“Seek” is Sexy

November 13, 2007

People have asked, and the answer is no, we’re not affiliated with these guys.

And they’re not the only ones to use “Seek” as part of their name (we don’t know anything about them either, except what they wrote about themselves on a startup forum).

So “Seek” is sexy (or at least in vogue right now).

This message brought to you by the SeekSift team.


Share Your Favorites

October 8, 2007

Columbus Day is all about sharing (ok, not really, but we were stuck for a segueway).

Anyway, now you can share any of your favorite items with others by email; just click on the Email Icon email icon next to the item you want to share.


One Laptop Per Child Update: “Give 1 Get 1″ Back On

September 24, 2007

The OLPC project announced that the Give 1 Get 1 plan is back on (last we heard, at an OLPC presentation in February, the idea to let people donate one while keeping one for themselves was off).

Give 1 Get 1 starts on November 12 and you can register to get a reminder at http://www.xogiving.org/.


Save Your Favorites

September 14, 2007

Now, if you come across something you want to keep, SeekSift will let you save it in your Favorites page.

And soon, you’ll be able to share and trade your favorites with others, as well as (finally) get recommendations of new content based on those favorites.

It’s going to be great, we promise.


So Far, So Good

August 30, 2007

So Far, So Good

Ok, so we’ve fixed the problem with our contact emails, and retrieved what we think is all the messages which were in limbo.

But if you’ve sent us an email in the last few days and not gotten a reply yet, please resend it.

Also, there were complaints of filters not working; that glitch, too, has been fixed so your content results should be consistent now, but let us know if you see anything to the contrary (yes, emails on the contact page are receiving messages now).

Otherwise, the upgrade went just great.

An update to the help is in the works, as well as more details about the recommendations engine (yes, there really is one).


New Design on the Way

August 28, 2007

We’re putting the finishing touches on a cleaner & simpler-to-use interface (based on your feedback), as well as upgrading to new server hardware.

So the main page will be updated to reflect those changes, over the course of the next few days.

You might see some downtime or unexpected disconnects in the interim, but our staff of highly-trained monkeys support team will make sure that’s kept at a minimum.

Of course, please contact us to report any problems.


Feedburner Redirects

July 19, 2007

We’ve gotten a lot of complaints about RSS feeds which get redirected to Feedburner.

Usually, it happens like this: the web site you’re looking at says its RSS link is http://blah.com/rss.xml but if you were to click that link, you get a stub of html redirecting you to http://feeds.feedburner.com/blah instead, which is where the RSS really is (and no, there’s no RSS at that particular link, I’m just using it as an example, ‘k?).

So if you type http://blah.com/rss.xml into SeekSift, you’ll get back an error message saying there’s no syndicated there (because there isn’t).

Using the ultimate Feedburner address (in our little example http://feeds.feedburner.com/blah) would work, because that’s exactly the type of data we’re expecting.

The obvious thing to do is just follow the redirect, but we’re wary of making changes just for Feedburner; also, from a security perspective it’s better not to just follow, blindly, any redirect that gets presented to you.

So, for now, we ask that you figure out the actual address (and if you’ve read this far, you’ll know how to do that), but if the feedback to accommodate these Feedburner redirects continues, we’ll have to consider making a change.


Coming Soon…

July 5, 2007

Since we’re not fans of vaporware (and the jokes those types of announcements inspire), we’ve kept mum on our latest updates to SeekSift, but some new and interesting things are in the works.

Stay tuned…


One Laptop Per Child: Hackers Wanted

February 28, 2007

Taking a quick break from all things SeekSift, we’re glad we got the chance to see Chris Blizzard‘s presentation on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project at last night’s New York Linux Users Group meeting.

Chris brought along a few machines for us to play with, and it’s amazing to see how much progress they’ve made already.

While the idea to let people to buy one for themselves while simultaneously donating another is off, unfortunately, there are laptops available to developers serious about contributing to the project.

For application developers (in OLPC terminology, applications are activities) who want to write activities for the laptop, there are resources for developing in Python, and there’s also a general development site about the code which drives the OLPC’s Sugar environment (less an “operating system” in the way we think of computers and more of a human interface that kids will find intuitive).

While we’re not sure how much time we’ll wind up contributing ourselves (even though this is exactly the kind of distraction we love to indulge in while procrastinating & avoiding our daily chores), we’d like to wish the OLPC project well, as well encourage everyone who can to contribute.


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