BrownFur or YellowFur. Help Us Decide!

Published on Mar 31, 2008   //  News Worthy

We acquired another Fur domain that could work. As the leader in community evolved hosting your opinion on which one we should choose is in your hands. The 2 options are…

BrownFur.com

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This poll will be closed tomorrow at midnight.

Great Gadgets: 4-Port USB Car Charger

Published on Mar 31, 2008   //  Gadgets
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You’ve probably noticed that a lot of consumer electronics don’t come with a standard wall charger anymore, getting you to top up the battery on your favorite MP3 player through a USB port instead. What do you do when you find yourself away from a computer? How are you supposed to charge that cell phone or other portable gadget?

This handy thing plugs in the 12V cigarette lighter jack in your car, providing you with four ports of USB power. It’s not exactly revolutionary in what it does, but by offering four ports, you’ll have enough space to top up all the devices in the car. Everyone’s iPod can get a piece of the action, if you don’t mind having the USB cables dangling in every which direction.

You can even be a little more creative and use the USB ports for powering USB fans and USB air ionizers. The 4-port USB car charger sells for 12 bucks.

Changing from BlueFur to YellowFur

Published on Mar 31, 2008   //  News Worthy

Yellow FurWe at Manticore Media Group Inc. would like to announce the change of the name of our hosting business from BlueFur.com to YellowFur.com due to allegations of trademark infringement again. We felt that, rather than spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees defending our use of the name and possibly affecting our ability to continue to deliver affordable hosting and the excellence in customer service our customers are accustomed to, it was the best option to settle this matter out of court. Manticore Media Group Inc. and YellowFur.com will continue to strive to meet and exceed our customers’ needs and expectations. We look forward to marketing under the YellowFur brand and growing with the industry in years to come. As I am sure there will be many questions we have posted some of the obvious ones here:

Will there be any disruption in my service due to this change?
There should be no disruption to your service due to the change. Once we are 100% sure that the YellowFur.com domain is running at full capacity we will start to point the BlueFur.com domain to the YellowFur.com domain. This should happen in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Why did you pick YellowFur.com?
Finding a domain which allowed us to continue using our lovable mascot was a tricky venture. We feel that YellowFur.com is a great brandable name that is unique and easy to remember.

Who brought these allegations of trademark infringement against you?
Part of our agreement states that we can not disclose the details of the agreement. Let’s just say that they are a very large US based company with deep pockets.

Does this mean you are going out of business?
By no means does this mean we are going out of business. We look forward to the challenge of getting our new name out and making YellowFur.com a household name.

Is there any way we can help?
If you provide links on your site to BlueFur.com we advise you to update and redirect them to YellowFur.com. 

Geek of the Week

Published on Mar 30, 2008   //  Geek of the Week

Geek of the Week

Congratulations to this weeks geek Rinko. Has Matt met his match? This weeks questions are…

1.  Who invented the QWERTZ keyboard?

2.  What year did Fisher Price introduce their first keyboard?

3.  What type of keyboard did the Commodore Amiga have?

4.  What continent predominately uses an AZERTY keyboard?

5.  What are 2 home keys on a Dvorak Simplified Keyboard?

Update WordPress 2.5 Immediately

Published on Mar 29, 2008   //  Security

Attention bloggers if you have manually installed WordPress then you should immediately upgrade to 2.5. There are lots of bug fixes to 2.5 but the major difference you will notice is the new navigation and colour scheme of the admin area.

Do not think about it or put it off. Your site is at risk so upgrade now.

For those who installed WordPress with Fantastico,  Netenberg usually has the upgrade released a week or two later. We do post Fantastico updates on the blog so keep an eye open for that.

In The Sphere: Blogging About Blogging

Published on Mar 28, 2008   //  In the Sphere

It’s Friday, so that means it’s time to take another tour of the blogosphere to see what people are talking about this week. For this edition of In The Sphere, we take a look at a few blog posts that, appropriately enough, surround the topic of blogging. You could say that they are meta-blogging.

Zac Johnson has decided to don his Spider-Man costume and do a video explaining why he blogs. For those of you who aren’t so keen on video blogging, Zac has accompanied the vid with an actual post too, which goes into a little more detail as to why he chooses to blog.

Derek Semmler is glad that his blog managed to make a little money in 2007, but that also means that the government wants their share too. He reminds us that we should pay attention to tax implications when blogging for money, paying particular attention to the difference between the accrual basis and cash basis for accounting.

Justine Ezarik calls herself a professional blogger and new media connoisseur, so you could say that she knows a thing or two about the Internet. And then she found a fantastic video of the SEO rapper. Yes, this rap artist has a repertoire beyond bling and hot girls.

Courtney Tuttle knows that there is more than one way to skin a cat, so he describes three blogging business models and the guys they’re making rich. In his post, you’ll see how Darren Rowse, Steve Pavlina, and Aaron Wall have all struck it rich.

Matt Freedman has discovered that Kontera code crashes IE8 Beta 1. Being the coding genius that he is, Matt has concocted a very simple fix for this problem, so if you’re running Kontera in-text advertising, you might want to check out Matt’s post on the matter.

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