July 2007

Win a 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor

by derek on July 31, 2007 · 7 comments

From the better late than never category, I thought I would mention that today is the deadline to enter the contest to win a 24″ widescreen LCD monitor courtesy of BlueFur.com and John Chow. Last week I received a new 24″ widescreen LCD monitor at work and I have to say that it is absolutely […]


Speedlinking – 30 Jul 2007

by derek on July 30, 2007 · 10 comments

It’s time for another round of Speedlinking and I’ve got a handful of quality posts for you this week. For those not familiar with my Speedlinking posts, I like to share a little bit of link love each week with people that are a part of my community or otherwise produce quality content that I […]


Note To IE6 Users

by derek on July 30, 2007 · 4 comments

NOTE :: It looks like I have resolved the IE6 issues on the site. There were two issues with the CSS alignment pushing the sidebar down below the main div tag. One instance was with Brian’s Threaded Comments and the other was when I had an image that spanned the entire content area. Both issues […]


Are You Feeling Lucky?

by derek on July 29, 2007 · 5 comments

Who doesn’t like getting free stuff? Based on my experience at various conferences I think I can safely answer that everybody enjoys getting free stuff. From what I have seen, it really doesn’t even matter what the *stuff* is as long as it is free. If you want to grab something free, you’ll want to […]



by derek on July 28, 2007 · 25 comments

Unless you are reading this via your RSS reader, you will have noticed that I have changed the theme of the site to something a little different. In addition to the theme change, I finally took the plunge to upgrade my WordPress version to the latest version. If you see anything screwy taking place, please […]


Development Playground :: XAMPP

by derek on July 27, 2007 · 17 comments

What process do you use to test changes to your blog? Some of you may have a separate install of WordPress on your host that you use as a sandbox area while others may make tweaks to your live site and hope for the best. I’ve been making some changes to my site and working […]


Listening To Reader Feedback

by derek on July 26, 2007 · 20 comments

Awhile back I put out a request to all of my readers to critique my theme and there were some great comments and feedback. Over 60% of the people that responded to my poll thought that the theme itself was okay but that my header needed to be updated. There were 18% that didn’t think […]


Once I stopped hitting refresh every 3 seconds to see how many more times my post about the exploding CD had been dugg, I began to think of what I should do next. I’d read many posts about how you should try and leverage the increase in traffic but none of the ideas really struck […]


About a week ago there was an article in the Chicago Tribune about the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana receiving a break on dumping more ammonia and sludge into Lake Michigan. As you might expect in a case like this with accusations being made, each side of the coin contains a separate story and it […]


The Blogging Tip Meme

by derek on July 24, 2007 · 15 comments

In the spirit of link love and preparing for the anticipated update to Google Page Rank, there is a new meme of blogging tips making the rounds and I’ve been tagged by Leo Chiang. Who doesn’t love a few extra back links, right? One change that I would make to this meme would be to […]