What’s going on guys?

site stuff

I’ve successfully changed hosting providers from the awful and overpriced Powweb to the fairly priced and not too shabby NearlyFreeSpeech.net thanks to a recommendation by my dear friend Berklee. They’re a small hosting company that offers web hosting services on a ‘pay as you go’ system. With no early contracts, I figured I would try them out, see if I like them, and then see where I go from there.

If my traffic stays the same, I estimate that a year of hosting from them would cost me roughly $20. What a steal!

You can still get to my site from both runawaysquirrels.com and nakedsushi.net. It’s probably confusing having two URLs and two ‘site names’ whatever that means, but I still can’t decide on keeping just one.

iphone stuff

My work came out with their new, spiffy, iPhone app! If you like reading and you like keeping track of your books and seeing what other people are reading and you have an iPhone, give it a go. It’s free.

I’ve also been playing a lot of Plants vs. Zombies on the iPhone. Even though the slowdown gets pretty bad in the later levels when there are tons of zombies and projectiles on screen, it’s still playable and the game is still a blast to play. I just wish it didn’t take so long to load.


introduction (skip if you already know what ping.fm is)
While I like Twitter and its micro-blogging updates, it’s too slow and goes down too often to include in my sidebar. That’s where Ping.fm comes in. It’s a free service that lets you send status updates, micro-blogs, and even blogs to all sorts of sites like twitter, facebook, myspace, and so on.

Ping.fm has a handy Custom URL setting that lets you send an update to a custom URL. Utilizing this, I’ve a little script that will grab the updates and display them in my side-bar. This way, I can use Ping.fm to update my twitter and facebook pages, and update my sidebar at the same time.

You can do the same by following these simple steps. (One caveat though: I’m not a PHP programmer, so use the app at your own peril).

update (2008-07-14): I updated a few things in WordPing.fm such as single and double quote escaping correctly as well as auto-parsing of links into clickable URLs. The updated files are in the same download link. Just over-write your old files with the new ones and don’t forget to change the ping log to whatever you ended up naming it.

update (2008-07-17): Changed the link to link to a zip file.
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