You Know You Have a Problem When… (MySpace edition)

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… your most viewed helpdesk question is “How do I delete my account.” I realized that I actually have a MySpace account, though I have probably only ever looked at it five times total and not for many years. So I thought maybe I would remove it and went to the help section. What’s the […]

Does Google Care about Custom Excerpts in WordPress?

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You no longer have to worry about Google ranking your Wordpress archive pages and leaving your main page rotting on the vine, but if you’re happy with that you’re missing a big opportunity. Custom excerpts improve the user experience and help you rank in Google.

Netbeans and Drupal 8 — Setup and Review

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Drupal 8 is going to bring some huge changes. Fortunately, Netbeans is ready with support for Symfony, Twig and composer built in and available addons for SASS, Drupal development and, of course, a full-featured IDE.

Monitoring and Tuning Network Traffic in Windows 8 with Netbalancer

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I was having trouble with Google Drive wreaking havoc on my internet connection and need to see what was going on. No tool I know of is better for that than Netbalancer and I was pleased to find out that, unlike another tool I know, this one works in Windows 8.

Google Drive Bandwidth Problems Make It Vastly Inferior to Dropbox

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Short version: even if Google Drive isn’t actually transferring a file, it manages to slow down my internet connection to the point of being unusable. It doesn’t make a huge number of simultaneous connections. It doesn’t actually use that much bandwidth itself. It seems to just sort of be a black hole for bandwidth. VERDICT: Completely Unusable.

Obesity, Rap and the Google Correlate Tool

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I plugged some data series into Google Correlate to see what would shake out. What shook out was surprising. How do obesity and rap music correlate? I have no idea, but they do, at least according to Google data.

Stopping Spam Comments in Drupal 7 — An Overview of Modules

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Drupal has so many modules to choose from. This article divides some of the main spam-blocking modules by type and gives a brief overview that will hopefully give you an alternative that works for you without annoying your users with a CAPTCHA (Down with CAPTCHA!)

The Wright Brothers’ Kites: Why the Bacon Number Calculator is the Key to the Future of Google

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Google’s Bacon Number Calculator has drawn a lot of laughs and sneers, but the last laugh will be Google’s, or whoever gets this technology correct. True, the BNC is a funny and mostly useless toy. I also think it’s the harbinger of the biggest change in the organization of human knowledge since the invention of writing. The BCN is small. The concept is monumental.