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Best of Both Worlds – The Story

First steps When I started blogging a few years back, the easiest name to remember was www.blogger.com (AKA: blogspot). The article where I read about blogs did mention WordPress as well as some other name. But I chose to try my luck on www.blogger.com. Few years and a hundred odd posts later, I decided that blogger was not challenging enough and I decided to dip my toes in www.wordpress.com. But as soon as I tried it out, I realized that it was much more restrictive than blogspot. I continued posting on blogspot until my earlier attempt at webdesign paid off. The Reward When I tried my hand at having my own website, the hottest name was Geocities (RIP). When they shut down their services and took off all the websites that were hosted offline, Dream Host offered me 2 years of free hosting along with a free domain name. And …

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Zemanta

One of the browser plugins that I have come across that makes your blog posts, e-mails rich in content is Zemanta. You can get it as a bookmarklet as well as a plugin. I prefer the plugin as it will recognize the page that I am on, new post page in WordPress, Email compose page etc, and adds content to a side bar based on what I am typing. It will also detect keywords in the post so that you can insert links to those posts automatically. I have been using Zementa for a while now, but never thought about posting about it until I came across this post from Rose. Keyword linking: This is probably one of the best feature of Zemanta. I post on various topics, but that does not mean those who are reading it will know about it. They might want to find out more about …

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Changing gears

I had a busy week; I had an interesting week. I have been busy with work, and for some reason, I am sleeping more these days and I really want to know why. Problem is, with the extended period of sleep and with a busy work schedule, my blog posting routine has gone for a toss. I used to come back from work, read through some blog posts, and then write one. And on top of this, I had an urge to read some books of Jeffrey Archer, which I had read before, quite a few times. Maybe I should tag this under postaweek2011 instead of postaday2011. Update: I installed Ubuntu, again. But this time I installed it as a virtual machine, which means I won’t have to reboot my computer to switch between Windows and Ubuntu. Rant: I hate it when people go out of their way to get …

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Invites to Quora

I have invites for Quora, a social search site launched earlier this year by a bunch of ex-Facebookers (including former CTO Adam D’Angelo andCharlie Cheever (who previously led Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect)–and which was just funded at an $86M valuation. If you would like an invite to Quora, just ask for in the comment. Make sure you are putting your correct e-mail address in the e-mail field so that I know where to send the invite to. If you put your email address in the comments, you might get an invite from some generous fellow, but you might get a lot of spam from even more generous fellows. You will have to use either your Facebook or Twitter account to authenticate to Quora first time. To make my life easier, I have created the following form. This will ensure your email stays out of public eyes and I don’t have to copy …

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Google Friendconnect disabled

A few of you might have noticed that I was using Google Friend Connect as a commenting system. It meant I had to go to www.google.com/friendconnect each time to moderate a comment. I had some misgiving about it since it was splitting the posts from its comments. But I still stayed with it because I didn’t want to make any changes. However, I had to change it today as I noticed that any trackbacks I received was not being displayed as the commending system was different from WordPress and one which didn’t support trackbacks. I have disabled Google Friend Connect from being used for comment; you can still use it to log in and leave a comment; you can also use your Gravatar ID, wordpress.com ID or you can just put in your name, email and website (if you have one) to leave a comment. The downside is I will …

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The Cursed Feed(ers)

The best thing I like about blogs is that they have feeds. There were days when you found a site with interesting content but then forgot all about it because you didn’t bookmark it. With feeds, whether it is Atom or RSS, you don’t have to go to the site, the content will follow you, wherever you are. The best thing about feeds is that as long as you have access to say, Google Reader, you can access it even if the original bog is blocked at your workplace, which is how I spend any spare time I get at work. Sometimes, I come across very interesting blogs, which would mean it would be popular too, only to find that, the blogger has limited the feed to about 250 words. They have valid justification for doing that, people stealing their content, less visitors to their website etc etc. Then there …

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