Introducing page translations…

I’ve been watching my stats, and although the extreme majority of traffic to my website is obviously from the US and UK, as well as other English-as-a-first-language nations, more and more visitors who don’t speak English natively are finding their way to this little website. I can even see some of the translation sites showing up in my traffic logs. Well, thanks to a plugin from WordPress community developer lovelucy, every post now has a “Translate” link near the bottom, next to the various social networking “share” buttons. It’s powered by Bing Translator and appears to work pretty well. I hope this helps some of you, and if anyone has any questions or suggestions for making the site easier to access internationally, please leave a comment or contact me and let me know!

GoDaddy's big or bigger blunder?

So earlier this week the world saw what would happen if GoDaddy were to suddenly close up shop and leave town. Reports spread quickly, and an a member of “Anonymous” stepped forward saying he is the one who brought GoDaddy to their knees.

Although this may or may not be true, GoDaddy emphatically and categorically denies that such a thing happened. They say an internal error caused the several hour outage.

My co-workers and I crunched a few numbers yesterday and it could be said that GoDaddy is affiliated with some 30 million domain names, if we looked at the right information. Maybe more, maybe less… But would it really matter? Would you like to admit that a mistake, one wrong keystroke, brought down such a huge chunk of the internet? Or would you rather hope that your customers are sympathetic to your plight, that you were an unfair target and they were the collateral damage of a DDOS attack by “some nasty hackers.”

Was their mistake causing their own problem? Or was their bigger mistake admitting it? Does that open them up to a wider swath of people who want to leverage a class action lawsuit against them? They may have had a lawsuit dropped on them either way, in fact you can nearly be certain it will happen, but will more people be likely to pile on without remorse knowing that GoDaddy themselves caused the issue? It’s hard to say for sure, but I think GoDaddy may have slipped up big, this time.

Yahoo Fantasy Sports (Football) for Windows Phone 7? Yes!

Football season is upon us. Fantasy Football players are an “on the go” group, these days, and as such need their fantasy stats to go with them. One of the leading places Fantasy Football players meet up is with Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football. While the iOS and Android ecosystems have easy to use apps direct from Yahoo!, Windows Phone 7 has no such luck. However, the sports loving geek(s) that make up app developer Bushwood Studios has come to our rescue with Fantasy Ferret – a Yahoo! Fantasy sports app for Windows Phone 7. It covers more than just football, and seems as fully featured as Yahoo’s official apps!

When you open the app, you see your current week’s matchup (or matchups, if you’re in multiple league or playing multiple sports), and both teams’ scores. Swipe to the right to see the whole league. Press the Menu icon to the far left to open the “leagues” Window, select the league you want to make changes in, then tap your team name. From there you can make roster changes, add or drop players, and even read the latest news about your player, to decide whether or not you should start them next week!

Not that I want this app, anymore. After my sound 129.5-to-91 butt-kicking against the London SillyNannies I think I’m already about to throw in the towel on my fantasy season!

Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 shortcuts

Knowing your way around Windows 8 is going to be critical. Microsoft has put together a list of Common Management Tasks for Server 2012, many of which apply to Windows 8. Be careful, there are some differences – for instance, according to the article, the Start Menu in Windows Server 2012 will be located in the upper right hand corner of the screen (defying all logic). But don’t worry, classic keyboard shortcuts like pressing the Windows Key, or Control + Escape will still bring it up.

Other standards still hold true, as well, like Windows Key + E to open My Computer, and Windows Key + R will open the Run dialogue box – even if you’re at the start menu, it will drop back to classic desktop mode and open the Run prompt.

Check out the TechNet article for even more great tips.