- Celebrating Memorial Day by … WORKING! Building client websites in #Joomla #
- What is Abillo, an OS? #abillo #joomla #wilco #
- RT @joomlablogger: Joomla.org talks about changing times: http://bit.ly/11vEiM #joomla #abillo #
- RT @andersoncooper: Who is Sonia Sotomayor? http://tinyurl.com/pq57gl #
- Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence amuse the crowd in Los Angeles, CA http://loopt.us/n_6urA.t #
- Cops and a crowd waiting for parade @ Highland Ave & Hollywood Blvd http://loopt.us/WztbkA.t #
- Short blog post about my favorite #Joomla plugins http://bit.ly/l8jNE #
- congrats to http://modfrugal.com on completing the migration from wordpress.com to self hosting #
- with all this exciting news from Google, still no Mac version of Chrome? #disappointment #
- Microsoft Bing press release http://bit.ly/Qea3c #
- RT @cyeary: this @threadless @twitter tee is awesome: http://thrdl.es/p/1852 #
- end of the month, must be time for all my clients to put out an e-mail newsletter — guess what i’m doing today #
- DOW ends day at 8,500.33 #optimism #
- Almost forgot… Some of my favorite tweeters for #followfriday @dearadobe @hashjoomla @copycraft @nathanfillion @sockington #
- RT @mkapor: Second Life “Dial an Avatar” service: join a virtual meeting in Second Life via your cell phone http://bit.ly/KhJyE (Bus Wk). #
- Woah, someone doesn’t like IE6 (as if anyone does, right?) http://bit.ly/zi2M3 #
- Curious: Dow Jones Stimulus Index – stock symbol DJSTIM – http://www.djindexes.com/stimulus/ #
- Who knew the US government grows pot in Oxford, MS … http://bit.ly/X3M3X #
- 25 Media People You Should Follow on Twitter http://bit.ly/fIueG #
- Less fast food equals less belly — I just slipped my belt a knotch tighter before I realized what I’d done #happydance #
- Playing around with #SugarCRM Community Edition and some random modules — will upgrading to 5.5 be smooth or painful? #
I’ve been blogging so much about WordPress that I’ve neglected posting about Joomla, the CMS I spend most of my time mucking around with. Here are some Joomla plug-ins I can’t live without.
Allows you to create forms in Joomla without having to use a separate form mail script. Has a number of bells and whistles, most of which I’ve barely touched, sad to say.
This little one trick pony restores a Joomla 1.0 convention of placing your site name before (or after) your page TITLE. This is usually the first plug-in I add to a new Joomla install.
Makes embedding FLV in a content item really easy.
One step better than PlayerFLV, AllVideos allows easy embedding of nearly any audio or video file format, including MP3, FLV, MOV, WMV, SWF, and more.
Adds a weather forecast to your site. Very slick and easy.
What plug-ins are you using?
- Is it my imagination, or did the Mac OS 10.5.7 make my Mac faster/snappier? http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3397 #
- @Weise_Ideas haha, is Smatter the new Plurk? http://www.plurk.com/waynehastings in reply to Weise_Ideas #
- RT @lageekdinner: May Geek Dinner Snuck up on me. It’s tomorrow. See you there: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/2473020/ #
- AT&T femtocell product coming not soon enough — iPhone can barely keep a standard connection much less 3G at my home http://bit.ly/8tMXm #
- Watching the light go on over Brooks’ head. Too funny… #
- Got my first customer support request through our connection on FaceBook… Surprised this didn’t happen sooner. #
- Senate passes credit card restrictions bill 90-5 http://bit.ly/HZYrr #
- @CraigTeich “so long, and thanks for all the fish” — what else? in reply to CraigTeich #
- grats to the team on launching http://www.tatecomputersystems.com/ #magento #
- @jeffmilton next time, try hairspray instead of a book — assuming you have hair product in the house — gummed wings can’t fly in reply to jeffmilton #
- Everybody gets to make one LOLcat in their lifetime: http://bit.ly/gvOA8 #
- @jeffmilton how many stitches? #
- Any predictions on how much longer until something new supplants FaceBook the way FB did MySpace? http://bit.ly/j0MwM #
- Wondering how many #WordPress users have installed the Six Apart Media plugin… http://bit.ly/P7SgY #
- #FollowFriday @propublica “an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest” #
- RT @cyeary Universal Internet Explorer 6 CSS: http://forabeautifulweb.com/s/239 (via @beautifulweb) #
- Looking for a good #Joomla plugin for banner ad management and reporting – suggestions? #
- A female gamer describes Second Life to gamers http://www.cuppycake.org/?p=758 #
- Losi #
- Mac media center app Plex 0.8.1 released http://plexapp.com http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/27302/plex #
- WordPress 2.8 beta 2 released: http://bit.ly/zkzpg #
- RT @studionashvegas: I am VERY tempted to install this… http://bit.ly/FAU76 #
The other day, my cat, Boo, was looking particularly pleased with herself. This deserved a LOLcat.
- @pwringger what e-mail client are you using? in reply to pwringger #
- ha, finally got Twitter accept my background image upload http://twitter.com/waynehastings #
- @twitter your upcoming “better ways to discover and follow” need to be good and come soon http://bit.ly/phFVR #
- Too early to stress who to recommend for #followfriday but wondering if we need to drop the @ in our recommendations now… #
- RT @serena: Next Social Media Club LA event will be May 27 at Rubicon on SEO and Social Media. Please RT http://smcla-seo.eventbrite.com/ #
- RT @smashingmag: Laptop Stickers Giveaway: Retweet this msg to win a cool laptop sticker – http://is.gd/zh1n – Thank you, SM readers! #
- Designing a new client website and updating existing client websites in #Joomla #
- RT @GetBenderNow Im donating 25c to Seattle Childrens for every follower I get by 5/27. #
- Headed to Club LAX in WeHo for a fashion show… Hope I’m fabulous enough to hang… #
- Hanging at Club LAX while the fashion show sets up in Los Angeles, CA http://loopt.us/amPI0A.t #
- RT @foxdollhouse: Dollhouse renewed for second season! http://tinyurl.com/pxa58w #
- Omg, DJ AM is mixing in NuSooz! Bless his 80s loving heart! #
- Fabulous http://twitpic.com/59uuq #
- Way too cool for me – glad I didn’t have to pay cover LOL in Los Angeles, CA http://loopt.us/N6LHMA.t #
- @jbarkat Brooks did the makeup so the models looked fantastic. The club was cool. The drinks were ‘spensive and I felt compelled to overtip. in reply to jbarkat #
- @Ellece65 Those are three of the models in the fashion show last night http://twitpic.com/59uuq in reply to Ellece65 #
- Having a WordPress Sunday Morning, advising http://modfrugal.com on moving from WP free hosting to self hosting #
- 5.0 quake in LA — didn’t feel it in Alhambra http://bit.ly/2Gokm #
This morning I have been advising an old friend on the merits of self hosting a WordPress blog over the free WordPress.com hosting service.
WordPress.com was a great training ground for her, but now she’s diving into the wooly world of setting up mySQL databases, modifying themes, and all that jazz.
So welcome to self hosting, Modfrugal. After your initial learning curve, you’re really going to like the flexibility and extensibility that self hosting brings.
View her blog at modfrugal.com
E-mail is a communications tool vital to modern life, both for business and personal use. You use and rely on e-mail, as do millions of others around the world. Composing an e-mail can be a reflexive act, one we do without much thought for how we are trying to communicate instead of just what we’re trying to communicate. But, depending on your relationship with your intended recipient, the tone of an e-mail can be very informal or quite formal. In any case, you will want to compose a subject line for every message that is as short as possible, as long as necessary, and specific so as to summarize the entire message to follow.
Keep in mind that your message has to compete with other messages in your recipient’s inbox. One popular method of managing e-mail is known as the Inbox Zero philosophy popularized by Merlin Mann of 43 Folders. If your recipient keeps his or her inbox empty, you are in luck. As soon as a new message is received, it sits there alone waiting to be read. But if your recipient is less organized, and leaves every message ever received in their inbox, your message may easily be swamped in a list of a thousand or more messages. How do you compose a subject line that stands out in that crowd?
Here are some rules of thumb that can help you get your message read.
Keep it short. There is no practical limit to the number of characters you can place in a subject line, but some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) do place limits from 40 characters to 255 characters. Remember that people scan subject lines before deciding what to read first, and based on that scan they may forward, file, or trash the message instead of reading it.
Never leave a subject line blank. A blank subject indicates you are forgetful, that you can’t be bothered to take a moment to think clearly, or that you’re too busy to give attention to important details.
Don’t use ALL CAPS or exclamation points!!!! Or if you do use them, do so sparingly. Let your message speak for itself, without using these tricks to convince your recipient that your message is more important than it really is.
Don’t put your entire message in the subject line, no matter how short your message may be. If you do this your recipients will recognize your lazy attempt at communication.
Be specific. Don’t use generic subjects such as: quick question, meeting, website, or FYI. The more specific you can be, the better. If you are contacting a vendor, include your company name at the beginning of your subject.
So the next time you are composing an e-mail message, remember to keep the subject as descriptive, as short, and as specfic as possible. You contacts will appreciate your effort.
Twitter is ornery. I’ve been trying to get it to accept a background graphic for my account for several days, and it just didn’t wanna take what I was trying to give. But today, finally, the sweet taste of success.
See it in action: twitter.com/waynehastings
- Have you set up your Google Profile yet? http://bit.ly/16Ti7C #
- My IRA enjoys seeing the #dow positive territory. #
- Installing IE 8 on my Parallels install of WinXP. I feel surprisingly neutral about this. #
- New in the LA area, will there be a #LA Friday #Coffee tomorrow? #lafc #
- @cyeary rock n roll — I bet you can show me some LA I haven’t seen yet. in reply to cyeary #
- RT @lanow: White House to hold Spanish-language town hall on swine flu http://tr.im/kMjm #
- Whew! Day of slinging HTML and updating websites in #Joomla! #
- Learned on Tekzilla daily http://bit.ly/110j5v Yahoo has a minimal search page http://search.yahoo.com #
- Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast http://bit.ly/vTfVk personalities: @metlandia @thehighsign @juliaturner #followfriday #
- @CraigTeich I use TweetDeck’s group feature – was missing tweets from my real life friends. in reply to CraigTeich #
- Happy Client Friday — she went from stressed and frazzled yesterday morning to thanking me for being easy to work with today. #
- @wheremmm thinking about checking y’all out tonight #
- @cyeary you mean like gorillapod? http://www.joby.com/products/gorillapod/ in reply to cyeary #
- RT @Noetical: It’s great to laugh at POTUS cuz he’s telling jokes, rather than cuz someone is throwing a shoe at him. #nerdprom #p2 #
- Happy Mother’s Day http://bit.ly/15R3QF #