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Server administration for newbies

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday March 11, 2006 )

I’ve been around the dark alleys and the “verboten” places in a web hosting company not often seen by site owners for quite a while now; but our System Administrator still speaks in what seems to be gibberish at times (more…)

Web 2.0, mashups… what the hell?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday March 11, 2006 )

Terms like Web 2.0, mashups and social networking are becoming increasing common in relation to web development. But what do they all mean? “Mashup” is an interesting term originally (more…)

WSJ reports on content theft

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday March 3, 2006 )

In early January, I posted about content theft and the extent that others had gone to in unauthorized reproduction of articles etc. from Taming the – to the point of some even claiming to be the author of the content.

As it turned out, in some of these cases, the “author” had bought the articles from a freelancer (more…)

22% of households still on dialup

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday February 24, 2006 )

A recent survey by Parkes Associates shows that approximately 22% of U.S. households are still connected to the Internet via dialup services. With only 4% of households planning to upgrade to broadband this year, that still leaves an appreciable chunk of users accessing the web through narrowband. (more…)

FrontPage Includes for fun & profit

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday February 21, 2006 )

I’m a FrontPage fan, unashamedly so. I feel that FrontPage is often rubbished simply because it’s a Microsoft product. I’ve heard the arguments about added server overhead and crappy code, but really, any extra load on the servers of today is minimal and later versions of FrontPage can produce quite clean code.

I’m still using FrontPage 2000 – why? because it does everything I need it to :). Don’t let anyone tell you that FrontPage is useless when it comes to sites that are over a few dozen pages (more…)

Launching popups – the easy way

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday February 2, 2006 )

Sick of messing about with lines and lines of code and seperate coding to launch a simple popup window?

Try this simple snippet out, it’s basically just an extension of normal linking code: (more…)

New blog trend discovery tool

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday January 28, 2006 )

BlogPulse, a service from Intelliseek, is a blog search engine that provides reports on daily activity in the blogosphere.

For bloggers, there’s a few tools that may be of interest: (more…)

RSS Feed Autodiscovery

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Wednesday January 18, 2006 )

A very useful tip – several browsers, such as FireFox and IE7 can automatically locate your RSS feed if you add the following line of code to your pages (more…)

Content theft – a warning

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday January 2, 2006 )

In late November, I made mention of a sweep we were doing in order to locate reproduced content taken from Taming the that was in breach of my copyright. To date, we have found over 200 infringements, with still more work to do. (more…)

Wikepedia – having a rough run

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday December 19, 2005 )

Ok, sure it’s a challenge for some web masters to get past Wikipedia in search engine rankings for specific terms, and the information isn’t always spot on.. heck, sometimes it’s totally incorrect; but I’ve found it to be a really valuable resource. It’s a shame to see a class action being brought against (more…)