Google, Please Don’t Disrupt the Continuity of Google Page Creator Sites

Don’t worry, I’m working on a post about my summer at Northwestern University. It’s just a lot of writing, thinking, and recalling, so it’ll take some time. Meanwhile, this post has a very important message I wanted to get out. All right, someone needs to think. Hard. Someone at Google, that is. Why? Because a lot of people, including me, will be potentially made unhappy when Google Sites takes over for Google Page Creator. Google Blogoscoped published “Google Slowly Closing Page Creator” a few days ago, which got me thinking. How much do I use Google Page Creator? For its…

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Two Types of Friends: A Found Poem

I did not write this. It sounds so cold to say it, but I didn’t. Nobody I know wrote this. The same. The truth is, I don’t know the author of this poem. It was posted to the discussion board of one of my courses today, and I thought it so moving I had to post it here. It’ll be a good tide-over for my next “real” post. Obviously I haven’t blogged in a while (more than a week). Since the school year is ending, I have final assignments to attend to, and no time to really sit and think…

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Enhance Web Form Usability with JavaScript

This is my last canned post for the week. I wrote it on Wednesday, before leaving for Chicago on Thursday morning. I’m getting back tonight, so hopefully a fresh post will arrive sometime tomorrow. I didn’t can any more, so I better be up for writing. Probably a recap of my trip. Earlier this month, I had the dubious pleasure of filling out applications to a couple of summer programs. The first was at the University of Chicago, studying Greek drama — in Greece — for three weeks. The other was at Northwestern University, studying theater — just in Chicago…

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The Sins of the Few Cause the Punishment of the Many

Finally, I’ve decided to blog about this issue. It starts in elementary school, and continues on a larger and larger scale as we go through life. I’ll start off with an anecdote. The setting is a third-grade classroom (no, this is not a reference to Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes). The class is small, only about ten students. One of them is acting up. The teacher, in an effort to get him to behave, threatens to revoke the entire class’s recess period if he doesn’t settle down. What’s wrong with this? The actions of one student could result in the punishment…

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Profile Duplication Equals Time Wasted

With the explosion of social sites, Internet users can be asked to fill out, and keep updated, dozens of profiles all over the Web. For light surfers, who use maybe three sites (say, Digg, Twitter, and Facebook), keeping things up-to-date is simple. There are only three forms sites (Facebook has a bunch of different pages for its profiles) to visit when something changes. People like me, however, end up amassing a whole bunch of pages to update. Right now I think I’m somewhere between 25 and 50 profiles, plus countless sites and profiles-that-aren’t-for-sites that I am no doubt forgetting. That’s…

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Portable Computing

I really have no right to talk about this subject, as I have never actually done it. I thought it might make for a good hypothetical post, though, especially since I don’t have any other good ideas right now. What can I say, it’s on my mind. That’s because of where I was when I wrote this. I’m thinking about portable computing right now because I keep everything on my hard drive. Well, stuff that isn’t email or associated with a Web service. Applications and stuff all live on my computer. When I go somewhere else, I can’t get at…

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Microsoft Word’s Grammar Checker

Just in case you haven’t noticed, I generally like to hold my writing up to high standards. Perfect spellingg, Ccapitalization, punctuation, etc. are all things I aspire to. (Ending sentences with prepositions is fine by me, though. 😉 From all those feeds I subscribe to in Google Reader, one of them brought me an amusing screenshot that shows Microsoft Word’s grammar checker mid-mistake. I shared that item and it showed up in my FriendFeed, where my mother (who just started using the site) saw and commented on it. Incidentally, I just started sharing things in Google Reader in addition to…

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First Look: Alert Thingy for FriendFeed

It’s been a couple weeks since I last blogged about FriendFeed. Today is the perfect day to write about it again. This morning, an Adobe AIR client for FriendFeed was launched. I already use twhirl for my Twitter account, and have for weeks now. I don’t want to go back to the website; twhirl is that much better. The new FriendFeed client is refreshing, and a wonderful sidekick to twhirl. I do have a couple things to say about it in the aim of making it better. Alert Thingy, developed by howard/baines, is locked in a semi-transparent display mode. There…

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Windows Vista: Problems and Advice for Microsoft

I’ve been sitting on this post idea for a while, since about the beginning of last month, if not a few days before that. In that time I’ve tried to come up with some good answers to the question Chris Pirillo posed at the end of his “Windows Vista’s Rants” video (it starts around 16:30 into the clip). Here are my thoughts on Vista (rather than ) and, if I’m lucky, a few good ideas that Microsoft would do well to take to heart. The Complaints Don’t take this post the wrong way; I haven’t forgiven Vista in the least…

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Financial Reports Waste Paper; Use the Internet

Financial reports are a colossal waste of paper. Well, perhaps that’s not entirely true. I’m sure some people read every last character in those thick stacks of paper sent out by investment agencies at the end of the fiscal year. But most of us just shred them and put them in the recycling (or, unfortunately and probably more commonly, the trash). What’s in one of those things? Usually it’s just a summary of all transactions conducted by the agency on your behalf since the last report, with a few statistics thrown in for good measure. Yes, it can be useful.…

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