• Disqus 'Trusted Domains' aren't just a good idea...

    While I’ve had Disqus comments setup at iLounge for a while, my own personal Disqus comments section has been mostly ignored for the past couple of years — when I went over to Blogger a couple of years ago, I traded them off for Google+ integration1 — although I never actually deleted my Disqus profile or comment history.

    As a result, linking my Disqus comments back up to this new blog was a relatively simple thing. Add a few 301 redirects from the old URLs to the new, and let Disqus search through the site and update its links. That part worked fine, but when I looked at my list of Disqus Discussions on my admin control panel, I was in for a rather shocking surprise….

    1. Like many, I believed Google+ would be a real thing back then, and it was fun for a while.


  • Moving to Jekyll

    My blogging needs are simple, and generally always have been, and when I started it as a staitc blog back in the days of iWeb and .Mac, those tools were all I really needed. However, the demise of those tools led me on a merry-go-round through WordPress — self-hosted and otherwise — Tumblr, and eventually onto Blogger. All tools that are great in their own regard, but have a level of bloat and complexity that I just don’t need for a simple little blog that probably gets about 10 hits a month, if I’m lucky.

    I’d been contemplating turning all of it into a static set of web pages a few months ago — an idea that began to gell considering that my email provider of choice, FastMail, offers fast and stable static web hosting that I’m basically already paying for. However, I was left not being quite sure where to start, and the idea of converting everything from Blogger over to a static layout of HTML pages was slightly daunting — not in terms of the complexity, but just in terms of the time commitment.


  • Starbucks Birthday Rewards

    It looks like Starbucks has tried to sneak in a change to its Birthday Rewards program under the radar, reducing the amount of time you have to redeem a Birthday Reward from 7 days down to a paltry four1. While this doesn’t appear to have been announced formally by Starbucks anywhere, a Reddit thread and a post on StarbucksMelody have highlighted the changes.

    1. There are those of us who remember when Birthday Rewards were as good for as long as any other reward — expiring after thirty days.


  • Google Photos: The new iOS Photos?

    I’ve dabbled with Google’s various attempts at building photo management solutions for a while now, going back to Picasa and through the Google+ Photos era. Much of what Google did with Google+ Photos impressed me, but the Google+ implementation still felt too much like a silo for my photos, rather than a complete solution. To be clear, it wasn’t the social layer that bothered me, as I’ve generally been pretty happy to use Google+, but rather just the fact that there didn’t seem to be any tight integration with anything else, bearing in mind that Google Drive integration with G+ Photos wasn’t really available to me as a Google Apps user, and I didn’t really like the idea of everything living only in the cloud, particularly with G+ Photos not feeling like a “core” service.


  • In search of an iPhone 6 Plus case

    The one thing about the iPhone 6 Plus is that it’s so large it seems like it’s almost a given that it’s going to get dropped, and the smooth aluminum back doesn’t really seem like it would help in that regard. The phone is large enough that you have to move it around in your hand sometimes to access stuff, and I still haven’t quite adjusted to getting a “proper” grip on it.

    So, this is basically the first iPhone that’s made me feel the need to slap it in a case on day one. So, off we went to Yorkdale last night to see the case options at the Apple Store….

    Surprisingly, there weren’t any real “options” there. I’m going to blame this on the influence of that Burberry chick, but it seems that we’re now faced with a wall of Apple cases. Granted, it’s colourful, and it looks cool, but it’s pretty limited compared to what you used to be able to find at the Apple Store.