Archive | November, 2005

Morning Coffee – PSP Update, Yahoo! Mail Loves RSS

I am truly excited about the newest PlayStation Portable update. I think Russell Beattie’s reaction is the closest to my own as well. Sure, it didn’t include Flash or any other browser improvements I would have liked to have seen.

The RSS Channel is amazing though. It cuts the middle man right out, as long as you are in range or a wireless network. Apple Who?! Now all Sony has to is make me feel like I’m not carrying a brick around in my pants when I use it as an MP3 player.

I wish I had the new Yahoo! Mail beta, but I guess I’m just not cool enough for the folks at Yahoo. I hope they improve the RSS reader before the public launch. Right now it sounds like they are off to a good start, but not anywhere close as far as replacing my RSS catcher of choice, FeedDemon.

Firefox 1.5 looks and feels great. Nuff said there.

Get Resizeable Text Areas

Don’t you hate it when a Web site leaves you only a tiny little box to type in your comments, suggestions or feedback? Sometimes you need a little more room to put your thoughts down, but the Web site creator doesn’t realize this at the moment that you need it. Thankfully, like with most problems Online, there is a Firefox extension that will solve the problem.

Here is what the author has to say about the Resizeable Text Area extension:

A lot of forums and boards provide very small text areas for new postings. If you type a longer posting, you have to scroll up and down, to read, what you have wrote and to proceed. This situation is annoying.

I couldn’t agree with him more. I want my Online experience to be more comfortable. You can drag your text box to the left or to the right. You can drag your text box up or you could drag it down.

This is all about giving you more room to put in your thoughts. Think of this extension as the elastic in your favorite pair of underwear. No mater what size you grow to or shrink to, it fits around all your needs.

It might not solve world hunger or be the most popular extension at the homecoming dance, but it is one of the best I have found in a long time. This is one of those extensions that you don’t realize how many times you will use it, till you have it installed on your version of Firefox. So give it a shot, and make sure you have plenty of typing room for your next text submission to this lovely think we call the Internet.

Podcast Series?

I’ve been thinking about releasing a series of podcasts for the Web Hosting Show, each one by one but once all 4 or 5 are done, they will all be related. For example lets say I picked the topics “domain names”. I could have one podcast about how to pick a good name. I could have another podcast about the top five domain name registers. I could do another about the domain name extensions (.com, .org, ect..).

So what do you think? If you are a Web host, would these series make you more willing to share knowledge of the show with your customers? (In the case that I wouldn’t give shopping tips, but more information and definition.)

Morning News – RSS, PSP 2.6 Firmware

I agree with Nick about the full/partial feed debate! I actually like getting partial feeds because it makes scanning RSS a heck of a lot easier. As I have said before as well, I don’t want full feeds because I don’t read every single news story that comes across FeedDemon. Instead, I scan paragraphs instead of articles, and pick out the ones I want to read.

It is rare these days that I find good and original content out there. Well, one dry spell is over I guess you could say because I found subnixus.com a few weeks ago. It is one of the better blogs out there today. What is discussed? The guy running the Web site talks about making a living off of all his Web sites. Yeah, I do the same thing but it sounds like he’s a little better at it than me.

Well I do think I am on the verge of updating my PSP again. I’m not sure what the long list is when it comes to the new firmware 2.6 version is, as far as features go. One thing did catch my eye so far. I am interested in seeing how RSS plays into the new version. Read about it here and here. If there is anything life changing involved, I’ll be sure to let you know.

[UPDATE] Listen to the Web Hosting Show via the PSP’s new RSS channel!

Mitch’s Firefox Search Plugins

What is a guy to do when his DSL line starts to get a little flakey? Well sure, I could go outside, learn a new language or find a cure to the common cold. The bad news is, I didn’t do any of those. The good news is, I gathered a collection of the Firefox search plugins I’ve written, zipped them up and got them ready for other folks to use.

Download my Firefox search plugins from here:

Lockergnome Firefox Search Plugin

Mitchelaneous Firefox Search Plugin

The Web Hosting Show Firefox Search Plugin

To install, all you need to do is unzip the .zip files and dump the .gif and .src files into Firefox’s search plugin folder. (This folder is usually found at C:\\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\) After that, just restart Firefox and you should be good to go.

I’ll probably leave these as they are for now because I really just quickly wrote them for myself so I could reference material from these Web sites. I just thought I’d make ‘em public just in case anybody else wanted to use them. Any questions? Shoot them over to me at mitch@mitchkeeler.com.

Citation Saving Via Firefox

When you spend much of your Online life in notepad writing your little heart out, you tend to copy and paste a lot. You want to get quotes. You want to get information. You might even want to save a block of text to read later. With the citation extension for Firefox, you can do all of that and more.

Here is what the folks working on the extension have to say about it:

The Citations project is a simple extension that allows the user to select a text in a Web page and put it in a special bookmark file. Citations are stored in a RDF file and can be browsed in a HTML view.

It is easy enough to use. All you need to do is highlight the text you want to save, then select “Save citation”. After that, fill in an author link if you want, then hit save.

Managing your citations is just as easy. All you need to do is right click and select “Mange citations”. After that a window should come up with all your citations in a neat table for you to view. From there you can either navigate back to the Web site where you found the quote or you can delete the quote from the citation manager.

Now the extension itself could save to a prettier back end, but that will probably come in a future release. Other than that, I see no reason at all why the Citations project should not be installed. It adds loads of functionality to everybody’s favorite browser, and it is totally free to use.

Number One Web Hosting Podcast

Even though I had some technical difficulties all weekend long, the Web Hosting Show was recorded and is now ready for the masses. What would be a better way to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day leftovers? Help yourself to the dressing while you learn about the Web hosting industry.

1&1 Internet, Inc., has introduced an innovative photo gallery tool that gives users a fast and easy way to load, organize, edit and publish digital photographs online. The 1&1 Photo Gallery is being included at no additional cost with the company’s shared hosting plans.

It looks like the holidays are coming early for the customers of 1&1 Internet. I love it when hosting companies give back to the customer base, and this is a quality example of just that. More companies should be worried about keeping the hosting customer they have, not worried about bringing in new ones.

Leading Internet presence solution provider, Aplus.Net announced the addition of two site map tools to its feature-rich Control Panel. Aplus.Net has made the site map and Google site map available to its web hosting customers at no extra charge.

The Google Site Map tools are helpful for any Webmaster wanting to make sure that Google has their information. For those of you who don’t have a Web host as nice as Aplus.net, you can sign up for Google Site Maps on your own. It might seem like a lot of trouble, but it is worth it.

Domains.Live.com is a free new email service offered by Microsoft. It’s a simple but very useful tool. And, like Office Live, it is disruptive to the existing domain name registrar market.

Is this just a sneak peak at what Microsoft wants to do in the Web hosting world? Some of the other features include: Create up to 20 e-mail accounts within your domain; Get a 250 MB inbox for each account; Check your e-mail from any Web-enabled PC; Junk e-mail filter protection using Microsoft SmartScreen technology; Virus scanning and cleaning of e-mail; Seamless access with MSN Messenger, MSN Spaces, and more. Big brother is doing more than just watching you, he’s putting out a pretty nice offer as well!

Download the Web Hosting Show! (MP3) | Read the Show Notes!

Running Time: 25 minutes | File Size: 5.87 MB

Alt-Text for Links

Don’t you hate it when you visit a Web site and you are afraid to click on any of the links? OK, so maybe “afraid” isn’t the right word. It would be nice to know what Web site or Web page you were going to before you click on the link. Thanks to the Alt-Text for Links extension for Firefox, now you can.

So what does this Firefox extension do? It displays a link’s destination URLs in a “tool tip window”. Well, it displays it in a tool tip window if the link hasn’t been already defined by the HTML code on the Web page.

Have no fear though, you can also find out what link you are about to visit by looking at the bottom left of your screen.

Now as I said before this could be helpful if you are on a Web site where you might be afraid to click on a link. It is also handy to have to see where the next link is leading you. I know on some Web pages out there, going from link to link is tricky business. At least with this extension, you should be ready to get what you click on.

There are some improvements to be made to the extention.

I’d like for the text to come up as a tool tip as well as at the bottom of the browser. My eyes don’t always focus toward the bottom of the screen a lot while I’m surfing around the Web. Other than that, it is a perfect fit if you are looking for a way to find out where you click, before you click.

SB-1 – Greatest Pro Wrestler Alive!

Okay, so greatest wrestler alive might be a little ‘bit of an overstatement. He is damn good, so good.. I decided to help him out and get him a Web site started up. Well, I guess it doesn’t hurt that he’s one of my best friends as well. I had almost forgot how much of a pain some aspects of starting up a new Web site can be. I’ll tackle them on another day though.

Till then, go check out SB1Online.com and let me know what you think of what I’ve been able to put together so far! Also, if you have any suggestions, I’ll be happy to hear them as well.

This has been a fun side project for me to work on, because it has nothing to do with Web hosting or technology. Sometimes your brain needs a break from the “norm” before it turns to mush.