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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Video: Live from the Library Internet Seminar - August 28, 2008

Here is the video from this week's Internet Seminar.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Elsewhere Online: Make your own paper CD cases

A great video from Real World Green with Eric Rochow. Re-use some of that paper before it even makes it to the recycle bin. A great Tech Tip with a green twist.

iPod Ready Video

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Google Adsense for Feeds/Feedburner Migration Goes Wrong


Today Google started to merge Feedburner.com into the Google family. Part of this integration includes Adsense for Feeds, which include Google ads into your RSS feeds. I requested to be migrated today and after enabling the Adsense for Feeds in my control panel, all my Feedburner hosted feeds started reporting a 404 Not Found error.

As of this post, those feeds have been offline for about 8 hours. I am in contact with support at Google and have seen others report the same issue in this support discussion on the Feedburner Support Google Group.

If you were thinking on migrating, I would suggest you hold off until this issue is worked out. I would hate for others to suffer the same outage I have.

I will report more information when I have it.

August 16, 2008 - 1105pm PDT: In talking with Adsense Support, they asked if I was somehow blocking the new Google-based address for the program that accesses the source feeds for Feedburner. This doesn't bode well, as it could mean that there could be some issues between the new Google bot and GoDaddy hosting services. Feedburner reports a Error 502 - Bad Gateway when trying to access my feeds, regardless of what blogging software created them.

August 17, 2008 - 1043am PDT: Feeds appear to be working again. No word yet from Google regarding why the issue occurred, but I was working with them via email until 1am this morning. Somethings changed and that is a good, good thing.

Sometimes the printer wins...


more cat pictures

Friday, August 15, 2008

Audio: LIVE from the Library - Intro to iPhone - August 14, 2008

This week I spend the entire time talking about my new iPhone and introducing everyone to its features.

Listen to the audio from my twice-monthly Internet Seminar.

Listen: Live from the Library - July 24, 2008

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

DIY iPHone Dock and Moleskine Stand

I came across this idea at Lifehacker.com and had to make one of my own. Make is probably a strong word, as I just put the pieces together as shown on their blog post. It works very well and helps to clear some of the clutter from my desktop.

LIVE from the Library - Mainly iPhone - August 14, 2008

Here is the video from my twice-monthly Internet Seminar, LIVE from the Sherman Oaks branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. Learn how to make the Internet do more for you!

Tonight I ended up demonstrating my new iPhone 3G for the students.

Make quick iPhone Photo blog with Fuzzy Shot

Since I picked up my iPhone last Sunday, I have been spending a lot of time playing with it, as well as making great use of it for business.

Today, I noticed a Twitter message from Jeff Turner (respres) directing me to Fuzzy Shot, a blogging service dedicated to iPhone photos.

I like the service because it doesn't require me to email photos anywhere. Rather it has a companion application that loads on the iPhone and then allows me to caption and title the photo, and then click one button to upload it to the site.

I like that it uss the GPS in the iPhone 3G to automatically Geotag the photos and show the location on a map. I wish there was a way to embed the photo in a blog post like this one, though. I sort of fooled it into doing it for this post.

I will play around a bit more with this, but I can foresee it becoming an interesting part of my daily work flow.
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

My Treo 90 Retires

As of this afternoon I am the owner of an Apple iPhone 3G, which I ordered before we left on our Arizona trip.

This means I can finally retire my venerable Treo 90 that has served me well for a number of years. It synced contacts and calendar really well, but as I moved over to Gmail and Google Calendar I lost a number of features and was using it less and less. The screen had started to lose entire blobs of pixels, which made the screen hard to read at times, too.

Farewell, buddy. It isn't often that you can retire such a well-used piece of computer hardware before it dies on its own.