JS-Kit Echo Live Doesn’t Save Users Emails or List Comment Text on the Dashboard

FINAL UPDATE:By publicly complaining on Twitter about my problems and questions with Echo, I received excellent, personal customer service from JS-Kit executives Chris Saad, Khris Loux and Philippe Cailloux.I learned that there was nothing wrong with my Echo transition from Haloscan.  Echo just doesn't store all the same data on their dashboard as Haloscan. Echo Live does not store text from comments on the dashboard, only on your site beneath your posts.Echo Live does not give blog owners the Read more...

Feed Me, Don’t Leave Me

I use almost all Google software on this site, which is usually wonderful. Reasonable, user-friendly, I normally have no complaints.However, Google's Super Pac Man acquistions of Blogger and then Feedburner and how they now all work together have made a big mess out of some of the RSS feeds. I was one of the lucky ones, yay!That's why if you get your dose of APISS via e-mail you got a whole lotta loving whorishly dumped in your in-boxes all at once this weekend, rather than decently doled out throughout Read more...

Don’t BLOG It

I recently got wind that a local free provider of family programs decidedly does not want me to publicize their public events for kids. Don't put them on the calendar and please do not blog about their events.No problem! I'm happy to stop my uncompensated, positive PR for your place and focus my dark craft elsewhere. Maybe I'll write about an organization that, shocker!, is struggling to attract and serve families in our community.I'm usually so worried that I'm going to slight an activity providing-organization, Read more...

Email Feeds Are Not Working, But I’m Working On It

UPDATE: E-mail feeds are back!! So, Google acquired Feedburner, the service that allows APISS readers to view my ramblings in an RSS feeder or receive new postings via email. And now the email deliveries are not working.But never fear...Faster than a non-speeding help desk. More powerful than a bullying customer service agent. Able to leap tall troubleshooting orders in a single bound. Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's APISS!I'm trying my best to ensure email feeds are Read more...

Is the APISS calendar working for you?

I just received some feedback that a reader can't access the APISS calendar of events. I myself can see it in Firefox, Explorer and Safari and through my Comcast cable connection. I'm hoping that the difficulty in accessing the calendar is an isolated incident, but I won't know unless I ask you guys, the readers.I've also received some feedback that the calendar is difficult to navigate, not updated frequently or not adequately filled with activity options. And we can't have that! Especially Read more...

How I Wasted Over $600 Today After Writing That Smug Post

Leave car accidentally unlocked when running kids into preschoolHave credit and check cards and $500 digital camera stolen from carSpend precious preschool time, reserved for work, on the phone with bankTake $100 out of savings until fraud forms are filed and money reimbursedDude, I'm never writing a smug "oh look at me, learn from me, I'm such a saver" post ever againThanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

Quote of the Day: "Have you looked outside lady?"

I just received a very spirited email that cracked me up:have you looked outside lady? we cant go to the park it is all wet n muddy. why dont you think of something better to do and look out your window so we know where we can go to. where can i take a kid to play inside or do something when it is wet. i bet you dont go to the park on a rainy day do youDear reader, I assure you that there are many other fun things to do this weekend that do not involve mud or soggy clothes. Just check the calendar Read more...

The sincerest form of flattery?

Apparently, there is another blog written by parents in Silver Spring sponsored by the Takoma/Silver Spring Voice online. This blog is called ApParently.The Silver Bee in her great wisdom and kindness gently let me know this.And I thought I was so original! I feel like that 17 year old who found out the perfect name she had for her band was already taken. (Or the 30-something one.)ApParently has in its right sidebar the community calendar that is produced by the Voice and keeps the community thriving. Read more...