Archive for May, 2007

Top 14 WordPress Plugins

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Posted 29 May 2007 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl, WordPress

Geek GirlOver the last year or so, I’ve been tinkering with my site. I moved it from Blogger, which is notoriously slow to load most of the day. I chose WordPress because of its ease of customization and support in the online community. For a budding techie like myself, WordPress fits the bill. If you are looking for a program that you can install on your own (all you need is webhosting with SQL and PHP support) and customize until your heart’s content, get WordPress today!

WordPress, with its plugin system, reminds me a lot of my favorite web browser, Firefox. (See my earlier post on Firefox Plugins here.)

About Google Reader

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Posted 19 May 2007 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlOverview: Google Reader is a great tool for reading frequently updated websites without having to visit every single one! It can also be used to subscribe to comments on blogs, including this one. Google Reader is also very useful if you see a post and comments that are interesting but don’t want to keep returning to the website to see the new comments.

What is RSS? From Google Reader’s help pages (link #1, link #2):

Websites publish lists of updates—called “feeds”—that indicate when new content has been posted. When you subscribe to a feed, Google Reader starts monitoring that feed for updates. You don’t have to give any personal information, it doesn’t cost a dime, and it’s easy to unsubscribe.

About Pidgin 2.0

Posted 09 May 2007 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlEach of the individual instant message clients have their pros and cons, but if you are just an IM purist (like me) or just don’t want to be bothered with juggling 2-3-4-5 or more IM clients at a time, then Pidgin 2.0 might be a great option for you.

What is Pidgin 2.0?

Pidgin (formally known as Gaim) is an instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. You can talk to your friends using AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, and Zephyr.