trying out Google Desktop

google_desktop

I’m currently evaluating Google Desktop. And I must say so far I’m fairly impressed… There’s little things like opening up the corresponding email in Outlook 2000 which blow me over. The install hasn’t affected performance. But this is only day 2… I’m going see how it goes for the next couple of weeks.

Great Mistakes in Technical Leadership

some good points in this list of typical mistakes:

The Technical Lead has overall responsibility for all technical aspects of the project – design, code, technology selection, work assignment, scheduling and architecture are all within his purview. Positioned right at the border of the technical and managerial, they are the proverbial “meat in the sandwich.” This means that they have to be able to speak two languages – the high-level language of the project manager to whom they report, and the low-level technical language of their team. In effect, they’re the translator between the two dialects.

via Scott Berkun

experimenting with WordPress plugins

yesterday evening I started playing around with some WordPress plugins I’d found.

I made a small code change in wp-config.php. Everything was working fine… I thought. But this morning I got this error message (please skip the next paragraph if you’re a wp/PHP geek, you’re probably going to throw your hands up in utter exasperation and unsubscribe from my RSS feed for ever and ever and ever):

Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/chiperon/public_html/wordpress/wp-config.php:65) in /home/chiperon/public_html/wordpress/wp-includes/pluggable-functions.php on line 247″

Turns out that the editor I was using added a couple of empty lines to the end of the file; quickly resolved with the help of the WordPress Codex.

So far I haven’t been using many WordPress plugins. SlimStats looks promising. But why add more stats if I already have Webalizer and co? So far the top benefit is that I can see the stats directly from the wp admin panel… saves me 2 to 3 clicks!

slimstat

This Day displays old postings I’ve made on the same day in previous years. That’s a bit of a lottery for my readers… ‘cos the old postings will only be visible on days where I’ve posted something in the past.

I’ve started reading the book “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” and, I think, my continuous use of “…” would be listed as an example of bad, bad punctuation!

Don’t Blame the Web When Newspapers Die

John Dvorak: Local papers have become cookie-cutter products loaded with syndicated material, mostly from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Filling space in the San Francisco Chronicle with New York Times articles saves money, but many people now just get the Times instead.

chip update

It’s drizzling a little bit in Basel but still beautifully warm… time to catch up with the blogging world.

2 weekends ago I took the Postauto to the Passwang tunnel and walked up to the Passwang (about 1200m). On a clear day you can see the Alps from here. I walked to Reigoldswil and then took the bus back into Basel. Very enjoyable, very close. Category: Must repeat.

Remember the Volvo ad with the car full of different sports equipment? That’s a bit what I feel like… A couple of weeks ago I bought new takkies, then I bought my first pair of hiking boots, and yesterday: new swimming togs and goggles.

I like Europe in summer…

A couple of interesting links that caught my eye this week:

blonk… blonk…

Blonking along? Apparently this is what it means…

To blog without notable creativity, inspiration or merit; covering the same ground trod by countless others in the echo chamber; blogging as an alternative to thinking.

“I was going to write a considered piece about climate change in sub-Saharan Africa, but I’ve just been blonking pictures of my cat.”

via ballpark.ch

PR for tech and software

i stumbled across this article describing how PR for tech. and software companies is changing.

The new rules of press releases:

  • Don’t just send press releases when “big news” is happening; find good reasons to send them all the time.
  • Instead of just targeting a handful of journalists, create press releases that appeal directly to your buyers.
  • Write releases replete with keyword-rich copy.
  • Create links in releases to deliver potential customers to landing pages on your website.
  • Optimize press release delivery for searching and browsing.
  • Drive people into the sales process with press releases.