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Why Blogger Is A Sensationally Bad Blogging Platform

Google's Blogger platform hosts a whole number of blogs all over the world. In fact, it must be one of the absolutely most popular blogging services available, probably only bettered in numbers by Wordpress.com blogs. However, that's the only good thing about Blogger, as far as I'm concerned.

Me, amongst other Blogger users, repeatedly swear about the incredibly bad user interface. But Google changed that recently! However, even though Blogger has become more editor friendly and the editor interface much more appealing, what's behind the surface is a mess.

I'm a huge fan of semantic and beautiful HTML and Blogger does nothing like that. New sentences, bold text sections and much more means absolutely awful conversion to a HTML resembling something like what HTML code looked like in the 90's. And this is bad. Really bad. First of all, search engine robots (even the Google robot) won't completely understand the structure of the blog posts, in the long run meaning worse ranking in search engines. Not good.

Also, editing a Blogger post is an absolute mess. How hard can it be? Google - just look at your closest "competitor" - Wordpress - which is a perfect example of how easy it should be to write and format a blog post. When I write a blog post in Blogger today, I need to actually code HTML to format stuff the way I want. Not very user friendly.

So, please Google - stop whatever you're doing with Blogger and start helping your Blogger users. Please!

Note: a more exact blog post on why Blogger is an awful platform: 12 things wrong about Blogger

How to solve the android.process.acore error

If you get the dreaded android.process.acore error, then you can find the solution here. First: Wipe out all your contacts data. Then restore all your contacts. Just follow the steps below.

This Android OS acore error seems to lie within contacts synchronization going wrong. Because of that we need to clear all contacts (and restore them). This is how to do it:

Step 1 - clearing all contacts information

  1. First of all, make a backup of all your contacts. You can do this easily by downloading ExportContacts from Market, fire up the app and export contacts to a csv file on your phone memory card. To be sure, copy the csv file to your hard drive too.
  2. Then go to Menu -> Settings -> Data synchronization and turn of all synchronization.
  3. Go to Settings -> Applications and tap Manage Applications. The list of applications will now take a while to load. When it's finished, find Contacts Storage, tap Clear data and tap Clear cache.
    Note: all your contacts information will now be wiped out - but you're safe - you've already exported the contacts.
  4. Turn on synchronization again (Menu -> Settings -> Data synchronization).

Step 2 - restore contacts information

Now we just need to restore the contacts information, which is saved in the csv file we created before. We will do this by importing the csv file to Gmail and let Gmail synchronize with the Android phone.

Note: You can import csv files to almost any email program or service, preferably Outlook or Gmail.

  1. Login to your Gmail account -> Go to Contacts -> Click Import (top right corner).
  2. Click Choose File -> Choose your csv file -> Click Import.
  3. Done!

Now it might take a short while (a minute or so) for the phone to synchronize your Gmail contacts. When the synchronization is finished you've got your contacts in Gmail and in the phone - and the initial android.process.acore error is solved!

My experience with HTC Hero

I got this error on a HTC Hero running Android 1.5. The phone was kind of slow at times and I got the acore error at least a dozen times a day. Up until now (June 29th 2010), I haven't heard anything about HTC addressing this issue.

Until further notice, what's suggested here should solve the problem, and let's hope HTC will give us Android 2.1 soon!

Hot tip: Use favicons in Google Reader

I recently stumbled across something that looks like a new feature in Google Reader. You can now choose to show favicons for all of your subscriptions:

Use favicons in Google Reader

Just click the arrow to the right and choose Use favicons, and you're set!

Great way to get a better overview of your subscriptions.

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