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Andy McIlwain
Re: How To Change the Default Administrator Email Address - http://www.wpuniversity.com/wordpre...
"Hey there! What are you trying to do? We can make another blog post out of it. :)" - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: The State of WordPress Education - http://torquemag.io/the-sta...
"Glad to see you bringing this up, Al. We've certainly seen a need for it, from a user's perspective, in our time as meetup & WordCamp organizers. There's a difference between instruction and education, and for end-users, we have a lot of the former and not enough of the latter. Bob brings up a good point re: adjusting to your audience. You gotta adapt to different requirements, different learning styles. It's a challenge, but it's also an opportunity. That's where in-person classes and one-on-one training can step in to supplement a standard foundation. TL;DR: Standard WP education = core. Custom training/classes = themes & plugins. ;) In any case... I'm up for contributing what I can as a meetup organizer, even if it's just some feedback. And I can say with confidence that WPUniversity (http://www.wpuniversity.com) is on board to support it as well." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Facebook Advertising? Pshhh. - http://blog.pressgr.am/fb-adve...
"Too much noise in the stream. Facebook has saturated their newsfeed with promoted posts. I tune most of it out. Suspect others do as well. Another problem is promoted stories/posts/ads that aren't relevant, thus "Facebook ads aren't relevant so I'll ignore them." (Opposed to, say, Twitter ads, or Reddit ads, which are usually relevant based on context.)" - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: 10 Popular Security WordPress Plugins for Webmasters - http://wphacks.com/10-free...
"Don't forget the importance of using secure passwords for your accounts and only installing plugins/themes from reliable sources. A handy tool for generating passwords: http://www.pctools.com/guides/..." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Uber Toronto Activates Surge Pricing During Storm, Triggering a Bad PR Storm of Its Own - http://www.techvibes.com/blog...
"That makes sense for something like consumer goods, but cab fares? Really? Are people going to be hoarding a fleet of cabbies to escort them through the storm, entourage style?" - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Designers, it’s here. Hoefler & Frere-Jones has launched its web typography service, Cloud.typography - http://thenextweb.com/dd...
"Open Sans is the modern equivalent of Arial or Verdana. Free web fonts are awesome (ty Google), but they're restrictive." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Goodbye Historic Concourse Building, Hello Ernst & Young Tower - http://torontoist.com/2013...
"Facadism is a better approach than completely gutting the building and leaving no sign of what used to exist." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Goodbye Historic Concourse Building, Hello Ernst & Young Tower - http://stage.torontoist.com/2013...
"Facadism is a better approach than completely gutting the building and leaving no sign of what used to exist." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Week in WordPress Episode 1: There’s money in the banana stand! - http://slocumstudio.com/2013...
"Great to see more WordPress podcasts popping up. I'm a longtime fan of the format. :) Good stuff." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: 3 Light, Easy, and Effective Blog Customizations - http://john.do/3-blog-...
"My own grievance about Disqus: threaded comments on mobile really bug me. When conversations spin off into a sub-thread, you're stuck reading comments that take up only 1/4th of the screen." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: 3 Light, Easy, and Effective Blog Customizations - http://john.do/3-blog-...
"And if you're wondering "but what does it MEAN?" ... tl;dr = too long; didn't read." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Organizing WordCamp Toronto 2013 - http://www.andymci.com/organiz...
"Hey Mathieu, venue details are on the way. ;) By the way, could you get that WordCamp Toronto domain workin'? I always get emails about the malware warnings. :(" - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Effective Website Planning - http://2013.podcamptoronto.com/session...
"Uploading to YouTube right now. :) I was too ambitious with my editing timelines..." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: No Jokes, Please: Starbucks Says Blonde Is Catching On - http://www.businessweek.com/article...
"Starbucks has been pushing the Blonde roast aggressively up here in Canada. I've never been a fan of lighter roasts -- I absolutely adore good ol' Pike Place -- but I applaud them for their ambition to pull folks away from cultural institutions like Tim Hortons." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Telefonica, Mozilla and VCs Still Betting Big on HTML as They Pour $25 Million Into Everything.Me - http://allthingsd.com/2012112...
"iOS = closed ecosystem. Browser = open ecosystem. See also: Chrome OS." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: ReadWriteWeb Technology DeathWatch: QR Codes - http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterpr...
"Meh. Solution for the real estate question is pretty obvious: QR code points to simple mobile landing page. That page provides more detail about the property, some photos, maybe an embedded video tour. Also on the page is a phone number. If the person is interested in scheduling a viewing, they can call. Alternatively, they can fill in a brief form with their contact details to receive a follow-up call. The limitations of the QR code isn't the technology itself; the limitation is in how it's used. QR codes on a subway where there's no data signal? Bad idea. QR codes pointing to a bloated, non-mobile-friendly site? Also a bad idea. On the flipside, QR codes won't see mass adoption until there's a compelling reason to use QR codes. Just my $0.02." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: HP Previews Windows 8 All-in-One PCs With NFC, Touchscreens - http://allthingsd.com/2012090...
"It's not just the brushed aluminum look that makes the Spectre One look like an iMac. The form factor is identical - the stand, the black bezel, the logo placement, the trackpad. It screams Apple design. Maybe I'm alone here, but I've always associated the colour black with HP. Simply changing the colour would make a world of difference, I think." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Twitter to Developers: Display Tweets Our Way Or Else - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archive...
"You can still hook your Facebook account into Tweetdeck (at least the Chrome extension version, anyway). Perhaps each column is seen as a separate timeline? That'd be a way to consolidate updates from different platforms without violating the display requirements, no?" - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Marketing Fundamentals: Blocking and Tackling - http://geofflivingston.com/2012...
"I'm a recent graduate (2009), and Integrated Marketing Communications was the main takeaway from my time in school. We were told that all channels should co-exist to support a central goal. But the disconnect between what we were taught, and what I've seen in practice, is mind blowing. The well-oiled machine is more of a broken system of isolated cogs." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Why Giving Up Is Not an Option or Persistency Pays Off - http://www.zemanta.com/blog...
"First off - I love what you guys are doing at Zemanta. Anything that makes blogging more accessible is a winner, in my books. That said, I'm hopeful that more business owners (large and small alike) will see the value of blogging. There are so many benefits! You help clarify ideas by writing them out for others to understand; you inject some much-needed personality into the brand; and, over time, you start establishing some thought leadership, which can lead to greater opportunities." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
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Andy McIlwain
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Stream music online, for free! Premium plans are available for ad-free listening and desktop + mobile app support. - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
"XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
"XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Apps will replace the World Wide Web. - http://www.andymci.com/apps-wi...
"Hey Dave, thanks for the comment. :) Web development was once a scarcity, but as it became more accessible to the everyman, having your own web presence became a standard. App development, I think, is on the same path. We're still in the early stages, but given enough time, I think most businesses will have their own custom apps. (Look at how Apple is changing eBook publishing for authors.) When that time comes -- when we have a WordPress or Drupal for building apps -- we'll have reached the tipping point. Unfortunately, I also believe that this app-driven future of the mainstream web will most certainly be controlled by corporate interests. I say "mainstream" because I am convinced that there will *always* be ways to install applications without going through a marketplace. This is especially true for open source platforms like Android and (more recently) WebOS." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: #blogchat for January 22, 2012: Group Blogging - http://www.andymci.com/blogcha...
"Thanks! I really enjoy the #blogchat conversations, and I'm a bit of a nutter for taking notes... so it kinda worked out. :) I've been swearing by Evernote for everything and anything." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Sunday at 5 pm: Google+ Hangout for WordPress Next Steps - http://ladieslearningcode.com/2012...
"Only found out about this now, but I'll try to sit in on this as well. :)" - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: TED Talk on SOPA, PIPA - http://www.andymci.com/ted-tal...
"Hey Geoff. :) A big issue, I think, is that the system used for passing laws, both in the US and in Canada (look at Bell + CRTC), is horribly out of date.The world is a more complex place than it used to be, but our system of governance hasn't really changed. And that leads to the situations that we're facing now. Politicians are setting policies on things they know nothing about." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Web Marketing, as taught by the Apple Store - http://www.andymci.com/learn-w...
"Thanks for the encouragement, Autom! It's taken me a while to get over the whole "fear of shipping" thing. I have about 50-ish other post ideas sitting in Evernote, just waiting to be posted. :)" - Andy McIlwain
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