This Is Why You Keep Liquids Away From Your Computer

We’ve experienced the rush of fear when we almost spill a drink on our laptops, well today it was more than just “almost” for me.

Today, I was too busy talking to Frank and not watching what I was doing and sent the entire contents of my coffee cup (a big yellow one that would hold about 2 and a half normal mugs worth) straight onto my main laptop.

I immediately pulled the power, poured the liquid out, stripped it down, cleaned the areas that coffee got to and now it sits, as you can see from the picture below, in many pieces on my dining room table.

I’ll leave it to dry there overnight and hopefully when I reassemble it tomorrow it will come back to life.

There’s a lesson to be learned here folks 😉

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FeedBurner Not Updating Your Feed? Check The Size

FeedBurnerIt can be hard to track down problems with your RSS feed and for the past two days I’ve been trying to figure out why FeedBurner wasn’t updating my feed.

Basically the problem with my feed was that it was too large as I had somehow managed to change the settings in WordPress to include the last 30 posts in the feed.

It was a pain in the ass to track down too, because the raw feed of this blog displayed in IE and could be subscribed to in feed readers without problems, yet tools like Feed Validator and the W3C feed validator insisted that there was no feed or an error.

As with so many things in this world, size is everything and in this case mine (RSS feed) was just too large. The tools mentioned above simply couldn’t handle the size and FeedBurner was so intimidated by it that it simply refused to update.

The fix, in this case, is a little cosmetic surgery to reduce the size. By dropping the number of posts from 30 to 10, everything started working again.

For future reference, if you want FeedBurner to let you on board, you may need to snip the tip a little and reduce your RSS feed file size to below 512K, which is about all it can handle.

Facebook Pages May Not Be Good For Multi-Author Sites

Facebook PageI am currently an administrator for a number of Facebook fan pages and have been getting increasingly frustrated with the fact that I can’t reply on the page wall as myself.

Anytime a fan leaves a comment, or posts something and an administrator wishes to leave a comment, there is no way to distinguish one admin from another because all posts appear as being from the page.

What makes this situation even more annoying is that people have been complaining about it for a long time.

I found one thread with 538 posts on it dating back as far as March 2009.

It’s not as if it would be particularly difficult for Facebook to make this possible, to give authors the choice of posting as themselves or the admin, or even have them “log in” to the pages they administer in order to work  as the admin.

The only other workaround I can think of is to create multiple Facebook accounts, but that defeats the purpose of you having pages (and may even be against Facebooks TOS – will have to look that up).

This is very simple functionality that would actually start to make Facebook pages useful, rather than being glorified bull horns for spewing content at loyal fans.

Yet, as I said above, people have been asking for this fix since March of 2009 and Facebook don’t appear to be listening or care, so I guess I won’t hold my breath on this one.