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Getting to Know WordPress

If you use WordPress, here are two useful resources that will help you get to know the blog platform better.

Microsoft, Yahoo Update Messengers

Late news from Yahoo reveals a new beta of their instant messaging client with plugins and a developer kit, while Microsoft ties its debut of Windows Live Messenger to Johnny Depp’s forthcoming ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ sequel.

AIM Opens Up For Social Networking

Looking to create a virtual world on your website? AOL has extended its Open AIM initiative to include support for AIM Bots, location-based services, and PC-to-PC voice calling. The update also includes support for developers working on the Mac OS X, Linux, and Pocket PC platforms or with Java.

Source Code Needs A Place To Stay

This isn’t a chapter in the CVS versus Subversion debate, but a look at places online to view useful pieces of code.

AIM Spears Triton 1.5 Preview

A new version of the AIM Triton service, Preview Edition 1.5, became available from AOL and delivered integration with some recently released features.

7 Awesome WordPress Plugins

One of the great things about WordPress is that it can basically do anything you want.

Best MovableType Plugins
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My personal list of the Best Movabletype Plugins will be the first article to kick off a new category on ProfitPapers reflecting my love of everything development.

MovableType SEO
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Alright I touched on Movabletype and SEO this last week in my best movable type plugins article with the intent to come back and provide some specific details.

The Firefox Upgrade and Plugins Dance
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Mozilla released an update to the Firefox browser earlier this month which, the release notes say, provides improved stability, improved support for Mac OS X, fixes for several memory leaks and several security enhancements among other things.

Google Likes Healthy Desktop Plugins

Developers who have a truly great idea for a plugin for Google’s Desktop product need to keep an eye on their Ps and Qs when doing their QA work.

Ten Technorati Hacks

If there’s any one site I use more than others (with the exception of Gmail), it’s Technorati. This site is a fantastic window into the psyche of the more digitally inclined. Here, in another in my series of hack postings, are 10 ways I get more mileage from T’rati.

Yahoo! Podcasts Plugin for Yahoo! Music Engine
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You didn’t think we’d launch a podcast site without also doing something to make it easy to get this stuff in Yahoo! Music Engine, did you …

MSN Adds Search Plugins For Firefox
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Microsoft’s MSN sent out an enhancement in the form of a plugin for users of the Firefox browser from Mozilla. The default search engine for Firefox is Google but this gives users another search choice for their Mozilla browser.

Google Introduces Sidebar Plug-ins

It seems as if Internet companies, especially search engines, are releasing utilities that allow users to “mod” them (develop 3rd party add-on widgets) by using software development kits (SDK) and application programming interfaces (API).

Google Releases Desktop 2
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Google has released a new version of its desktop search product, now called Google Desktop 2, and now back in beta. The big difference in this new version is a sidebar which goes on the side of your desktop and gives you access to your Gmail, news, weather, photos (not from Picasa, but folders and RSS feeds), stock quotes, RSS headlines (or Web Clips), a Scratch Pad (for quick note-taking) and a Quick View list for web pages and files you use often.

Plug-ins For Google Sitemaps

Google Sitemaps is Google’s new service that allows webmasters to inform Google of updates and alterations made to a site via a segement of XML code placed upon the webserver.

New Plug-Ins Increase Functionality of Google Desktop Search

Becuase Google was smart enough to release the software development kit for their desktop search utility, increasing the functionality of GDS is not too difficult.

Google Brings Desktop Search Out Of Beta

There is a running joke about how Google never brings any of their innovations out of the beta stage. The thinking is, if something breaks, Google can always say it was still in beta testing.