Feb 062007

Maybe Google’s Blogger shouldn’t have come out of beta just yet…

I’ve noticed over the last week or so that some of the Blogger-hosted blogs that I subscribe to via Bloglines have disappeared. I did a test post over on my Blogger account that I never use. Chris also mentioned something about this today.

Blogger’s been encouraging people to switch over and use their Google accounts as a login and switch to the new and improved Blogger. That’s all well and good, but it seems that something’s not quite right with the RSS feeds.

First off, it sucks that RSS feeds can’t be automatically redirected. I’m pretty sure that there are ways to do this, but Blogger doesn’t seem too worried about helping with it.

Up until recently, I’ve subscribed to the RSS feeds of Blogger-hosted blogs at http://blogname.blogspot.com/atom.xml?bsuser=blogname. In fact, Bloglines even gives you a shortcut in their add subscription interface under the Communities section that allows you just to enter the Blogger username of the blog and they do the rest. The problem is that this shortcut still points to the old feeds. The new format seems to be http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default. Hitting that URL directly returns the RSS XML. If you try to subscribe to that URL in Bloglines, it lets you add the subscription, but you don’t get any new updates. Adding the new RSS URLs in Google Reader works just fine, not surprising, since Google obviously owns the reader and they own Blogger.

I sent an e-mail to Bloglines asking about the problem. I’m not sure that there’s anything to be done from Blogger’s end, but we’ll see. I’ll update if I hear something. I can’t be the only one having this problem.

If they don’t get it fixed soon, it could shove me into Google Reader’s waiting arms. I tried them a few months ago and decided to stay with Bloglines. It might be time for another look. Coincidentally,  Lifehacker has an article touting Google Reader today.
[tags]blogger, bloglines, rss, feeds, googlereader, google[/tags]

 Posted by on February 6, 2007 at 1:15 pm
Jan 212007

When I started using Bloglines, I didn’t have a decent way of bookmarking stuff I read for later. Now, the delicious integration with Firefox and some people’s feeds is better, so I don’t use the Bloglines clipping feature, but I do have a bunch of links sitting in there gathering dust. I’m converting those to delicious, so there’s about six months worth of old stuff about to hit delicious. It’s a good thing I didn’t use the clipping feature too much because it sucks. It’s ended up pointing to the wrong posts on Slashdot, Digg, and a few other sites.
[tags]delicious, bloglines, bookmarks[/tags]

 Posted by on January 21, 2007 at 12:48 pm
Dec 312006

I missed that there was a Super Villain quiz in addition to the Super Hero quiz.

I must like armor since I ended up as Iron Man and Dr. Doom. Wheaton took the quiz as well.

Your results:

You are Dr. Doom

Dr. Doom
Poison Ivy
Lex Luthor
Dark Phoenix
The Joker
Mr. Freeze
Green Goblin
Blessed with smarts and power but burdened by vanity.

Click here to take the Super Villain Personality Test

[tags]supervillain, wwdn, quiz[/tags]

 Posted by on December 31, 2006 at 11:25 am
Dec 292006

Found this on Jason Calacanis’s blog today and for some reason enjoyed taking it. Probably because some of the questions were obviously pointing to particular heroes and others were hard to pick out.

Your results:

You are Iron Man

Iron Man
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Inventor. Businessman. Genius.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test
[tags]superheroquiz, jasoncalacanis, ironman[/tags]

 Posted by on December 29, 2006 at 4:28 pm
Sep 072006

I sent in a post to BoingBoing this morning about Google blocking my proxy searches. Apparently, I’m not the only one with the problem right now. I switched off FoxyProxy for the moment, but the CustomizeGoogle privacy settings should still be protecting me from tracking even if I’m coming from my own IP.

I’m guessing maybe if I quit Firefox and got a different proxy, I’d be able to get going again as opposed to disabling proxy use for Google? Cory mentions that he’s tried other proxies and is getting the same forbidden page. A friend is advocating a BitTorrent, P2P-style proxy network instead. That way, the IP->search link is so diluted that it’s essentially worthless. Anybody working on that? Thanks.

[tags]google, proxy, anonymous, privacy, spambot, boingboing, p2p[/tags]

 Posted by on September 7, 2006 at 10:45 am
Aug 242006

The Wall Street Journal has an article out today about a new trend in wedding entertainment (here’s an accessible version). Couples are foregoing DJs and either buying or renting an iPod to use during the reception. I did this at our wedding in 2001. I bought a Nomad Jukebox, the hot mp3 player at the time (iPods didn’t exist yet), and loaded it up with songs for both the ceremony and the reception. We played it through the hotel’s sound system. I still have the Nomad, although I haven’t used it much in the last several years. It’s roughly the size of a portable CD player. I figured the cost of the mp3 player was less than the DJ, I could pick the songs and I’d still have the mp3 player once it was all over. If only the skimping on the photographer had worked as well.

[tags]mp3, dj, ipod, nomad, wedding, wsj, wallstreetjournal[/tags]

 Posted by on August 24, 2006 at 5:17 pm
Jun 192006

I ran across three sites with either a photo or a social component today that I’ve flagged for further investigation:

  • Riya – appears to promise private advanced photo searching. I’ll need to see what I have to give up to use it.
  • Zooomr – a rival to flickr, plugged by Thomas Hawk, photographer rights activist and flickr power user, who apparently is now working for Zooomr
  • Mog – some sort of social networking/music site. Remains to be seen if there’s much there. Pandora was like crack for a while, but it ultimately bored me. It had some social aspects, but was more about the music player.
  • Vox – seems to be somewhere between LiveJournal and Moveable Type (owned by them as well, btw). It’s invite only at the moment.

[tags]mog, zooomr, pandora, vox, riya, web2.0, socialnetworking, photos, music[/tags]

 Posted by on June 19, 2006 at 5:11 pm
Apr 112006

I’ve been getting all kinds of strange [tag]errors[/tag] or no connection at all from Bloglines for the past hour or so. What gives? [tag]Web 2.0[/tag] seems to have the same problems as Web 1.0.

Update: It’s back and I’m not the only one who noticed its absence.


 Posted by on April 11, 2006 at 11:00 am
Feb 282006

I spotted this over on Pharyngula. I was a little afraid I may have screwed up at least one of these, but happily, I can still pass 8th grade math with flying colors. How about you?

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!
 Posted by on February 28, 2006 at 5:48 pm
Feb 252006

For those friends and family that made it through the site move, I’m obviously behind in moving everything. I’m moving the “Picture of the Week” for the kids to Flickr. I’ll have a Flickr set for each kid. You’ll have to be a Flickr member and I’ll have to mark you as friend or family in order for you to see the set. The Boy’s is there now and I’ll have La’s up by Monday. It appears that the comments didn’t make it through the move either and I’ll have to do a custom import for those. I also still need to see if I can get a Rewrite Rule working so that the old posts in phpNuke will go to the new location in WordPress. Yeah.

 Posted by on February 25, 2006 at 12:01 am