Week in Review #1

Twitter Lists

Nice feature in Twitter is lists. I use it for categorizing and sanity since I follow a lot of accounts on Twitter. I’ve unfollowed a lot of individuals that I didn’t personally know and didn’t get much out of. But I can still add them to a specific list that I can look at later like music or regional news.

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Twitter Lists

Great examples of what you may find in one of my lists:

The first two examples, cited in the bulleted list above, have twitter accounts [URLs] but I put there world wide web website, main landing page, in the hyperlink. To find the Twitter account for TuneIn or Valley News Live you can simply search for the Valley News Live Twitter page and should be in the Bing results. Not sure about Google but either way the search should find it if you cross reference the entity with Twitter [Valley News Live Twitter]. You can also just hit www.twitter.com and search for Valley News Live in the search box in the top of the Twitter webpage you are on. Their site appears to use master pages so any page you hit under Twitter.com with a few exceptions (e.g. online help, developer/API pages) should have the menus and the search bar at the top.

News List

https://twitter.com/APRykhus/news
My Twitter news list

This contains all my news sources that I’ll re-tweet news stories with.

NSA and Snowden

On the latest This Week and Enterprise Tech podcast they tried to downplay the issue and gave some very good reasons why the problem is not an issue for computing professionals. In my opinion, I would agree. However, the business and political landscapes will most undoubtedly change. They also mentioned a few things I took away that were of interest on the information technology side.

  • Tap devices, similar to wire taps but on computers/networks/LANs
  • EFF.org
  • NSA facility in Utah
  • Auditing
  • Storage
  • VoIP

Keeping things strictly, [IT] industry verbiage. All good things so far. Not sure what to say yet about Snowden. I’ve been watching stories all week. Seems that he has no problem appearing on camera. But that’s just my opinion, based on my 30+ years on this planet and 15+ in IT. He may have been encouraged to appear in front of a camera for the world to see. Which is fair I guess. Just not sure why he went to China. But right now that seems to be purely conjecture and anecdotal to assume much at this point.

But the guys on TWiET seemed to calm my nerves about the situation.

Podcast
This Week in Enterprise Tech episode #45: Can you hear me now?

Jobs

Had an interview this week at what appears to be a very good, reputable, business in the area. The job actually came to me through Teksystems but not in the way I was expecting. Another company called Aerotek called me up and had an interview with them. Currently waiting on a callback. I had a hunch that the two companies were affiliated and they were. The only thing I regretted about the [actual] job interview was not having a real-world example of how I knew Active Directory without using a SharePoint example. The only good way to do that is to take a certification test. So that may need to happen.

Grand Forks Bomb Scare

Back page material. But I took interest because there apparently was another one [false alarm] earlier in the month [or two] preceding this one. Came in on the wire last night from Grand Forks. Walmart and another business were evacuated. False alarm. Sounds like the natives [residents] were a little restless last night:

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Father’s Day

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Podcast for IT Professionals

This Week in Enterprise Tech on TWiT.TV is a great weekly podcast covering technology trends in the enterprise with a panel of key contributors. Some remote via IPTV. Some in studio with the presenter.

The presenter also has a blog called TheTechStop.

The Podcast [metro] app, available from the Microsoft Store app in Windows 8, is what I use typically to watch these. Although if you go to the Podcasts section of the Libraries node in the navigation pane of Windows Explorer also known as File Explorer in Windows 8.

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Libraries node in Navigation Pane

Here you’ll find the actual MPG, WMV, AVI, etc, file that you can play in Windows Media Player or whatever application you have associated to play the relevant video file.

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Changing WordPress theme

Changed my WordPress theme for the first time earlier today in my profile settings.

  1. Go to https://aprykhus.wordpress.com. In your case it’ll be your WordPress username for the subdomain
  2. Click on your name in the upper left
  3. Dashboard
  4. On the right click Select your theme.
  5. That takes me to my Manage Themes page.
  6. You can repeat these steps yourself. Just replace aprykhus with your wordpress username in the URL in the web browser’s address bar.

WordPress Themes for Blogs at WordPress.com

Open link in new window

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Edit Hyperlink dialog box of an image inside a Windows Live Writer [2012] post. Check box is off by default on all pasted [inserted] images.

I just had an odd but old, familiar occurrence. The image on my blog post on my WordPress blog failed to load. There was just a solid gray box in it’s place with an X, if I recall correctly, in the upper left corner of the image placeholder in the webpage.

Since I just posted the first original version of that particular blog post I remembered one thing I did differently. I right-clicked on the image, clicked the Hyperlink… command:

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Then checked Open link in new window:

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Solution

Clear the check box Open link in new window for that particular image in the Edit Hyperlink dialog box and click Publish to update the version on the WordPress [blogging] server.

Hashtags

#SocialMedia

#FargoStreets

#Twitter

Above are some hashtags I commonly use on Twitter. I don’t really use hashtags much on Twitter other than for commonly used things. To me they’re no different than the categories you can set for blog posts to WordPress via Live Writer that comes with Windows Essentials.

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Set categories drop down box under the ribbon in Live Writer
More Information

For more on using Live Writer with the WordPress.com blogging site see the following article on WordPress.com.

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Windows Live Writer