Archive for June, 2006

June 20th, 2006

A Plethora of Carnivals

Although I’m usually on top of the latest trends in the online world, for some reason, the notion of blog carnivals completely escaped my notice until a couple of months ago. A blog carnival is basically a single blog posting containing annotated links to other posts on a certain theme or topic. Carnivals on particular subjects tend to recur every week or two, and bloggers take turns hosting the carnivals. For example, if I’ve got a blog about writing implements, I might volunteer to host the Carnival of Fountain Pens one week. That means anyone who’s got an interesting post about fountain pens can send it to me that week; I’ll review all the submissions and, on the designated day, post a list of the best and most interesting ones. Then, the following week, another blogger (who, perhaps, focuses on calligraphy) does the same thing—with his or her own perspective on what’s most interesting.

Blog carnivals give valuable exposure both to the individual contributors and to the host, especially when the carnival is on a hot topic. There are hundreds of ongoing carnivals, ranging from the very serious (Carnival of Hurricane Relief) to the banal (Carnival of Drinking), along with everything in between. As long as you’ve got a post that’s genuinely relevant to a carnival’s topic or theme, it’s relatively easy to get yourself mentioned, and every additional link is valuable both for the traffic it generates directly and its positive influence on search engine rankings.

So I’ve been submitting Interesting Thing of the Day articles to a bunch of carnivals, and I’ve been very pleased with the results. Here’s a sampling of mentions that have appeared so far (last updated on July 1, 2006):

(This list is continued in Blog Carnivals, Round Two.)

June 19th, 2006

Friday: The Geek2Mac Show

I’ve been invited to be the first guest on a new Internet show based in the U.K. called Geek2Mac, which will take place this Friday (June 23, 2006) at 8 p.m. British Summer Time (BST)/12:00 noon Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). (More show details here.)

I don’t quite know how to categorize this thing; it’s sort of a mixture of a teleconference, Webcast, podcast, and radio talk show. Basically, participants can call in to listen to this show live via Skype (free) or regular telephone (customary charges apply); there will also be some basic images available—sort of like PowerPoint/Keynote slides—over the Web as the show goes on. During the first hour, I’ll be giving a presentation on Mac maintenance, based on Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac. In the second hour, there’ll be a Q&A session where anyone can ask a question of me or the show’s two co-hosts, as well as some giveaways, a prerecorded interview with Tonya Engst, and various other things relating to Mac troubleshooting and maintenance. Participants will also get discounts on Take Control ebooks. Afterward, the show will also be available as a podcast, but of course then you miss all the interactivity, prizes, and whatnot.

To join the call, use Skype to call +99008275743445 (no earlier that 7:45 p.m. BST) or dial one of the following numbers and enter conference room #5743445:

  • US: 1-712-432-4000
  • UK: 0870 119 2350
  • France: 0826 100 266
  • Germany: 01805 00 7620

If you’ve always wondered about the best ways to maintain your Mac, if you have other Mac troubleshooting questions, or if you’d like to ask me about any other Mac-related matter, please join us on Friday!

June 19th, 2006

Microsoft Releases Office 2004 Update

New TidBITS article: Microsoft Releases Office 2004 Update (2006-06-19)

June 16th, 2006

Excerpt of Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac

New Macworld article: Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, an excerpt from the ebook of the same name (June 16, 2006)