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WordPress just updated their Jetpack plugin to allow native email publishing! In fact, this post is being published using the new feature.

The implementation is pretty robust, including the use of short-codes to add complexity and set options (i.e. post category, publishing delay, tags, etc.). There are several short-codes implemented. For instance, you can add a PollDaddy.com poll using short-codes. Pretty awesome!

I did notice a few short-codes that I think they missed, like the ability to set a featured image. You can include images, which will be posted inline (single image) or as a gallery (multiple images).

Overall, I think it is a great implementation. I am sure they’ll improve it.

Email publishing is not the only feature added to Jetpack. WordPress also added the ability to natively connect to social networks. For instance, this will allow you to post an excerpt on your Facebook page whenever you write a new blog post.

UPDATE: After emailing this post, I noticed that the category short-code did not take. Also, after reading more about the polls, I think that feature is currently limited to WordPress.com installs, not self-hosted unless you install the PollDaddy Plugin (I have not tested this).

2x 16GB Sandisk Extreme Pro SD Card (95mb/s) Deal At Amazon.com

I’ve reviewed the SanDisk 95mb/s Extreme Pro SDHC Memory Card (8GB version) before. It is super fast! I ran across this deal on 2x of the 16GB cards last week, and jumped on it. I tested the cards to be sure they were the super fast 95mb cards. I bought that 8GB card for $20, with today’s deal, you can get 2x 16GB cards for $34 – that’s 4x the storage for less than twice the cost. And, you get a USB SD Card reader!

ssd_dockTechnology moves so fast! It wasn’t but a few months ago that moving to SSD drives in PC’s was a major luxury. Considering that a 500MB HDD would cost $50, but a 512MB SSD could cost over $1500. But now, you can get a 512MB SSD for $400 – what a change! If you go smaller, you can even better deals for SSD drives. For instance, you can get a 256GB SSD for $160, or a 128GB SSD for $95.

This got me thinking – an SSD would be much safer for portable media than an HDD-based portable drive, and much faster. Continue Reading…

I missed this, which was announced on 9/10/2012 (thanks TUAW.com for catching it!) – Google has finally enabled real editing of Google documents on iOS. If you recall, the reason I sold my iPad many moons ago was centered around lack-luster Google docs usability. I haven’t tried it yet (need to borrow my wife’s iPad), but from what I am reading it looks promising. [more after the break] Continue Reading…

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I’ve been a “redditor” for 2 years now, and I’ve only really recently began to be expressive on that service. Reddit is an intense community for sharing information on the web. It’s more than a link-sharing site – it is also a Q/A website (and that is a very vague description). Reddit has “sub-reddits” which are mini communities built around specific focus areas. For instance, there is a photography sub-reddit and a cooking sub-reddit. Reddit is hard to explain, and the reason I took 2 years to really get active is because while it is a tremendous resource for net-junkies like me, it is also a tough community to interact with. In fact, the folks can be quite hostile to Christians.

However, in the past year, I’ve seen a surge of tech-savvy Christians who are unafraid to swim in Reddit’s waters, and who also give, through the example of their demeanor, a glowing example of Christ-likeness. Recently, ChurchM.ag released their list of the top 20 church tech websites, which I went to share on Reddit. I discovered that there was no sub-reddit dedicated to using technology in church. So, I made one. Introducing /r/churchtech – the sub-reddit for church technology.