‘Technomania’ merges with ‘Knowliz.com’

I have been playing around with couple of blog platforms for some days, Blogger, WordPress, Livejournal & Vox etc.  Because of the complication of using WordPress.org, domain & webhosting and all and overall cost involved, I made up my mind.  Finally I have booked a domain for myself : www.knowliz.com.  I will be moving all my blogs to this address and kind of reduce some burden of maintaining different blogs containing almost same content i.e. Technology related whether it is Ubuntu, linux, Computers, Microsoft, Office, Vista, Web 2.0, Open Source, Blogging or anything related to computer and electronics.

It is hard to say because I kind of liked wordpress.com as well and it was really a tough decision to make between Blogger and WordPress.  But following are couple of concerns I found while using wordpress.com :

  • I was not completely free to use and modify my blog the way I wanted, but I could do that with Blogger.
  • I was not able to use ads or anything containing iframes and scripts…really felt bad about it.  It limits lot of possibilities for me.
  • I can’t modify the default templates available to further customize it for my purpose.
  • It was kind of forcing everyone to switch to wordpress.org if they wanted any customization and wanted to tweek a little bit here and there….
  • In my personal opinion, if wordpress.com is free then let it be free like blogger, please don’t limit the possibilities.
  • I was not able to write the paid reviews which might have helped me to host my blog going forward.
  • I added one recommendation on this blog to use Ubuntu and some non-profit links in the sidebar, they were removed.  Sorry about it….I hate wordpress.com about this.

Though there were some good things about wordpress.com, it was really easy to set up, yet as long as someone tries to force the things on me, I feel bad.  And when there are other options available elsewhere it was very hard to be loyal with wordpress.  I had to take this decision

But that is my personal opinion and kind of constrain right now not to invest too much on web hosting and domain, so I am merging this blog with my own domain on www.knowliz.com.

See you all guys there on that page.  Knowliz.com will have everything you got on this blog related to Ubuntu and open source community as well as other technology updates.  I am sure you will really like it there.

So, don’t wait any longer, click on any of the links provided in this post and subscribe to the feed.

Thank you wordpress.com, but this is not the place I thought will be the best place to set up my blog on.

Edit: I just noticed that the Ubuntu recommendation links are back.  Thanks for that.

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Jaxtr : International Calls for FREE

Jaxtr

I got to know a very good service for bloggers. With this service bloggers can be in touch with their readers without even revealing their actual number. This new service is Jaxtr. Let us see how it works and what jaxtr is?

What is jaxtr?

 

  • Jaxtr links your regular phone to the web, so you can hear from any caller worldwide while keeping your existing phone number private. You can even control who calls you so that your regular phone is not always ringing. (If you are that popular.)
  • You don’t need another handset like Skype as it works with any phone you already use, including ordinary landline phones. Moreover, you don’t need to download anything and install on your computer.
  • Be happy, as Jaxtr is Free. So you can call friends and family overseas at the same cost and with the same convenience as calling a friend down the street. (Source: Jaxtr)

How to make it work for you?

 

  1. Register for jaxtr.
  2. Link your regular phone(s) where you want to receive/make calls.
  3. Create a widget for your blog or social network or email signature etc if you want.
  4. Invite your friends.
  5. Put this on your blog as you can see in my sidebar.
  6. You are all set.
  7. When you plan to call one of your friends, just create a number for them in your account. (Remember, you have to provide your number when it says, ‘Call me Free’, you don’t have to enter your friends’ phone number.)
  8. Jaxtr will assign a number for your friend so that you can call them anytime you want for free.
  9. Every month you get 100 free jax minutes.

Cool, hmm…. Enjoy another free service to be in touch with your friends.
Call anurag.aries from your phone!

SUP acquires LiveJournal from Six Apart : Some Highlights

LiveJournalSix Apart, the world’s leading independent blogging software and services company, on December 3rd, 2007 announced that SUP, an international media company, has acquired LiveJournal (LJ), the pioneer of social networking communities online used by millions of people around the world to connect through personal journals and topic-based communities. SUP has launched an American company, LiveJournal, Inc., to manage and operate LiveJournal globally.

Six Apart will also continue to represent LiveJournal to advertisers and sponsors for at least the coming twelve months. Brand owners interested in advertising on LiveJournal or Six Apart’s Vox may visit here.

“While we’ll miss being LiveJournal’s home, this is a great milestone for LiveJournal and also lets us to focus on the core products invented at Six Apart: Movable Type, TypePad, and Vox,” said Alden. “We are investing heavily in the products and have substantial growth plans for 2008.”

About Six Apart
Six Apart Ltd. provides award-winning blogging software and services that change the way millions of individuals, organizations, and corporations connect and communicate across the world every day. Founded in 2002 by husband and wife team Ben Trott and Mena G. Trott, Six Apart is a global company with its headquarters in San Francisco, CA, and offices in Europe and Japan. The company continues to lead in the blogging and social media industry with the Movable Type Publishing Platform, the TypePad hosted blogging service, and Vox, a free blogging service for friends and families. For more information visit the Six Apart corporate web site at http://www.sixapart.com/.

About SUP
SUP is an international online media company with established partnerships with businesses across the globe. It was founded in the summer of 2006 by an international management team with Russian seed capital. SUP set itself the goal of building a portfolio of high-traffic-generating projects based in Moscow from which to expand worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.sup.com/en/.

Personally, I didn’t like LiveJournal much mainly because of the limitations of not being able to modify the template and the sidebar. The overall user interface is a little complicated and confusing. Lets see what this acquisition brings to LiveJournal down the line.

Inviting Guest Blogger

Dear Reader,

As you will figure out soon (if you are not a regular reader of this blog yet), that I write on technology, blogging and general topics on this blog. I hope you like my writing style and the content of the posts.

I would like to invite you to GUEST BLOG on my blog. I am sure you already know what guest blogging is. Guest blogging will definitely help you drive more traffic to your blog. By guest blogging I will give my readers a new perspective on the technology and I believe they will love it.

So shoot me an email if you are interested. We will further talk on how the post will be written, what should be the topic, how it will help you as a guest blogger and how it will help me in asking you to be a guest blogger.

At the same time if you want me to Guest Blog on your blog, then also you can contact me through the above email id.

Thanks in advance!

Anurag Bansal

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Technomania: ‘Reader is Everything Contest’

TechnomaniaRecently there have been so many blogging contests all over the blogosphere, be it ‘the 2007 blog awards’, ‘Blogging to Fame Awards 2007’ or ‘the MyBlogLog Problogger contest’. I was also thinking of starting my own blog contest.

So here goes my very first contest for permanent links in my blogroll and earning free blog review. This first round, I will give a permanent link to the very first 5 comments on this blog post. Second, I’m going to give permanent links to the top 5 referrers to ‘Technomania’ blog for the year. Third round I will select 5 others based on a point system, as follows:

  • 5 credits: Subscribe to my RSS feed.
  • 3 credits: Subscribe through email.
  • 5 credits: Link to me from your site/blog with the anchor text, Technomania
  • 2 credits: Comment on this post.
  • 10 credits: Write a review post about this blog on your blog/site, linking back to this contest post
  • 3 credits: When you add this blog in your blogroll. (So you can earn 3 credits instantaneously without much pain.)
  • 5 extra credits: If your Google Page rank is >= 5 and you linked to this blog.
  • 2 credits: Favorite this blog on Technorati.
  • 5 credits: Join my MyBlogLog Community before 30th November, 2007.

    You are free to do the combination of any of the above or just do one, the goal is to earn maximum credits.

    Why would you want a link on my blog?
    I have high goals and plan to get this blog up to a PR7 (or 3,500 visitors per day or 500 subscribers) by July 1st, 2008. As a matter of fact, if I don’t hit either of those goals, I’ll write a free Blog Review of your blog on my blog. The more credit you have, the more chances of your winning this contest or the worse you will get a free guest post or free Blog Review of your blog. Interesting enough…..!!!

    To get credit for links, you must comment here and include the URL to your page that links to my home page, the link must include the anchor text, “Technomania”, and it must be a direct link to this post, NO REDIRECTS. Blogs set up for the sole purpose of entering the contest will be disqualified. Cheaters will be disqualified.

    Contest ends on December 31st, 2007 at 12:00 AM and winners will be announced on New Year Eve 2008, that is, 1st January 2008.

    Hurry, spread the word and win the contest. As a matter of fact you are not going to loose anything, but the chances of winning are very high. Everybody can win.

     

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    MyBlogLog Problogger Contest

    MyBlogLog is having a contest where the community that grows the most from November 8th to November 30th will win. You must enter the contest to be eligible.  So far my community has grown by 1, which puts me at very low 457th place.

    The Prizes

    There is only one grand prize valued at $2600. The prize package includes:

    • 1 year Pro-subscription to MyBlogLog
    • $500 worth of search clicks on Yahoo!
    • 1 year premium membership to SEOmoz
    • A complete redesign from Designsbyrs
    • 1 year subscription to Yaro Blog Mastermind
    • “Featured Community” during December
    • Invitation to SOBCon 2008

    The current first place person has +120 members since the contest started.

    Help me out by joining my community.  I will love to join your community too.  I will even add you on my blogroll.  Good luck if you are also in the contest.

    Nominated for Blogging to Fame Awards 2007 – Please ‘Vote’ !!!

    imageI am very happy to mention here that my blogs Think About It, Just Laugh & Blog of Knowledge blog has been nominated for Blogging to Fame Awards 2007. Now the responsibility is yours to Fame it.

    How you can help?

    imageOn the top of the sidebar you will be seeing the adjacent picture. Just click on ‘Fame it’ and follow the instructions to provide Fame to this blog.

    imageIf you like my style then you came ‘Fame Me’ too. Same thing, just click on ‘Fame Me’ and follow the instructions.

    Other thing you can do to help promoting this blog is by spreading this message to others who can help in providing fame to me or this blog. I appreciate you magnanimity. Thanks in advance.

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