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March 30, 2006

NY Radio Station's response to my Interview

Filed under Celebrity

Shortly after my appearance on a NY radio station, I got an email from Ethan, the producer that initially wanted me to do an interview...
RE: Media Request PYX 106
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 12:03:50 -0600
From: "Youker, Ethan" <XXX@clearchannel.com> 

Dave: Okay you got us. Obviously in the haste to get a number on this guy (the "other" Dave Lenihan) we didn't check you out thoroughly. That's not something that is usually done on our part. A simple "I'm not the guy you're looking for" would've sufficed but you had to "clear your good name". That's cool, hope you enjoyed your laugh. We thought it was amusing. I would appreciate it if you could remove our hotline number from your blog though. Those are private numbers that are only meant for guests. Thanks for your time.

I asked Ethan how he found me in the first place. He said he contacted the producer at the St. Louis radio station where the *other* David Lenihan was fired. The producer there gave Ethan my web site as a means to get in touch with David Lenihan.

Condoleezza Rice accepts apology from David Lenihan

Filed under Celebrity

I am thrilled about this. Condoleezza Rice isn't mad at David Lenihan.
Read about it here.
Maybe I can get back to my normal life now!

March 28, 2006

Choosing a Web Host

Filed under Blogging, Reviews

A web host is when you pay a company to serve up your web pages. You could host web pages yourself, but you miss out on several advantages of a web host:
  • Backup is automatic and transparent
  • Internet access to your web pages is typically faster than what you can serve up from home
  • You don't have to buy/configure a server
  • You don't have to worry (as much) about people exploiting security holes in your server
  • You don't have to worry about sharing bandwidth with a server
  • You don't have to worry about fixing/upgrading hardware
In short, it is a good idea to let someone else host your web pages rather than try to do it yourself.
I started shopping for a new hosting company when I decided I wanted to use Movable Type as my blogging software. I ask my previous web hosting company, Hostway, if I could run Movable Type. They said I could, but I would have to switch my account from Windows to Linux, and they would charge me $40 to do that. I used Hostway since April 2002 and was happy with their support. I paid $215 a year for the Windows Gold Web Hosting Plan which came with 600 MB of storage. Rather than pay $40 to switch my account to Linux, I decided to do some web host shopping to see if I could do better.
When researching Movable Type, I saw that Yahoo! Web Hosting came with Movable Type already configured. This sounded perfect, so I signed up. Yahoo! also gives you a temporary domain name. The domain name I have (http://davidlenihan.com/ORIGINAL_davidlenihan.com) still pointed at my Hostway account and I did not want to disturb it until I was able to get my new web host working the way I wanted. The temporary domain name allowed me to setup my web site on Yahoo! without moving my domain name. BUT, I quickly ran into a problem...Yahoo! (for unexplained reasons) does not support uploading files that have spaces in the filename. This file, for example, would have to be renamed to something without spaces. That would break a bunch of my current HTML pages. I considered this unacceptable, since I plan on using spaces in photo names in the future. So I canceled my Yahoo! account, and they gave me a full refund.
Next, I tried godaddy.com. You may remember their infamous super bowl ad. Unlike Yahoo!, Go Daddy supported spaces in file names. However, they did not give you a temporary domain name. They charged me a fee ($6) to get a static ip address to setup my web site, which I could cancel once I switched over my domain. I got my web site copied over, so I started working on installing Movable Type. I ran into SO many problems...it was very frustrating. I finally found this thread which had a quote from the president of Go Daddy saying, "We understand that there are a few instances of MovableType running on our servers, however, we agree that installation is almost impossible." The issue has to do with a security sandbox Go Daddy uses, that forces any software to be modified to run correctly. At that point, I canceled my service and Go Daddy gave me a full refund.
Next I tried 1&1. They gave me a free .info domain to get started, so I grabbed http://davidlenihan.info. They support filenames with spaces, so my web site transfered without any issues. Movable Type installed cleanly. Two other features 1&1 has that are very useful for server side software installation: SSH and CGI Output Monitor. SSH lets you login to the server from a command prompt so you can run scripts. CGI Output Monitor lets you see the error log from when you run a script...not sure how you are supposed to diagnose script problems without these two features!
So I decided to go with 1&1 for my web hosting. I chose their 1&1 Business Package. It is MUCH cheaper ($120/year vs $215/year) and has much more storage (100,000 MB vs 600 MB) than my old Hostway account. I'm really happy with 1&1's price, features, and slick web administration interface. Two thumbs way up!
If you want 1&1 to host your web site, click on this banner ad to set one up. They will pay me a commission and I'll think you are really cool!

David Lenihan does a radio interview!

Filed under Celebrity

I got another email from a radio station in New York that wanted to talk to David Lenihan. This is concerning the racist remarks said by David Lenihan. I decided to go ahead and go on the air and clear my good name. Listen to it here.

UPDATE: My buddy Kyle cleaned up the audio so it sounds *much* better than before...took out the hiss, leveled volume between my voice and DJ's voices. Thanks Kyle!

Here is my second interview request:

RE: Media Request PYX 106
Date:Tue, 28 Mar 2006 07:10:55 -0600
From:"Youker, Ethan" <XXX@clearchannel.com>
Can you try calling me at either 518-XXX-XXXX or at 518-XXX-XXXX?
WE'd like to get you on this morning if possible.

Ethan Youker
WPYX Morning Show Producer
The Wolf in the Morning Show
Riverhill Center
1203 Troy-Schenectady Rd.
Latham, NY 12110
518-XXX-XXXX (Office)
518-XXX-XXXX (Mobile)

March 27, 2006

Unique Visits

Filed under Celebrity

This is a graph of my web site statistics for unique visitors over the past month. I'd like to think that this is all because everybody wants to learn more about which HDTV I'm going to buy. But I'm guessing that it has more to do with David Lenihan calling Condoleezza Rice a coon and the fallout from that.

Being an Aggie

Filed under Sports

There are two truisms when it comes to being an Aggie...you always pull for A&M and you ALWAYS pull for whomever is playing t.u.
I wanted USC to beat t.u. but the t-sips got lucky and won the national championship in football. Thank goodness LSU stepped up and knocked t.u. out of the NCAA basketball tournament this weekend.
It may be hard to understand why a Texas school would not want another Texas school to do well at the national level. This video may help...

March 26, 2006

On TV for a Mavs game

Filed under Celebrity, Mavericks, Photos, Video

This past Thursday, my buddy Jason and I went to the Mavericks vs. Golden State Warrior game. Golden State is one of the worst teams in the league, yet they found a way to win at the buzzer overcoming a 6 point deficit in the final 30 seconds. OUCH! That hurt! But at least we got on TV! We had great seats near the floor, about 10 rows up, and we showed up in the shot of Dirk celebrating after he hits his 50th point in the game. Dirk went on to score 51 in regulation...the highest number of points scored in regulation by a Maverick in the history of the organization. See the video clip here.

March 25, 2006

Subscribing to a Blog

Filed under Blogging

How do you keep up with a blog? Do you check it every day? Every week? When someone tells you to look at it?
It is no fun to check a blog only to find out it has no new content. If you keep checking a blog and you never see any new content, you will probably just stop checking.
There is a better way! Instead of wasting your time looking for new content on a blog, what if the new content would come to you! That is what is known as "subscribing to a blog."
Not every blog supports subscriptions, but most do. How do you know if a blog supports subscriptions? Look for an orange icon like this: . My website has one on the right side. This orange icon has become the industry standard for a blog subscription. The icon is from the Firefox web browser. Rather than creating its own icon, Microsoft has standardized on this icon as well for both the upcoming version of Internet Explorer (IE7) and Microsoft Office as of December 2005. The Opera browser will switch from a blue "RSS" button to the orange icon. It is good to see these competitors work together on this. This is too cool of a technology to get bogged down with confusion.
The industry standard orange icon is new, so you will likely run into many other variations until everybody moves to the new standard. They all mean the same thing, they just have a different look. Here are some of the ones I have run into...
It is good that we have a standard icon now. The same is hopefully true about what to call this technology. It appears that "webfeed" is going to be the standard name going forward. However, there are still many other names for a webfeed because there was no standard initially. Webfeeds are also known as:
  • RSS
  • RSS feed
  • RSS stream
  • RSS channel
  • Feed 
  • RSD (Really Simple Discovery)
  • RDF (Resource Description Framework)
  • RDF feed
  • Atom feed
  • Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91)
  • RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)
  • Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0)
  • Syndication
So we now have a standard icon () and a standard name (webfeed), but what about the data itself? There are several data formats for webfeeds. One of the first was RSS 0.9, created in 1999 for use in the "My Netscape" web portal. As Netscape died, so did updates to RSS 0.9. A successor to RSS 0.9 arrived as RSS 2.0 in 2003. It addressed some issues in RSS 0.9, but it had problems of its own. One of the biggest issues is RSS 2.0 is frozen and cannot change. Rather than try to fix issues in the established formats, a new format called "Atom" was created to address all the issues in RSS 0.9 and RSS 2.0. Atom is an internet standard that is overseen by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
How do you read a subscription? There are a few ways. I use My Yahoo. Google and My MSN also have webfeed readers. Here is what my blog looks like from My Yahoo as a webfeed. 
If you look at the right side of my blog, I have added a few buttons for webfeeds to my blog. The first, with the orange icon, is the standard webfeed and can be used any where that supports webfeeds. The next few are convenience buttons that will automatically take the webfeed of my blog and add it to the respective readers. To learn how to make these buttons yourself, see this page. Yahoo also has a nice page on how to promote your blog with webfeeds.
If you haven't guessed it by now, I'm a huge fan of webfeeds. I look forward to the day when I can litter My Yahoo home page with webfeeds from all my family and friends. So if you don't have a blog...get one! And if you do have a blog, make sure it supports webfeeds!

March 24, 2006

Request for an Interview...

Filed under Celebrity

I'm still not ready to talk...it has been a tough couple of days and I'm still shocked about the whole situation. I was contacted by a radio station that wants to interview me about my incident...
Media Request PYX 106
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 08:20:01 -0600
"Youker, Ethan" <XXX@clearchannel.com>
Good Morning David: I produce The Wolf in the Morning Show on PYX 106 here in NY and we'd love to get you on our show to talk about your little "incident". We don't believe that it was a fire-worthy offense and would like to get your take on the whole situation. If this can be arranged you can e-mail me back with a number or simply call our hotline at 518-XXX-XXXX. Hope to talk to you soon!
Ethan Youker
WPYX Morning Show Producer
The Wolf in the Morning Show
Riverhill Center
1203 Troy-Schenectady Rd.
Latham, NY 12110
518-XXX-XXXX (Office)
518-XXX-XXXX (Mobile)

Am I a racist?

Filed under Celebrity

If you read the news, you may have heard about a problem with David Lenihan and a slip of the tongue. I'm not ready to talk about this issue yet, as what I say certainly could be used against me. If you haven't read the news, check these links out...
Let me say that the people that know me know the truth. I'll post more in the future when I can collect my thoughts.


March 17, 2006

Email from Mark Cuban

Filed under Celebrity, Mavericks

I went to the Mavs/Cleveland Cavs game this past Tuesday. It started out terrible and looked like we didn't have a chance, then we turned it around and pulled out a victory. After the game, me and my buddy went to the #7 club at the American Airlines Center to have some drinks and check out the girls. The DJ at the club was wearing a Lebron James jersey (from the Cleveland Cavaliers)!  That drove me nuts! Why would a guy that works for the Mavericks be supporting the visiting team?!?! It made me angry enough to write Mark Cuban an email about it. I sent the email this morning and guess what! Mark sent me a response! Very cool! Here's the email...
Re: Ask Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban
To: David Lenihan XXX@davidlenihan.com/ORIGINAL_davidlenihan.com
Thursday, March 16, 2006 9:34:04 AM

You are right

If I was there, he would have had to take it off

Thx for the headsup

On Thu, 16 Mar 2006 9:02 am, David Lenihan wrote:
> Hey Mark.
> I was at the Cleveland Cavs game this past Tuesday.

> After the game, we went to the #7 club to hang out.
> The DJ that played songs on the outside patio was
> wearing a LeBron James jersey.
> I found that very offensive...why is a guy paid by
> the Mavericks organization wearing the jersey of 
> the visiting team? I'm fine with him not supporting
> the Mavs if he doesn't want to wear Mavs gear...but
> supporting the visiting team is crossing a line!
> I spoke with several other people at the Old #7
> club, and they all had the same reaction...what
> is up with the DJ supporting Cleveland?
> I've been a big Mavs supporter since I moved to
> Dallas back in 94. I even have a Mavericks
> Texas license plate. I'm a huge Mavericks fan and
> I love what you've done with the organization. Keep
> up the great work...I think we have something
> really special this year!
> David Lenihan
Its mavs time ! Get all the info at www.mavs.com

And for the best in hdtv, its HDNet ! Www.hd.net







UPDATE: I fixed the mispelling of Cleveland (was Cleavland)...it was driving me crazy and everybody kept pointing it out...for some reason my spell checker didn't have a problem with it. Now I REALLY know how to spell Cleveland!


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