Archive for February, 2010

Textmate Minimap Plugin

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

My editor of choice for most of what I do on the Mac (when I’m not in the shell using Vim) is Textmate. I recently came across a neat plugin called the Textmate Minimap. Essentially this plugin opens a map across the side of your Textmate window (like another drawer on the other side) and allows you to scroll full screens. You can move the editing window screen by screen in the minimap. This is equivalent to a visual page down.

Philosophical Python

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Having spent a lot of time in the Perl world and even trying to write a Perl poem here and there, I decided to give some Python poetry a try. It turned out to be a bit more philosophical than poetic. But it compiles and that’s what counts; even though it doesn’t do anything useful (or anything at all).

Sortfix Or A Next Generation Search Tool

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Although SortFix has been around for a while, I hadn’t heard of it until recently. I also didn’t really have a reason to give it a try because the vast majority of my Google searches were providing me with the results I was looking for.

The idea here is that you can do a normal search for something and then you will be presented with a screen that will allow you to narrow down your search using a graphical user interface (GUI). This will produce a search similar to something that a power searcher would do in Google. After doing this a few times, it becomes fairly evident how its done and one could start “power searching” on their own.

Social Search's Effect on SEO

Friday, February 12th, 2010

There always seems to be something affecting your SEO rankings. Most recently, people have had issues with personalized search. Another kink in the chain may be social search.

The first thing is that Social Search can’t replace Hyptertext search (such as Google/Yahoo!/Bing/etc). Social search has 3 inherent drawbacks, time to receive information, credibility of the source, and subject/objectivity. Technically subjectivity is an issue with hypertext searches as well, but since the information is considered more permanent, people tend to be a little less opinionated and a little more objective (if the information is factual).

Model Specific Formatted Search Results Using Thinking Sphinx

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Having recently implemented Thinking Sphinx on one of my web sites, I thought it would be cool to be able to search every indexed model. With Thinking Sphinx, it’s easy to have a bunch of different classes returned in the results. The tougher part is displaying them in a way that is organized (although admittedly not very DRY).

SEO and Cross-Domain Content Syndication

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

When dealing with content syndication, one is occasionally in the situation where you are not the higher ranking site in search engines. You might rank #4 for an article and in that same search, your syndicated content may be ranked #1. What’s the best way to deal with this?

After much reading and discussion, I believe that you have a few options.