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Do you group your feeds?

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So I admin, I’m a bit of a feed whore. I’ve got some 150+ feeds that I subscribe to. I really, really love information. It’s just exciting to me to see all of this info coming in. Do I read all of it? Of course not. I skim and if a subject line catches my eye, then I move forward with it.

But the problem I’m been having lately is deciding if it makes sense to actually put all of these feeds into categories in my feed reader.

I’m a bit OCD when it comes to file organization, but I’m also practical. It seems a bit pointless to categorize them when I’m going to go through all the new articles anyways.

So right now I just have a big “All Feeds” folder in NewsFire.

What do you do? Do you organize your feeds? Any particular reason you do that?

Posted at 8:05PM by Josh in Technology and Usability
Feb 28 2007

Good thing I’m more responsible than cPanel

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Sweet goodness. I was logged in to the cPanel account of Tutorial Outpost setting up some database stuff for the next version of the site and through a small turn of events I mis-clicked inside the browser and accidentally clicked the “Delete” button next to the main database for Tutorial Outpost. No biggie right? They prompt you to make sure that you want to delete something major like a database. Ummm…NO THEY DON’T!

Yes, that’s correct. cPanel was kind enough to NOT prompt me to confirm if I wanted to delete my database. This is something I can’t even begin to fathom. Seriously…not only should they prompt me, they should ask for a password too. This is a major oversight in the software and if you use cPanel be very careful if you’re in the MySQL area.

Posted at 9:50AM by Josh in Technology and Usability
Jun 28 2006

Voicemail Usability: T-Mobile Doesn’t Get It

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Aside from my general distaste for the voicemail aspect of my T-Mobile service, their voicemail “menu helper” must be taking some crazy pills. By “menu helper” I’m referring to the kind lady who says “To replay this message, press 1″, etc etc. The problem is that the kind lady spouts off 3 useless actions before getting to what I want to do. I’m told how to forward, call back, and page before I’m told which number to press to simply delete the message. Seems I would be told how to delete the message and most by the 2nd option. But I digress. Maybe one day they’ll get it.

Posted at 6:39AM by Josh in Usability
Jun 19 2006