Everyone, check out the new Technoheads Forums! Instead of posting comments on posts and hoping they get answered, why not post them in the forums, where you might make some friends while you wait!? As I see it, it’s a win-win situation.
The forums are powered by BBpress, a really light, simple, and powerful forum package created by the fine guys who coded WordPress. I’m hoping to integrate it better with my blog (i.e. having a new forum thread every time I post something).
All of the forum’s actual functionality is there, for the most part, but some of the visual stuff could be changed a bit. For one, it’s too light. For another, the bbpress logo is still there. And I need a link back to my blog, somewhere. But I’m working on it, I’m working on it.
Unless you are illiterate or otherwise oblivious, I am a blogger (as this is a blog). And as a blogger, knowing and learning from other bloggers is one of the most important things I do. Well, besides blogging, and having some semblance of a life. Michael Aulia has really been one of the bloggers I most admire. I can say I knew him relatively early on, just after he “got big” with a post about Battlefield Heroes. Since then, I’ve kept tabs on his site, contacted him a few times, and have really learned a lot from him.
Formerly MichaelAulia.com, CravingTech is Michael’s technology blog. Ever since winning Nuffnang’s “Best Geek Blog in the Asia Pacific Region,” he’s been doing a lot of hardware reviews, which are incredible. He really pulls apart the little details of the product. Before I buy anything, I’ll search his site quickly to see if he’s done a review of the product I want to buy, because frankly, I couldn’t ask for better reviews.
…and how it’s helped me.
On top of this, Michael dedicates a good chunk of his site to helping aspiring bloggers *(cough cough)* get started, giving them pointers and guides. It’s because of him that I started using Entrecard on my site, and I’ve been generating a fair bit of traffic from it. He has various guides on how to be a good blogger, how to review products, and how to make an impression in the wide world of the internet. Check out his guides here.
Check him out. At the very least, you’ll learn something. Maybe you’ll even become a regular, like me. Michael’s a great guy; go take a look.
Sorry ’bout that.
First off, I’m really, really sorry for not posting recently. I’ve been pretty swamped with various performances and concerts, so things on my site have been slower than I’d like. I also know someone’s going to tell me that I don’t owe my readers an apology. I guess it’s just a bad habit of mine.
I’m also working on a forum. This way, all your little questions about Battlefield Heroes or iPod Touches won’t get swallowed up by the other comments. Annnnnd thats all for this paragraph.
I’ve created a Formspring.me account. Ask me anything you want; I’ll be putting a link to it at the top of the site at some point, just for fun. I’m almost afraid to see what questions you guys will ask.
Last but not least, I know everyone likes it when I give stuff away. I’ve been asked to do a review of a piece of software, in exchange for 11 copies of it. I plan to give 10 of those copies away to you lot. So, check in often, and maybe you’ll be one of the first to sign up to win a copy. Read often (hopefully I’ll actually have some content for you to look at).
Also, its about time I get a new profile picture/logo, if anyone has any suggestions.
I feel like I’ve talked about Aviary.com before, but I guess I haven’t, which is horribly poor judgement on my part. Aviary is an incredible suite of web-apps that allow everything from photo and graphic manipulation to audio editing and screen capture. Better yet, the entire suite is free, and you can sign up for a free account here (you can register with your twitter, yahoo, facebook, or google account).
Here’s a quick blurb from their site:
Aviary is on a mission to make creation accessible to artists of all genres, from graphic design to audio editing. We’re a privately held company currently headquartered in Long Island, NY, with team members around the world. Our founders also created Worth1000.com, a talented community of 500,000 digital artists that participate in amazing daily contests.
Recently, Aviary published their apps to Google Apps Marketplace. This means that if you have Google Apps running on your domain (i.e. using gmail to create and manage site’s email accounts), then you can add Aviary apps to your account for free. Essentially, you have a creative web-app suite that is comparable to Adobe’s CS series, all for free.
If you’re interested, and have a Google Apps account, click the big ol’ button below. If you need a Google Apps account, and you own a domain, just click here.
Microsoft recently launched a service, called “/web” that lets anyone host their own web applications or content management systems (like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal). They’ve made a really, really easy setup to get you started hosting your own website.
Want to start hosting on your computer?
All you need to do to get started is to follow the huuuuuge “get started” button on “www.microsoft.com/web” and download the Web Platform Installer (or Web PI). The platform installer will let you browse through all the offered web apps, check your system to see if you have everything you need to host the software, and guide you through an installation of all the individual components. It’s a great way to host a small site or blog from your own computer. Don’t expect to host a site that is expecting a lot of hits or downloads, as you probably don’t own a high-speed line or a full-fledged web server.
Here are some of the apps offered.
I think I might just set up an Amplifeeder site for myself, just for kicks. If anyone else uses /web, post a link! I’m sure everyone would love to see your site (myself included).
It exists! It’s REAL. Check out GameInformer’s exclusive peek at the sequel to what many people consider the best puzzle-shooter-thing of all time. AND IT HAS CO-OP.
A few quick notes:
- The game is set to come out this holiday season at full retail price.
- The game is 2 player (2 totally new characters, supposedly).
- It’s standalone. You don’t have to play Portal (1).
- It isn’t short, unlike it’s predecessor.