts. It works well. Now if only you could add stuff to it when you’re not online….

Google Buys Feedburner

Google’s at it again. This time, they bought Feedburner.

In case you didn’t know, Feedburner is a useful site that sort of “re-hosts” your RSS feed, taking the strain of your server. They also provide a great stat-tracking system. Google has some big plans with Feedburner, you can be sure of that.

Cheap Domains Anyone?

Thinking of starting a website or blog? Forget URLs like dork732.blogspot.com or whatever. You can now get .info domains (like www.ImANoob.info) from GoDaddy for only $0.99/year. A usual domain, with a .com TLD, costs around $7-$10 yearly (I use 1and1, which is on the cheaper end of the scale). $0.99/year? Don’t tell me that’s out of your price range! You can’t get any cheaper than that.

So, you decided to get a .info domain from GoDaddy? Now you’re probably thinking “Now what?” You need a blog now. If you want really easy (and free), then get a Blogger.com account and point your domain at it (instructions on the site) Personally, I prefer Wordpress to Blogger, so I’d get free hosting from somewhere like Awardspace and point the domain there (make sure the domain is pointing to Awardspace before installing Wordpress).

Of course, I don’t really use free hosting. You could if you have a tight budget, though.

 

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