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ZYB jumped on the blog wagon

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Woohoo it’s official we have a blog at ZYB, which is where I am working – Greatest service to hit your mobile ever!

It was created rather quick using the brilliant WordPress blog management system. I used an existing theme in order to cut dev time down (we are working on the new ZYB! – so not much time for all this blog fun!) and used a custom CSS to tweak it to our needs. – Hope you like it, it’s rather simple for now.. We will add more fancy stuff when the blog has grown up a bit.

If someone told you that ZYB didn’t have a blog, would you believe them? Well they were right until yesterday.

While other current internet start-up’s tend to set out with only a blog and a launch date (and then use the blog to announce postponements of the launch date), we started out by launching our free mobile backup service (and then got too busy to think about blogging).

But now we’re finally here, so let’s just get straight to the point. ZYB is changing!

Read the full first post at blog.zyb.com.

Blog Searching with Google

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Google has released a beta edition of Google Blog Search. It is designed to index weblogs and related feeds. The advanced blog search is quite good and has special fields for blog title, post title and author name. Additionally you can limit by post date range as well as language.

Google has built it into blogger.com, so choose your favorite skin below.
Google Blog Search (beta)
Google Blog Search (beta)

Blogger Blog Search (beta)

Release: WordPress 1.5.2

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

WordPress 1.5.2 is out, featuring security fixes, improvements to plugin API as well number of bugfixes.
An easy upgrade guide can always be found at the WordPress Codex.

WordPress Development Blog – WordPress 1.5.2

Talkr – Podcast any blog

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Talkr.com is a pretty neat webservice that converts blogs into mp3 audio blogs (aka Podcasts), the sound and voice quality is pretty good, at first I actually thought it was read by a human, but the strange pauses between words doesn’t sound too human afterall. It costs money to get your own blog converted on a daily basis, but as far as I read you can download three files pr. day for free (bandwidth costs money).

* Talkr – Letting blogs speak for themselves

One Year Birthday

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

I just noticed my blog has turned one year old, hurray! Well I guess it’s time to think about the past year, and try to re-think my intentions and goals of the blog…

Originally the blog was intended to be non-personal, because I wanted to get co-writers to join in. But I decided to keep it personal with the option of spawning new blogs in the future with other people.

I wanted to share the great stuff I find on the net, and after years of hesitating I finally created this blog as a platform for that goal, and as such I have succeded very nice indeed, I love this platform so much that I have almost dropped making my own blogging system, as was the original intention – WordPress basically works like a dream (can be a bitch to setup, when you go to the more advanced areas) and I am generally amazed and crazed about the technologies that the blogging communities has created or actively promoted (Technorati, Flickr, BlogLines, GeoURL, Podcasting (Audio Blogs), FeedBurner, Creative Commons, XML / RDF / RSS, and tons of other stuff!).

In total there are currently 444 posts by me, and 20 comments posted by readers, including my responses (not mentioning the hundreds of comment-spams I recieved while franticly trying to create and configure solid filters), so I’m guessing people aren’t too chatty and debateful while reading this blog, either that or nobody is reading it!! haha :)
Well, the actual fact is that I mostly post other folks posts, mainly from slashdot.org and other sources I visit for news and info about stuff that matters in any way or form. I will try to write more myself, but sometimes I sacrifice it in order to deliver more important news, since as I said before, my goal is to inform about stuff that happens out there, it has never been my goal to be a reporter, I see it more like a messenger of coolness, or info-filter of boredom and info-overload.

I have learned much in the past year, and I feel prepared to bring my log into another year of glory, and urge you all to contribute with comments, questions and what else you come with. I have planned to make a new WordPress Theme and ofcourse it will be dark purple with sparkling anim-gif stars all-over!!! ( Coz that’s what a real theme is about! :) ) Or maybe it will be mind-blowingly cool in other ways, wait and see, hopefully I will be friendly enough to publish it in the CodePit.

The existing theme originated from my first edition of this blog running Moveable Type, but I decided to look for a system which was licensed under a true open source, and which was not written in Perl which I have little experience with. Then I found WordPress and hacked my existing look into it, improving on it as I went along. Finally this spring WordPress 1.5 was released which featured a real “Theme System API”, which allows you to easily switch the complete look and feel of a WordPress site.

On the personal side, no radical changes this last year. I got a new job at Valtech in may, so I’m back from the mobile Internet business into the good old Desktop Internet business with big screen systems and mozilla/firefox/safari etc. to play/mess around with, working on some large corporate website portals, that I couldn’t possibly mention here, but it’s Java Enterprise and Web Standards based so I’m basically a happy man on planet earth.

If you actually (omg!) read this far, well congratulations, now post a comment full of ideas and praise! :)