When Did Google Reader Get Rounded Buttons?

I just noticed this today… I’m fairly sure that the buttons weren’t like this a day or two ago.

 

Are there other new features that I haven’t noticed yet?

Johnny's Finally Moved!

If you’ve previously gone to Johnny’s Thoughts (johnnysthoughts.com) and are wondering what on earth has happened, I’ve moved over to Tech-Recipes… a few months ago… but haven’t been able to migrate the old content because of theme issues. We’ve finally resolved the issues, so I have redirected the domain name over.

I’ve tried to migrate the important pages, such as the quick reference guides. I’ll try and move some of the most popular articles at some point in the near future.

If there’s anything else I missed that you are looking for, drop me a line and I’ll find it for you.

Wonderful Rum Cake!

My parents split up when I was 8 years old.

I didn’t see my dad much after that, and one of the last vivid memories I have of him was when he brought me a cake for my 10th birthday. It was a rum cake… perhaps slightly inappropriate for a kid’s cake, but it began my obsesssion with rum and cake soaked in rum. I’ve had a lot of rum cakes, but never one before that matched that first delicious bite.

All that changed a few days ago - Quinn sent me a tracking number out of the blue, and said to be on the lookout for a package shipped next day air. I spent the remainder of the day trying to figure out what on earth would require overnight shipping…  knowing Q, I figured he was sending me a math puzzle involving molecular density of superheroes.

Imagine my surprise when I open the box and smelled the glorious scent of rum. The cake was absolutely phenomenal… unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before in my life… words fail me.

Thanks Jennifer and Quinn…  ( but especially Jennifer, for baking the heavenly cake! )

Make sure you visit Jennifer’s food blog: Bake or Break

Tabbed File Explorer

I just found a really useful freeware utility, a tabbed file explorer! As a dedicated tab user in Firefox, I have always disliked windows explorer - too many windows open all the time. I dislike most of the explorer replacements because they have 14,209 options… I just want something nice and simple if I’m going to bother using a GUI at all. (and you should use the command line too)

It’s fairly customizable as well, although it could use a list view.

I have a hotkey utility that launches folders at the press of a key… and with this utility you can pass the name of the folder on the command line, which will then open the folder in a new tab.  

If you know of a better utility, let me know.

Download ExplorerXP

Google Reader Notifier for Windows

Continuing the series on Google Reader tips, there’s now a Google Reader Notifier for Windows.

Previously there had only been Mac and Firefox versions, but now there’s a version for those of us that use Windows.

This version also has the ability to filter by multiple tags or folders, which is useful if you have as many feeds as I do.

Homepage: Google Reader Notifier

Google Reader Notifier for Firefox

Continuing on the series about Google Reader, I’ve just come across an extension for Firefox for that shows you the unread items in your google reader account.

The nice thing about this extension is that if you mouse hover over the status bar, it will show you exactly how many unread items are in each tag or folder. That’s a quick way to see if the unread items are actually in your important folders.

I took this screenshot from the project page… if you were a web 2.0 blogger, you’d be able to quickly see that there are 24 unread items in that category.

Download:
Google Reader Notifier Firefox Extension

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Use Google Reader to Keep Track of Comments
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Firebug 1.0 Beta

For those of you that are unfamiliar, Firebug is an extension for Firefox that lets you do real debugging of javascript. It’s an excellent tool that doesn’t have a match anywhere in terms of ease of use and power.

Joe Hewitt, the creator of Firebug, has announced that he’s going to keep the product as Open Source software. He’s worked full-time on creating this product for a few months now, so his decision to keep it open source is really great for the software community. He is accepting donations, however.

So head on over there, grab the beta, and think about giving him a donation for his hard work.

Rocky 6 = (WTF * 2006)

Tonight, I had the unfortunate event of being notified that Rocky 6 is coming out in theaters shortly. I don’t watch tv, so I hadn’t seen the trailers for this movie, and wasn’t properly notified that it was coming…

The story line is that Rocky is coming out of the retirement… home… to finally redeem himself for years of bad acting and unnecessary sequels.

Naturally I went to IMDB to check out the page, when I noticed this comment (I screenshotted it so you can see)

An Error Has Occured… Hilarious!

I was browsing around recently, and I found another social digg-clone website called DotNetKicks.com. This is the product of Gavin Joyce, the creator of the now-dead nTierGen data access layer generator. He’s created a bunch of  **kicks.com sites, including javakicks.com and mozillakicks.com.

I was trying to figure out what my password was for the site when I got this error message:

I found it hilarious, thought I’d share.

Google Refresh? Whiny SEO Geeks Say Yes.

According to Web Analytics World, Search Engine Roundtable, and WebmasterWorld, Google is going through another data refresh.

Yes, this means that all of the SEO geeks will start whining as Google finally catches up to them and starts dropping the rankings for their mostly worthless sites.

I’m of the firm belief that all of these SEO tactics are a waste of time. Everybody thinks that they can make a quick dollar by using the latest tactics and methods to gain search engine position. What ever happened to quality? What happens when Google catches up to you and deranks your site?

We’ll use Tech-Recipes for an example - The site has been around for over 3 years now, and has over 1800 recipes. Because of the dedication to useful, quality content, now the site has grown to the point where it’s one of the premier tech help websites on the net.

Quality content over time is the only answer. Fame and fortune follow success, not the other way around.