Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I think that this is an interesting move on their part, and you can see why they wanted to stop Boxee from showing Hulu content. If they will also create a Windows Media Center plugin, that would allow this content to be viewed within the Media Center UI, I will be that much closer to canceling Comcast cable service.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This Firefox add-on modifies the Google search results page to contain the results from Wolfram Alpha. I ran this for a while to compare the results between the two search engines.
For many of the search terms that I looked for, Wolfram Alpha did not return any results. Maybe , I wasn't formatting the query in a way that Wolfram Alpha wanted. I have since uninstalled that add-on, and will probably not be using Wolfram Alpha.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
- LifeType had a Bayesian spam filter. It is possible that it was trained poorly over time, so these comments were marked as spam and deleted immediately
- There could have been a bug in the other spam filters, which would have deleted those comments.
- Since I am submitting a new sitemap for the WordPress blog, the posts could see "fresher" and could appear higher in search results.
These implementations allow you to play videos that are on your Netflix instant queue. It looks like Microsoft did a more functional implementation for Media Center, than what exists on the Xbox . In addition to letting you play content that is already on your queue, you can browse the whole library of videos available for streaming. Also, you can manage both your disc and streaming queues.
Monday, May 18, 2009
The problem that I have been having with Plaxo is how it deals with imported data. For example, when you associate a flickr account to your Plaxo account, Plaxo creates an album in your Plaxo account. This album shows your public flickr photo. I have two problems with Plaxo's integration.
- Photos do not include links to flickr page for that photo. I believe that this part of the terms of service of flickr to include that link.
- Plaxo implements its own comment system for photos. Personally, I want all comments for photos entered on the flickr page itself.
I like how Facebook integrates with flickr, with the Flickr app. On Facebook, an is added to your News Feed, but clicking on it will take you to the Facebook pages.
Plaxo does have a good solution for synchronizing contacts. I have used it to synchronizing contacts between Thunderbird, Outlook and my iPhone. Since I have switched to Google Mobile Sync, I don't have a need for Plaxo.
raptr is a site that does a better job at broadcasting Xbox Live status on Twitter. Instead of posting a status every n minutes, raptr will post a message, like "paul just started playing %s", when starting to play a game. In addition to sending statuses when playing games, it will also send messages when you get achievements. Raptr also supports gaming systems other than Xbox Live.
Here is my profile on Raptr:
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
One annoyance that I had to do was that I had to configure this new base station with the same wireless settings as the other base stations. This had me thinking that WDS could make this easier to configure.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I have been having some problems with Website Tonight, though. There is a bug in the UserAgent handling in the editor. It doesn't recoginze Firefox 3.x as a recent version of a browser. So I am forced to use Internet Explorer in my Windows XP virtual machine to edit the site. In addition to that, some of the widgets that they have available have some problems. For example, Godaddy makes a rss widget available to embed an rss feed in a web page. The widget doesn't have some of the configuration options that I want. For example, I want to include the text from the rss items themselves, but I don't want to include the text from the channel element.
I think that WordPress will work perfectly for what I want to do. I can create multiple pages in WordPress, and they will automatically appear in the navigation for the site. I can also use WordPress's WYSIWYG editor to edit those pages. In addition, I know that WordPress doesn't have the problem with UserAgent detection.
Since WordPress natively deals with blog items, I am sure that it will be very easy to create a page that has one category of posts.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
- I was never impressed with Google Friend Connect's social features. Google Friend Connect doesn't have a concept of a "friend activity feed". So there is no way to see in an aggregated list of my contact's activities. With Facebook Connect, comment activities appear in the Facebook News Feed
This page has good instructions about setting up Facebook Connect for WordPress.
I often leave myself logged in on my home computer when I go to work. The computer is set to go to sleep, but it does wake up for backups or if someone logs on. The problem that I have is that, since I leave a browser open with Gmail in one of the tabs, if someone attempts to chat with me with Google Talk, I will not see that attempt on any other computers, when I next log in.
I would like to see a setting, where I can configure Google Talk to replay the last chats that were sent to an inactive browser session, on the next successful Gmail login. With this setting, I woudln't miss chat atempts.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
First, I created an Alias in apache to the LifeType install. (I did this, so I could have access to the old LifeType installation) Then I used the following rewrite rules to redirect resource requests, and requests for the rss feeds
RewriteRule ^/gallery(.*) /archive/gallery$1 [L,R=301]
RewriteRule ^/rss.php(.*) /feed/ [L,R=301]
Unfortunately, with these rules, requests for atom feeds will now return rss feeds.
Now, I just need to pick a new theme.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The reason that I created this plugin, is because I am moving my blogs to Wordpress. I have been happy with LifeType, but but I am getting tired of added features myself. Often when I see some software that is available for other blogs, I have to port it myself. This is what I did with AddThis, Akismet, Twitter, Related articles plugin, http::BL, and reflection.
I don't want to spend the time creating plugins for the cool new features, so I am just going to switch to WordPress where there is a large library of plugins.