Minifying HTML and JavaScript Using Microsoft Expression Web

I don’t get an opportunity to use Microsoft Expression Web that often, but when I do, I always discover new features. I was looking for a way to compress HTML and JavaScript files that I was generating for one of our affiliations. In Expression Web, simply go to Tools > Optimize HTML to see a list of options. Just remember to resave your files as a different name in case you remove comments unless the comments can be lost. If you need to take a .min file or a compressed file and see a more fluent version of the source, you can right-click in the source window and choose Reformat HTML to reformat the source.

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Yahoo SearchPad Disappoints Me

I was reading a Robert Scoble post about why Google Latitude product is receiving more attention than Yahoo SearchPad. I totally agree with him. After reading his post about his interview and watching the video, I’ve devised a list of items that’s wrong with SearchPad:

  1. Where’s our developer API? I, for one, would like to see how I can integrate with this functionality and use it with my own sites.
  2. Where’s the integration with sites like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, FriendFeed, etc? I’d like to generate a list of searches and post it as a blog post using the MetaBlog API. Delicious can do this with links that I like. Why can’t I do this with SearchPad?
  3. Now that I brought up Delicious, another Yahoo property, where’s the integration? I like Delicious, but it has it’s downfalls. I’d like to have more control over the organization of my favorites if I so desire. The tagging system in Delicious is nice, but I’d like to create folders and sub-folders and not tag groupings. SearchPad seems to offer more functionality, but it didn’t appear that my results can be published somehow to Delicious.
  4. Other providers? One of the cool features I like about Internet Explorer 8 is the ability to change my default search provider from Live Search to Google, Yahoo, or even Wikipedia.
  5. A stinkin’ video. Are you kidding me? That’s it? Why show something like this off if there’s no easy way to sign-up? How can I provide feedback on a product that I can’t demo.
  6. Honorable Mention: Next time you request feedback, do you think you can use a more friendly url? Have you heard of TinyURL or the other 100 services that are like it? It’s just not the easiest to trust your “everyday user” to submit feedback using http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/search/searchpad.html. Actually, I’ve helped you out. I only took 18 characters off the URL, but feel free to use http://tinyurl.com/searchpadfeedback.

It seems like it has the potential to be a great product, but it just doesn’t do it for me right now.

Google Ignoring Feedburner

It appears that Google is ignoring Feedburner and the customer base that comes along with it. Google is in the process of forcing customers to switch their feed syndication from Feedburner over to Google, however, they seem to have some issues and don’t seem to be answering the questions being posed by Feedburner customers. I have an issue where after migration the MyBrand functionality stopped working. I’ve tried using their funky CNAME value for my feed, but that doesn’t seem to work. According to the response from the community on my question, I need to change it to a generic CNAME value. Who knows how long this will work (or if it will). I wish Google would stop ignoring the Feedburner customers.

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Windows 7 Editions Announced

The edition line-up for Windows 7 seems to be more streamlined then the list provided for Vista. To summarize, there are now 2 main editions for home users: Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate. There are also 2 editions for businesses which are Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise (Enterprise will be for customers that have Software Assurance and is similar to Ultimate). For more information, be sure to check out the press release at Microsoft.com.