Monthly Archives: January 2008

Use Your Domain as Your OpenID

Well, it looks like OpenID may be catching on. (I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing, though.) Now, wouldn’t it be cool if you could use your website’s domain as your OpenID URL? It’s easy to do. I’ll use my ID as an example.

First, create an OpenID at any provider of your choice. (You can find a list of providers here.) The URL I ended up with is redwallhp.myopenid.com.

Next, decide what you want your customized URL to be. Do you want just your domain, like mydomain.com, or will you set-up a subdomain (or subdirectory)? I ended up picking my new personal blog at matt.ntugo.com.

Now you just need to add two lines of code to your header.

<link rel="openid.server" href="http://www.myopenid.com/server">
<link rel="openid.delegate" href="http://redwall.hp.myopenid.com/">

Replace the italicized part of the first line with the URL of your provider’s OpenID server. A quick Google search will help you find the right URL (e.g. openid.claimid.com for ClaimID users). Replace the italicized bit of the second line with the OpenID URL your provider gave you.

And your done! You can now use your domain as your OpenID URL. This has the benefits of being easy to remember, and you can just change those lines of code if you decide you decide to switch from MyOpenID to ClaimID.

OpenID is Catching On: Yahoo and Google Onboard

Well, it looks like OpenID is catching on. Two major companies (Google and Yahoo) are slowly launching support for the “single sign-in” standard. On a related note, I voiced some concerns last April about OpenID. They seem very relevant nowadays. Yahoo is implementing OpenID…

FeedDemon vs. MyNT

As you probably know by now, the popular RSS reader FeedDemon is now free. The maker, NewsGator, has decided to start making money solely off their enterprise customers. So they decided to make FeedDemon available to anyone who wants it (don’t worry, it’s still…

Get Photoshop For $300

Don’t have Photoshop, but don’t want to pay $650 for the latest version? Luckily you have some alternatives. Amazon currently has several copies of Photoshop CS2 (the previous version) for around $300. Here’s a little secret: You can buy a very old copy of…

Zenphoto – Lightweight Web Gallery Script

Tired of the bloated Coppermine Photo Gallery? The much lighter Zenphoto gallery script may be a good alternative. The compressed download is under one megabyte, and the installation looks fairly simple. Just upload via FTP, and run the installation script. The installed gallery is…

BlogBuzz January 19, 2008

Personal Blog

My new personal blog is up now, if you want to check it out. Intro post.

Making Sense of Social Bookmarking Sites

The biggest Social Bookmarking sites are Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and Del.icio.us. I use the term a little loosely, as Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon are generally referred to as “Social Media” sites, as they’re less about storing things for later reference, but about finding things.…

21 High-Impact Designs

I’ve been looking-through design galleries again… Today’s design roundup, 21 High-Impact Designs, will cover highly visual designs that really grab your attention as soon as they load. As usual, they’re the kind of really cool designs that you can just sit and look at…

The Three “Hotspots” In Your Web Browser

Do you know what parts of your web browser’s chrome get the most attention (among “average users” anyway)? The are The “Back” button The scrollbar The tab bar Traditionally, people have argued that you should put important elements (e.g. navigation) near the scrollbar or…

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