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Mobile Connectivity for US-Bound Canadians

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I recently traveled to Seattle. The last time I went, I did not arrange for US-based connectivity for my cell phone, so I was on roaming mode while updating Facebook, taking and uploading photos, and looking up information on the go. I got clobbered on my next phone bill. Well in advance of my more […]

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Why Comments Still Matter

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Catching up on a backlog of news feeds, I happened on the post by Sarah Gooding on WP Tavern regarding the value of blog comments. The post was inspired by CopyBlogger turning comments off earlier this year; ironically, the WP Tavern post has 56 comments as of this writing, in and of itself affirming the value of comments on blog posts, never mind the comments themselves.

Why Comments Matter: My Opinion

My view is that comments are part of what make up the blogging experience, both for the writer and for readers. The following list lays out my reasons for having comments available on my blog, and why I like seeing them on other blogs:

  • They encourage readers to add supplementary information, link to other resources, or just to thank the writer for the post
    • This can lead to the comments section adding a wealth of value to the original post, often in the form of additional information or links to elsewhere
  • Comments provide the writer feedback, acknowledgement for the post, and a sense of satisfaction
    • I don't get a lot of comments on this site, but I'm always pleased to receive legitimate (non-spammy) comments
  • Commenters make themselves known to the blog author, as well as to other readers
    • Leads to social connections and networking - even if it is over the internet
  • They encourage conversation on the site, on the same page as the post
    • Discussion can be done over e.g. Twitter, Facebook, or other means, but having comments as part of the blog keeps the conversation intact and reduces external dependencies

The above list applies to me as both a blog writer and a reader. I get value both ways, and I suspect many others do as well. That is why I keep comments open on this site for some time after posts are published (I do close them eventually to prevent spam trickling in on old posts).

For me, the bottom line is that comments facilitate two-way sharing of information, enable creation of connections, and add a bit of humanity to what would otherwise be monologues.

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The Future of WordPress

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A very eloquent review of where WordPress stands in today's web and of what it can be made into. Includes ideas for where WordPress might go in the future, some criticisms, and input from notable community members. Well worth a read for anyone who wants to check the current view of WordPress. Some good discussion in the comments as well - whoever said comments were dead??

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Huge News! Get Windows 8 and Windows Phone Controls for FREE for the Duration of TechEd 2014

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TechEd 2014 is on, and I'm envious that I'm not in attendance. However, Telerik, purveyor of controls for application development, are giving away licenses for their Windows 8 and Windows Phone control packs over the duration of TechEd. I've gone through the claim process, the licenses are equivalent to the one-year subscription options, and apparently can be renewed or upgraded. Not only that, but Telerik are working on components for the new universal apps, and have stated that these new components will be added free of charge to the accounts of any who get the free tools this week! This is a fabulous offering for those on the fence over trying the tools, and very timely for me as I was planning to purchase a Windows 8 pack. I save some money now, and just might be renewing later - many thanks to Telerik for the freebie. The generosity is much appreciated so I can get started on Windows 8 application development.

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WordPress Glossary

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The WPBeginner site has unveiled a new resource for WordPressers: a glossary. WordPress resources are abundant online, but there has not been a canonical glossary on the subject - the Codex is good for what it does, but it is not a glossary. WPBeginner have taken the initiative to create a centralized listing of WordPress-related terms, along with their definitions, and link to related content as appropriate (good SEO win for WPBeginners as well). It's a good start, but there's much more that can be added; the people behind the site are open to suggestions! They are also interested in volunteers to help with managing the glossary. Read the announcement post.

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If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it…

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
Joseph Goebbels

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