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The Future of Free and Open-Source Maps
Feb 16@6:45pm: Grady Martin writes: Former OpenStreetMap contributor and Google Summer of Code mentor Serge Wroclawski has outlined why OpenStreetMap is in serious trouble, citing unclear usage policies, poor geocoding (address-to-coordinate conversion), and a l... [from Slashdot]
The Slow Demise of Barnes & Noble
Feb 16@6:03pm: John Biggs via TechCrunch reports of the slow demise of Barnes & Noble, which he has been chronicling for several years now. There have been many signs of trouble for the bookseller chain over the years, but none have been more apparent than the r... [from Slashdot]
Nimble Mobile CRM Gets Desktop Browser Features
Feb 15@4:46pm: Nimble has released Nimble Mobile CRM 3.0, its contact and pipeline manager for mobile sales teams and professionals. Nimble Mobile CRM 3.0 unifies contacts from mobile, cloud-based and desktop records into one comprehensive relationship manager t... [from E-Commerce Times]
Google Launches Offensive Against Annoying Ads
Feb 15@2:08pm: Google's Chrome Web browser has begun blocking some of the Net's most annoying types of ads. Chrome's built-in ad filter blocks ads based on standards devised by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group whose membership roster includes Goog... [from E-Commerce Times]
SEO Tip for Apache + WordPress: Use Lowercase Domain Names
Jan 7@3:24pm: A few days ago, I was surprised to see that, according to Google Webmaster Tools, a lot of the pages on several of my sites were marked as "Not Selected" for indexing. Usually, that would indicate duplicate content, or that there are multiple URLs... [from Alpha Gecko : SEO]
How to Embed One XML Format in Another
Jul 25@2:33pm: I've got an idea I'd like to suggest, but don't feel inclined to champion right now. So I post it here and either come back to it later, or let someone else run with it. First, a little background. While working on the Atom feed format, one issu... [from Alpha Gecko : Atom/RSS]
How Very Ironic of You, SpamArrest…
Dec 2@1:30pm: I got another of those emails from SpamArrest today asking me to verify that one of the emails to my mailing list wasn't spam. This time, something on SpamArrest's website struck me as ironic, if not downright hypocritical. SpamArrest is a whitel... [from Alpha Gecko : Email]
GMail Marks Own Message As SPAM!
Aug 5@9:47am: Okay, this is funny. When I configured my GMail account to send mail as my email address at my domain, it sent a confirmation email to the address I'd specified. That email address forwards everything to my GMail account. After several minutes, t... [from Alpha Gecko : Email]
Tweeting From My RSS Feed Reader
May 21@9:27pm: I just sent an updated version of Lobster - my RSS feed reader to all CaRP users. This revision adds Twitter support -- tweet directly from your feed reader. Lobster automatically generates tweet text from the title and link from each RSS item. E... [from Alpha Gecko : Atom/RSS]
Browser & Screen Resolution Trends
Jul 7@7:31pm: I just checked the browser and screen resolution stats for www.geckotribe.com and wow, what a surprise! Firefox is wiping the floor with IE on that domain! One of my other heavily trafficed domains reverses the picture, but another looks almost e... [from Alpha Gecko : Web Design]
LinContEx.com was going to be “BlogRush done right”…
May 26@4:07pm: A little over a year and a half ago, when John Reese announced his BlogRush service, I thought "oh, c**p," (that word isn't "CaRP" :-) "one of the big boys beat me to my idea." At the time, I'd begun working on a site that was going to be similar,... [from Alpha Gecko : SEO]
CSS Trappist Monastery gets more designs, tons of traffic
Feb 14@10:26am: The CSS Trappist Monastery got a few more design submissions yesterday, along with a boat load (think Titanic, but hold the iceberg!) of traffic after it got blogged over at MetaFilter. To those who questioned the seriousness of the site in the co... [from Alpha Gecko : CSS]