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A message from Jeff the Tech Guy

Posted by: - Posted in Misc on Feb 02, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hey everybody,

I have talked to the guys and they agreed to let me post on here once in a while to talk about the blog and some of its technical aspects. I have been privileged to be a part of this amazing ride known as the Lohud Yankees Blog for the last three years. I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your fierce loyalty to this blog and your team.

I’m looking forward to seeing how it progresses as we move into a new baseball season. The growth and participation of this community has been nothing short of astonishing. So much so that I have spent many nights keeping an eye on an overloaded server, and trying to stop the blog from crashing. After exhausting many options, we have finally found a host that can scale to the meet the needs of our traffic spikes (excuse while I find some wood to knock on). That is a very nice problem to have. There are very few blogs out there that have 300+ comments on posts … let alone over 1000. You guys should be proud of yourselves.

It is definitely not my intention to fix something that is clearly not broken, but there are a couple things coming down the pike of which I wanted to make you guys aware. I figure now is a good time to test things out and I’ll be looking forward to your feedback. After all, it is your blog.

Threaded commenting
This will definitely change the dynamic of the blog, but it’s something that I think you guys will like. We’ll give you the opportunity to reply to each others comments directly, which should lead to some more interesting and targeted discussions. To see an example of this, check out our friends over at River Ave. Blues.

Facebook Connect/Retweet me
You’ll be able to log in with your facebook account and post under your name. This is an interesting technology I have wanted to experiment with for a while. I’m also going to implement a button that makes it easier to retweet posts on your twitter account.

Audio clips now work on smartphones
You can now listen to audio clips that Sam and Chad post on the iPhone and most web-enabled smartphones. If you want to test this out, navigate your phone over to this link for some audio and some pleasant memories. This still won’t work on a lot of old school flip phones. Time for an upgrade!

Tagging
This is something we got away from a while back, but I have been talking to Chad about getting our tagging game back on.

My brief thoughts on the Yankees
Relax, Johnny Damon is not critical to the success the 2010 NY Yankees.

I know a lot of you guys out there are technology people so I would welcome any and all suggestions regarding WordPress or anything else. My email address is jmarx@lohud.com. I expect I’ll get a lot of email after this post and I promise to read each and every one. I will do my best to respond to each one in a timely fashion.

Now, get back to work!

 
 

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