Posts Tagged ‘Cool Scripts’

Content suggestion engine for WordPress

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Content suggestion engine for WordPress: TechCrunch has an interesting article this morning on the Alpha release of a product called Zemanta. Zemanta is a contextual content suggestion engine and works with WordPress and Firefox. With nothing to install on the blog, and a simple FF extension, Zemanta creates a little AJAX box on the side of your write panel in WordPress with suggestions on what to add to your content. This information is gathered real time from various media publication sites and blogs. I am watching the Zemanta control box as I type this post and it seems to update after regular intervals with new suggestions. It also lets you add links to various keywords on your post to other articles on the web and your blog. I just tried out some of the features including addition of pictures and related links but the soup generated is not pretty and […]

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Extremely Easy Podcasting with Cinch

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February 19th, 2008
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Cinch is a very easy way for a blogger to create interesting Podcasts with no equipment of any kind except for a phone. Follow the instructions below (or as on their website) to test it out quickly for yourself. Call (646) 200-0000 from any phone (You have to know the number/callerID of this phone, Skype would probably not work) Thats it! BlogTalkRadio puts out a podcast feed with an MP3 at a pre-defined URI. Just visit http://cinch.blogtalkradio.com/number_you_called_from¬†¬† (replace number_you_called_from with your phone number) Use some sort of a plugin for WordPress to import the said feed into your blog and you be podcastin’! The only major drawback I see is the phone number at the end of the RSS URI. Since this would probably be exposed over the web, if I were concerned about my phone number, this method would not work for me. However if you import the RSS […]

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Utterz: Post from anywhere

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February 4th, 2008
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Blogging News, Cool Scripts

Utterz: is a Web-based service that posts to all of the above, from anywhere, even by phone, whether it’s text, photos, video, voice, or a mash-up of all the above. Same with PCs. You can just e-mail or SMS the posts to Utterz, or make a phone call to leave a voice record. After the content is received, it’s forwarded to the blog or blogs you specify in about 10 minutes. This online tools brings us one step closer to having a personal Twitter. If you setup your own WordPress blog (hosted or on WordPress.com) and use the Prologue theme (new zipped release by popular request, thanks Joseph Scott), you can have many of the flexible posting features of Twitter on your own platform. Since Utterz is a remotely hosted service, I am not sure the benefit of a “personal” Twitter are realized quite as well, but it is definitely […]

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Instapaper: Easy, Personal Bookmarking

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February 1st, 2008
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Blogging News, Cool Scripts, LinkyLoo

Instapaper: I came across this service via Techeme and was impressed with the ease of use. Although I barely ever have to “read something later”, one could use Instapaper to quickly and easily bookmark sites, blogs or news items for later reading which could then be cleaned up. Signup is incredibly easy and they provide you with a bookmarket to use. Would you use something like Instapaper? I wonder how they would monetize it?

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RSS Feed Filter

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December 17th, 2007
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Blogging News, Cool Scripts

Filter My RSS is a very useful, simplistic service that allows you to create filtered feeds (from existing feeds) using keywords. I have used something of the same nature on various other services but this is a once stop shop and it is very easy to use. Also, considering the fact that the filtered feed URI can be hand crafted and the simplicity of the service, I am assuming that it can scale very well. This is a classic example of an itch scratch software that can be useful to others as well. Here is the WeblogToolsCollection.com default feed, filtered for the keyword WordPress.

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WordPress Post Thumbnails

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November 24th, 2007
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Cool Scripts, LinkyLoo, WordPress Hack

Giving each WordPress post a thumbnail, and display the thumbnail on the home page: Interesting tutorial on creating thumbnails for each post on your blog and using Custom Fields to add and display them on your front page. A word of warning: the process is hand crafted and labor intensive. Think of them as SnapShots for your WordPress posts, hosted on your own blog. I think this could be a very cool plugin that automagically builds thumbnails for your posts and stores them on your blog. Then a custom function that behaves like “recent posts” could display thumbnails of your posts on the front page. I see this feature being really useful for those who post a lot of multimedia such as videos and pictures. Thanks HackWordPress [EDIT] Also, check out another Custom Fields thumbnail tutorial.

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Lijit: Search Stats for your Blog

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Lijit is a search tool/widget that you easily install on your blog. It lets you provide a comprehensive search of almost everything that you want, including integration with popular social networking tools such as Facebook. Lijit creates custom Google searches with your search items and then, I assume, puts up their own Google Ads in the searches. I happen to think search statistics are very important for a blogger to understand user trends, likes and dislikes. I noticed Lijit for the first time while reading about Kindling on A VC and the name Lijit reminded me of Lijjat (which is a snack from India). I did setup an account to test out the services and you can see it at work on the sidebar of this blog. The popular search cloud and pretty cool set of stats are the killer set of features I was looking for. Give it a […]

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OS X WordPress Comment Moderation Notifier

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WordPress Comment Moderation Notifier for OS X: After Matt made the post about the Windows system tray based comment moderation notifier for WordPress, Edward Dale wrote up a Python script to the same effect and used Growl to notify the user. There are instructions in the download.

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ExtJS WordPress Theme

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ExtJS WordPress Theme: This WordPress theme was put together to show off the capabilities of the ExtJS library and according to the author, is more of an experiment and still in alpha. This theme is chock full of features and looks more like an AJAX email application than a WordPress theme. Features include AJAXy stuff like and accordian sidebar, full AJAX load of posts and comments, AJAX calendar, quick search and comment preview. The theme is widget and tag aware but the author warns that some plugins and widgets might not work as expected. Now the theme does seem a little slow to load and to navigate but that might be due to the server it is running on and not the application. It is definitely fun to play with and navigate around! The theme is released under the LGPL.

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