Been traveling and just super busy the last couple of weeks, and started a bunch of posts that are still saved in draft. So here is a wrap up of what I would have posted, and using a very John Paczkowski-like long headline 🙂
* Ad:Tech New York. Was in town for a few meetings, and a great dinner put together by Mike Hirschland (aka “VC Mike“). It was my first trip back to New York since I moved to San Francisco in July. My overall impression: every industry segment and media outlet is finally aligned to make the online ad world take a huge leap forward. Lots of smart people looking at significant ad dollars moving online and how best to capture them. Measurement will be key.
* I attended BlogWorld Expo in Vegas. I was impressed by the attendance and diversity of companies & speakers. It was also great to meet people in person that I had only emailed or Skype’d with previously (Shoutout to Karen & Dana of ContentRobot and John LoGioco of outbrain). Mark Cuban gave a great closing keynote, and our very own Matt Mullenweg was the opening keynote q&a session and interviewed here by webpronews. Lots of photos of the two day event on flickr.
* Good week to be an Israeli tech company. Quigo, founded by Yaron Galai, was purchased by AOL — congrats to Yaron & team ! Later in the week word spread that Yedda, a Y! Answers like service, also was purchased by AOL.
* On the WordPress front, the winner of the WordPress iPhone plugin challenge was announced. You can download the plugin here.
* The writers strike shows no signs of coming to an end. On how it might all shake out — Marc Andreessen has a superb post titled “Rebuilding Hollywood in Silicon Valley’s image“. A definite must-read.
* Great to see wsj.com and Digg working more closely together. Kevin Rose posted details on the Digg blog and TechCrunch has some thoughts too.
Some helpful ( and fun ) OS X apps that I’ve been using recently:
– id Software released HD footage of Rage (trailer & developer walk-through), the new internally developed game, at QuakeCon 2007 (Shacknews coverage). It’s in WMV format, so if you are on a Mac and not running some kind of virtualization/windows combo, you should grab the WMV Quicktime component. While I haven’t played PC games in years, this one is looking pretty solid.
– Using Google Analytics to track your site’s traffic and running OS X ? Dashalytics is a new OS X widget that shows a snapshot from your Google Analytics account in your OS X Dashboard. On the subject of traffic stats, if you are running WordPress, make sure to check out our WordPress.com Stats plugin.
– Must be something about playing Tetris for hours on end back in the day (aka “Tetris Effect“) that caused me to seek out Tetris clones. A really good one that a few people have emailed me about (and just saw that Jamie wrote about recently) is called Quinn. Really clean interface, and even includes “extensive online highscore database” 🙂 Definitely worth checking out.
– (UPDATE #1) Forgot to also mention the excellent OS X port of Open Office called NeoOffice. It even handles MS Word tracking changes which is something Google Docs does not currently support. (thanks Matt for the tip)
Been testing and trying various widgets and features on this site ( and on the RSS feeds ), and would love any feedback on what’s working and what’s not.
* daily delicious links summary in the RSS feed. I had this running for a few days, and the feedback has been mostly of confusion or slight annoyance. I took it out 🙂 What do you think ?
* I replaced the built in wordpress search with Lijit – which searches my site, sites in my blogroll, my delicious links, etc. Seeing some solid results and I like the interface. Let me know what you think:
* Alex King has a great set of plugins that I use here. The mobile plugin is solid and really makes the site load up fast on my blackberry. I’m also using Alex’s share-it plugin, and the twitter plugin (shown in the sidebar). He has a bunch of other good ones, check them out here.