Category Archives: web

Three simple but incredibly useful tools

OK, two of these are really simple to use.  The third is a bit more involved.  But still incredibly useful.  All worth sharing.  So here we go… Down for everyone or just me? The next time one of your clients calls you frantically saying his site is down, first use this tool to find out.  [...]

Wired Magazine’s claim that “The Web is Dead”

Finally got around to reading last month’s Wired cover article proclaiming the death of the World Wide Web due to the App Store trend in every consumer electronic device; the popularity of walled gardens like Facebook; and the emergence of dedicated media pipes like iTunes, Kindles, and Netflix. First off, I don’t agree that the [...]

Google Chrome OS May Breathe New Life Into That Old PC In the Back of Your Closet

Chances are, you’re got an old PC sitting around.  Most likely it’s stashed away in the back of a closet in your house.  Behind that tennis racket you never pick up.  And right next to your dusty rollerblades.  You probably often think to yourself how you should get rid of all that stuff.  Stick it [...]

IntenseDebate creates the commenting system platform

About a month ago, I wrote a blog post expressing my disappointment with the lack of evolution in the IntenseDebate commenting engine.  My disappointed was rooted in seeing feature after feature being added to competing systems like JS-Kit and Disqus.  Most of all, I was bummed out that I couldn’t easily add Facebook Connect login [...]

How offline GMail will help me get things done

You know it.  I know it.  The interweb is full of distraction after distraction.  Between IM, Twitter, Hulu, TechMeme, Google Reader, Pandora, and a ranking of every Beatles song ever recorded, it’s amazing that I ever write a line of programming code or change my kids diapers.  It’s a miracle I ever get around to [...]

Surfing Material

Here’s a few items I’ve found on the web this past week that I thought you should check out. Tim O’Reilly on Why I Love Twitter – Great post from a great thinker on the web and emerging media The Beginners Guide to Promoting Your Blog by Jason Falls – if you’re new to blogging [...]

About Yahoo Pipes and using it in an Intelligence Dashboard

We’re going to spend a little bit of times on Yahoo! Pipes before going forward.  As you’ve seen so far, we’ve been doing a lot with RSS in building the intelligence dashboard on NetVibes.  But sometimes, the content we want to aggregate isn’t in a feed form like RSS or Atom.  That’s where Yahoo Pipes [...]

Adding YouTube and Flickr content to your NetVibes intelligence dashboard

In the previous post, I started things by adding some basic monitoring feeds from Google Blog Search, Twitter, and Technorati to the NetVibes intelligence dashboard I’m building to monitor Tesla Motors around the web. The result looked like this.   Before I forget, I should mention that you can see the work in progress by [...]

Building an Intelligence Dashboard: Add some RSS Feeds to Netvibes

  This is part 1 in a series of building an intelligence dashboard using NetVibes.  What’s an intelligence dashboard? An intelligence dashboard helps you keep your pulse on…well, there’s a lot of things you can keep your pulse on.  In this series, we’re going to build an intelligence dashboard to assist with monitoring Tesla Motors [...]

WordPress 2.7 and the New Dashboard

WordPress 2.7 is slated to be released very soon and I’ve started playing around with the beta release.  And I’ve begun producing some updated videos for wpscreencasts.com The video below provides a quick intro to the new dashboard coming in WordPress 2.7.  The changes to the dashboard are dramatic and will require adjustments from even [...]

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