Alright, the dream I've dreamt since starting this blog is coming true - a blog that gives an informal look inside the world of VIs. Yes, I must confess that it's inspired by Microsoft's Channel 9, but it's the best form of flattery, right?
What a surprise, eh? Actually, this is even more exciting to me than the whole book thing, but that's because I love reading old news stories - I mean, really old. There's a section in Scientific American that gives the "what was news" 100 years ago. I just find that fascinating.
Anyway, you can now search news and magazine articles dating back as far as the 1700s in some cases. Since these archives are actually in the hands of various companies, Google cannot always give you free access. Instead, it drops you off at the owner's website to make your "donation" for the article. But the search results from Google do indicate which are free and which are not, so the casual web surfer doesn't have to waste time.
IMPORTANT NEWS - If you are currently subscribed to my site via a news aggregator, the link for that subscription is changing. You'll notice a combined RSS/ATOM feed at the top right of my site now. Use this link instead of the old one. I'll be leaving the old link alive for a few days but then it'll be going away.
In case you're curious as to why, I'm switching my RSS/ATOM feed over to FeedBurner, which has a very intelligent system for feeds and can optimize the feed based on the reader. Quite clever. It also lets me know roughly how many people subscribe to my site. I'm mainly interested in that because I use the amount of traffic to my site to help promote the use of blogs to other NI developers.
I have no idea what I have done to the RSS status of my site, but I realized that I had TrackBacks turned off. They're on by default now but apparently I needed to go back to previous posts to enable them there also.
So, if you have an RSS reader and suddenly got several of my old posts again, I apologize. But fear not, you don't have to go through them again - lol
I've been reading blogs all over but it took some searching to find any good reviews on hosted blog sites. This one looked pretty good, and I hope to get my family/friends into this domain as well.
Why? why, why why....I've been benefiting from the WWW/Google world for several years now and have had a growing sense that I should be contributing back somehow...you know, adding to the knowledge. My future posts on programming I hope will be just that.