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Registered User Comments Only – for now.

Due to a recent rash of spam commenting, for the time being I have changed The Daleisphere’s comment settings to permit comments only from registered users. When leaving a comment you’ll be asked to identify yourself through any of the accounts shown in the graphic above – ie: by using any of your Disqus, Facebook,

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Bing Drives Traffic to Daleisphere on its Second Day

I was delighted to see that bing is driving traffic to the Daleisphere on only its second day of operation. Below is a clip from my Woopra dash-board showing the Daleisphere’s first bing referral (that I’ve noticed). I find this particularly interesting because I do not recall ever seeing traffic driven from Live.com in the

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Analyzing My First $100 from Google AdSense

I signed up for Google AdSense on April 4, 2008. It took several weeks to sort it out and to slowly integrate the ads into The Daleisphere and my two professional blogs. After some initial testing, I had them implemented by early June 2008. Round about March 3, 2009 I cleared my first $100 in

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How to Add the Twitter Widget into a Wordpress Site

Taking a queue, once again, from Dave over at ZNF, I added the new Twitter Widget to the Daleisphere (currently below my Disqus comment box) and my other WordPress sites. Previously I had used Twitter Widget Pro and Twitter for WordPress for this purpose with mixed results. The most important benefit of changing to this

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Facebook Connect Glitch with Disqus

[Update: As of April 18, 2009, the Facebook Connect glitch under Disqus discussed in this post appears to be remedied. As you can see, I have re-activated the Facebook Connect option on The Daleisphere. I also note that commenters using Facebook connect have the option (when leaving a comment) to allow that comment to be

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The Daleisphere Has Moved to Media Temple

On Wednesday March 18, 2009, The Daleisphere was moved from a self-hosted server to Media Temple’s Grid-Service. If you notice any problems with The Daleisphere flowing from the move, or otherwise, I would appreciate your leaving a comment. Thanks to Dave Zatz for his constant help and guidance before, during and after the transition. Thanks

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Pixlr – Terrific, Free, Web-based Image Editor

I discovered a terrific new web-based image editor called pixlr.com. It works like Photoshop Elements, Paint.net and other popular image editors – but from inside any browser, with nothing to install. It’s free. No sign-up or user account needed. No downloads or installs required. It just works – instantly. Remarkably, If you have Adobe Flash

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How to Migrate Feedburner Feeds to Google Adsense

Google’s acquired Feedburner back in June of 2007. Feedburner has since been integrated into the Google Adsense platform. Bloggers can now place adsense units into their RSS feeds. In order to take advantage of of this service I needed to migrate my three Feedburner feeds into the new Google adsense feeds system. According to this

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Why and How to Integrate Facebook Connect with Disqus

  The primary reason I switched from Intense Debate to Disqus, is Disqus’s integration with Facebook Connect. Below I describe why this is important. I then provide a step-by-step ‘how-to’ guide on how to integrate Facebook Connect with Disqus. [This Post was Updated on April 18, 2009 to reflect the changes made to the setup

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How to Integrate Disqus within Wordpress 2.7 Blogs

Earlier this month I described How to install Intense Debate in WordPress 2.7 blogs. In my ‘Why I switched from IntenseDebate to Disqus’ post [coming soon] I describe why I made the switch. The Disqus installation instructions are out of date (written for pre WP 2.7 blogs) and surprisingly difficult to follow. Happily, both Disqus

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How To Install IntenseDebate in Wordpress 2.7

Since listening to this net@night podcast back in May 2008, where Amber and Leo interviewed Daniel Ha, the founder of the Disqus, I have been interested in implementing this kind of a community-oriented, commenting/discussion system on my blogs. Early on, I had compared the feature set of Disqus and its competitor, IntenseDebate (“ID”), and Disqus’s

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Wordpress 2.7 – First Impressions

(click image for larger view of this dashboard image) [Update:As of December 14, 2008, the final release of WordPress 2007 is now out.] I happily installed WordPress 2.7 RC 1 on my four WordPress sites yesterday. A ‘Holy Grail’ feature I have wanted since I started using WordPress a few years ago is finally here

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How to Upgrade to Apache 2.2.10 with Windows XP

For weeks now I have had a persistent problem with my wishhh.com service. It was taking an inordinate amount of time to connect to the service (sometimes as much as 2 minutes or more). After ruling out every possible issue, I decided to upgrade my Apache server to the latest release (version 2.2.10). I’m delighted

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Windows Live Writer Cropping and Watermarking Tool

Following my recent post about the Windows Live Writer (WLW) technical preview, the WLW team has responded to several of my concerns in this thread on the Windows Live Writer (Beta) forum. Two of my concerns related to how the WLW cropping tool works and how the the watermarking functionality works.  This post demonstrates what

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I Switched to Windows Live Writer

For months now, I have been hearing good things about the offline blogging tool Windows Live Writer (download). Two weeks ago I was listening to Leo Laporte and Paul Thurrott‘s most recent Windows Weekly podcast (No. 53) were they once again were singing its praises. Since ‘The Daleisphere‘ just set sail, I decided to give

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Google Turned Feedburner into 'Free'burner Without My Knowledge

Until two days ago, I was blissfully unaware of the fact that Google had purchased Feedburner back on June 3, 2007 and in the process made two of its key services, FeedBurner Stats Pro and MyBrand, available to bloggers for free (see announcement). [February 3, 2009 Update: Google has integrated Feedburner into its Adsense platform.

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Wordpress 2.5 - First Impressions

WordPress 2.5 rc 1 was released on March 18. I am using my new blog, The Daleisphere, as a WordPress 2.5 testing ground before rolling it out to my other video game law and imedia law blogs. [March 29 Update: The Final 2.5 Release is now available for download here] So far I’m impressed! There

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Welcome to The Daleisphere

So, why The new blog? I’ve been a blogger for years now. My video game law and imedia law blogs were created to promote my legal practice. Occasionally I’d sneak in posts like this one, or this one, or this one, that were decidedly not about law at all. As I drilled down into my