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  • Sarah King 9:49 pm on June 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: mentionData, p2   

    Just having a whirl with WordPress’ P2 theme after hearing Matt Mullenweg wax lyrical. I like the look and it suits my kind of blogging – however – if you have many, many users in your system it WILL fall over.

    It isn’t enough just to comment out the line in the javascript, you have to comment it out at the PHP level. I hate changing code within a theme but this, it seems, is what you have to do.

    Go to /wp-content/themes/p2/inc and open js.php
    On line 250 wrap php comments around the code (or delete it entirely)

    <?php /* var mentionData = user_suggestion() ); ?>; */ ?>
    var mentionData = false;

     
  • Sarah King 9:45 am on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: calendar, ,   

    Google slowly catching up on alternate emails 

    I have all my main email addresses listed as alternates on my account page. It makes sense to me and I’m happy for Google to have that information about me.

    google-calendarIt’s been a source of irritation, though, that Google haven’t recognised those other emails when used within their apps such as Analytics and Calendar. (More …)

     
  • Sarah King 12:39 pm on February 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Take the rough with the smooth in social media 

    I recently had a really interesting experience with facebook. I made a post on a company’s facebook page that was, perhaps, incendiary, the other party certainly thought so and took an extremely heavy handed approach. I’d tried to word my post so that a positive spin could be taken – I wanted the company to come out smelling of roses, that would have been a win-win. (More …)

     
    • Sarah King 3:52 pm on May 1, 2014 Permalink

      JeansWest just aced it. This is how “complaints” should be managed.

      JeansWest Facebook Page

  • Sarah King 7:09 pm on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Say “No” to content spinners 

    Content Spinners have been around for a long time now, some are very sophisticated and some are like blunt force instruments. Put one in the hands of someone who is ESL and it all falls to pieces.

    spun-contentIn my example the “writer” is Indian – and the level of English literacy coming out of that nation is usually very good. Not in the case of ashokdhan, sadly.

    Ashok appears to have consulted a thesaurus and discovered that where the original document might say:

    I confess to spending lots of my time with purchasers fixing technical problems

    (More …)

     
  • Sarah King 12:19 pm on December 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , pst, transcend   

    Using Transcend to get .PST files into Gmail 

    My husband’s beloved Shuttle running Windows XP died last week and in it’s place came Windows 8 with all the changes that neither of us were expecting. Gone was the old Outlook, gone was Word and Excel. After our initial setup woes it stopped feeling so different and it does appear to be quite a nice operating system.

    We’ve managed to install Office 2007 and even PageMaker 5 and I’ve added the apps for Gimp and a few other graphics programs.

    (More …)

     
  • Sarah King 1:18 pm on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Alasdair Thompson uses Sri Lankan spammers to promote himself? 

    The  once hard working and high profile leader of the EMA fell from grace in 2011. It appears he’s committed to public service and is looking to be elected to a district health board.

    His blog at fairpoint.co.nz promotes him and even has a post on researching the gender pay gap – you have to admire his spirit in tackling that issue head on! Oh, and he has a book coming out.

    What astounds me, though, is that he has been suckered by the claims that comment spam is good link building and a good way to promote himself. I can’t even begin to imagine how the sales pitch went, but the post the comment was left on was written in 2008. The IP address that the comment was left from is clearly not his – it relates back to Sri Lanka.

    So, if he’s so gullible as to believe that spamming his site around NZ blogs is good practice can he be trusted as a candidate?

    And should we be checking all the candidates for similarly naive business decisions?

    Alasdair Thompson

     
    • Sarah King 2:39 pm on September 27, 2013 Permalink

      I took a look at mayoral candidate John Palino’s site – and on the home page it states “The website is best viewed in Fire Fox and/or Internet Explorer”

      John Palino

      You have got to be kidding me. This isn’t 1995.

  • Sarah King 12:28 pm on September 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    RootMetrics and Risk Assessment 

    I attended a MTB coaching course recently and one of the topics was Risk Assessment and getting medical help. I usually ride in 3 forests with cell phone coverage ranging from adequate to poor to appalling.

    I decided it would be useful to find a tool that could map out the forests and give us an indication of where the signal is strongest. I checked out the app store and found “Coverage Map” from RootMetrics (available on Android too). If there are other tools that I missed please let me know. (More …)

     
    • RootMetrics 10:43 am on September 18, 2013 Permalink

      Hi, Sarah. We sent you some answers to your questions via Facebook PM, but we thought we’d make it public here, too:

      -API: We don’t currently have a public API. We have considered it and may make something available in the future

      -We’re planning a number of enhancements to the map in the next few months. We’ll consider satellite view for inclusion as part of those changes.

      -We have plans to add carrier comparison into our maps. While we don’t have a specific launch date to share as yet, it is on our roadmap.

      Hope that helps! Thanks for using our app.

  • Sarah King 5:41 pm on March 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Pingbacks still being used to spam WordPress blogs 

    Lots has changed in the world of link building but it seems that some “SEO Professionals” still believe that random pingbacks will help, rather than hinder, their clients.

    Take this example, found on the website for my local Pilates class…

    I’m not sure which alternate reality makes forex, bonsai and contact lenses relevant to Pilates and Yoga but I’m betting that GoogleBot has seen and discarded these links.

    If your blog is on WordPress the cleanup is relatively simple… but potentially mindnumbing

    1. Make sure you have Akismet turned activated
    2. Go to the comments and mark as spam any pingback that looks spammy or that can’t be proven to be legit. Don’t waste time on the proving – just clean up as quickly as you can.
    3. Change the pingback permissions on any post where pingbacks aren’t appropriate (such as a Pilates timetable page). You can do this quickly using the quick edit option on the page that lists all your posts (and do the pages too!)

     

     
    • Helge Sverre 10:27 am on September 3, 2013 Permalink

      Is this option turned on by default?
      I have never seen ping-spam any of my WordPress sites before.
      Granted, i do enable Akismet on all of my sites…. Well It’s effective :D

    • Sarah King 12:01 pm on September 3, 2013 Permalink

      I think it is, and newbies don’t know what they are so they leave it unchanged. That’s fine, but they also don’t know to check for them and spam them when necessary. The unfortunate side effect is that “good sites” representing real businesses get tainted while crap sites controlled by SEO savvy people forge ahead.

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