Author Archives: Rudy

Seven annoying Web trends

The Web has always been an exercise in frustration with all of the varied markup and layout changes we have seen over the years.  Yet for the most part, many sites still remain readable and easy to use.  Despite this, … Continue reading

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What a daft lot those spammers are!

For a few years now, I have displayed the email address of my now-defunct Canton Web Services company as a way for potential clients to make contact. The amount of spam I get is incredible; fortunately my mail through Google … Continue reading

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Did you hear about shared endorsements? How could you NOT? (Google+ vs. facebook)

What a large chasm between two social media networks, and how they do business. If anyone has noticed, Google has been pushing out notices to all of their Google+ users over the past week about upcoming changes to their advertising … Continue reading

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XenForo 1.2 goes “responsive”

What exactly is “responsive” design? Nowhere is this better demonstrated than with the upcoming release of the growing XenForo forum system.  In the new version, the developers have adopted what they call a responsive design.  What this does is reformat … Continue reading

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vBulletin 5: Preliminary End-User Review

Ugh. One of my favorite forums, running vBulletin 3.8, was taken offline for several days, and it was then converted over to vBulletin 5.0.2.  More’s the pity.  The forum has been online and offline like flashing traffic light lately.  Tonight, … Continue reading

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Is the iPhone on the way out?

While I think the iPhone will be around for a long time to come, its days in the public spotlight as the leading smartphone are long past. One telling movement lately has been among my own personal sphere of friends. … Continue reading

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Android (Jelly Bean): Revert Google Hangouts to Google Talk

Given my prior frustrations with the poor interface of Hangouts, I decided to uninstall it on my Nexus 4.  Here is where I stumbled across the way to revert Hangouts back to Talk…and it is working nicely now! First, go … Continue reading

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GoDaddy $0.99 Domain Offer

I sort of stumbled across this 99 cent .com domain name deal while searching for a GoDaddy coupon online.  I purchased a few, but could not find the link again until I dug through my history and located it.  Here … Continue reading

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Google Hangouts are NOT Google Talk!

There is much buzz on the Internet lately about Google replacing the popular Talk app (on smartphones and tablets)  by integrating its features into Hangouts, one of the few good features of the underdog Google+ platform.  Their idea is to … Continue reading

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Bit.ly and others: how do they work?

If you have used URL shorteners, you may not have paid much attention to how they work.  My favorite short URL service is http://j.mp .  It is owned by the folks at Bit.ly, but is a couple of letters shorter…a … Continue reading

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