Archive for June, 2006

Portable Players Blog Now Available

June 15, 2006

Brian Hartgen has just started a Portable Players Portal Blog to supplement his Portable Players Portal. He says it will include information about changes to the portal, new versions of the iTunes scripts, and more. It sounds like a valuable resource.


Bloglines Search Function Expanded

June 8, 2006

You now have more options when searching on Bloglines. You can search for posts, feeds, and citations (find out who is linking to a particular URL) as well as conducting a general web search or subscribing to an URL.

The search form still appears near the top of each Blogger page; go to the first edit field on screen to find it. First comes the edit box for typing in your search term. Next is a combo box for selecting the type of search you want. This is followed by the Search button.

Navigating search results has changed a bit since Blog On! was written. The search results section begins with a level 2 heading, but the titles of search results are now level 3 headings instead of level 2.

A nice feature is that if you conduct a search and then conduct another one, Bloglines uses the same search option for the second search as it did for the first unless you change it. So if you search for a feed and then conduct another search, Bloglines will assume you want to do another feed search.

Google Implements Audio CAPTCHA for Creating and Commenting on Blogger Blogs

June 7, 2006

As I suspected would happen but could not verify before Blog On! went to press, There is now an audio alternative to the visual word verification required when creating a blog at Blogger or commenting on Blogger blogs. Here’s how it works:

Below the visual verification is a link that says, “listen and type the numbers you hear.” When you click it, you may be placed automatically on the edit field where you need to type. If not, press Shift-Tab once to get there. Press Enter and type the numbers. If you need to repeat them, press tab once to return to the “Listen and type the numbers you hear” link and click it again.

It’s great to have the audio CAPTCHA option, particularly since the numbers are much easier to understand than with other audio CAPTCHA I have tried to use. I hope that an option for deafblind bloggers will soon be added as well, particularly since e-mail verification, appears to have been removed, but this is an excellent start.

Correction regarding Mosen ExplosionBlog

June 7, 2006

After Blog On! went to press, I learned that Jonathan Mosen uses LiveJournal, not Technorati, to categorize his posts on his Mosen Explosion blog. Thanks for the info, Jonathan. It’s good to know that LiveJournal has a built-in category feature.