Working for a great company has it's benefits and sometimes we get to do really fun stuff. Be it working with people we respect, working on products and technologies we love, or doing crazy random things for no other reason than having fun. As a consultant company it's often hard to meet people that work on different client sites. As a result we have frequent social gatherings and the latest one was quite a special one. Check out the video below the break!
Boy, oh, boy. I was ready to write a big long rant about this but I don't think I want to commit the time or effort.
We realize that putting this odd code text into your feed means that all of your feed followers (and perhaps Twitter, Facebook, and other sites) will see it, but it's the best method we've found so far to demonstrate to us that you control the blog.
Read more: http://technorati.com/blog-claiming-faq
The best method you've found so far? Really? Really? I can think of several reasons for why you wouldn't want to do it that way, and at least 2 methods that are far superior. From both a "more reliable way of making sure the correct person is claiming", and a "no impact to the blogs readers" standpoint.
I noticed a few of the blogs I follow are doing this, and while I don't know if anyone actually cares, I decided to do a little "Year in review" of my blog for 2010 as well. I have been blogging for a couple of years now, but I really just started doing it consistently(-ish) this past year. As a result, traffic to my blog has gone up quite a bit from January of last year to the end of December.
The most notable happening of the year was that I moved from using Joomla to using WordPress. So far I've been nothing but happy about my change. It was a bit of work in the beginning to move my content over and I still have a few things I haven't moved. But overall WordPress is hands down easier to manage, write posts with, and customize. I have some minor beef with inconsistencies in IE (especially the IE9 beta). But I usually use Chrome to write up my posts and it works great.
If you've ever worked with SharePoint 2007, chances are you've probably heard of Gary Lapointe and his excellent stsadm commands. They've made my life easier more than once.
Turns out Gary is venturing into the adventures of being an independent consultant, and to celebrate he announced a contest about a month back. The prize? Two lucky winners get one Visual Studio 2010 MSDN Ultimate subscription each. He just announced the winners yesterday and it turns out, I'm one of the two lucky winners!
I certainly didn't expect that to happen, but I'm very happy (of course) that my name was drawn. I've been getting by on Express editions and Trials for my development of SnipSnip (I am working on a new version, but it's coming along very slowly) and my tribulations into SharePoint 2010, so this is a great chance for me to crunch hard and learn tons.
So a big thanks to Gary, and good luck with your adventures. I wish you the best of luck.
I've decided that using Joomla for a CMS is too much work, and I'd rather just have something that works. I've spent way too much time fiddling with configurations and settings and all sorts of problems that just makes it hard and annoying to post and update my content.
Enough is enough.
So I'm slowly moving all my content from the old site into the new site. The new url is http://aarebrot.net/blog, although just going to the main domain will send you to the right place. I'll put up redirects for most of the old content, except for some of the more obscure stuff that nobody ever views.
If you want to visit the old site, it's still available at http://aarebrot.net/site.
If you're subscribing to the RSS feed on the old site, you'll have re-subscribe to the new site's feed.