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Category Archives: Web Wise

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

Things I Want Gone from the Web in 2007

Here are a few things I want gone from the web in 2007 – and forever – along with a few things I want you to do to make the web a better place in 2007. Kill All Popup Windows In every shape and form. Out-of-control Advertising Web pages, specifically blogs, are now looking more […]

Last Chance to Enter the Weblog Tools Collection Blogging Essay Contest

If you are still thinking about entering the Weblog Tools Collection Blogging Essay Competition, you are running out of time. The deadline is January 14, 2006. There have been fifteen amazing entries covering a wide spectrum of blogging tips, information, and editorials. The authors are from all over the world and they have been a […]

Winning the Battle Over Comment Spam: Akismet and Search Engines?

Brian Turner asks “Should search engines use Akismet?”, a fascinating question and one that could revolutionize the revolution against spammers. …The aim of the automated form spammers is to increase their search engine rankings – by forcing sites to unwittingly publish links which may be used by search engines to improve a sites ranking on […]

Happy Taggiversary to Technorati

Technorati’s second birthday is today, so kudos and salutes should abound in celebration. To honor their birthday, they are releasing new and updated Tag Pages, part of their constant striving to become better and more reliable as a social networking service and specialized search engine. Technorati revolutionized the blogosphere and the web by taking full […]

Help Stop Trackback Comment Spam Via Google

Akismet is working overtime on this blog to fight off comment spam in all forms. Combined with the community effort of all WordPress.com bloggers, comment spam is caught and rarely released on our blogs. However, I’ve lately spotted some very annoying and frustrating comment spam. It appears to be caught by Akismet, but it shows […]

Taiwan Earthquake Disrupts Internet Access

What would you do if a major disaster took out your Internet? A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Taiwan a few days ago. According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau measured it at 6.7 and was followed by an aftershock registering 7.0. While two people were killed, the bigger news has been the disruption of Internet […]

Pew Survey of Bloggers: Who is Blogging

There’s been a lot of talk a while ago about the Pew’s survey of bloggers, and here are some of the interesting comments I found on the subject recently. Buzz Machine’s “Who the hell are we, anyway?” brought up the issue of blogging verses journalism. …someone you’d know plopped down in a chair in front […]

Wrong Thinking: Accusing Blogroll Links Not Sploggers

There’s something interesting and alarming happening on Alex King’s blog. It seems that one or more websites using WordPress are spamming Yahoo! Answers. Because his site, and other WordPress developers and designers, are included in the blogroll by default in basic WordPress installations, people are accusing Alex King and other WordPress developers or spamming. Matt […]

Font Size Frustration

In a refreshing voice, Wisdump gets the point of readability: While reading the excellent article, Web Design is 95% Typography II, I noticed that Oliver included a link to Wisdump which affectionately states what more than a handful of people have said about the site. Scrivs, you are without no doubt the dude 2.0 – […]

Hotel Industry Bloggers Blogging the Hotelosphere

I love finding blogger niches and was delighted with Chrispitality’s Round-up of Hotel Industry Blogs. There is no doubt that the hotel industry is catching on to the fact that consumer-generated content is finding a voice in online media. As such more hotel brands will develop blogging strategies to touch customers on a more intimate […]

Do You Need Windows Vista?

Wired News says “You Don’t Need Vista Now” (print version) with an explanation of why you don’t need to pay for the next operating system version of Microsoft Windows. Vista’s power consumption superlatives aside, I would not recommend going out and buying Vista off the shelf or pre-installed on a PC when it becomes available. […]

Tips for A Good Corporate Blogging Guidelines

The Rambling Librarian addresses the issue of blogging guidelines for employees with a subtitle of “What might make a good corporate blogging guideline?”. I tend to agree with that premise. You don’t need a lawsuit or negative publicity in order to do things right. Basically, the guidelines are to manage employees but not in an […]

Bye-Bye Page View Brag

The page view in web statistics is the number of times a web page is “viewed”. This statistic is used to track your traffic and visitors on your blog or website and a favorite brag for blog owners. Advertisers have been taking page views into account for years, but now modern technology in web page […]

Are You Watching Television Online?

Neil Kjeldsen of TechCrush discusses “Download Your TV” and offers a variety of options for watching and downloading television on the net. Downloadable television, first made popular by Tivo and its competitors, is compelling stuff. As consumers become accustomed to watching a show whenever they choose, pausing at will and fast tracking through commercials, tuning […]

Battling Comment Spam: Human Versus Human

When I first brought up the issue of humans manually comment spamming, a lot of people were skeptical, but those in the know were very worried. According to Abhijit Nadgouda of ifacethoughts and The Guardian, comment spammers are now hiring cheap labor to break through captchas and registrations to spread comment spam all over your […]

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