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It Finally Happened…

After a mere six years of dating, Terry and I were married on September 23.  This post is a bit late, but I wanted to be able to include at least one photo from the day.

I have to say that the day was pretty exciting, and to have all of our family and friends there to share it with us was a thrill.  There were lots of people that attended including old family and friends who we hadn’t seen for several years.  It is truly amazing how many people you have in your life that would want to share the moment with you. read more...

WLW Plugin: Book Info Lookup

I have created my second plugin for Windows Live Writer which is a tool that will do information lookups via the Amazon.com web service.  This is particularly useful if you want to post about a book you are writing.  The “insert” includes the ability to add the title, author, book image, and a link to the book itself on Amazon if you want to read more about it or simply buy it.

It looks like this:

Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers
by Robert Scoble, Shel Israel

Read more about this title…

 

You can simply search for a title or author and you are presented with the results from which you can select the one you are looking for. read more...

No One Cares What You Had for Lunch…

I was traveling on business this week.  I was in St. Louis for meetings and on my flight there I was able to read “No One Cares What You Had For Lunch: 100 Ideas For Your Blog” by Margaret Mason.

This book has some great ideas for posts for your blog and they are conveniently broken down by how much time you have available to post. Whether it be 15 minutes or a couple of hours, there are ideas for any kind of material across the spectrum.

It was a quick read as I was able to finish it on a 1 hour 45 minute flight.  Margaret has a sense of humor that will make you chuckle when you read of some of her examples. read more...

My first attempt at developing a Windows Live Writer plugin

For the past few days I have been working with the Windows Live Writer SDK and trying to come up with a new plugin more-so to learn how the

SDK works and to see what it is capable of.

I found a CodePlex group that specializes in WLL plugin design, so I joined.  I noticed there were several plugins that allows you to insert a tagline in a blog post that would indicate what music you are currently listening to.  This is great if you use Windows Media Player or Winamp, but I use a subscription service called Rhapsody. read more...

Windows Live Writer – my new favorite blog editor

My brother wrote about the release of Windows Live Writer in a recent entry.  I have been testing this application for some time and have found it to work great with most blog server implementations.

dasBlog support seems to be limited, although this is mostly because of dasBlog itself.  I made the switch last month to using my own installation of WordPress which means that I had to also install PHP and MySQL on my Windows Server.  So far, so good; the installation took me less than 15 minutes and worked on the first attempt. read more...