Breaking up with your homepage

We are not sure why, but we seem to have lost the Freshly Pressed page that used to be our home page (and a  great  subtle reminder to blog).

It’s really hard. We loved logging on and seeing the colorful daily round up, the best and brightest, the weird and the wild, the touching and the touchy. We got used to the World of WordPress being there, a part of our world. But now, we have to break it off.

Don’t get us wrong, people grow and change. The new wordpress.com home page probably works for wordpress. But for us, it’s a series of rather grim grey and black adverts that keep whipping by in such a way as to cause everyone anxiety.

So, like any relationship where two people (or entities) grow apart, we have to break up with our wordpress.com home page. Sniffle, sob.

We’re hoping to find the old Freshly Pressed page somewhere, at some point,  but we’ve already invested time looking for it, couldn’t find it, and given up. Sometimes, you just have to let go.

At this point, it’s simply  more time effective and less stressful to make google.com our homepage and keep checking back. There seems to be some weird stuff going on at WP, but we’ll keep blogging, when we think of it.

(UPDATE: You can still find Freshly Pressed, https://wordpress.com/#!/fresh/, but you may have to be logged in to your WP account and access it through your dashboard. We’re not sure if it’s an independent link).

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Published in: on August 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM  Comments (2)  
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Triskaidekaphobic? Not to worry. Everyone’s ranting mad about something!

Some people fear the number 13, we don’t. But we do have Microsoft phobia. When you work with books and design software, you gravitate toward the easiest to use tools that still allow you to do what you need / wish to do. Generally, that isn’t a MS tool.

That being said, after years and years of waiting for Microsoft to create something that was easy or better . . . Bing came along. Now, we know what you’ll say, Bing cribs off Goggle, for search results and no one can dispute that. However, we think Bing’s advanced search interface is fantastic to compared to Google’s. Dare we say it, it’s beautiful, even a bit sexy, it’s so easy to use.

Google makes you work (incredibly hard) to advance search anything, leaving users with the impression it only wants them going to .coms that spend billions on SEO and word ads. On the other hand Bing makes advanced searching relatively easy . We especially love the find a by site/domain function. Just by filling in a blank .biz, bing will search only for .biz sites that feature  your search term.

On the downside, as is typical of MS, they attempted to make their tool more user friendly by putting pretty picture on the search page. Ok. But they also removed the immediate link to the advanced search window (you must first enter a search term on the landing page and hit enter). Not OK!

In other words, despite MS creating a better interface that’s easier to use, which we would prefer to use, we will continue to use Google because Google understands we are on their site to search and puts their advanced search option front and center.


As one staffer remarked the other day, “What is the sound of MS shooting itself in the foot? Bing!”

This concludes our moment of Friday the 13th madness.

Published in: on May 13, 2011 at 8:08 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Google Books Agreement, Again

For anyone not living on Planet Books, today the amended agreement goes back to court for a final fairness hearing.

If you don’t know what this is all about, have a read of Cnet’s excellent article on the issues by Larry Downes.

Small publishers still have no idea how their going to be able to interact with Apple’s new iBook store. Since Apple has already 6 of the major publishers on board, there has to be a model. The question becomes, why doesn’t Apple want to share that model with the rest of the US publishers?

There is a possibility, we suppose, that Apple is working to come up with some sort of uniquely Apple ePUB DRM feature. But at this point, no one even knows when iBooks will be available for the iPad.  We shall just have to wait and be amazed.

Published in: on February 18, 2010 at 8:15 AM  Leave a Comment  
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