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Game Hosting Guide February 12, 2006

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Professional gaming and cyberathletics is a hot topic in the wake of Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel’s appearance on 60 Minutes. Fueled by the growing celebrity of Fatal1ty and Team 3D , competitive gaming is beginning to get serious corporate sponsorship. If you’re interested in competitive gaming, check out the Game Hosting Guide , a directory of the best places to lease game servers. The directory lists links to professional and amateur gaming leagues, as well as resource sites for gamers and admins.

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Jousting Between Blog Icons Continues February 8, 2006

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Jason Calcanis of Weblogs Inc. and Nick Denton of Gawker Media were the first blog network moguls, and have long had an (apparently) friendly rivalry that celebrated their different approaches to blogging for bucks. Jason went for many blogs in AdSense-relevant niches and then sold to AOL. Nick focused on a smaller number of blogs with a distinctive snarky voice, and has insisted he has no intention of selling. Jason was always skeptical of Nick’s allleged independence, perhaps because some folks (although not me) find the distinction relevant to their blogosphere cred.

Now it seems Jason is finally convinced that Nick has no intention of selling. The reason? The newest Gawker Media blog, ValleyWag, which has scorched Silicon Valley with insider gossip of the Internet economy’s rich and powerful. “Watching Valleywag alienate 90% of the industry over the past couple of days in such a personal and vicious way, Nick’s convinced me that he could really care less,” Jason writes on his weblog. To which Nick quickly responds with the first comment: “Jason, that’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever written.”   

DashLog February 3, 2006

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Dashlog is a web-based app for creating “simple weblogs that point readers to cool pages on the Net.”  It’s quick, simple to use, and free. Who’s behind Dashlog? The official version: “We are two programmers trapped in a cubicle in New Jersey. The boss says he won’t let us out until we finish the next version of the site. Please send pizza!” I found Dashlogs through Ed Felten’s blog and the domain is registered to Ed, so I gather he’s one of the coders in question (or, alternatively, the stern overseer of the cubicle-dwelling coders). Either way, it’s a great app for link blogs, like the Webwonk Dashlog

Virtual Economies February 2, 2006

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About 5.5 million gamers play World of Warcraft, making it the largest US MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) of all-time. Korean games like Lineage have probably had higher player totals at one time or another.

My point (and I do have one) is that online games are big business. That extends to the buying and trading of “virtual currency” and other digital assets created within these online worlds. These goods are bought and sold on online exchanges and auction sites, and are becoming a multi-billion dollar business.

Virtual Economies tracks the industry of online exchanges for game goods. The directory has more than 50 links to sites that buy and sell game assets, game gold and game accounts.

Hosting Insight February 2, 2006

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One of the great things about the web is that you can learn stuff for free. When I first started building web pages in 1994, I was able to learn HTML by reading tutorials that others had posted on the Internet – for free! It was amazing. If I had trouble sorting out a tag, I could check out the HTML Authors Guild or WebMonkey and sort it out.

In that spirit, Hosting Insight offers guides for folks who may be new to web hosting, but want to find quality, affordable hosting for their site. It’s not rocket science. If you’re looking for a decent hosting account, this site will really help.