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DNS propagation viewable on a world map

I just discovered a great tool for anyone who deals with the arcane world of DNS. It shows how DNS changes are propagating across the world with a neat world map view. It’s great to have a visualization tool for something so abstract. I can dig the command line for its simplicity and power but sometimes […]

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JCSEO: Dirty Little Secrets

The New York Times had a long article about Black Hat SEO they uncovered for JCPenny.com over the last few months. Google has severely lowered their ranking as a result. …the digital age’s most mundane act, the Google search, often represents layer upon layer of intrigue. And the intrigue starts in the sprawling, subterranean world […]

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Building an HTML email is not like building for the web

A great article about the challenges of building HTML for email clients. I had banged my head on many of these challenges and want to reiterate his point below to “keep it simple”. While web browsers continue their onward march towards standards, many email clients have stubbornly stayed put. Some have even gone backwards. In […]

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Plugin notes: Riffly video comments

Riffly: It’s a module/plugin that integrates with an online service that will host video and audio comments. It lets you add video or audio to a comment or to a blog post – or any node. It uses a flash interface that looks for a mic or webcam attached to your computer. But this plugin […]

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Google AdWords beta testing (Feature X) (Google Boost)

I am under a NDA so I can’t give many details but I wanted to share that I am currently beta testing a new Google AdWords feature/service that has to do with a new, simplified system for businesses to buy ads and manage campaigns. I know enough about Adwords to know that although the interface […]

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Enhance usability: Footer design for web sites

I was reconsidering how to reorganize the large quantity of date on the TCHO footer: I found some inspitation at designshack.co.uk as well as webdesignerwall.com. And this useful review of 20 websites (from big corporation to small portfolio sites) who organized their footer cleverly to enhance usability.:Webdesigner Depot. TCHO doesn’t use WordPress so it takes […]

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Fly-by-gridview: innovative new flight pricing visualization

This new flight search tool has a great interface. But I see they are missing Southwest in the search I tested. http://www.hipmunk.com/

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Twitter Tools – WordPress publishing now requires OAuth

AKA the “oauthcalypse“… Twitter now requires all third-party app developers to use “OAuth” for user authentication. Twitter’s reflects a big trend on the social web, where basic authentication is being left behind for the more secure OAuth when services and applications connect user’s accounts The biggest advantage of OAuth is you don’t have to tell […]

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Yelp: The Positive Side of Negative Reviews

This Yelp post has a funny video about a barbershop in LA that advertises its negative reviews. They have a healthy attitude about it. Three Things You Didn’t Know About Negative Reviews 1. Most reviews on Yelp are actually positive — about 85% are 3 stars or above. In fact, this is pretty consistent across […]

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WordPress and Mobile Browsers

Most WordPress sites look fine on a iPhone – except any flash content (slideshows, music players etc) don’t show up. The Safari browser in iPhone is virtually identical to the one on the desktop – and there is a windows version too. There are WordPress plugins that will sense when a mobile client (browser) is viewing […]

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