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Blogrimage 2013 Day 30: Well, that could have gone better

4/2/2013 in Life Online by micah

So today marks the thirtieth day of the Blogrimage, and I am nowhere close to having completed thirty posts. Nor am I satisfied with my progress on my blogrimage projects. Getting sick definitely hampered my efforts, but there's also the fact that my overall busyness makes it difficult to take on new projects.

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Communications Shift

8/19/2011 in Life Online by micah

I just read The five year lag, a good post about church and technology by @wezlo. While this wasn't his main point, a bit of what he said jumped out at me because it's been on my mind this week. I had to move back a couple of paragraphs to find the connecting statement, because - honestly - I'd skimmed right past it.

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Making it hard for users to fail

3/23/2011 in Life Online by micah
Plus Card Savings

The success of a website is often measured by how frequently users do what you want them to do. A lot of UX design effort goes into making it easy for them to do things right, but how often do we design so that users can do no wrong? This morning, I discovered that Kroger has applied this principle in a very effective way.

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Repurposing Print Media For The Web

10/8/2010 in Life Online by micah

I was recently asked about using issuu.com as a tool for publishing print media on the web. While I found only a couple of minor things I didn't like about Issuu, mostly regarding zoom control, this question roused my general dislike for the practice of dumping printed material to a PDF file and slapping it on a website.

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Clickin' It Old School

10/31/2008 in Life Online by micah
Rush Webner's Telegraph Key

It's sometimes hard to remember that "instant" text messaging has been around for a long time, and that text messaging is far older than voice technology for long distance communication. The difference today is that text messaging devices are wireless, and don't require intensive training and study to be used.

My great-grandfather, Rush Webner, was a telegrapher for various railroads, including a 36 year stint as agent-operator for the Wheeling and Lake Erie station in Smithville, Ohio.

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Welcome to Twitter

8/29/2008 in Life Online by micah

I wrote this email today intending to resend it again and again as new friends started joining Twitter, primarily from Facebook, but have quickly realized how cumbersome that might become, so instead I'm adding it here as a blog post for all to enjoy.

I've noticed a couple of my friends have signed up for Twitter but are not using it. Most of you have added the Twitter Facebook app, and are wondering "ok, so now what?" As a diligent and responsible Twitter addict, I've decided to sit down and write you a nice email to help you get started.

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Lifestream Aggregation Issues (or why I'm dropping Twitter from FriendFeed)

7/18/2008 in Life Online by micah
Aggregated Life - The Yahoo! Pipes Attempt

Lifestream aggregation is an issue I've been pondering for quite a while now. I have multiple blogs and web 2.0 services. Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube and the list goes on. I've been seeking an effective way to combine all of this crud into a single RSS feed so I can share all of it in one place.

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Where do we go from here? (A look at Web n.0)

7/3/2008 in Life Online by micah

There's a lot of talk about version numbers and the web these days. It seems that people are getting tired of talking about Web 2.0, and want to move on to new versions. I've started wondering if the whole bit about numbering web versions is keeping us from seeing how short-sighted our vision actually is.

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Instant Messaging - Friend or Foe?

6/16/2007 in Life Online by micah

I was recently asked about installing instant messaging clients to allow young teens and pre-teens to join the online chat community. The main question was whether or not the client software was safe. This entry is my response to the question, because I don't think this question holds a simple answer. In today's Internet culture, safety has many different meanings. Because there are unpleasant people who would like to exploit vulnerabilities in our software, there are certain things we need to do to keep our computers safe.

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