Changes & New Features

Posted on / by Alex Berger

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Audio: Changes & New Features

I’m thrilled to announce a number of changes.  Some are fairly small others are major. All should improve the usefulness of the site and make your life easier.  Have no fear the content and blog focus will remain the same, as will all of your old links.

Name Change

This blog, formerly is now The change is live and you won’t need to change any of your bookmarks or update any of your links.  All of your old links should re-direct to the new domain.

Why the change? I feel that the new name is more appropriate, easier to remember, a better fit for the material I cover, and lacks those pesky -‘s making it simpler to type!

Audio Tab

As a follow up to the ability to stream audio versions of many of my blogs, I have added the “Audio” link at the top of the page, next to the About and Photography sections.  This page has direct links to the .mp3 files the site uses.  Interested in listening to my posts while away from your computer?  These .mp3 files can be downloaded and used just like music and most podcasts on your ipod and mobile .mp3 players.

You can also download the posts and play them in your favorite media player for offline & off site listening.

Layout Changes

I have made several changes to the sidebar to make it more user friendly and added several options to improve functionality.

The search bar is now located at the very top. No more scrolling, no more hunting for it.

The old “data” field has been re-labeled “feeds” and moved near the top.

  • The RSS feed now has a button.
  • You can now add the site to your iGoogle & Google bookmarks with the click of a button.
  • RSS Comments, XFN, and another useless button are gone.
  • Added a direct favorite link for Technorati.

As always I value your thoughts and feedback.  Features you’d like to see? Changes?  Suggestions? Please let me know in the comments section!

Also, a huge thank you to Glenn Jimmerson for his help with this change and other advanced coding/SEO aid!

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.

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