WordPress Jetpack: New Feature – Email Publishing

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!

Using SSD’s For Fast, Portable, Reliable Storage

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 “Using SSD’s For Fast, Portable, Reliable Storage”

Finally: Rich Editing of Google Docs on iOS


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 “Finally: Rich Editing of Google Docs on iOS”