March, 2010

  1. Mobile Regressions

    For all the attention paid to mobile computing these days and all the progress that has been made, sometimes I feel like we’re going backwards in some areas. Customizable launch/home screens, input mechanisms, etc. The Palm Pilot had this capability back in the late 90s, the iPhone, Palm Pre etc. only have it via jailbreak…

  2. WordPress HelpCenter Plugin Updated

    I released a new version of our WordPress HelpCenter plugin last week in order to update information in it to reflect our expanded hours. I realized that this might cause some concern for any of our affiliates. One of the things we offer to our affiliates is a customized version of the HelpCenter plugin that…

  3. Paid Tweets?

    I received this email last week (posted with permission): Hey Alex! I am writing from MyLikes, an ex-Google social media/twitter advertising company that connects influencers on the web to advertisers. I wanted to send you an invite to be a premium influencer on MyLikes! Power twitter users such as yourself, can make money on Twitter…

  4. Around the web

    Felix Hernandez badgers Cliff Lee about his two first names – Big League Stew – MLB Blog – Yahoo! Sports – awesome. Receiving someone else’s mail – Gmail Help – I’ve been thinking about using alexking.org as the username for my Gmail address. Nathan Officially Opts For Surgery — AaronGleeman.com – bummed about this, good…

  5. New HelpCenter Hours: 9am-8pm US/Eastern

    We’ve expanded our hours at WordPress HelpCenter so we are now covering the full business day across the continental US: 9am-8pm US/Eastern (or 9am on the east coast to 5pm on the west coast). I’m very pleased that this will allow us to provide our on-demand WordPress support and development services in an even more…

  6. Around the web

    Mozilla Labs Blog Archive Contacts in the Browser – Very cool and interesting. Distributed Version Control is here to stay, baby – Joel on Software My Kids Refuse to Go Viral – So. Awesome. Dave is killing it. tecosystems Why I Am Against Software Patents – Great stuff, as usual, from Steve. Disqus reactions are…

  7. Salting Passwords in DB or Across the Wire?

    One of the sessions at SxSW talked about the importance of salting passwords in the database in case an attacker gains database access. The assertion is that hashing in the database is not enough, that the hash needs to be combined with salt. This got folks (including me) thinking and talking about this again, which…

  8. Writing More

    Over the last few years my blogging has curtailed sharply. I’m down to 180-ish posts per year, of which about 40 are link dumps. This is largely due to the fact I’ve been working on client projects that I can’t discuss openly during the development phases (like I could when I was building my own…

  9. SxSW 2010 Recap

    I am back from my second SxSW experience. Here are some notes and thoughts. Use the time away from your daily routine, concerns and responsibilities to think about what you do in different ways. For me this was an opportunity to think about my business and technology in general in a more abstract and strategic…

  10. Around the web

    Tony Kornheiser Suspended from ESPN; America Officially Wussified | SportsChat – sigh. Appulo.us :: Seriously, Apple Last years SxSW WordPress BBQ was so m WordPress Development Updates – I’ll be there. ScreenLock for BlackBerry | corey gilmore’s blog – quick app, easily distributed. No app store needed. All Your Apps Are Belong to Apple: The…

  11. Ze Frank at SxSWi

    One of my favorite SxSWi events so far was the Ze Frank’s conversation. As alluded to on Twitter, I’m a Ze Frank fanboy, having 2-3 minutes of my life enhanced every day by The Show as it happened back in 2006-2007. The conversation was a somewhat surreal experience. A room chock full of people that…

  12. Conference Social Networking

    Social networking at conferences is very different than normal social networking. It simultaneously drives non-conference attendees nuts, while is an essential part of the experience for the conference attendees. I know both sides firsthand. I was ready to unfollow half of my Twitter stream during SxSW a couple years ago, and saw the benefits of…

  13. Colorado vs. Amazon

    This is really frustrating… Dear Colorado-based Amazon Associate: We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to inform you that the Colorado government recently enacted a law to impose sales tax regulations on online retailers. The regulations are burdensome and no other state has similar rules. The new regulations do not require online retailers to…