WordPress Chosen for Microsoft Blog Space

Microsoft has chosen to migrate their existing Live Spaces blogging functionality to WordPress.com to provide more features for their customers. We feel that this confirms our commitment to support WordPress in the business environment.

From a Windows Live Newsletter we received 10/23:

Windows Live Newsletter
Dear Windows Live Spaces customer,

We are very excited to announce our collaboration with a premier and innovative blogging service, WordPress.com, to offer you an upgraded blogging experience. We’ll help you migrate your current Windows Live Spaces blog to WordPress.com or you can download it to save for later. On March 16th, 2011 your current space will close.

With the new release of Windows Live services, we’ve made a series of changes and improvements across our products. We chose to partner to provide our users with a fantastic blogging solution. However, we realize the changes will have an impact on you – this email aims to address any concerns you may have.

Why is this happening?

Our customers have asked for richer blog functionality including an integrated statistics system, continuous saving of drafts and improvements to spam-fighting technology. To deliver the best possible blogging experience, we are collaborating with WordPress.com to provide their free service to you. For those of you that already have a blog on Windows Live Spaces, we will make it easier for you to get started while helping you move what you’ve already built up on Spaces.

If you are on Microsoft Live Spaces, simply follow the directions in the email you also should have received. If you are not on Live Spaces but would like to begin benefiting from the functionality of WordPress then you can sign up on WordPress.com.


Ubuntu (Linux) 2010 October version released

Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” is available for download. We recommend you use a torrent as it is just out today and the main servers may be swamped, giving you slow download speeds, but peer-to-peer BitTorrent seems to be delivering good download speeds right now. This URL will take you to the Ubuntu Download page so you can select which arrangement(s) you want.

This Link explains the Ubuntu situation more as to where it comes from and how it can be free. This Link takes you to a nice simple page with a big orange button to push if you are uncomfortable making decisions about which version you need.


Business Video Logs

It’s worth a peep folks — Bob’s Vlogs are not only informative, contemporary, and relevant, they are just plain fun.

Those of you who know me know that I have little time to twiddle away watching video. One of the most to-the-point worthwhile series of video blogs I have seen is posted by successful entrepreneur Bob Parsons. You probably know the name: Parsons Software, which was purchased by Intuit a few years ago.

Bob started by revolutionizing the marketing model of the copier rental industry by reducing the delay for customers requesting a copier from possibly weeks to under one day. Now it is expected, but when Bob did it he was the first. He also created Parsons Software which revolutionized the software industry by providing high quality software with high quality customer support for a very low price, delivered right to the customer’s home, usually shipping the same day as the order was received. His Bible program, QuickVerse was a market dominating smash: no wonder Intuit wanted it so bad.

Now Bob is busy revolutionizing the Domain Registry and Web Site hosting business to make it fast, easy, and affordable for normal people to build their own or their companies web sites: and he has done an excellent job of it. I bought a domain from GoDaddy yesterday for under $2. In Bob’s words, “we are not here for a long time, we are here for a good time” and he lives up to that motto: he owns a motorcycle business in addition to his Domain Registry and Web Hosting business, GoDaddy.com, and he shares his experience so you too can succeed on his video web logs.

It’s worth a peep folks — Bob’s Vlogs are not only informative, contemporary, and relevant, they are just plain fun. Hope you’re not put off by all the leather-clad, super hot girls. And race cars. And motorcycles. And his super bowl commercials that were “too hot for TV.”


Blog Rolling

A Blog or “weB LOG”  is an article posted on the Internet for public consumption, usually published using WordPress or a similar blogging website program which takes minutes to install and calibrate, often by amateur writers. their content can span every topic from pre-teen girls writing as if in their diaries, to professional writers publishing on topics such as the importance of the newest technology (or on blogging, as in this article). The quality and value varies widely, but the popularity is growing exponentially.

A few of these blogs have attracted large numbers of readers and thereafter money from advertisers. More and more professional organizations are recognizing the importance of insuring their own presence in the consumer habituated blog-o-sphere.

A nice article on this topic was presented by the Non-Profit Guide Star organization in
Why You Need to Blog.

Blogging statistics are staggering.

A September 2010 study from eMarketer on the continued rise of blogging says the medium will continue to grow in popularity as more users turn to blogs to produce and consume content. According to the same study, by 2014, blog readership will rise to more than 150 million Americans, or 60 percent of the Internet population in the United States. June 2010 figures from WordPress (which powers many of the blogs you read) cite 11.4 million blogs hosted on their platform, with WordPress.com users publishing about 350,000 new posts on an average day (and their readers, in turn, leaving 400,000 new comments every day).


LibreOffice created to protect world from anticipated end of OpenOffice

Speaking of righteous fear, you know that Oracle bought Sun Microsystems. Sun sponsored many open source projects, including the #2 office suite on earth Open Office, and the #1 web database engine MySQL. Oracle has never suggested that it likes open source at all, rather they are a high dollar very-for-profit database corporation.

As a matter of caution, the OpenOffice.org software has been forked because of fears that Oracle may stop supporting it as they did Sun Open Solarous Unix. According to an article in eWeek, LibreOffice.org has support from some of the biggest names in technology: Initial supporters include Red Hat, Google, Novell, Free Software Foundation, OASIS, OSI, Canonical and the GNOME foundation. The eWeek article is here.

According to eWeek:

“OpenOffice.org has long been the leading free and open-source alternative to Microsoft Office. The software has set download records on new releases, and estimates suggest it now accounts for about 10 percent of the overall office suite market.”