April 2007

Naperville needs Democrats

I couldn’t stop chuckling at this article in yesterday’s Naperville Sun: With Democrats controlling all three prongs of Illinois government – the House, the Senate and the governor’s administration – Naperville needs an insider to fight for the city, Mayor George Pradel said. “It makes so much...

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Blogroll chaos

Picking up the thread, Erik points out that there’s a lot of room for improvement when it comes to blogrolls. I’m not sure that FeedBurner’s the right answer to solving all of the things he points out (traditionally, we republish and/or manage existing info, rather than creating...

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Housekeeping

In between mowing the hay, getting the garden ready and chasing the kids, I got a little housekeeping done on the site today: Fixed the search engine. It was pointing to the internal WordPress search engine, which wasn’t working. I didn’t have the energy to debug that,...

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Nikon Picture This

As you might recall, I got back into “real” photography this past Christmas when I received a Nikon D50. The last four months have been a ton of fun as I’ve re-learned how to frame shots, tweak the aperture to force perspective, and play with ISO and...

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The future of distributed media

Had a great conversation with Barry Parr today, and one of the observations I shared was how much fun I’m having with Google Reader’s “share” function. For those that don’t know, Google Reader has a feature that lets you “share” any item in the reader. (See image...

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Loss of pagerank

Well, it was bound to happen. My recent attempts at “fixing” things on my blog – rescuing orphaned URLs, eliminating SEO-unfriendly things like underscores in posts titles, etc. – resulted in a loss of PageRank. I was a 7, now I’m a 5. Do you think they’ll...

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Akismet update

Last week I wrote about problems leaving comments on blogs using Akismet to protect against spam. Thanks to some assistance from Matt Mullenweg, whatever gremlins I was offending are now happily approving my comments. Which makes me happy. Thanks, Matt!

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FoxyTunes rocks

Fred Wilson wrote last week about a browser plugin I’d never heard of, FoxyTunes. It inserts a browser control in the footer of your browser: What’s perhaps most incredible about it is what happens when you click on the artist/track in the browser control. It takes you...

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Announcing AdClimate

Over on the company blog, Brent has a post announcing our latest release, AdClimate. The idea is pretty simple: advertisers who are particularly worried about their ad running alongside specific types of content can leverage this new feature to ensure that the ad doesn’t run. While some...

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