Archive for March 2009

How to Import a self hosted Blogger Blog into Wordpress

Moving your blog to Wordpress? Wordpress allows you to import your Blogger Blog, but not if you're hosting the blog on your own server. I searched all over the web for the answer and simply couldn't find it. I found a lot of people asking how to do this, but no definitive answer. Well, here's the answer:

Temporarily switch your Blogger Blog back to hosting and then import your Blog with Wordpress. It actually works.

There is one small catch that I ran into. When I switched my Blog back to SFTP hosting, it changed my legacy template just a bit. I couldn't get it back to the way it was. Blogger is apparently using a different code to get their navbar at the top of the blog, and that code messed me up a bit. I did get my Blog imported into Wordpress though.

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Apple raising prices at iTunes?

Does Apple know there is a recession going on? Apparently they're not concerned about losing customers because according to reports, Apple is about to raise the price of premium tracks on iTunes to $1.29.

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FileZilla for FTP

I've been using FTP Voyager for years, but recently it started to give me problems. My uploads were slow and the program kept crashing. I tried to download a new version, but uploading was disabled so I could not test it out.

After weeks of frusration I did a search online and found FileZilla. Not bad at all. I configured it to look just like FTP Voyager with the remote window on the top and local on the bottom and I'm good to go. There aren't as many features as FTP Voyager, but it's close enough. I'm sold on this free software!

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Got a Treo 800w or Treo Pro? Backup, backup, backup!

I've been a frustrated fan of the Palm Treo since its inception. I've had every model of the Palm Treo at one time or another, in addition to various other Pocket PC phones, iPhone, BlackBerry, etc. I keep going back to the Treo because despite its faults, I like the power it has to do what I need to do. I also really like having a touchscreen device with a keyboard. With a little program called "PushEffect" I have push email just like a BlackBerry, but without depending on RIM's servers to stay up.

As much as I like my Treo I'm extremely frustrated by the bugs. I've heard of other people having to return their Treos because they "just died." I've never had that experience as I've always been able to bring mine back to life. With that said, I did have to hard reset mine a few times. That's why I always keep a backup of my data on my microSD card. Anyone with a Treo 800w or Treo Pro should have a microSD card with a backup of your data on it. Contacts are no problem as you can simply resync with Outlook, but all the programs that you've installed will be wiped if you have to hard reset.

Please Palm...make sure the Pre is a better device (fewer bugs) than the Treo. And for goodness sake, start making slightly larger screens. My Treo screen is soooo small. While other handset makers are doing with larger screen Palm seems to be stuck on the small screen. Get with it Palm! We want a top smartphone.

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Google Docs importing problem

I've been having a problem with Google Docs recently. Their import engine is as strong as it could be. I've been sending a Word document back and forth with a friend; each of us making changes. When the last version arrived in my Gmail account I tried to view it as a Google document. The import engine could not decipher between the different versions of the file. Microsoft Word saves past edits so you can track changes to the document, but Google Docs got mixed up and included all the edits.

I'm sure they'll work out the kinks at Google Docs, but until then I'm sticking with Word.

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Google shoud hire Apple's designers

Are you a Google fanatic? Do you like their products (Gmail, Picasa, Google Docs, etc.)? Google is developing new products so fast it's hard to keep up. I have one suggestion for them though. Hire some designers from Apple.

Google doesn't pay enough attention to the user experience. They seem to feel that as long as the product works, that's good enough. Take Gmail for example. Doesn't it seem dull? They don't space the messages from the headers very well. The first line is the header and then one space and you're into the message. Apple would never do it that way. You know how Apple makes it so obvious where things are. They present you with exactly what you need when you need it. That is what Google is lacking in most of their products.

I love Google, but they need to pay attention to the user experience. Hire some people from Apple and you'll be set!

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The U.S. Government Run-a-Muck

The U.S. House today passed a bill that would tax AIG employees who received bonuses of over $250k. The tax rate is 90%. Are you kidding me? This is your government run-a-muck.

The US Congress should not be in the business of passing bills directed at single companies, or short-term micro issues. The bonuses at AIG aren't politically palatable, but this congress passed the bill that allowed those bonuses in the first place. To now come back and try to pass a bill taking back money they already authorized is silly, and likely unconstitutional.

This reminds me of the Terry Schiavo case where the U.S. Congress tried to pass a quick law to fix a perceived short term problem. The U.S. Congress should focus on passing laws that protect all of us. These single issue bills are nothing more than those in power trying to flex their political muscles.

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YouTube Previews in Gmail

I've been playing with Gmail's "YouTube previews in mail" labs feature. When someone sends me a YouTube link I can now watch the video in Gmail without having to launch a new browser window. They have similar preview features for Picasa and Flickr too.

If Gmail would only get rid of the "on behalf of" xsender header, and use a x-sender header instead, they'd really have something going.

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The Grilling of Edward Liddy

I've been watching AIG CEO Edward Liddy testify before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises. He is taking heat from the congressmen over some employess receiving retention bonuses from AIG. Because AIG received a loan from the government, the representatives are upset about the so called bonuses.

What the representatives fail to realize is that these bonuses were crucial in convincing some people to stay at AIG, knowing their job would eventually be eliminated. Had the bonuses not been put in place many of the employees would have simply left to find other work, and AIG would be in a worse position.

The representatives seem to be grandstanding for the cameras and grilling Mr. Liddy who receives no pay from AIG, and has no financial incentive to do anything unseemly.

Have you ever noticed in these hearings that the Representatives or Senators are there for their camera time, and then they just leave? Are they not interested in hearing the other questioner's questions? Of course not.

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How will they monetize Twitter?

Twitter is such a cool little app, but how will they monetize it? At this point nobody knows, but several options are out there. They could charge companies to build apps on the Twitter backend, or they could send out advertisements as tweets (that won't fly). They could place an ad after your tweet, but somehow I think people won't want to receive ads in their tweets. Whatever they decide they will surely make a killing.

The guys at Twitter have apparently rebuffed a $500 million offer from Facebook so someone thinks it is worth something. My guess is Twitter will be sold and someone else will have to figure out how to monetize it. Evan Williams will walk away with a bundle and move on to another project. First Blogger, then Twitter. What will the next app be? Maybe just a site called "er."

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Five-Minute Prison Workout

Mike Rowe from Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs demonstrates how to to a "burpee." This workout is great for small spaces and really works.

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This site popped up today. It lists all things Christian and claims to be another jobs site for Christians?

iGoChristian is a partner of the website started by Stephen M. Newman, author of Experiencing Worship Study.

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Dick Cheney

I saw Dick Cheney on CNN Today. He has gotten a bum rap in recent years. Yes you can question the decisions he made, but he made those decisions under very difficult circumstances. I've always liked his calm, measured approach to problem solving. He may not have gotten all the calls right, but history will probably say he got more right than wrong.

Interestingly it seems things got heated between him at George W. when Bush refused to pardon Scooter Libby. Cheney refused to give details, but it seems that there may have been some heated conversations.

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Trying Twirl for Twitter

I just installed Twirl for my Tweets. Looks good so far!

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Joomla Content Management System

I've been playing with Joomla this weekend. We've always built our own CMS but I finally gave in and tried Joomla. It's a very robust CMS and widely used. It's a little slow when setting up, but it does make creating a manageable web site fairly easy. They have lots of plugins to do just about anything you want to do. If you're a novice, or an expert who wants to get something up and running quickly, give it a try.

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Facebook is too confusing

Is everyone you know on Facebook? Yeah, me too. Have you tried getting your business or web site on Facebook? Tried creating a page? Forget it. It is simply the most confusing and poorly coded site I've ever seen. You never know what page you're on, all the important links are way too small, they don't make things obvious. It's a complete waste of time.

Use it to find your old flames but forget it if you're trying to drive traffic to your business web site. If you think you want to take the leap and try it, be prepared to be frustrated!

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Are we in a depression?

It sure seems like it.

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How to find the right church jobs

Churches looking for the right pastor, or ministers looking for their next calling can all benefit from  The website for matching churches and candidates has current church jobs from all over the country.  You an do a nationwide search for your next pastor.  Head on over to to find pastor jobs.

So many other sites are popping up these days, but does it best. They are straightforward and to the point, and focus on connecting churches with candidates. They keep advertisements out of the way and to a minimum so you can focus on finding the right position.

You can add a job, or add your resume if you are a candidate. You can even choose jobs by denomination like Baptist or Methodist.

The folks at are always helpful and respond to inquiries quickly.  I highly recommend the site, as well as other sites they run.

If you're interested in hiring a music copyist you can check out

Musicians might find the following forums helpful if you use Cakewalk Sonar.  The Cakewalk Forum will help you get assistance and support from other users.

Check out these friends.  You won't be disappointed, especially if you're looking for church staffing help.

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