Jan 09

Blog Blazers Book Review

Stephane Grenier was kind enough to send me a copy of his new book Blog Blazers – 40 Top Bloggers Share Their Secrets. I’m glad he did, it’s a very enjoyable read. It’s a lot like what the Random Bits podcast offers its listeners. In fact the book interviews both Jonathan Snook and Yaro Starak which have been interviewed here before on the Random Bits podcast. You’ll also find interviews with notables like Seth Godin, Neil Patel, David Seah and 35 other top bloggers.

The books main goal is to provide you and your blog some insight into what it takes to be successful. Reminding you that “A new blog comes online every 1.4 seconds” it sure doesn’t hurt to learn from some of the most successful bloggers to date.

In Blog Blazers, you’ll learn the secrets of 40 top bloggers, as they all weigh in on such questions as:

– What’s your best tip for writing a successful blog post?
– What are your main avenues for marketing your blog?
– What was your most successful blog post ever?
– What’s the most common mistake new bloggers make?
– What turns you off most when visiting a blog?
– What’s the best way to make money from your blog?
– Which books and websites do you recommend to new bloggers?
– Which five blogs do you regularly read?
– and many more!

It’s a quick and easy read and well worth any bloggers time.

Jan 02

Articles You May Have Missed in 2008, But Shouldn’t Have

Happy New Year all, here are some articles from the past year that we think are worth a read:

Nov 29

What to Get Your Geek for Christmas 2008

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Yep it’s that time of the year again, time to go shopping for that special geek you love. Here are a handful of gifts any geek is sure to love.

ATI Radeon HD 4870-X2 DDR5 2GB PCI-Express x16

ATI Radeon 4870 x2

This video card is smoking fast. Right now it’s the fastest card on the market. Pick up one of these, or two in crossfire mode and play Call of Duty 4 and feel like you’re right there in the action! I have one on my new rig and oh man does it make CoD4 look great!

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

For starters it’s Valve. Not enough? Well you get to kill Zombies! That’s always fun. Lots and lots of zombies. And you can play in co-op mode with 3 of your buddies. Setting out to do for co-op gaming what Counter-Strike did for team combat, Left 4 Dead is an ambitious survival horror game. Running on the Source engine, Left 4 Dead leaves four armed survivors of a world overrun with zombies, and they must fight their way out to escape the outbreak. It’s a blast. It’s like I’m Will Smith in I am Legend.

Captain Kirk’s Replica Chair

Captains Chair

“Kirk to bridge, someone………has…….stolen my……..chair.” And for the right price, that person can be you. Trekkies across the globe practically drowned in their own geekdom when it was first reported that Diamond Select, a popular sci-fi and comic toy store, was planning on releasing a life-sized Original Series captain’s chair for purchase.

Sony Photo Frame

Now you can display your digital photo collection in breathtakingly vivid color–on a Sony Digital Photo Frame. Choose from a variety of slide show options, and watch your photo memories come to life on this stylish frame. And when not displaying images, you can set it to one of its clock or calendar modes–making it a great addition to any home or office.

Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard

Good intel and proper gear are the keys to victory. With the Logitech G15 keyboard, you get both. Now you can easily discover on which server your friends are playing Battlefield 2142, be notified when your World of Warcraft battleground becomes available and know exactly who’s talking in Ventrilo with the Logitech G15 keyboard’s exclusive GamePanel LCD. You can also create useful macros on the fly that play back with a single press of one of the six G keys. As every key features illuminated characters, with three levels of brightness, you can keep playing late into the night.

Iron Man (Ultimate Two-Disc Edition Blu-ray)

While I don’t have a blu-ray player yet. If I did this would be the first movie that I pick up. This movie was so fun to watch and the effects were just perfect. I would love to watch this on a nice 1080p screen. Hint hint Santa…

Any word of The Avengers movie?

Band of Brothers (Blu-ray)

This is a movie series that everyone should own. It should be required viewing material for all. It leaves you humbled and grateful for the men and women who have sacrificed so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we have.

Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition Quad-Core Processor

Conquer the world of extreme gaming with the fastest performing processor on the planet: the Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition: 3.20 GHz core speed, 8 processing threads with Intel HT technology, 8 MB of Cache and 3 Channels of DDR3 1066 MHz memory. This is the fastest processor that money can buy. It’s not cheap, but with great power comes… a really big price tag.

iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme 962i Intel Core i7 920(2.66GHz) 6GB DDR3 500GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260

I just purchased a new computer from ibuypower and am loving it. They don’t have the best customer service, but they do build great computers and for great prices. The computer I got is smoking and for about half the price you would pay on Dell. If you’re in the market for a new gaming rig and you don’t feel like building it yourself, the take a look at ibuypower and see what you think.

Nov 03

Lijit’s Integration with WordPress


I spoke to you back in January about Lijit. Remember I showed you that Lijit allows you to easily create your own search engine. One that searches your blog, bookmarks, photos, blogroll, and more.

I really liked Lijit then but I was disappointed that I couldn’t integrate the Lijit search functionality into WordPress. That is let Lijit take over my search box that was already there and is ALREADY there in just about every other blog too. Instead you had to put a widget on your page. I felt like this was such a mistake I actually went to visit Lijit in Boulder and told them so. Well I’m happy to say that they have listened and now allow you to let their search take over your search box. Here’s what they say:

Lijit’s integration with just keeps getting better! Now you can either install the Lijit Search widget OR have Lijit power your existing WordPress search box. As if that weren’t exciting enough, our Lijit stats will automatically display within your WordPress dashboard for one-stop stats viewing too.

Go ahead and have a look, try the search located in the top left corner….

If you like it you can find the Lijit WordPress plugin here.

Oct 27

Free Reference Sheets

Thanks to the people over at DZone for creating free cheat sheets for developers. They have created some really nice reference sheets for just about everything web related: Ajax, C#, ASP.NET, Springs, PHP, Java, Struts, IntelliJ IDEA, Design Patterns, jQuery Selectors, CSS and many more.

Each sheet is done by a respected professional in that discipline — Jon Skeet, author of C# in Depth did the C# sheet and Molly Holzschlag, author of The Zen of CSS Design did the CSS sheet. Of course these sheets aren’t intended to teach you, but simply there to aid you in those things that you usually end up looking up.

So far I have downloaded the C#, ASP.NET and jQuery sheets. They’re handy and they’re free, what else do you need to know than that. Enjoy.

Oct 22

New Job at a Web Dev Agency!

After seven years of being a software developer I have finally done it – I’ve joined a web agency! On November 3rd I will be joining Malenke | Barnhart here in Denver. I’m pretty excited about it. It looks like a real fun place to work, Xbox 360 on down time, dress however you want and drink beer on Fridays. All while producing incredible top quality work. Here is some of their work:

So for those of you that have worked for an agency before, do you have any advice for me?

Oct 18

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