Last night we introduced another new feature called Send To. Like Starred items, this has been a frequently requested addition and something we’ve been itching to get into the application. Send To allows you to share posts from The Old Reader to external services such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Evernote, Google+, or email. By default, email, Facebook, and Twitter are available in your Send To list but you can add others or configure custom options in Settings under the Social tab. We’ve put together a short page with some common services you might want to add to your Share To list here. Email us with any you think would be a good fit for this list.
Also, there’s another small feature that went out last night. We added pubsubhubbub to the user’s profile RSS feed (http://theoldreader.com/profile/[USERNAME].rss), so profile RSS feeds now provide near real time updating. Small, but it might be worthy of mention.
We hope you like these new features as much as we do.
Thanks for using The Old Reader!
Spirit Science is een website die spiritualiteit promoot. Ik stuitte op een filmpje van hen wat ik wel leuk in elkaar vond gezet. Het behandelt een variëteit aan thema’s als energie, dimensies, chakra’s, religies vanuit zowel spirituele als wetenschappelijke visie. Nogal ambitieus, maar ze hebben er een amusant product van gemaakt.
Een terugkerend thema dat ze hebben gebruikt is licht. Licht in figuurlijke zin als bij bewustzijn en in spirituele zin als enlightment. Licht komt terug als belangrijke factor in culturen en religies als brenger van leven. Licht is energie en energie manifesteert zich in verschillende vormen.
Een doel van de website en van de video is om een spirituele verandering in gang te zetten. Het legt uit hoe de industriële revolutie een cultuur tot stand heeft gebracht die mensen in een dwangbuis zet en pleit ervoor dat mensen weer vrij worden om het licht te zien.
It doesn’t matter if you write about Teletubbies, or are even relatively unknown. Hackers will go after anyone, often injecting malware or adding links to suspicious websites. This can put a sour taste in reader’s mouths, making them wary of visiting your blog again. While WordPress has gotten better over the years, and blog security has improved, there are still multiple factors that make your site an easy target, mistakes that can easily be avoided…
Not Updating WordPress Regularly
WordPress receives fairly consistent updates, and most updates contain important security improvements. Sometimes it’ll be just a simple fix while other times it’ll be a patch for a major security flaw. One reason blog owners don’t update right away is because they’re afraid the update will go haywire, having a conflict with a plugin or two. This is a valid concern, but not a good excuse.
Search around to see what other users are reporting with the latest version. Chances are, updating will go smoothly. Plus, given the fact you can increase your blog security with just a couple clicks, makes the process that much easier.
Letting Your Plugins Fall Behind
Plugins enhance the functionality of our blogs, but they can also enhance the likelihood of a hacker getting access to your site. Check your plugins page regularly for updates, and try to refrain from using plugins that haven’t been updated in a while.
Using A Sketchy Theme
There are thousands of themes to choose from, and unfortunately some are coded horribly or, even worse, contain malicious code. Always make sure your theme is from a trusted source, and if it receives consistent updates, even better. WPMU does a great job revealing the dark side of free themes from various sites.
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. It’s best to stay away from free themes altogether, and services like Elegant Themes or WooThemes offer a high quality selection at one low price.
Having A Weak Password
You know what the most used password is? “password”. What about the second most popular? “123456”. The very first thing that hackers do to get past your blog security is go straight to the login page. Often times, if there is a weak password, brute forcing will usually get them in.
There’s absolutely no reason to use a poor password. Personally, I use LastPass to manage all my passwords. You never have to worry about remembering a password again, it automatically fills in your login details, and everything is encrypted. As an added measure, using GRC’s High Security Password Generator ensures guessing your password is next to impossible.
Your Username Is “Admin”
When you create a WordPress blog, your username is “Admin”. While this is okay, it makes a hackers job easier. You see, they already know your username which is one half of the battle. With how WordPress is setup, you can’t change a username once it’s created.
However, you can create a new account under a different username, and then delete the “Admin” account. Just make sure that when you go to delete, you choose to reassign all posts to the new username you’ve created. If you’re uncertain how to go about this, Kim Castleberry has a great walkthrough.
Here at Blog Herald, we use a service called Cloudflare. It’s an alternative DNS that not only helps improve the speed of your website, but will also amp up your blog security. There is a free or paid version, and both will protect your blog from DDoS attacks, bots, email harvesters, and more.
Although changing your username and using a strong password is sufficient, it’s best to take things one step further. A plugin called Limited Login Attempts will block someone after so many failed login attempts, making a brute force attack very unlikely.
Photo credit: Brian Klug
Happy Monday and Happy Anniversary! It’s been seven years since I started blogging, and I wanted to take the opportunity today to look back at some of my favorite dishes I’ve posted through the years. These don’t fit into any one category or any one theme; they’re just things I love and would eat 24-7 if given the opportunity.
Thank you guys for being a part of things around here for all these years. I’ve enjoyed blogging so very much, and you guys have been wonderful.
Here are some of my faves. Click on either the photo or link below it to be taken to the step-by-step. (Warning: I’ll start with the oldest recipes and work my way up…so some photos may be very old and grody-looking. My photography has been part of the process!)
I’m sharing a lot of recipes here…but there’ll be no more photos than my average cooking post! Har.
Cinnamon Rolls. They define me and complete me.
Olive Cheese Bread. This stuff is just sickeningly good. (Great photo, don’t you think? Not.)
Peach Crisp with Maple Cream Sauce. One of my favorite desserts of all time. The maple cream sauce can be drunk with a straw. (Don’t ask me how I know this.)
Onion Strings. These things bring grown men to their knees, they’re so delicious and addictive. The only drawback is that they can’t be made fast enough.
Pasta all Vodka. Can I make this for breakfast? My gracious.
My Favorite Burger. And it still is. (This was the recipe that told me once and for all that I can’t shoot recipes at night. And to this day, I still don’t know how to use a flash.)
Ginger Steak Salad. Oh, I love this one. Best use of a leftover steak ever.
Quick and Easy Apple Tart. The perfect quick dessert! (Drizzle on caramel sauce instead of powdered sugar if you’re feeling particularly naughty.)
Key Lime Pie, which isn’t even made with key lime juice, but I’m okay with that if you are.
Ribeye Steak with Onion-Blue Cheese Sauce. This one’s up there, folks. It’s definitely up there.
Buttered Rosemary Rolls. The best (and easiest) dinner rolls this side of the Mississippi.
Homemade Chicken & Noodles. Will forever remind me of Ga-Ga.
Restaurant Style Salsa. Possibly one of my most habit-forming recipes. There’s no going back from here.
Barbecue Chicken Pizza. Me likey. The more cilantro, the better.
Cinnamon Toast, the Right Way. You did know there’s a right way and a wrong way to make cinnamon toast, right? Don’t go down the wrong road!
Spinach with Garlic Chips. One of my favorite side dishes! Popeye would be proud.
Simple Sesame Noodles. One of the simplest recipes on this site, it’s also one of the most delicious. You won’t believe the flavor, and you’ll make it all summer long.
Big Steak Salad. It’s 7:14 am, and I can close my eyes and taste this feast-for-the-senses salad. I absolutely love it.
Spicy Dr Pepper Pulled Pork. You won’t believe how easy it is. Soooo spicy and flavorful!
Quesadillas de Camarones. I’ve eaten a lot of different varieties of quesadillas in my 44 years…but I think this one might be my fave.
ClassicCaprese. Nothing better in the world.
Chipotle Steak Salad. This is the third sliced-steak salad I’ve put on this list. Do you think I might have a problem? Anyway, you’ll love this one.
Cajun Chicken Pasta. My kids love it. Marlboro Man loves it. Charlie loves it. I love it. It’s spicy, creamy, flavorful, and dreamy. You’ll love it, too!
Citrus Butter Cookies. These little numbers are both darling and delightful. (And buttery. Mmmmmmm!)
Corn & Cheese Chowder. It’s perfectly delicious in a regular ol’ bowl…but in a bread bowl, it’s utterly sublime.
Perfect French Fries. Dip ‘em in a mix of ketchup and mayonnaise if you’ve been good and have exercised all week.
Salisbury Steak. Who doesn’t love this school cafeteria throwback?
Chicken Florentine Pasta. Protein, veggies, carbs…this has it all! I love, love, love this pasta dish.
Low-Carb Burgers, for the times you need to be good…
And Patty Melts, for all the other times. Ahem.
And then we have Supreme Pizza Burgers for those times you pretty much want to thumb your nose at every rule there is.
Mango Margaritas. Colorful. Cool. Absolutely irresistible. Practice restraint—these’ll sneak up on you. Again, don’t ask me how I know this.
Buffalo Chicken Salad. Surprisingly decadent.
Perfect Potato Soup. One of the best soups there is, and one of the most popular soups on the site. Many thumbs up!
Sunday Night Stew. So right, it’s actually wrong. Or vice versa. Another favorite.
Edna Mae’s Sour Cream Pancakes. Try them. Just once.
Breakfast Quesadillas. Just posted these week before last. I could go for one (or seven) wedges right about now.
And, from last week, Orange Vanilla Monkey Bread.
I think that’s as good a place as any to end this roundup!
Hope you find a couple of new things to make this week.
Thanks again for being here, guys.
I love ya,
Stringed instruments have been played since time immemorial, and naturally as technology improves plenty of people are trying to recreate that kind of sound digitally. Of course, nothing compares to the rich, warm, sensual sound of an actual stringed instrument, and this is something that artist and artisan Jon Jones understands better than most people. That is why he created the Wheelharp, an incredible stringed instrument that manages to sound like the entire string section of an orchestra all on its own.
The beautiful instrument was inspired in 2001 by Jones’ hurdy-gurdy, an ancient stringed instrument that produces tones via a hand-cranked rosined wheel rubbing against strings. As much as Jones enjoyed the hurdy-gurdy, he wanted to know if he could create a full-scale chromatic instrument in which each string could produce a different sound when individually bowed on the rosined wheel. He set out to produce the first Wheelharp.
The result was an instrument of incomparable beauty and charm. Pressing on any of the Wheelharp’s keys moves a string toward the rosined wheel. Of the instrument’s two pedals, the right controls the speed of the motor which turns the wheel. The left pedal controls a damper system that extends across the strings. Although the instrument looks old-timey and low-tech, it also includes an electromagnetic pickup and a piezoelectric pickup, both of which allow the player to control the instrument’s amplification.
It would be impossible to describe the immense beauty and complexity of the music produced by the Wheelharp. It is truly an instrument like no other in the world. It is produced in two versions: a radial version (with the curved keyboard) and a linear model with a more familiar, traditional straight keyboard. Both models produce some of the most breathtaking music ever produced by a single instrument. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Wheelharp is an object of beauty to look at, either. But if you want to give this incredible invention a try, be ready to pay for it: the least expensive version from Antiquity Music runs nearly $10,000.