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Posting from the Nokia E51

September 10, 2008 2 comments

This is just a test from my mobile phone, using Nokia E51 and the Opera Mini browser.

The Visual mode does display, but it seems that I can only write in HTML mode.

Image insertion seems impossible.

 

NOTE: The links were inserted later.

Google Chrome is out!

September 2, 2008 1 comment

Finally. Google Chrome is out!

It was just a matter of time before Google would release their first browser. Google is now becoming the world’s second Microsoft and there’s hardly anywhere left to turn on the web and on your computer without running into Google one way or the other. And now the latest addition: Google Chrome. So, how good is it really?

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Google Chrome – can’t wait to try it out…tomorrow.

September 2, 2008 1 comment

Google Chrome, Google’s own browser will be released tomorrow. I didn’t even know they were working on a browser, but then again, I don’t tend to follow tech news that much. On the official Google blog there’s also a comic book, explaining how they came up with their new browser and explaining the technology behind it and how it works. Still a bit too techie for me, but I had a lot of fun reading it. To be officially released in 100 countries tomorrow, I can’t wait to try it out. Anything that is non-Microsoft works for me.

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WordPress stats – Revisited

August 30, 2008 Leave a comment

I made a post in my early days of this blog, comparing TypePad stats with WordPress stats, and looking back at it now, I must admit that I did not cover the WordPress stats well enough. Especially after WordPress released their tabular stats feature. There’s really not much to say about TypePad stats, except that they are useless. So lets present the WordPress stats as they really are for this blog.

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Wordle – do you really know what your blog is about?

August 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Today is totally off-topic. I’ve kind of reached a dead end in my Typepad versus WordPress comparison…what more is there to compare? Plenty, I know that for sure, but my mind is a total blank today. Alright, then,  let’s add some fun stuff. Have you heard about Wordle?

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FIXED: More annoying things about the tag cloud

August 19, 2008 1 comment

My previous post about weird things in the tag cloud turns out to be a false alarm. The staff response in this forum thread indicates that there must have been some glitch at WordPress HQ causing this erratic behaviour, but you never know with WordPress, they tend to release new features without telling, so I wasn’t sure, hence my post, before going to bed. Anyway, I’m glad it’s fixed and taken care of now. They [WordPress, sic.] robbed me of a potential good post here, but rather that than keep the tag cloud the way it was. Thanks, WordPress…which only goes to show that WordPress Support is monitoring the WordPress Forums and responding to user discussions, and, by the way, this is not the first time it has happened.

More annoying things about the WordPress tag cloud

August 19, 2008 3 comments
WordPress tag cloud

WordPress tag cloud

Actually I had set aside a fun and off-topic post for today, but the strangest thing happened to my wordpress.com blog today.  The tag cloud suddenly lists tags by size, not by letter…what gives? Besides looking absolutely terrible it’s absolutely useless. I for one tend to go through lists alphabetically, not by size, and the most used and biggest tags stand out anyway…so why order them by size?

When I first posted about the tag cloud, more than a month ago, it was because it didn’t line break. Now there is a new annoyance: tag sorting. What’s up with WordPress? I do enjoy new features, but this one makes no sense to me. Is it so that people can easier find what I write about most? No, it can’t be, those tags are standing out big anyway. Is it some sort of weird SEO, so Google will know what I write most about by looking at my tag order this way? I’m at wits end here. Or have the ingenious programmers at WordPress gone completely mad? Maybe that’s more like it. I have seen tag clouds in use in many places, not just blogs, but this is the only place I know of that displays the tags in this manner. Maybe it’s to mimick the wordpress.com tag list? At least the tags on the wordpress.com front page still look normal…until the engineers start fiddling with that too…

Oh, on a final note, I owe this discovery to surlylump, who posted this sudden change in tag cloud behavior on the WordPress Forums earlier today.

UPDATE

This matter has now been fixed.

Conspiracy theory: Why wordpress.com blogs rank high in Google

August 15, 2008 4 comments

Have you ever wondered why your wordpress.com blog ranks high in Google search results? You may have heard that WordPress has an excellent SEO, and that may be true, but I have my own theory: wordpress.com blogs rank high because when you land on a wordpress.com blog post from a search result, the blog will display Google Ads. This is something most blog owners on wordpress.com are blissfully unaware of.

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Can a theme change make the Google Ads less obvious?

August 8, 2008 Leave a comment

If you read my post 2 days ago, showing how how my blog looks like with the Google Ads that WordPress is serving to my first time visitors coming from a search result, you will know that the ads really ruin the design and visual impression of my blog. Is there a way to make the ads more inline and less protruding? A theme change maybe?

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WordPress versus Typepad: Going back to TypePad? Yes or No?

August 7, 2008 Leave a comment
WordPress putting Adsense on my blog

WordPress putting AdSense on my blog

This week seems to be a philosophical week. After first pondering the supposed pros of an ad-free blog, then discovering that my blog is in fact not so ad-free after all, the question naturally arises: What to do next?

So should I go back to TypePad, because at least there I have control over my ads? Or stay with WordPress, because of the added functionality I have here? Just looking at the scoreboard should be enough to convince me. I have already moved my blog to WordPress, but do I really want to stay here now?

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