Clash of the Twitter accounts

Here's an interesting article about Twitter account ownership. As someone who creates new social media accounts, it's an interesting question of who, in the end, truly owns the account. In my current situation, the status is very clear that the account ownership defaults to the company. However read on and you'll see that in the account in question, the person who created, maintained and grew the account had a heavy-hand in its entire existence.

Work goals

Like most people, I have work goals. Most of mine, however, aren't mandated or hinted at or quotas. They're more along the variety of "hey-wouldn't-it-be-cool-if" and then my imagination fills in the blank.

That blank can range from "cut costs on that digital expense" to "come up with a system that XYZ" or "get a better, newer, yet cheaper office thingermajig."

When I hit these goals, some of the time it gets recognized, but occasionally, it's just me at my desk, going 'oh yeah, that worked out.'

I think I need to get an electronic bobblehead of a Mexican futbol announcer. When I whack it on the head, it'll go "gooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllllll" for about 10 minutes. Then everyone will know.

Work goals:

1. Kindle Fire app

2. More digital packages

Patent Madness

At first glance, the world of patents would seem pretty far from web dev and print production. However I'm encouraged that Congress might make an attempt at patent reform.

The recent purchase of Motorola Mobility by Google for 12.5 Billion Dollars has brought some fresh light on this mess. The Goog put out a blog about their struggles with patents and current patent law in early August.

I'm of course no lawyer (if you don't count my off-shore, online law degree) and certainly no patent lawyer. I have as much intent to dive into this subject as I do to read all my EULAs in the bathtub by candlelight.

However my gut tells me something will remain frozen in the land of dev — web or otherwise — without any changes.

Another publisher takes a feint at Apple

For us in the publishing trenches, keeping up with iPad app rules is liking jogging in yogurt.

When you've got a web production budget in the low four figures, it's even worse.

So with that in mind, I'm almost pleased to see Amazon and its Kindle take a jab at the iPad rules. As reported on this link here, Amazon is attempting to side-step all the revenue-restriction rules by building a Kindle store in HTML5. They've released it first for Safari on iPad, Safari on desktop and Chrome. That's Apple territory, no doubt about it.

By building it in HTML5, customers can read offline, purchase books, and Apple doesn't get the 30% cut that's been odious to many publishers.

New ad unit launched

About a year ago I began developing a new ad size for my employer's business website, You've probably seen one of these before, where it takes advantage of the extra space around a website's core. I chose to call it a Wrap Around High Impact ad.

Read more: New ad unit launched

Back from the dead

Last week I started working on a website for a family member, another van der Voo. While creating their database name, I entered the first thing that popped into my head: "vdv". The system kicked back an error, informing me that "hey dummy, you've already got a database named that." So I said, "oh yeah, that's the database for my website," And I moved on and came up with another Db name.

I moved on and didn't get too much farther on their site. Then I came onto my site early this week to post an update. Lo and behold, the whole website was empty. Gone. Zip. Nada.

What?! I grabbed my guts and headed into the trenches, looking under the hood, and checking with the host company if there had been an attack or a hardware malfunction, etc. While I was waiting for their reply, it started to slowly dawn on me: I had tied the two different websites into the same Db.

No wonder it was blank. I had started a new blank website and swapped out all my content, here on this site.

Well, long story short, I had to do some resurrection from the dead. Thankfully I had all my bak_ Db files, and the site lives on!