Tag: wordpress

“I Can See Your Stage”

Unless you run a blog, there’s a small part of the web that goes unseen by many: comment spam. Most blogs are moderated and spam-protected, so comment spam does not usually see the light of day. But that doesn’t stop people – robots/scripts actually – from trying. (continue reading…)


WordPress App Recant

Earlier this year, WordPress released v2.6 of their iOS app. You could tell from the announcement that the developers were very excited about many new features that had been added. Unfortunately, it seems that few outside of the development team were able to experience all these great features, because the released product did not seem to work well. The primary problem was that it would complain about login/password problems and not let you into your own site. It was slammed in the iTunes app reviews.

Shortly thereafter, a new 2.6.1 version was released to fix the login problems. The developers were profusely apologetic for the authentication errors. My 2nd install certainly got past the password, but it would just hang forever. I figured it was another bust. I went to the iTunes feedback ready to blast then with a low rating. But I happened to notice that at least one other reviewer had the same difficulties as I, and they resolved the problem by wiping the app and doing a complete re-install. Hmmm, worth a shot.

And what a difference it made! When I installed a fresh new copy, I was able to configure for my site and finally see what the developers were initially so excited about. WYSIWYG editor, photo uploads, video support, location-based posting. Bravo! I hurriedly went back to iTunes to post a 5-star rating.

I should have been more thorough in my testing. Yes, it offers all that and more. But when time comes to actually save the blog entry, no dice. It looks like it works, but there’s nothing there on the site – not even in Draft form. Darn. Pretty useless.

Now how do I retract my iTunes positive rating?

Shareaholic for Firefox

Shareaholic is one of those essential add-ons that you never knew you needed until you used it. A friend turned me on to AddThis, which sounded intriguing. But after reading the reviews (80% “greatest thing since sliced bread”, 20% “Beware!”), it seems that Shareaholic is better.

From within FireFox, sharing URLs as postings to FaceBook, LinkedIn, WordPress, and dozens of others (that I don’t currently use) is just a click away. This is only my inaugural try and already I am declaring it a winner!

New Year, New Toy

I have to admit, I never really resonated with “the blog”. To me, it seemed like a very public “Dear Diary” that you really had no idea who was reading. Not to mention the very idea that you are egotistical enough to think people are interested in what you had to say in the first place! MySpace and “the Wall” of FaceBook is a bit more natural, since at least you know who your audience is, but the open blog was a stretch. Sure, I got the whole business/marketing angle which works in many cases, but some people were using it as personal expression, and I am introverted and guarded enough for that idea to be a completely foreign one to me.

So now that I’ve trashed the blog concept, why am I trying one? Simple. LinkedIn is my new drug, and they have a WordPress widget. This is an egregious and wholly unnecessary attempt to have a blog so that I can test the LinkedIn tool that ties to it.

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