Gmail Chat FAILs with Ping.fm GTalk Enabled

Image via CrunchBase Last night, I found a chat in my Gmail account that I’d never seen. It was sent an hour after I left the public library on February 26, while I was offline, but never showed up in my Inbox. It wasn’t even labeled as sent while I was offline. I was baffled completely until I realized this afternoon what I’d been doing that night at the library. February 26 (a Thursday, the day of #snowmageddon here in Minneapolis/St. Paul) was the day I discovered that Ping.fm—my very favorite social networking tool, second only to Twitter—had added support…

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Performance Company Spring 2008 Show Summary

Image via WikipediaAll right, the “hell week” is over. Three audiences have seen the show, and today marks the start of Memorial Day weekend. There will be no show tonight; we moved our schedule up a day to account for Memorial Day weekend. But it was still three shows. And a memorable three shows they have been. From George’s early pants removal at the beginning of the first night’s show to skipping half a scene the second night (something from the last night would have been better, but I couldn’t think of one), we’ve had our share of mix-ups and…

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Google Friend Connect: Interesting Service, Can’t Sign Up

Yesterday, Google launched a preview release of Google Friend Connect at Campfire One. The premise is neat: Google provides you with a directory of pre-programmed social widgets (slash gadgets, slash modules, slash whatever you want to call them) that you can install on your website simply by pasting HTML code. All kinds of authentication formats are accepted, from Google Accounts to OpenID and beyond. For more nitty-gritty details, head for the official blog post or the Google Webmaster Central version (the latter is simpler). Incidentally, there was a huge blogstorm about this yesterday, before it was officially announced and before…

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Summer Not Quite as Booked…

I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately. I’ve been distracted (so what else is new?) by homework, SimCity 4 (which I actually succeed at now), and (the largest offender) being sick. Writing has definitely taken a back seat, but I have some things I definitely want to blog about when I find the time. This one is just the most breaking. Sometimes things are too good to be true. Remember when to the Musical Theatre Extension at Northwestern? Turns out that was a mistake. Let me explain. (I’m still in the theatre program; just not the Extension.) In…

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Strange Bug Reports on Blogger Post Scheduling

Thought I’d continue talking about Blogger this morning. 🙂 Lately, there have been several comments to the Scheduled Posts announcement on the Blogger in Draft blog that indicate it doesn’t work for everyone. Personally, I haven’t had any problems. I often write my posts the night before they publish, just in case I get a last-minute idea, or am away from the computer in the morning (which is indeed possible). Other comments indicate agreement with my statement. I wonder if the Blogger servers are being a bit wonky… There were ( ) with the scheduling feature back when it was…

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User Actions Shouldn’t Interrupt Critical Stuff

Yes, I know that’s a rather cryptic title. I’ll do my best to illustrate what I mean in the coming prose. This was all inspired by something that happened to me last night while using the Blackboard Learning System software (it’s Web-based) to try and take an assessment in one of my courses for school. (Inspiration from homework? It’s actually happened before, like when I blogged about .) All right, down to business. Specifically, what happened last night was that I tried to perform an action on the page before it had finished loading. The tests in Blackboard (at least…

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Blogger Scheduled Post Permalink Issues Actually Not Resolved

The Blogger in Draft team’s announcement that the with scheduled posts is incorrect. One of the developers, Pete, left a comment today acknowledging that the problem still exists, and advising users that there will be an update (whether comment, new post, or edit) when it is really fixed. His note came in response to comments from another user and myself regarding the bug’s continued existence. That permalink problem is really a bummer, since it messes up the site feed and the homepage. To fix it, all one has to do is go into the admin section and republish the post,…

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Blogger Scheduled Post Permalink Issues

I’ve been seeing some feedback on this issue myself, and decided to weigh in with a post of my own. Most of the feedback I’ve seen has been in comments on the original post at the Blogger in Draft blog, from users who have had issues with permalinks on posts published using the still-in-testing being to the blog’s homepage, rather than to the posts’ individual pages. I wasn’t having the problem, but it’s shown up a couple of times recently, presumably as a result of some tweaking on the part of Blogger. Interestingly, I shouldn’t even be having the problem…

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Chris Pirillo’s Thoughts on Bad Grammar: Same As Mine

As usual, I’m going to ask you to watch the video first before reading my comments: There, all done? Good, now I can comment away! This is the kind of thing that drives me crazy, too. I don’t know if anyone notices, but I try to keep my English as perfect as I can here on my blog, in my email, on Wikipedia… The list of places where I write goes on — and in each and every location, I try to use scholarly-sounding English that won’t have me embarrassing my school, my parents, or (most importantly) myself. Chris says…

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Blogger Errors While Reading?

Hmm, it’s a Zippity-Zoli-Week, I think. Mentioning his blog again; wow! OK, so on to the point. Zoli Erdos posted about a “Weird Google Blogger Error“, with a screenshot. The cool part? <vanity>The URL displayed in it is for !</vanity> The bad part: Blogger’s displaying errors on my blog, after loading the page. Argh! So what can you, the reader, do to solve this problem? Well, the best solution I’ve seen is to clear your browser’s cache. Since this is, after all, a geek blog, I’ll assume you know how to do that. Meanwhile, I hope not too many people…

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