Sorry about my recent absence from blogging! I have been so busy at school with my GCSEs, sorting yearbook and what not that I just have not had the time to come on here and write however I do hope to make sure that this blog will be regularly updated this summer! I have lots of plans and lots of things to blog about so please wait expectantly. I am still working on finishing up the yearbook but should be able to slowly ease myself back into the blogging world!

Another thing to look out for is when I finally get my YouTube account going! I have so much video to edit and upload but I lack the processing power to do so! I have lots of reviews as well as just random videos! Whenever I upload a video it will be accompanied by a blog post and now with my HD2000 they should all be high quality, HD videos! I also have Adobe Captive 4 and may start doing a few tutorials for you guys!

To keep up to date make sure that you are subscribed to this blog and that you follow me on twitter!

When viewing this blog post, you may notice something slightly different. If you cannot work out what it is, it is that the blog is now wider! Rather than being 800 pixels wide, it is now 1024 pixels wide. This extra width gives more space for photos and videos and allows a more immersive experience when reading my blog posts. Please let me know your thoughts by commenting and taking part in this poll:

I have good news to announce! The Facebook page is now up and running and has been set up to automatically post new items onto this page! There was a bit of trouble getting this working as most Facebook WordPress Plugins would only update profiles and not pages. I eventually found the solution and this feature is now running so that you can get the latest updates from my blog on your Facebook News Feed! All you need to do is go to my page and become a fan!

As well as this, there is also a new dedicated Twitter profile for all site updates to be posted on. This provides a few advantages for the site! First of all, if you want updates from my site without all my other updates, then follow this account and blog updates is all you will get! Secondly, my main twitter account is regularly in TwitJail which makes me apprehension about blogging at these times and the update will not be posted, however with a seperate account it is near impossible for this to happen and it means that when my main account is out of TwitJail I can ReTweet the post when I am out!

Please follow the new Twitter profile and become a fan on Facebook!

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This post is designed as a way for me to test moBlog on my mobile. moBlog is a Windows Mobile program that allows you to blog remotely from your mobile. It is quite easy to set up and works with a variety of blogging services and allow you to have multiple profiles and muntiple blogs set up simultaniously!

The interface for writing blogs is in HTML but has a preview option to view the blog before uploading. The writing sceen is very simple and is literally a large text box but you do have limited formatting features which just allow you to insert the appropriate HTML tags for whatever formatting you want!

Examples of the formatting avaiable:

  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Underline

Note: Bullet points are not avaiable but I know the HTML for them and using custom HTML tags seems to work even on the preview.

The last feature provided when writing a blog is the ability to insert pictures. If this works you should see a stock photo from my HTC Touch Pro bellow:

As a basic bloging programme, this is acceptable but there are some major flaws which make the program difficult to work with! My main issue is when you try to write a blog or use the software in landscape. Th way the screen reorganises is impractical and require lots of scrolling to navigate. Rather than resizing the input and preview boxes to a 480 x 640 screen, it simply adjusts the width for 640 keeping the height as it is when in portrait mode. This result in the software being appropriate for a 640 x 640 screen and since this does not fit on the screen, a second scroll bar is added so that you can navigate the larger area. So that this makes more sense I will upload some screenshots late 🙂

Although the formatting options are limited they are much greater than those offered by my alternative which is by using the browser and full sized WP admin panel. The advantage of using the WP admin panel is that although the WYSIWYG does not work in Opera Mobile 10, it is better than the preview in moBlogs as it shows a more precise representation of what the output will actually looks like! For example, in WordPress, I have notice that using line breaks in the HTML view results in a line break in the output however the preview in moBlog does not acount for this.

Another disadvantage of moBlog is that it is not very user friendly. It uses a basic Windows CE design and is not as asthetically pleasing as using the online interface.

Overall I would not recomend moBlog forf the mobile blogger as it just doesn’t provide all the nessasary features required by a blogger today.

Before now you have been able to subscribe to me on twitter, however when doing this, you would get ALL of my updates and this was not convenient for those who were only interested in updates from my blog or to use the twitter subscription, purely as a way of subscribing to the blog. You can now follow @flungoBlog on twitter to get the latest updates from my blog. There has also now been a Facebook page set up which will also host links to new blog posts.

This now provides readers with 4 ways to subscribe to this blog:

The Facebook page and Twitter Page will not have updates posted for a month or more, but feel free to subscribe via either of those methods!

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This blog is simply a personal experiment and may be of no interest to you unless you too have a WordPress blog and ask yourself the same question:

Often I post a blog post without updating the permalink to something sensible. This means that after posting I have to change the permalink, and this could mean that the links posted on other sites automatically (like the link automatically posted on my twitter) may point to the wrong place. But what I want to know is whether when you change the permalink, the old permalink still exist, so that the the link is not broken? I will test this theory on this blog and let you all know with an update to the blog 🙂

UPDATE: Well that was simple enough, and I know have my answer 🙂 If you update your permalink after publishing, the old permalink will redirect to the new location meaning that no links are broken! However, it did appear that the TweetMeme ReTweet widget reset to 0 when doing this!

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Today has been an extremely productive day here on my blog! I should be in school but thanks to the snow, I have not been in school after the first day that I returned on Tuesday. Earlier today, I was thinking about my blog and trying to think of ways to make my URL shorter so that when my tweets are ReTweeted on twitter and shared that the URL links do not take up as many characters. While pondering over this I tried to come up with some clever short URLS but everything I could think of was taken or too expensive due to an expensive TLD.

I then realised that the short URL that I should have is so simple, and has been quite obvious for quite a while. On most social networking sites,  I use the username flungo which is short, simple and appropriate to me (the ‘f’ is for Fabrizio and the ‘lungo’ is from Lungo, which when put together makes Fabrizio Lungo which is my name :P) so I purchased the domains, and (the .info one was simply because the domain was cheap) .

I have now set those domains up so that they all redirect to (which you are presumably reading this blog on) as I have already built up a lot of SEO with the current domain and do not want to loose that by having multiple domains all hosting the same blog, or by changing the default domain. I have also set up (the shortest of the 3 domains) as my URL shortening base! All tweets that are posted on my twitter account from this blog will be using that shortened URL from now on! I will also be working to integrate this into other parts of the site including with the tweetmeme plugin that is used on the site. I hope to also make short permalink available so that readers can share the blog posts with the respective short URL!

This is the first post that should be tweeted using the URL Shortener so this is actually a test post; hopefully it works 🙂

UPDATE: It appeared to tweet correctly however I have now modified the format of the tweet that is posted to make it clearer!

I know we already knew this but I have yet another piece of proof that I am going crazy! I have just realised that I made 2 posts about the same thing….

I have difficulty finding time to blog about new things but somehow I managed to find the time to blog about the same thing twice 😛

For being the first person post a legitimate comment on here, Emma has won the amazing secret prize of getting a little blog post about being the first person to comment on my site! Wow…. A truly epic prize, I know! So many thanks to Emma and I hope to be seeing more comments soon! 🙂

If you were wondering the definition of “a legitimate comment” is a comment that is not:

  • written by me
  • posted automatically
  • spam