Windows MCE DVD Archiving How-To

May 31, 2005

The Nears have put together a step-by-step “zero click” method for archiving DVDs onto your Windows MCE 2005 system in such a fashion that they can be watched on your Media Center Extenders also. Best of all, it’s all done using shareware and freeware applications.

How would you like to be able to insert a DVD into your PC, have it recognize what movie was inserted, rip it down to WMV and tag it with title, plot, rating and all the extra goodies, then be able to watch it on your MCE, your MCE Extender, or your portable media center any time you want? Ya, me too.MainScreen

I’ve been searching for the perfect app for a long time, and as of my last attempt at ripping DVDs to play on the extender I had pretty much decided to give up. Too much effort and too much time. But the quest for a good way to rip DVDs goes on as my Disney movies continue on their path to destruction at the hands of my two-year old.

“They can’t eat you!”

February 1, 2005

No matter how bad things get, there is some point beyond which they can’t get worse…

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Google, “nofollow” and Comment Spam

January 19, 2005

The ‘net is all a-buzz with word of a new initiative by the Google, MSN and Yahoo search teams to “eliminate” comment spam from blogs.  What does this mean to you?

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Finding your passionate voice

January 17, 2005

If you don’t regularly add fresh content written in your own personal voice to your small business web site, you are essentially producing nothing but “brochureware”.  The net is full of dead-end typed-in brochures; they don’t get traffic, and they don’t make sales.

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Business Blogging Article Roundup

January 15, 2005

There are a lot of people busily writing away this week on how to successfully build and promote business blogs.  Here are a handful of good tips regarding finding your voice as a business blogger, and some anecdotes regarding search engine success.

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One way to start a blog

January 13, 2005

Debbie Weil at BlogWrite for CEOs points readers to a series by Joe Carter on How To Start A Blog.

While it’s not necessarily the approach that I’d recommend, it’s still a very interesting read. Joe’s focus is more on “how to get attention from the blogging community as a standalone blog” than it is on how to start a business blog.
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RSS & Traffic

December 23, 2004

Richard MacManus has a great analysis of several recent revelations regarding traffic, RSS, BlogLines and contextual advertising.

“more people are reading Boing Boing via Bloglines than via any other single method (including landing on Boing Boing’s site via Google or indeed all the search engines combined). At least, that’s what I take from Mark’s claim that “Bloglines audience share is 2.7x larger than Google’s in the number of overall impressions.””

The upshot of all of this is that RSS-based traffic is becoming exceedingly valuable, and that as BlogLines adds contextual advertising, it may become a substantial competitor to using Google AdWords or Overture as a source of pay-per-click traffic.