Category Archives: Blogging



Ok, I know a bunch of people are waiting for me to comment on Opera Unite and what it does (or does not) have to do with oponia. That and the embarrassing last post from January promising to post more. So, yeah, yeah, yeah, I fail. What can I say? I’m job hunting. If you want me to blog more, hire me 😉

Is FeedBurner Having Scaling Problems?

The last few days, when I log in to check my feed usage, FeedBurner tells me how many subscribers I have but claims I had no item views and no item clicks the previous day. Some indeterminate time later in the day the real stats magically appear. Are they having trouble completing the “big crunch” in the time between midnight (I assume PST) and my EST morning?

Maybe I’m just paranoid, but… it seems every time Google buys someone, they simultaneously start having scaling difficulties. The question is: is it a chicken thing, or an egg thing? Do companies that get to a size where scaling is becoming a problem become natural targets for Google acquisition? Or does getting bought by Google bring you the kiss of death, scaling-wise (just look at Blogger?)

File this under baseless rumours, if you like. We’ll see what happens as time goes on.

Update: I actually received an email from someone at Google about this (sorry for the delay in posting the update, but I don’t often read that email account). I won’t repeat it in full, but suffice it to say that there is a “big crunch” (as the writer calls it: “nightly roll-ups”) which begin at midnight Central time and last a few hours. It has apparently always been thus. However, I still don’t see my stats until about 10-11 am EST, which is different than before, so I guess I’ll have to report that as… an issue. Though not, I assume, anything to do with Google. :-)

All The Things I’m NOT Doing Now

Last night a friend mocked me for not being “on” Facebook. (Old people like me prefer LinkedIn, apparently, which makes us sooo uncool.) Today I visited Mathew’s site again and wondered if there was something wrong with me coz I don’t Twitter. I’ve been blogging for 6 years or so, doing the social bookmarking thing, the feed thing, and even the whatever-you-call-MyBlogLog thing… and yet I find myself beset by angst over all the stuff I’m not doing. If I don’t do Twitter or Facebook or MySpace am I just hopelessly out of touch? Does anyone really care what I’m doing right this moment? Seriously, I’m not even sure I care!

This feeling of needing to keep up with every Web 2.0, social networking, widget-of-the-day trend is uncomfortable, but it points out a couple of important things: a) there’s a whackload of stuff out there to suit every taste and need, and b) people not only do, but must pick and choose the tools and toys that serve them best. No one will ever corner the market on these things—Facebook’s most recent (and quite interesting) play notwithstanding. It’s a big tent with plenty of room under it for (almost) everyone.

Now… what do you think? Should I Twitter, or not? 😉

Anonymous Cowards

I really dislike Anonymous comments on my blog. I haven’t figured out how to get WordPress to disallow them automagically, since I don’t really want to require an email address, either. Hmmm…. For now, comment moderation is turned on, and if you don’t give a name and an URL OR a name and an email, I’ll probably decline the comment unless it’s truly inspired. While porting over (painfully, by hand) the posts and comments from my Blogger site, I notice that “Anonymous” just seems like an excuse for people to be rude. I’m not down with that.

If you’re going to flame me out, go ahead, I can take it. But have the courage to identify yourself. After all, I had the courage to identify myself with what I wrote, so it’s only fair. Some of the “Anonymous” comments to earlier blog posts aren’t going to get ported over. If you were the writer, you’re welcome to re-submit the comment, but have some backbone and own it this time.

Goodbye Blogger

I just couldn’t stand the bugginess and lack of features and support anymore, so I took the plunge and moved to WordPress. I have not transferred all of the posts from the old site yet, since there’s no automatic way to do that (that’ll teach me to be tempted by “move to the new sytem!” prompts again.) I’ll migrate them a few at a time over the next couple of weeks (there’s 5+ years worth!), but in the meantime links to old posts will work because I’m hosting all of this myself. If you can’t find some particular article you’re looking for, try Googling it. The returned link(s) should work indefinitely.