Blogroll Dive: 10/31/05

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

Owen ruminates on the future of WordPress’ upgrade documentation and why “simple” is never better when dealing with documentation.
Bonnie discovers an article which puts an end to the poisoned Halloween candy myth.
Michael Heilemann discusses Apple’s tribute to Rosa Parks.
Brian lists a few Microsoft Office alternatives, and explains why “Microsoft Office is no more of a must buy than a giant pizza costume.”
Khaled completes his Gallery section (more content will be added in due time).
Michael Hampton ruminates on the new Akismet anti-spam plugin for WordPress and what the future holds for other anti-spam plugins.
Orson ruminates on badly read audio books.
Sarah discovers an improvement in her tone and intonation through the use of a single ear plug.
Angsuman learns how to change the search engine that is used by Firefox’s location bar keyword search feature.
And, Tom discusses a recent outlandish statement made by Forbes magazine.


Subscribe Me Update v1.3

Subscribe Me has been updated to v1.3. My Google Reader subscription button has been included in this release, along with a function to easily add it to your sidebar and a nifty help link for those of you who are new to feeds. The release notes are available here. “The Subscribe Me plugin for WordPress adds buttons at the end of your sidebar so your visitors can subscribe to your blog via services such as Bloglines and MyYahoo.” Subscribe Me is the #1 subscription solution for WordPress.

Google Reader Subscription Button

According to my blog’s statistics, Google Reader is becoming a popular online news aggregator. My main complaint with Google Reader is that it prefers to organize new posts by date or “relevance” and not by feed, so it’s not as comprehensive as older services (such as Bloglines), but Google Reader is actually a very efficient news aggregator if you prefer organization by date or “relevance”. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an easy subscription button for Google Reader that matched the style of the rest of my easy subscription buttons, so I whipped this one up a few nights ago. Feel free to use it on your blog too.

Favored Freeware: Kubuntu

Kubuntu is a user friendly operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle part of the Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone.

Pros: Kubuntu is a powerful and free operating system. The default installation process is incredibly user-friendly and includes almost every application that you would ever need to get started in the world of Linux. Kubuntu is fully supported by both its developers and an enthusiastic user community. Kubuntu is a cross-platform operating system for PowerPC Macs, Intel x86 PCs, and AMD64 PCs.

Cons: Kubuntu does not support AirPort Extreme cards at this time. The blame for this lies entirely with Broadcom, as they have refused to provide native Linux drivers and specifications for the chipset that powers the AirPort Extreme cards.

Note: If you prefer GNOME over KDE, try Ubuntu.
Categorized as Freeware

Free Microsoft Office Alternatives

Microsoft Office is probably the most popular office suite in the world, but some may argue that it is overpriced and bloated with useless features. In this week’s Freeloader Friday, Brian presents us with two free and fully compatible Microsoft Office alternatives.