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Moving and Database SNAFUs

I’ve just settled in to the new house on Oahu. While the network is not entirely up here, it is workable.

During the move, I neglected the database for this site, which (as some of you noticed) crashed… hard. A minor fix brought it all back to life and I’ll be back up and writing starting–well–now.

Lizz’s Cookbook

I’ve taken the site Lizz’s Cookbook and moved it to a WordPress system. The older system required that each ingredient be added to the database before it could be used in a recipe, which was time-consuming and tedious. Hopefully, the blog software will make it easier for the authors to add recipes and get things done.

Hone Your Google-Fu

I am frequently asked questions which I can find the answer to in the first page of Google search results. It struck me that people must not know how to search effectively.

In the coming weeks, I will be writing a series of articles on how to make the most of your searches with Google. I will show how to identify the song you’ve heard on the radio, search for information about specific people (filtering out similarly-named people you’re not interested in), and much more.

Google Buzz Launched Today

Google Buzz launched this morning (or late last night for some of you) and, for once, I’m excited about a social networking site.

Buzz is basically a Facebook newsfeed without the Farmvilles and other stupid applications that drive you (read: me) nuts. Lifehacker explains it here.

Because it integrates with Gmail (which I use for my personal email), I won’t even have to go anywhere else to check up on things. I imagine that it will take some time to fully review it and I will post my feelings about it once they’re fully developed.

Google’s Public DNS Servers

There have been a number of times that I was configuring a server/device/etc. and didn’t remember to write down the IP address of the local ISP’s name servers. Now, thanks to Google’s super easy-to-remember IP addresses on their public DNS servers, I won’t need to remember (or use) the ISP’s DNS server as my secondary name server.

Google’s running their systems on 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. Easy.

Backup In The Cloud

Backupify is a web service that makes regular backups of your online accounts, including Gmail, WordPress, Facebook and the like. That way, if a service goes away, your data won’t. Backupify offers Twitter backups for free and three additional premium plans that range from $3.95 to $14.95 per month, depending on how much storage you need.

Free TV on Hulu, Your Days Are Numbered!

Chase Carey, the deputy chairman of the co-owner of Hulu, says the site will start charging users to access content as early as 2010.

“It’s time to get paid for broadcast content online,” Carey said at the B&C On-Screen Summit in New York. “I think the free model is a very difficult way to capture the value of our content. I think what we need to do is deliver that content to consumers in a way where they will appreciate the value. Hulu concurs with that, it needs to evolve to have a meaningful subscription model as part of its business.”

It seems like Hulu’s days alive are numbered as well, with many voicing their displeasure on Gizmodo. If Hulu was not making money before, why did we have to sit through all those commercials? I, for one, feel that Hulu would not be viable as a pay service, as what is provides is available in other free forms, albeit with less-streamlined methods (i.e. torrents, home-made DVR, etc.)