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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Google blogsearch

Google and Blogs: Most people don't have a clue about the advanced features of Google, like Google Maps, Google Print , and Google Earth (which i discussed several weeks ago). My gosh, a lot of people don't even have the Google Toolbar yet. But perhaps the best Google software for anyone who reads blogs is the new Google Blog Search. It's by far the easiest way to search multiple blogs for a post on a given topic. And it updates virtually immediately, since it is based on atom feeds. Honestly, it blows Technorati away if you're just trying to search and don't care about links, etc.

Of course, I'm pretty sure Google doesn't offer a way to embed the search on individual blogs, so for now Oh, SmAlbany! will have to rely on FreeFind, whose search box I have placed below the archives on the right hand side of the blog. This is a long overdue way to search SmAlbany with ease. Happy back-post hunting!

Brave new SmAlbany: As long as we're on a tech kick, it's worth noting that Fox23 now has podcasts avaiable daily for both news and weather, as well as a weekly podcast of the high school sports show. Not bad, but not great - it's basically an .mp3 of the TV show, which means it's not adjusted for things like not seeing the weather graphics. I also found Radio Free Upstate (also a podcast), which offers conservative and libertarian commentary with an upstate slant. Haven't listened to it yet, so I can't offer an opinion.
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