Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

New Facebook Page

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Just a heads up to any RSS subscribers. I’ve created a Facebook Fan page for Idealist Cafe, so if you’re on Facebook and it’s your thing, feel free to connect with me over there. Also, if you’re reading here, but don’t follow me on Twitter, you can check me out there too.

For me, all these social networking platforms are a bit redundant, but I know everyone has their favorite way to stay in contact, so I’m trying to just do what works for everyone. Regardless, if you’re reading right this, I certainly appreciate it, however you find and follow me.

Also, if we haven’t connected yet, drop me a comment and I’ll be sure to read your blog or follow your Twitter.

Improve slow WordPress page load times

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I had been having a lot of trouble recently with the performance of my WordPress blog, and have been experiencing very slow WordPress page loads. Compared to Blogger (which I used to use), the ease of use and self publishing to my own host with WordPress is great, but since converting the page load times have slowed down exponentially. So I spent some time trying to track what exactly was making it so slow. There is never one specific answer for everyone’s problems, but here I’ll cover briefly what I’ve learned. (Also, remember to make sure your host is not having any problems!)

First of all, for anyone new to WordPress, you need to be aware that your entire site is pretty much database driven. In simple terms this means that there is no “physical page”, instead the data is all stored in the database and each time a “page” is [...]

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Should you combine your Twitter and Facebook updates?

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I have been debating whether or not to combine my Twitter and Facebook updates by syncing both. I’ve seen plenty of people doing it, and I think it works for some of them. It can be a key factor in finding new readers and in driving traffic, especially since many sites get a large percentage of their traffic from social media these days.

But notice that I say it works for some, not all. For me personally, I have to say, I don’t think it’s a great idea. And here’s why. My Facebook account is about me, it’s personal and it’s been a way to keep up with old friends, some of whom are old high school and college friends and some of whom are current “real life” friends. For keeping contact with these friends, it serves its purpose. But just because I have 100 or so “friends” on here, [...]

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Technorati

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I’m not sure that technorati is up to speed lately, before I migrated my blog to Wordpress it never seemed to get my latest posts. But regardless, I’m sticking with it and claiming my new blog here. Here’s the code: Z74RFSPFSYUE

Obviously this post should be ignored by readers, but if you have any experience or input about the usefulness of Technorati, feel free to comment.

Blogger to WordPress conversion complete

Friday, February 12th, 2010

As noted in my last post, the conversion from Blogger was a long time coming. Especially since I am a developer and love that WordPress is written in PHP. For me this switch just makes a lot of sense, I have access to so many new features and finally have the flexibility that I didn’t have with Blogger.

I’ve heard a lot of grumbling about importing old blogs, and initially was planning to just start a new blog and leave the old one. Until I found this handy tool. Blogger2Wordpress conversion tool. What it does it take the XML export from Blogger, and convert it to WordPress format, so then the import works perfect on WordPress. It’s an extra step, but for those who were using FTP publishing with Blogger, the import directly to WordPress isn’t supported.

So that tool took care of that. All that was left to do was figure [...]

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Goodbye Blogger, it’s been nice knowing you.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Well, I’m not technically abandoning Blogger right now, but they are making a move which will essentially make it impossible for me to use their service anymore in the future. I can’t say I’m disappointed since I’ve been wanting to move to WordPress for some time. The only hold up with doing that has been the fact that I would need to totally recreate my template, and quite honestly I just don’t feel like doing it.

But anyway, today I get an email from Blogger saying that as of March 26 they will no longer support FTP publishing, claiming that the resources to maintain that are too high. Their claim is that “only .5% of active blogs are published via FTP.” I find that statistic rather surprising. That would mean that only 1 out of 200 bloggers using the Blogger service actually post files to their own host?

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And that is the power of Twitter!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Every week I get these emails from Travelzoo, usually I don’t pay much attention. Well, I have been thinking about going up to Los Angeles (well, Carson) again to see another Galaxy soccer game, and out of nowhere I get an email from Travelzoo informing me that there is a 50% off promo for the game I want to go to. Sweet!

So all excited I follow the link to buy the tickets, and it turns out that to get the promo on Ticketmaster you need to enter a promo code… Uh oh, no code was in the Travelzoo email or the linked page on their site. So I look all over their site for a way to ask questions. Can’t find one. The contact page is just a generic “comments” form. Bummer. Replying to the email probably won’t get a reply. So I try [...]

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Social media makes us approachable

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Social Media Image

Photo credit Matt Hamm

I have been thinking a lot lately about how social media has changed how we communicate. But not in the way you might think. It is obvious that sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter have changed the game, but not only have these platforms made everyone connected in simple, straight forward and immediate way, I think they have also made the majority of people more accessible and approachable. Of course this has some obvious downsides like spam and stalkers, but now our worlds are much smaller and people who would have otherwise been unable to be contacted can now be located and contacted in less than a minute. Obviously, this has downsides too, but I’m focusing on the positive aspects. In a way, it has leveled the playing field for everyone since there are all [...]

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