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Category Archives: Web Wise

Odds and ends articles about life and work on the web.

Akismet: All Our Comment Spam Fighting Eggs in One Basket

Recently, Blog Herald’s Abe Olandres wrote “Are We Betting Our Blogs on Akismet?” and he’s right. Most of us running WordPress practically rely on Akismet to combat spam and according to its overall stats, 93% of all comments are spam (the real figures would be a bit higher than that). Today alone, there are close […]

Online Image Editing: Any Good Ones Out There?

Looking for a free online image editing program? Check out Picnik, recently reviewed by Solution Watch. Picnik is an online photo editing program, completely powered by Flash, and includes a notable abundance of helpful attributes within its simplistic core. Grabbing images from either your computer, your Flickr account, a desired website, Yahoo! search, or even […]

The Beauty of a Good 404 Page Not Found Page

On the lighter side of web page design and development, check out this fabulous “pleases everyone” 404 Page Not Found Error from ibiblio.org. Not only is it a fairly good and helpful Page Not Found Error page, it provides information explaining what has happened in tons of different languages, including: 1337/h4x0r – j00 f001, 7|-|47 […]

Blog, Online Magazine, and Ezine: What’s the Difference?

In the Blog Squad’s article, Recipe for an Ezine, the core elements that make a blog or website into a successful ezine, an online magazine, are: We have found ezines that work well for attracting new clients usually have these eight key ingredients: 1. A great name that defines the topic 2. A defined audience […]

How Do You Create Screencasts for Your Blog?

Screencasts are the equivalent of a video recording of action on your computer screen. These are wonderful for educational video productions on your blog that show readers how to use software or a web page, moving beyond printed instructions to visual guides. Jeff Alexander offers “Screencasts: Tools of the Trade”, an amazing offering of the […]

Social Networking Safety

Social Networking Safety Tips by DygiScape is a thought-provoking look at staying safe while participating in social networking services. It’s no question that social networking Web sites are growing rapidly everyday. This growing trend of sharing yourself more and more online; safety is often overlooked. Setting forth some safety guidelines will benefit the users of […]

Yahoo! Pipes: Better Feed Mixer

Derek van Vliet of the Blog Herald offers Killer Pipes for Social News Feeds, an amazing look the high customization of multiple feeds possible with Yahoo’s new Pipes service. A couple of weeks ago, Yahoo! launched Pipes, a GUI that makes remixing and mashing up RSS feeds fun and easy to do. Since Pipes uses […]

Building a Web 2.0 Library Website

Karen Coombs of Information Today offers “Building a Library Website on the Pillars of Web 2.0, a great look at how to create a very user friendly, content management system with social software, blogs, link logs, tagging, wikis, podcasts, feeds, and other web services. “Web 2.0″ is transforming the Web into a space that allows […]

Web Zero: Building Relationships With Your Blog

Blogopreneur’s “3 reasons why 30 blog visitors are better than 300 website visitors” takes a good look at why quality matters over quantity. When people think about online marketing – the first things that come up to mind is contextual ad system, affiliate links and selling your products online. Its true, blogs may not be […]

Are Adsense Ads Sucking On Your Blog?

Thinking about using Adsense for income on your blog? Or frustrated with your lack of adequate income from your Adsense ads? Check out ProBlogger’s article, “Does AdSense Suck for Bloggers?“, for a very good perspective on how to make money with your blogs and other steps you can take to increase your blogging income indirectly. […]

Are Web Page Link Previews Here to Stay?

According to Read/Write Web’s article, “Browster is Gone, But Are Web Previews Here to Stay”, the first company to produce programming to preview web pages is now gone, but there are many others battling for popularity on the web. I recently made my opinion very clear that I find Snap Preview Anywhere exceptionally annoying on […]

WordPress and Blogging Events: January 2007

The following are upcoming events related to WordPress and Blogging, as well as some interesting web technologies conferences and events. Unless otherwise listed ($$$), these events are free or very inexpensive. For more information on these events, contact the hosts. For more information on WordPress and blogging events in general, check out my WordPress Events […]

Netflix Movies Viewed On Demand

eHome Upgrade, among others, have joined the announcement that Netflix will be offering subscribers the ability to watch movies instantly through their computers. The new immediate viewing feature differs from current services in that it does not require the often lengthy downloading of a large video file. The Netflix feature uses real-time playback technology that […]

Creating Custom Feeds For Sites Without Feeds

Whiiiiiiinnnnneee! Why don’t more websites and blogs have feeds? Don’t you know what a feed is yet? Feeds are wonderful things. They allow us to keep up with the Joneses through our feed readers, bringing the latest updated information from a blog or website to our doorstep. Unfortunately, not every website or blog has a […]

Annual Zeitgeist Time: Top Search Result Keywords by Elimination

I love the year of the end reviews by search engines on the top keyword searches of the year. This year, Google Blog’s article, “How We Came Up With Year End Zeitgeist”, takes us inside the minds of Google and searchers and how their top search results rose to their top keywords search terms. …This […]

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