Month: April 2008

Blogosphere News 28th April 08

News Daniel of Blogging Tips has initiated RSS Awareness Day to take place 1st May. The objective – to get as many people as possible talking about RSS and its benefits. Read his blog for More details on how to get involved. If there is a web article that you do not have time to read there and then consider using Instapaper which, via a browser bookmarklet, saves the details for reading later. You could, instead, just leave a multitude of tabs open with the intent of coming back to them, slowing your browser down until it eventually crashes (I don’t recommend this although I often use this method!) or you could bookmark or favorite to a folder called “read later”.   Liz Strauss – SOBCon08 and Utterz announce the GET MY MESSAGE Contest!! Do a Commercial for Your Blog. Reading Blog Profiling Sites Declare War! Who Wins…? It seems BlogCatalog is gaining favor and MyBlogLog is declining. I personally favor BlogCatalog since the new features were introduced. The 100 top Web apps for 2008 These are the 100 best Web 2.0 applications, chosen by Webware readers and Internet users across the globe. Over 1.9 million votes were cast to select these Webware 100 winners: Blogging Tools 55 Active RSS Directories to Help Promote Your Feeds! – the title says it all. Fontcubes is a free font site in...

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Most Useful Firefox Addins

As I have had to reinstall my Firefox profiles I took the opportunity to tidy things up a bit and install updated extensions, it is a good opportunity for me to share with you what I find useful for browsing, blogging research and organization. Unless listed as otherwise all of the following are Firefox extensions. For most of the list below I could only point you to the current extension version downloads. This of course may change in the future – so if the extension is out of date for your version of Firefox or no longer exists then do a search from the main Firefox Add-ons window. Addins marked with * are those I have not tried myself because I do not want to add any more unless I think they are absolutely necessary. Blogging and Feed Reading Text Formatting Toolbar * – allows easy formatting of posts on forums, blog comments and wikis. It supports three formats: BBcode (bulletin board) like used on most forums, HTML, and the format used by Wikipedia. ScribeFire blog editor Web Mail Notifier *- handy to get immediate notification of blog comments etc.. BlogRovr – RovR fetches posts from your favorite blogs about anything you’re browsing, and shows you summaries you can open read posts without leaving the web page you were on. Twitter about the pages you’re on from the toolbar,...

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Problogger Speed Posting Weekend

Image via Wikipedia News Darren Rowse is holding a Speed Posting weekend on Problogger – It is a long weekend here in Australia because of Friday’s Anzac Day public holiday so I am not certain if the “weekend” is starting Friday or Saturday – it could even be Friday in Australia but Saturday in USA 😕 Darren has gathered 20 questions from his Twitter followers and will be providing a short answer to these and then throwing them open to readers to add their own responses. Sounds like there may be some real communication going on in the comments. As an added incentive Darren is giving away prizes to 3 readers who comment. It is Darren’s birthday on Sunday so let us give him a gift by making this a bumper commenting weekend for him. Happy Birthday,...

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Blogger Appreciation Day

Darren Rowse of ProBlogger has declared today an unofficial Blogger Appreciation Day with the aim of spreading acts of random kindness and encouragement amongst bloggers. Darren was prompted to start this initiative because of messages he had received from bloggers who were feeling disheartened. I often talk of social networking and its value in bringing us visitors, backlinks and increasing our rankings. Certainly an increase in subscriber count, visitor numbers or pagerank can be encouraging and a boost to the ego but I can get that from the static websites I build. The beauty of blogging for me is being able to enjoy the more personal benefits of a network of blogging friends. Without those people who have offered me their help, support, encouragement and kindness I am sure I would not be blogging today. I am going to show my appreciation by updating my blogroll which is very much out of date. We can all show our gratitude on an ongoing basis by making an effort to visit our friend’s blogs regularly and leaving comments and help them out where we can – which can range from praise for a good post, giving them some link love in our own blogs and helping them promote their sites with Stumbles, Diggs or whatever is their favorite favoriting site. Thanks Darren, it is good to be reminded to take care...

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Recovering From a Mistaken Reformat

The title may suggest recovering deleted files from a reformatted drive but I am talking about something more personal – emotional trauma and my own recovery from losing files in a hard disk reformat from hell. As a confessed internet addict, who virtually lives online, the news that an error had caused not only my computer’s C drive to be reformatted as planned, but my D drive too, struck horror into this little geeks heart. Did I ever tell you I am only 5′ 2″? D drive was not only my document store but held the backups I had done of my C drive prior to the reformat. Being quite neurotic about the possibility of losing data, I had a few precious moments of relief when I realized that I had been doing regular scheduled backups of most of my important stuff onto my 3rd drive – daily and weekly. I could restore these files and I would be hot to trot again. WRONG. Would you not expect Windows XP backup program to be reliable? Wouldn’t you think that it had matured over the years, since the dark ages of DOS, that it would have got over its aversion to a 256+ filename structure and recognize newly created folders? Initial relief turned to dismay as I opened folders in my restored backup to find there were no files inside...

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