I recently decided it was time to explore OpenID. For those that aren’t familiar with OpenID, the sound-bite version boils down to this: OpenID is a way to identify yourself to others using a URL rather than username and password.
With more and more big names, Microsoft and AOL come to mind, supporting OpenID, I figured it was about time to dive in and set up my own account.
If you happen to be a LiveJournal or Vox user you already have an OpenID account. For the rest of us there’s a variety of options MyOpenID, Verisign and ClaimID to name a few. I went with MyOpenID because it was the first one I stumbled across. The signup process was fast, free and easy.
Continuing with our Vista Month theme, we recently came across the excellent Vista for Beginners website, which is chock full of advice, tutorials, tips and tricks for those migrating to Windows Vista.
Much of the content on Vista for Beginners is aimed at XP users feel more comfortable in the new OS, but even those migrating from older systems, as well as those brand new to the world of Windows, will find some time and frustration saving gems in here.
Structure matters. If you want your blog to be more discoverable to those searching Google, you need to tell Google what your site is about. Once upon a time there was an HTML meta tag that could do that for you, but then spammers abused the heck out of those so Google and the rest largely ignore them now. So how can you tell Google what your site is about?
In the process of digging through Google’s revamped Webmaster Tools earlier today I learned about some more things I’ve done on my personal blog that were not a good idea. So, armed with my own stupidity as an example, here’s a case study of what not to do (you could also view source on this page for a good example of bad structural decisions — sigh).