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The best thing about being a Blogger!

Posted by geeknews at 3:33 PM on December 20, 2005

No mater what people will say in reviews on wikipedia or anywhere else the power of a Blog is that you can stand up and spell the facts out as you see them. Their are always two sides to a story in any dispute or even recollections to events and proceedings. It is one of the reasons I use a private blog as a personal journal so that when I need to refer back to a spot in time I have some history on what my emotions and feelings were at the time. Nice to see that I am not the only person that appreciates the power of having a blog and the sheer ability to respond in a public way to point out errors in history. [Rex Hammock]

Blogs also server as a sort of documentary of past events where you can look at the time lines of postings etc.

European Publishers essentially tell Google quit stealing our content!

Posted by geeknews at 10:12 PM on December 6, 2005

I know many of you use Google News, personally I have been to the site maybe a dozen times or so over the past year. It seems though that European publishers are getting a little tired of Google making money of the backs of all of their paid staff and thinks they have went to far and are abusing fair use and copyright laws.

Google responded and said hey we don’t put ads on our news site and if you don’t want to be in our news archive all you have to do is ask and we will remove you from the index.

I think what this really boils down to is one or two things Google scours not only traditional news outlets but also blogs and other sources, it is apparent to me that these publishers are scared that they are being replaced. Hate to say this but they already have. [Yahoo]

Branded Blog and Podcast sites prime for Takeover

Posted by geeknews at 5:51 PM on November 28, 2005

Seems since the sale of Weblogs Inc. everyone seems to think that a lot of weblog companies are going to be flipped this year. It’s all about the eyeballs and ears checking out or tuning into content. In a nutshell though it’s all about the content and in order to have enough content people have to join forces and align themselves with others that create quality content. Does that mean a bunch of people are going to get rich this year. I would imagine some like the folks over at Boing Boing and other similar high traffic sites are going to have a very good year if they decide that they want to flip their companies and cash in. Time will tell [Business2.com]

Fyuze.com

Posted by geeknews at 4:28 PM on November 1, 2005

I have played around with Fyuze.com today, thanks for the link Dave. The site is in beta but it allows you to build searches queries along with subscribing to rss feeds. I was disappointed that the service did not have more blog search engines tied to it. I would have liked to put in the query “geek news central” and had it spill out a rss feed that was made up of searches from Technorati, Icerocket, Pubsub and Feedster all together but this is not the case.

Fyuze lays your queries out in boxes sadly no combined RSS feeds but it is a good start will have to keep my eye on this site and see how evolves. [Fyuze.com]

Shopping for Blogging Software that Scales

Posted by geeknews at 3:53 AM on October 31, 2005

I have been doing some shopping for a blogging application that will scale the way I need it to, and I have figured out one thing. I am not leaving Movable Type. No other blogging tool on the market will scale they way Movable Type does. Hands down it wins!

During this search I had a dozen or so people try to convince me to switch to WordPress and the more I played with WordPress the more I realized that although it is a great personal blogging tool it just does not measure up to MT.

Sure I will be paying for a commercial version but I know the RSS feeds will not be funky and that it will scale to multiple users, multiple blogs from a single installation.

Expect to see TechPodcasts.com and PodcastConnect.com running on a MovableType blog in the near future and say goodbye to Mambo. I really liked the application in the beginning, but it is just to hard to manage and it does not do RSS well. The RSS implementation was like it was hacked together, and anytime I have to deal with hacked up RSS or resort to having to use a third party source like FeedBurner then it is going to get replaced.

We made a top 10 list

Posted by geeknews at 4:37 AM on October 29, 2005

I am doing some late night surfing the net tonight, and found a link to Blogniscient As I am looking at there service, and through the listings I about fell on my face when we showed up in their Top 10 list for science and technology. Quite shocked to be honest with you, but cool none the less. [blogniscient.com]

Typepad popularity leads to some down time!

Posted by geeknews at 10:45 AM on October 27, 2005

The folks at SixApart have seen tremendous growth in TypePad their paid blogging service and outgrew the hosting facility they were in. As they have transitioned to the new facility they have had some down time due to servers just not being able to handle the load. They are bringing on more equipment and the move to the new data center will increase their bandwidth by three times and they will be able to increase the number of servers.

Traffic to a blog and blogs is good and bad. This site moves about a 150 gb of just website traffic a month alone which is up nearly 50% since last year. That means you all are reading but with that comes considerations I have not had to deal with in the past and one of the reasons I just spent over $1300.00 on a new dedicated server to transfer some secondary domains off this server and onto a box with about 10 times the horsepower and available storage.

For the life of me I never thought I would need 1 server dedicated to a single website but yet that is the case. I feel the pain SixApart is going thru I am thankful that I dont have customers screaming at me for the downtime. [SixApart]

The Corporate Firewalling of the Blog Universe!

Posted by geeknews at 2:57 PM on October 24, 2005

The corportate firewall and desktop. Those of us that live on one have to deal with IT staff madness every day, and the rules they setup drive me crazy. Just this morning I received notice to re-boot my workstation and change the password so the length has a minimum of 16 characthers. I immediately sent a reply and asked if I would be fired for writting the 16 digit password on a sticky note and placing it on my monitor so that I could remember it everytime the computer logged me out for 20 minutes of inactivity.

Not to mention that all streaming services have been blocked to include any site that has the word MP3 on the site. Needless to say many employeers are applying a heavy hand to what you can and cannot do on the corporate desktop. Apparently some companies are now blocking any site with the word Blog in it. Well I guess my site just got blocked. For those of you that are dealing with an IT department that is about control verus productivity we interupt this discussion to say some are taking 20 years of innovation and have reduced my computers ability to perform, down to word processing and e-mail.

Lets not forget the power house machine which I boot up each day, Windows 2000 with a Intel Celeron and a 128 megs of ram. [Wired]

Need some Video for that new iPod Video?

Posted by geeknews at 5:58 PM on October 22, 2005

No you don’t need to start at Apple you need to start at Yahoo and with a couple of simple steps you can get that new iPod loaded up with Videos. [Yahoo Search Blog]

Weblog Ping Servers are either broke or over loaded!

Posted by geeknews at 2:51 AM on October 18, 2005

I have been watching our success rate at pinging major indexes over the past couple of weeks and I have drawn some conclusions. Most of the ping servers are broke big time and only a small portion of the pings are getting through. I have even went ahead and increased time-out times to ridiculous levels and to no avail the sites don’t pick up the pings.

IceRocket has not accepted a ping in over 2 weeks. This is the error message Ping ‘http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080′ failed: HTTP error: 302 Moved Temporarily, Weblogs.com Misses about 50% of the pings but hopefully Verisign will fix this during their server move. No wonder Yahoo podcast directory is not updating I am seeing this entry in about 80% of the attempts to ping them, http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping?u=http://www.geeknewscentral.com/podcast.xml’ failed.

Whats wrong with these sites. Technorati has about a 25% success rate, but others I am seeing a100% success rate, it appears the bigger sites just cannot handle the number of incoming pings?