Grammar Photo from Chicago Published

Image via WikipediaIt’s pretty well-known in my circle of friends and family that I’m a grammar nut. While I was in Chicago in April, at Union Station [right] on the way back to Minneapolis, I saw a great sign at the check-in desk. I submitted it to Bethany Keeley’s “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks a few days after I got back, and this morning I got an email that she’d posted it. I have another email in requesting a correction of my display name and blog address (lack of numbers and extra [incorrect] tracking data, respectively), but that photo is…

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Google Health First Impression

It resonated throughout the blogosphere a couple days ago that Google Health (<– the actual service page) finally launched. This has been for a ; it’s since I found out about it, and it was in the works for a while before then. Glad it finally came out (marked “BETA”, as is Google’s routine). So, I signed up for it. What else would I do? (And I think my mom was trying it out, too; she read the TOS at the very least.) Though it’s going to be a fight between Google Health and Google Web History for the gh…

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Gmail Tips

There are tips and then there are tips. I was just emailed by someone from another site, which yesterday published a lengthy list of tips for using Gmail effectively. Some highlights include a few I’ve already heard of (Zoli Erdos’ guide to importing old mail comes to mind), and a few ingenious hacks (like embedding MP3s in email; no specific link, just go near the bottom of the above-linked list). While the list mentions using Gmail’s labels, it didn’t seem to explain anything about them; so might complement those other tips. It’s not something I usually do here, blogging just…

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Yokway Review

Last night I got an invitation to try Yokway, a social sharing service that seems to focus on the sharing of useful information (in the form of links and info about music, restaurants, and movies). The invite came from Stephan Osmont, the site’s co-founder. Stephan’s email asked for my feedback, and this is how I’m providing it. Purpose As part of the email conversation I had with Mr. Osmont while revising this review, I received this paragraph regarding Yokway’s purpose and mission, along with some general future plans: Indeed, Yokway is about sharing useful information, and news articles are useful…

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Users to Twitter: Get Stable

I myself am included in those users. While I probably won’t be participating* in the event, I thought I’d still call attention to it, within my small sphere of influence, in case some of you want to take part. Anyway, this Twit-Out, as it’s being called, was started by a couple people on FriendFeed: Shey Smith and Bwana McCall. Shey came up with an initial what-if question that sparked Bwana’s idea to actually do something. Then Andrew Dobrow came along and made the logo you see at the beginning of this post. So this Wednesday, May 21, is the first…

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Blogger Accidentally Reveals Rating Feature

Blogger In Draft definitely doesn’t have all the new features. Just yesterday, some Blogger users saw “star ratings” — common enough widgets, but not integrated into Blogger yet — appear on their sites. This from multiple sources, including Blogger Status and Garett Rogers. Since , I thought this slip-up was extremely funny. For the record, I’m looking forward to seeing this come out on Blogger In Draft and then to mainstream Blogger. I’d like to try it out on this site.

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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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Blogger Scheduled Posting Polished and Officially Launched

No more having to go to draft.blogger.com to schedule blog posts in Blogger; late this afternoon (Central time, of course) the Blogger team announced the release of scheduled posting to the mainstream interface. Not that I’m switching — I still like getting the new stuff — but it’s still nice to know that the feature I started using two months ago (give or take) is now live for everyone. In other news, I’ve kind of forgotten to write about the fixes made a week and a half ago, including scheduling for FTP blogs a week or two back and a…

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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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WOT 3.0 Review

I decided against delaying this post until next weekend, because this way it comes before the press release and will inform people (potentially) before the new version is pushed out. I’ve been sitting on the new version of WOT for a little while now, after having been invited to the beta-test team (thanks guys!) on April 15. Almost a week has gone by (well, five days), and I feel I have played around with it enough to form a reasonably complete opinion. The Good First of all, I’d like to say that the new rating icon is wonderful and much…

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