4 Ways Bloggers Can Save on Gadgets


Bloggers and gadgets go together. While you may not inherently be fixated on gadgets, at its most basic level, blogging requires you to make use of – at the very least – a computer. Of course, as things go, a blogger usually finds the need to have a mini arsenal – a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone.
While there are many affordable options, having several devices at your disposal can easily make a dent on your finances. It is thus a huge bonus any time a blogger can find ways to save on gadgets. Here are some ways you can ensure that you don’t have to spend more than you have to – whether on a new purchase or repairs. [Read more…]

Generation Y Says Facebook Access At Work Trumps Salary

Generation Y Facebook

Generation Y FacebookThe 20-something generation is willing to take a lower paying position if they are granted more access to Facebook, other social media outlets and mobility.

In a recent Cisco report 1,400 young professionals aged 21-29 were asked about their job preferences and 40% of students along with 45% of young employees said they would take a pay cut or accept a lower paying job if they were granted access to social media and provided with a position in which technological devices are being used.

According to CBS News 56% of college students would turn down a job outright if the company blocked social media. The study also found that 68% of young workers believe they should be able to sign into personal social media accounts from their work related devices including computers, tablets and Smartphones.  [Read more…]

Sony partners with daddy bloggers for “Digidad Project”


sony-digidad-projectSony has decided that it’s time that fathers got in on the blogging act and has launched the “Digidad Project”, a three month campaign which will see a number of top male bloggers getting hold of some Sony equipment and reviewing its use within their families.

Kit will include BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray players, Cyber-shot cameras, DSLR cameras, Handycam camcorders, VAIO notebooks and the Reader.

The dads chosen are Michael Sheehan of HighTechDad.com, Max Kalehoff of AttentionMax.com, Brad Powel of DadLabs.com, C.C.Chapman of DigitalDads.com and CC-Chapman.com, Jeffrey Sass of DadoMatic.com, and Chris Brogan of www.ChrisBrogan.com and Dadomatic.com. [Read more…]

5 Tech Things Every Blogger Should Know

Where 15 years ago, having a Web site was something of a badge of nerdiness, today having a site doesn’t require much technical knowledge at all. Someone with almost no technical expertise can set up an account on WordPress.com or Blogger and be blogging within minutes.

However, this doesn’t mean that a blogger can get away with being a technical dunce. Though getting words on the Internet is pretty simple, building and growing a blog does require one to know a bit more than how to flip on a PC. Social networking sites make it easy to get online, but blogging, especially over the long haul, takes something more.

So what are those things that every blogger should know? There are many, definitely more than what is on this list, but here are five things every would-be blogger should know before, or at least shortly after, getting started. [Read more…]

Ada Lovelace Day 24 March 2009: pledge to blog about admirable women in technology

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Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace

24th March 2009 is Ada Lovelace Day, and Suw Charman-Anderson has called for at least one thousand people to pledge to blog about a woman in technology that they admire.

“I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same.”

Suw writes on her blog:

I’ve mainly stayed away from the discussion of gender issues in technology. I didn’t think that I had any real expertise to share. But over the last six months, after many conversations, it has become clear that many of my female friends in tech really do feel disempowered. They feel invisible, lacking in confidence, and unsure how to compete for attention with the men around them…

If women need female role models, let’s come together to highlight the women in technology that we look up to. Let’s create new role models and make sure that whenever the question “Who are the leading women in tech?” is asked, that we all have a list of candidates on the tips of our tongues.

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Adobe Makes Flash Sites Visible To Google, Yahoo, But Not Microsoft?

It looks as if Adobe has given sight to blind search engines. Previously if web designers of blogs, web sites, etc. coded their site in flash, they would have to give up the ability to have their site indexed by the Google giant, and their whipping boy Yahoo!

Now bloggers, web developers and social networks will be able to remake their sites into “one big eye candy,” without fear on missing out from search engine traffic (aka “Google juice”).
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New On Google’s Blogger: Import-Export Blogs, Ratings And Embeded Comment Forms?

Blogger in Draft

Users of Google’s Blogger (aka BlogSpot) platform will be excited to see three new features being tested on Google’s eternal beta site for Blogger (which can be accessed over at draft.blogger.com).

The first is the ability for BlogSpot users to Import/Export their blogs to/from another server, computer or another blog platform.

(Blogger in Draft) Today’s release brings another long-desired feature to Blogger: Import and Export of blogs. Now you can export all of your posts and comments into a single, Atom-formatted XML file for easy backup. You can then import the posts back into Blogger, either into an existing blog or into a new one. […]

When you import a blog, all of the posts will get saved in an “imported” state. From there you can publish just a few, or all of them at once.

The interesting thing about this feature is that once a blog is imported, users will be able to select which posts (along with the comments) to publish to their new blog. Also users can import more than one blog to a single blogger weblog, allowing users publishing from different sites to merge all of their articles together.
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Scoble writes of how technology will change the world of DC – and perhaps politics

A twitter from the oval office? The Speaker of the House’s staff blogging? Could some sort of change finally be coming to Washington, DC – and by that I don’t mean Obama?

Sometimes I wonder of the tech-sanity of our elected leaders. When I met with my own Congresswomen back in October, I was surprised to see that she had not read any blogs and that none of her staffers or volunteers were blogging about their experiences in working with a rookie Congresswoman from Minnesota.

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Assembling the Spam Puzzle

Fighting spam has proved to be a nearly impossible task.

The best and brightest minds of the legal and technical worlds have failed to come up with solutions to stem the flow of junk email, splogs or spam comments.

Every new law or technological advancement has just been an escalation in a never-ending arms race between the many who hate spam and the few that send it out.

To be certain, spam plays a much smaller part in our lives today than it did a few years ago. We rarely see spam in our inboxes, spam comments are largely filtered out and only search spam seems to work with any reliability, especially with blogs.

However, the junk content keeps flowing at an ever-increasing rate. More and more junk email gets sent out every year, comment spam is on the rise too.

We have managed to treat the symptoms, but not the illness. This is because we have been dealing with how spam mails us, one issue at a time rather than looking at the bigger picture.

It is time to take a look at the spam puzzle and how it all fits together.

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Google Reader Launches With Notes (FriendFeed Killer Anyone?)

Google Reader Note Feature

New Google Reader note feature

It looks as if Google Reader users will have another reason to use the feed reader over its rivals.

Google Reader has launched a feature that allows users to not only share their favorite items with friends, but also attach a mini note to the item as well.

(Google Reader Blog) If you are like me, you might want to share something in Reader, but think your friends might not “get” why you are sharing it. Use the “Share with note” button on the item toolbar to create a copy of that item with your own note attached to it.

While this feature will definitely appeal to Google fan boys/girls/bloggers of all types, what is interesting is that Google Reader users will also be able to share notes without the need to share an item at all–which may be a signal that Google Reader is heading directly into FriendFeed’s territory.
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