A List Apart Survey 2008

I just finished answering A List Apart Survey 2008 questions. Previously, in 2007, A List Apart also had a web survey. You can read the last year survey result and the survey findings. What’s this year survey all about?

This year’s survey corrects many of last year’s mistakes, with more detailed and numerous questions for freelance contractors and owners of (or partners in) small web businesses. There are also better international categories, and many other improvements recommended by those who took the survey last year.

If you make , it’s time to participate.

MyBlogLog Redesigns

I think it has been a long time since I logged in to MyBlogLog homepage. Today, when I went to MyBlogLog website, I found that they already come up with a new .
MyBlogLog Redesigns
MyBlogLog Blog has some details on this.

Don’t worry, we still got all the that you can’t live without; your stats, your widgets and, of course, the New With stuff. Only now everything is framed with shiny shadows and rounded edges! Also notice that on your profile we have moved the most recent visitors module, up on top, not down below the fold so you can quickly see who’s been checking you out…
We went and completely upgraded the featured blogs by scrolling through the top 20 sites (based on number of members), and displaying a more straightforward message about what we offer; Discover, Broadcast, and Connect. You’re going to hear these three words more often from us, I’d love to hear if this description it resonates with you.

Overall, compared to the previous design, it’s better.

Jasa tebang pohon

Hari ini iseng melihat statistik pengunjung, ternyata ada yang datang ke situs ini dari pencarian melalui mesin pencari melalui kata kunci “jasa tebang pohon”.

Apakah sebentar lagi memang akan jasa penebangan pohon yang beriklan melalui ? Atau ada situs yang menyediakan informasi tentang jenis jasa tersebut? Mungkin saja…

Roy Gaby Suryo

Roy Suryo tentang bloger (kapanlagi.com, via Ndoro Kakung)

Roy menduga kalau semua ini hanyalah kerjaan yang tak bertanggung jawab, yang sengaja menciptakan fantasi mistis dari sebuah lagu.

WordPress 2.6 Upgrades

Today, WordPress 2.6 is available with code name “Tyner”. You can read what shipped in this version at blog. I have been following WordPress 2.6 since the beta from Sub Version, and it looks good. So, I upgraded my WordPress install right away. The process — from WP 2.5.1 — was smooth, without any issues. If you not using the latest version, it’s time to upgrade.
Probably, there are few things to consider before upgrading like plugin and compability. I was there too. If you have that are not supported in the latest version, and you need them so bad, you probably need to wait until the patches are available. Luckily, I have all installed plugins work great here. If you’re still not sure, please do a complete upgrade mechanism: Backup everything. Not only the , but also the entire WordPress files. It should not be difficult.
After upgrading, I made some adjustments on the settings. For example, the Remote Publishing Settings, and let’s not forget about some other features. If you haven’t touch your wp-config.php files, there are some other settings managed from the like Post Revisions and some security definition settings. Anyway, WordPress 2.6 has full support of SSL in the core and it has the ability to force SSL for security. Read Ryan Boren‘s post about SSL and Cookies in WordPress 2.6.
So far, my favorites are the Gears for faster browsing experience and Press This. The “Press This” is really smart!

For example, if you click “Press This” from a Youtube page it’ll magically extract the video embed code, and if you do it from a Flickr page it’ll make it easy for you to put the image in your post.

If you like posting short entries in your blog while browsing, make your life easier by this feature. Just drag the link — you can find it on the entry creation page — to your toolbar. Want to try it? Download WordPress 2.6 now.

Indonesian Railway LLC's Web Domain Expired

Anyone notice that the Indonesian Railway LLC‘s (kereta-.com) is inaccessible? Well, when I tried to get some train schedule from its website, I could not open the . At first, I thought the problem was on the . So, I waited.
I tried again after few hours. But, still… inaccessible. I whois-ed the name (kereta-api.com), and… surprise! It’s expired. Isn’t it amazing?
Added later: The domain had been renewed.

Google Alerts

Google Alerts are updates of the latest relevant results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of or topic. We can use this to:

  • monitor a developing news story
  • keep current on a competitor or industry
  • get the latest on a or
  • keep tabs on your favorite sports teams

Anyway, remember about Yahoo! Alerts?

Remote Publishing Settings in WordPress 2.6

Remote Publishing Settings, under Settings | Write.

If you’re using client to publish your content, and you’re using latest WordPress version (2.5.1), you should have no problems at all. But, if you to WordPress 2.6, you should adjust some settings. I tried to publish using a regular method (setting up a blog, pointing to -RPC gateway, inserting username and ) for WordPress 2.6-beta3, and I got something not working properly.
The problem occurs because we need to enable the Remote Publishing settings first. For WordPress 2.6, go to Settings | Writing, and choose the appropriate settings. Without having these settings enabled, we are not able to publish entries using remote publishing method.

depkeu.go.id on Firefox 3

depkeu.go.id on Firefox

lightning through my camera

I also added from a minute before the lightning struck so you can get an idea of how hard it was raining. From what i understand, it went through my left hand holding the , crossed my back and exited out of my right hand holding onto the metal railing. No entry or exit wounds, just a really good zap! — source: Flickr video

Google Ad Manager Invitation

Today, I got an opportunity to access the beta of Google Ad Manager. I got this because I applied for this program in last March. I just activated my , and it seems good.
The interface is clean, but there are some terms that I do not understand easily for the first time. I just browse in to pages inside the Ad Manager, and after some moments, I can figure out about how it works. Basically, if you’re familiar with advertising script like OpenX, for example, it should not be hard to understand.
There are more detailed information about using this ad manager. Luckily, there is already a brief tutorial about setting up Google Ad Manager on our or blog. Very useful article! Right now, I am setting up some ad slots here in my blog. Let’s see how it goes. If you want to get invitation, apply now.

Opera Web Standards Curriculum

Web Standards Curriculum (by Dev Opera) is a complete course to teach you standards-based Web , including , , principles and background theory, and basics.

MOO Mini Cards

MOO Mini Cards
Finally, we have them delivered :)

WordPress.com is Gears-enabled now

If you’re using WordPress.com , you probably notice that there is a new link in the upper right of navigation. It says “Turbo“. This is a new feature offered by .com, telling that WordPress.com is Google Gears-friendly website. In my other blog (using WordPress from SubVersion), I already enabled this. And, I can take benefit from this.
So, what is it all about? If you enabled this feature (this will work if you have Gears supported browsers like 1.5+, and also 6.0+) and also have Google Gears installed:

  • We can have all images and other web components from WP admin area stored into our PC. By this, we can speed up our access to WP admin area and also reducing unneccessary web traffic.
  • All downloaded files will be used everywhere in the admin area.
  • We will have another great experience :)

This feature is not available for self-hosted WordPress 2.5.1. But, it will be a new feature for the coming WordPress 2.6. It will be great if this Gears can be made available for WordPress 2.5 via plugin. Possible? Well, if you use WordPress.com service, you can get this feature earlier.

Stop spammers and unwanted traffic

If you have your blog installed in your own webhosting , there is another nice strategy to combat spammers and also unwanted traffic by Donncha O Caoimh (he is a WordPress developer). It’s because sometime like Akismet or TypePad AntiSpam are not enough. They can blocked comments, but do they also block unwanted traffic? I mean, they can filter comment spams, but that’s after the spammers’s comment being processed by the system (blog engine).
I think the approach offered by Donncha is very useful. Right now, I use another method to fight the spammers (and also unwanted traffic). For my , I have TypePad AntiSpam and Yawasp (Yet Another WordPress Anti Spam Plugin). I decided to remove WP-SpamFree for now. It’s a great plugin, anyway. But, sometime it caught real readers from sending comment, just because their settings are not -enabled.
About dealing with unwanted traffic (it’s not directly related to spams), I use hotlink prevention using .htaccess. Another method is by having list of IP addresses in my . I got the IP address from antispam plugins. If I got spammers, I just put their IP address into my ban list. I have some of them.
By this, I have visitors (if I checked from my webhosting analysis tool). Probably, it’s because it checks all visitors (spammers and human). But, I’m fine with that. I think I will try the strategies mentioned by Donncha now.