Windows Live Marries Yahoo

Forgive me if this is old news. It appears the first bloggers started writing about it four days ago. It’s news to me, though. The long awaited breakdown of barriers between IM clients appears to have come and gone without much of a peep. The latest build of Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger (MSN) have been released and with them, the interoperabilty wall has fallen.

I’m not really a Yahoo or Windows Live Messenger user. I have accounts for both and used MSN much more in the past but for now, I’m a Skype man. Nonetheless, the fact that Yahoo Messenger and WLM both work together now is somewhat of a coup for interactive collaboration fans everywhere.

I have not really used the interoperability much so welcome feedback on the feature is encouraged in the comments. continues to shine

Michael Arrington, at TechCrunch, points out that continues to shine:

The top blog (by traffic) on is written by Robert Scoble (who was, incidentally, just interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News). But there are 300,000 other blogs hosted on the service as well, generating about 1.6 million daily page views and 14.2 million unique monthly visitors. These numbers have doubled since May, when they had just 800,000 daily page views and 7.3 million uniques. 40% of traffic to the site is non-U.S.

We’re glad to see WordPress and its parent company Automattic continue to rock and roll…

Bad Behavior 2 On the Loose

The popular anti-spam solution for WordPress and other platforms has just been given a facelift. Bad Behavior 2 is now in the wild and claims to have at most only one database call per transaction, can be measured in single milliseconds and now has the option to turn off blocking of legitimate users behind corporate proxies. Author Michael Hampton has been putting a lot of time and effort into this complete rebuild. I know because I’ve talked to him about it. (Maybe we need an interview with him… Whaddya think?)

Personally, I’ve moved away from Bad Behavior because of the proxy issues that were in version 1. At this point I’m pretty satisfied with my spam solutions so I have not had tried BB2 yet. I’d be interested to hear feedback on it. Feel free to post in the comments.

Blog Tools Galore

Darren Rowse has been doing a great job aggregating all the various blog tools out there the last few days. There are really some great ones that I had never heard of.

It strikes me that so many people are so polarized on so many different “things” regarding blogging, though. Qumana vs. Ecto. Adsense vs. YPN. WordPress vs. Movable Type (Guilty as charged!). Have we lost the forest through the trees. Is blogging still about writing and writing passionately? Or is it a war of competing methods?

WordPress v2.0.3 released

WordPress has released version 2.0.3 with several updates:

The latest in the stable 2.0 series, 2.0.3, is now available for download. This is a bug fix and security release, and is recommended for all WordPress users. In addition to an issue that was raised on Bugtraq a few days ago, we’€™ve also backported a number of security enhancements from 2.1 to further enhance and protect your blog.

For the curious, this release includes:

  • Small performance enhancements
  • Movable Type / Typepad importer fix
  • Enclosure (podcasting) fix
  • The aforementioned security enhancements (nonces)

Taking the fight to Technorati’s Door – Gnoos launches

The first serious competitor to Technorati that I’ve seen in quite some time appears to have launched. Australian site Gnoos has launched.

A quick runthrough of some various searches came up with a wide variety of international responses, without much blogspam showing up, and significantly faster than what I’ve seen Technorati do for a very long time.

Some nice options to trim responses to show only Aussie Blogs and Aussie Media (and other options) are also included.

Granted Gnoos is not as feature rich as Technorati – not yet anyways – but I believe that they’re off to a great start.

Gnoos is, of course, also blogging.