The White House RSS Feeds Are Poorly Implemented

I subscribe to a number of RSS feeds coming out of our great nation’s White House. However, I can’t help but continue to notice that these feeds are really poorly implemented. Often they come with only a headline and no body whatsoever.

Presidential speaches usually include a link to an MP3 of the speach in the RSS item body–which means that Google reader embeds a flash player so I can listen to the speach right from the syndication. This is actually quite good.

However, for White House News RSS items, important information is left out of the syndication making the items worthless. I finally found the time and nerve to let them have it. Here is my letter to the United States White House web site technical team: Continue reading The White House RSS Feeds Are Poorly Implemented

Easier Apartment Hunting on Craigslist With Ken's Craigslist Greasemonkey Script

craigslistKen Go put together an excellent Craigslist Greasemonkey script for Mozilla Firefox that allows you to search Craigslist for items such as apartments far more easily than you otherwise would.

Let’s face it, Craigslist is free and fast but looking at 100s of listings for locations on Google maps, etc pretty much sucks. You have to have multiple windows open, go back and forth a lot and bear the ugly Times New Roman font that is Craigslist. Continue reading Easier Apartment Hunting on Craigslist With Ken's Craigslist Greasemonkey Script

How to Switch Your Cell Phone Number From Verizon Wireless to AT&T Cingular

I hope to blog a bunch about my new Blackberry Curve (8300) phone, but before I do that I want to explain the process for moving your cell phone number from Verizon to AT&T.

I ordered my phone off Amazon, and there weren’t great instructions on how to handle this, so here goes:

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  1. Do NOT cancel your Verizon account. You tell AT&T that you’re moving and they handle it. Be aware that if you cancel your Verizon account yourself, you will probably lose your phone number.
  2. After you recieve the phone, put in the SIM card (which was new to me since Verizon doesn’t use them) turn the phone on. The phone will be live on a new cell phone number. This is temporary and you won’t really be using it at all.
  3. Call AT&T’s sales line. (1-888-333-6651) I did this from a seperate land-line phone so I could have the device in front of me.
  4. Tell the sales person you are a brand new customer switching from Verizon and would like to port your number over. The sales person will hear this and treat you with kid gloves and conference you to someone in AT&T’s “porting department.” Be sure to tell the sales person you are porting a number to replace the number assigned to your new account. Continue reading How to Switch Your Cell Phone Number From Verizon Wireless to AT&T Cingular