Posts Tagged ‘Technology Advice’

Fight Firewalls With Kindle

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

My humorist pal Rose Valenta recently created a Kindle version of her blog and inspired me to do the same. Why? Because many employers are getting strict about web access, blocking employees from reading their favorite blogs and sites — even while they’re on a break or at lunch.

But your boss can’t control what you read on your Kindle. And Amazon makes it easy for bloggers to create Kindle blog editions, allowing fans to bypass their bosses and keep up with their reading.

That brings me to my latest limerick:

Fight Firewalls With Kindle
By Madeleine Begun Kane

You’re at work, but on break — want to read.
But your boss did a dastardly deed:
Your fav’rites are blocked.
Your net access is locked.
But he can’t stop a Kindle blog feed.

My News: I’ve created Kindle versions of both my blogs. So if you’d like to read this general humor blog on your Kindle reader you can subscribe right here. And if you’d like to read my other political satire blog on your Kindle device, you can subscribe right here.

Attention Fellow Bloggers: If you’d like to publish your own blog on Amazon Kindle, Amazon makes it pretty easy and has a helpful Kindle Blog FAQ here. You can also find some useful info over at Mashable and some Kindle badges and icons here.

Warning: Reading blogs on Kindle isn’t free, except for the 14-day free trial for each blog. Monthly Kindle blog subscription fees are controlled by Amazon and priced at either $0.99 per month or $1.99 per month. Moreover, only 30% of the revenue goes to the blogger.

And Now For The Sales Pitch: Each of my two blogs is priced at $0.99 per month.

So if you’re a Kindle owner, I hope you’ll give the Kindle version of this humor blog and/or the Kindle version of my political satire blog a try.

Life-Saving, Spam-Fighting WordPress Plugin

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I don’t usually write about technology, unless I’m writing limericks and haiku about sundry computer, spam, email, voice mail, and other techie aggravations.

But I’m making an exception today because I want to share my wonderful discovery: WP-SpamFree. I’m not exaggerating when I say it miraculously removes the WordPress comment spam moderation headache. How? It blocks all spam coming from bots; i.e., almost all spam. So it never even gets into your moderation queue.

I don’t know about you, but I used to wade through so much spam while moderating comments, that my eyes would glaze over and I’d inadvertently delete a legit comment. In fact, sometimes I’d get so disgusted, that I’d delete all pending comments without looking at them — I just didn’t have time to scan them and find the very few worth keeping.

Anyway, a few days ago I installed WP-SpamFree on both of my WordPress blogs, and my moderation woes ended immediately.  Now my comments moderation screen is almost spam-free — it just shows just a bit of human-posted spam plus comments worth approving.  So no more wasted time and no more accidentally deleted legit comments.

Hurray!

Oh …  in case anybody’s wondering … I was NOT paid to rave about this fabulous (and free) plugin.