Kyle’s Cove Celebrates It’s First Birthday!

What a great day! It was one year ago today that I registered this domain and began the process of starting up Kyle’s Cove dot Com. Here is a quick history of my first year with this site.

Back in June of 2006, I was only a few months into my career as a blogger and was running a NFL blog on Blogger called Out of Bounds. A few months had gone by and I realized it wasn’t what I really wanted to write about. The problem is, I was having trouble deciding exactly what I would want to write about over a long period of time.

When trying to determine this blog’s name, I decided that I needed something very general in case I decided to switch what I was writing about. My first instinct was to go with Kyle’s Korner (or Kyle’s Corner), but both of the dot com versions were taken. Cove means the same thing as Corner, so I decided to go with Kyle’s Cove.

This site started out as my own corner of the blogosphere where I could talk about whatever I found interesting, but quickly found that most of my posts were covering technology, blogging, free software, and web browsers. As a result, I decided to make that my niche. Sharing my thoughts on technology, my experiences with blogging, and my knowledge of web browsers and software has taken this site to where it is today.  Now I’m happy to say that this blog currently has roughly 325 subscribers and gets, on average, roughly 1500 page visits each day.

I couldn’t have done it without the great readers of this site!  A special thanks to Jason Drohn, who helped keep Kyle’s Cove online last December when financial concerns caused me to briefly take it offline, and to my readers for the comments that help keep me motivated to keep writing and trying to improve this site on a day-to-day basis.

Hopefully with a little luck I’ll still be around a year from now to celebrate this domain’s second birthday!

Kyle’s Cove Celebrates It’s First Birthday!

What a great day! It was one year ago today that I registered this domain and began the process of starting up Kyle’s Cove dot Com. Here is a quick history of my first year with this site.

Back in June of 2006, I was only a few months into my career as a blogger and was running a NFL blog on Blogger called Out of Bounds. A few months had gone by and I realized it wasn’t what I really wanted to write about. The problem is, I was having trouble deciding exactly what I would want to write about over a long period of time.

When trying to determine this blog’s name, I decided that I needed something very general in case I decided to switch what I was writing about. My first instinct was to go with Kyle’s Korner (or Kyle’s Corner), but both of the dot com versions were taken. Cove means the same thing as Corner, so I decided to go with Kyle’s Cove.

This site started out as my own corner of the blogosphere where I could talk about whatever I found interesting, but quickly found that most of my posts were covering technology, blogging, free software, and web browsers. As a result, I decided to make that my niche. Sharing my thoughts on technology, my experiences with blogging, and my knowledge of web browsers and software has taken this site to where it is today.  Now I’m happy to say that this blog currently has roughly 325 subscribers and gets, on average, roughly 1500 page visits each day.

I couldn’t have done it without the great readers of this site!  A special thanks to Jason Drohn, who helped keep Kyle’s Cove online last December when financial concerns caused me to briefly take it offline, and to my readers for the comments that help keep me motivated to keep writing and trying to improve this site on a day-to-day basis.

Hopefully with a little luck I’ll still be around a year from now to celebrate this domain’s second birthday!

Technology Talk – 06/30/2007

Wow, is the iPhone coverage crazy or what?   I’ve always been considered by my friends and family to be a bit of a “gadget honk,” but cell phones have never really been my thing.   It’s either that, the required Cingular contract, or the lack of buttons (I need buttons!) on the iPhone that has taken away any interest I might have had in acquiring one. 

With that said, I’m proud to announce that today’s technology talk will not cover anything related to the iPhone! 

Blogging Tip: Promote Your Content with FeedFlare

Have you ever put a lot of really hard work into a post, then sat back and waited for the traffic to come pooring in, only to be disappointed with your relatively unnoticed post? Or maybe some of your best work goes unnoticed, while a post you spent 5-10 minutes writing gets dugg and bookmarked into oblivion. This seems to be the nature of blogging (especially at the beginning), but there are a few things you can do to help promote your content.

  • Social Buttons – For WordPress users, these are very easy to add. Simply grab a social bookmarking plugin (Share This, Sociable, and Notable will all work) and you’re done! For other bloggers, or WordPress users that want to create a custom look for the social buttons, refer to my post entitled How to: Add Social Bookmarking Links with Icons. Having these buttons serve two purposes. The first, is to remind your readers that they have the option of recommending this post to others, or to save it for future reference. The second purpose is to make it really easy for your readers to do so. If you only go with a few, the three most important are Digg, Del.icio.us and StumbleUpon. These 3 will be used the most and bring you the most traffic.
  • Feedburner’s Feedflare – This has a similar effect to the social buttons, except it applies to your site’s feed. If you use a Feedburner feed, you can enable the feedflare feature in your control panel and select which services you would like promote in your feed. Dosh Dosh has created two great posts to help with this, covering 15 Feedburner Feedflares You Should Use and How to Create Your Own Feedflare. Once set up and running, this will allow those that never visit your website to also help promote your content.

If you use both of these approaches to promote your content, you should see a significant improvement over time with the number of referrals from social bookmarking sites and services.

Any I missed? Feel free to add them in the comments below!

Agloco Addresses Revenue and Cash Payouts

Agloco seems to be one of those companies who you either love or hate. Many people feel it’s a company destined to fail, while others like John Chow seem to believe in it. For those of you unfamiliar with Agloco, a couple of weeks ago I did a post about Making Money Online with Agloco, which covers the basics of what the service is and how the service works.

Agloco addressed the skeptics today, with this really long post about revenue and cash payouts, along with more information about the early problems the service experienced with the release of their Viewbar.

In order to reach profitability quickly (which is necessary to make cash distributions to Members – as I will detail below), we keep AGLOCO expenses to a minimum. Many of you make great suggestions for improvements we could make to AGLOCO, but unfortunately they are not yet in our affordable budget. We have tried to implement the less costly improvements while recognizing that the major changes will have to wait longer. We do hear all of your suggestions, but AGLOCO needs to become sustainable and make Member distributions as fast as possible. To keep expenses low, for example, in the year or so we have been working on AGLOCO, no development team member has been paid for their work (not to mention that some of you have been working very hard to help build AGLOCO as well and have not yet received the rewards of that work either). And with that we are turning our attention to revenue (and distributions to members).

Members often ask when they will be paid by AGLOCO, and how much they will be paid. I must admit that I have a bit of hesitation to address this issue, only because I do not want Members to misunderstand anything I say and/or take it as a “promise or prediction” of what AGLOCO will exactly do in the future. So, I will write the following with the disclaimer that everything I say below, specifically regarding when Members will be paid or how much, is only an illustration and does not constitute a promise of any sort. Capiche? Capiche.

I’m not sure if reading their post has me more assured or uncomfortable with the service.   The release of their Viewbar was definitely a success, but the slow load times with their website and other problems have caused many to lose confidence in the program.  At this point, most people surf the Internet anyway, so it’s not really costing you anything to use the service and “earn money.”  If you’re interested in signing up, you can easily sign up here and download the Viewbar.

Do you think Agloco will make it?

Thunderbird to Get Tabs!

Since the recent release of Thunderbird 2.0, there has been rampant speculation about the features in Thunderbird 3.0. The most anticipated feature is something that I’m not aware of any other e-mail services having, and that is Firefox-style tabs. I was happy to see today that now it has finally been confirmed that the ability to open messages in tabs has been added to Thunderbird in-development code. Mozilla Links has provided this screenshot showing how the tabs currently look:

How sweet will this be? This is something that will give desktop e-mail users a good reason to finally make that switch from Microsoft Office. I currently use both in some form, but I think I could permanently switch to Thunderbird with this addition.

In other Thunderbird news, the Firefox Extension Guru offers tips on how to access Thunderbird’s About Config.

Technology Talk – 06/27/2007

Today was yet another busy day around the blogosphere.  Here are a few things that I found interesting or useful:

  • MyBlogLog is looking for tips on how to make their site better.   It looks like they have gone with a great idea and created a Suggestion Board.  This will allow MyBlogLog fans to vote on their favorite suggestions and ensure community input is received by the MyBlogLog team.
  • Mashable has created a great list of 150+ Online Video Tools and Resources, as well as their analytics toolbox which gives 50+ ways to track website traffic.  Both posts are great resources and should probably be bookmarked for future reference.
  • Daniel at Opera Watch offers a list of the Opera widgets he finds the most useful.   There are several here I didn’t know existed and have been added to my Opera browser.
  • TechCrunch covers Google Docs newest feature: folders and brings up the interesting question of folders in GMail.  Is this something people want to see?  I’m perfectly content with the labels we have, but I’m all for any additional features.
  • Smashing Magazine offers 21 Fresh, Usable and Elegant WordPress Themes.   There are a few nice ones here I hadn’t seen before.
  • PC Mag teaches you how to make Firefox extensions.  It looks like it is actually easier than many might think.

Enter to Win Free EA Computer Games

John Chow is once again giving items away, but this time its not an evil contest.   John has scrounged up an extra copy of PC DVD versions of Command & Conquer Tiberium Wars and Needs for Speed Carbon from EA.  All you need to do to be considered for these games is leave a comment on his post.

Last Chance to Get the Wii Browser for Free

The Nintendo Wii typically isn’t a topic I spend to much time covering on this site, but as a proud Wii owner I wanted to give everyone a heads up. Time is running out to get the Opera-powered Nintendo Wii browser for free.

Daniel at Opera Watch has given us a reminder that Saturday June 30th will be the last day to get the Opera browser at no cost.  Starting on July 1st, it will cost $5.00 (US) or 500 points to download.

Why is this important? Right now, having internet access on your TV is not a huge deal, but the Wii looks to be around for many years. Things like watching YouTube videos on your TV, or playing online games, look to become more popular over time. Heck, you can already check your feeds in Google Reader via the Nintendo Wii.

So, if you are lucky enough to have a Wii, go get it now while it is free!

Transform Windows XP with Vista Transformation Pack

If you’re a Windows user that hasn’t made the upgrade to Windows Vista, that shouldn’t stop you from feeling like you have Windows Vista.

The popular Vista Transformation Pack now has version 7 available for download for free.  CyberNet News lists the following new features:

  • Default system font option for recovery
  • Docking support for preview and taskbar replacement
  • DPI auto-detection in Machine Configuration
  • Hiding menubar option for Vista (Styler) toolbar
  • Information about KB925902 hotfix issues and solution on startup
  • Memory requirements checking for 3rd-party applications
  • Resetting DPI options and some extra information in Machine Configuration
  • Screen resolution auto-detection
  • Setting cleartype font automatically after the transformation
  • Vista transformation “Express mode” (Make an appropriate setup configuration in single page!)
  • ViStart (Vista Start Menu port for Windows XP/2003 with glass UI and search function)
  • Uninstalling existing components before updating
  • WindowBlinds detection warning message (for user who is mistaken about glass border skin)
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 uxtheme patching support

It definitely goes a long way to give Windows XP users the feel of Windows Vista if you can’t afford the upgrade.