Archive for February, 2004
Sharpreader is what I use for blogging. New version out today. Adds Atom support, which is a very good thing.
Bad experiences? Yeah, we’ve all had them. I swear mine takes the cake though. Yahoo mistakenly charges a CC in my Yahoo Wallet, for a service I never asked for, and never received, but can’t issue a refund because the service is “non-refundable”.
Give me a break.
They said to take it up with my CC company. Except that a case like this is a case of fraud in the CC company’s eyes. I asked if they were sure that’s what they wanted. They hung up.
You may have already read that Tucows Inc. has acquired Blogrolling.com. As a Blogrolling.com subscriber, I thought it was appropriate to drop you a quick note introducing myself and Tucows. I also want to provide you with a brief overview of our future plans for Blogrolling.com.
Important things first – Tucows is planning to run Blogrolling.com *as is* for the foreseeable future. We will continue to evolve the service and ensure that it gets the care and feeding our subscribers deserve. We will *not* limit or disable the service in any way or prevent users of specific weblog/website management tools from continuing to use or access the service.
Our immediate priority is to take care of a few small housekeeping items and then turn to start building out the service in a way that really leverages the uniqueness and utility of Blogrolling.com’s tools. Stay tuned to http://www.blogrolling.com/news.phtml for details as they develop.
As for me – I’m here for you. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about Blogrolling.com, Tucows or life in general, don’t hesitate to drop me a line (especially if you are a Blogrolling.com “Gold” subscriber). For Blogrolling.com support, please continue to use the Blogrolling.com website support tool at
Thanks for allowing me this brief interruption – I now return you to your regularly scheduled weblogging.
Take care and have a great weekend! –
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This wouldn’t be so bad, if …
Nevermind, there’s no way it could be better. A small, homegrown service I’ve grown to love, written by a decent programmer and guy gets bought out… Wait a minute, that means he got big bucks! Good for him! Congrats!
That said, I don’t buy much of this for a minute.
Of course things will change. Of course they’ll be scaled back. It happens. Tucows is a big company who needs to balance out the cost of acquisition somehow. Unless they got BlogRolling for a steal, that’ll likely mean “improved” services for another class of members, less services for certain classes or “phased in services” that are actually cut down versions of previous services.
Hopefully this doesn’t go the way of other, similarly small blogging services and simply die. I’d write what’s-his-name and volunteer to run BlogRolling, except that I have little confidence in Tucows ability to create, maintain or innovate anything that’s particularly useful.
:knock on wood:
Hopefully I’m wrong. I’d happily issue a retraction and become a Tucows fan if I was.
I was going out to lunch today. Trying to find some decent music. Couldn’t. For the life of me, I couldn’t find something that clicked with the mood I was in.
So, I sat there (at an interminably long red light) trying to figure out what I was in the mood for. Sadly, and I guess this shows my social state (I’ll blame any negative facts on the stomach flu I’m still recovering from); I realised that I was interested in blogging at that very moment.
At that moment in time, I wished there was a radio show on blogging that I could listen to.
It would likely have up-to-date news on the current happenings in the blogosphere (maybe BlogRadio would be limited to tech and business news, as I’m gathering that that’s the largest audience it’d have, since it’d likely have to be net-based and who else but business folks and geeks would listen to it?):
It could also have talk bits discussing various issues of the day:
- How much personal information is too much? (also see Scoble’s recent pansy-striping over this very issue) - Is the expansion of MovableType bad to blogging by creating a feeding ground for exploits? - Why is there an A-List, if there even is one?
Not sure it’d fly, but if someone would be willing to co-host, I’d be willing to give it a go, at least on a one-month demo (1 weekly show for 4 weeks).