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I am the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor.com/Flights. I am also the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

Think You Know Everything There is To Know About Google Search?

Filed Under: Internet

I can google with the best of them… at least that’s what I thought before I saw this interview by Patrick Norton of Google’s Matt Cutts. I knew how to: do a phrase match – use quotes exclude specific words – use minus do spell checking get around spell check – use plus do currency […]

How to Twitter – Twitter as a Survey Tool for Bloggers

Filed Under: Blogging

Writer’s block comes eventually to all bloggers. You know you want to write a “7 ways to …” style article and you can only come up with 5 ways to do anything. What do you do? Like the song says, I get by with a little help from my friends. In this case my friends […]

Authenticity – "I am Tim, how can I help?"

Filed Under: Marketing, Politics

David, the LiveWorld CFO, told me a story recently of calling tech support for a company. The tech support specialist introduced himself as “Tim” and politely asked how he could help. Of course, Tim had a very noticeable Indian accent so during a part of the conversation while they were waiting for the machine to […]

Blogger Outreach – Do Your Homework

I am still surprised and flattered when someone asks my opinion so that is probably why I said yes when I was offered the chance to evaluate a cell phone handset for a major cell phone manufacturer. As the blogger/podcaster I did not really do my homework. I assumed that the company was asking me […]

Building Offline Communities In Mexico

Filed Under: Travel

In my day job I build online communities for the likes of HBO, Mini Cooper, TV Guide, the NBA, etc. In my off hours I occasionally participate in a very different type of community building. 13 times in the last 15 years I have made a trip down to Tijuana Mexico to work with a […]

Warren Buffet Interview

Filed Under: Politics

Ed Tags: WarrenBuffet, Ed Dale, Internet Marketing, Economy Who cares who becomes president. I am ready to vote for Warren Buffet for Secretary of the Treasury. Buffet has been warning for some time about some of the problems that we are now dealing with in the financial sector. He will make money in this crisis […]

Something to Sing About

Filed Under: Marketing

I visited my daughter at her college this weekend and one of the activities we attended was a recital of her voice teacher Dr Margaret Hanegraaf. Her teacher and accompanist were performing a series of short operatic pieces predominantly written in Spanish. Dr Hanegraaf has a beautiful full operatic Soprano voice and the songs were […]

LiveBar – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Demo

Filed Under: Internet

LiveWorld (where I am the EVP of Engineering and Operations) announced a new product called LiveBar today. LiveBar provides a simple way to add community to a content page, but we have talked about the functionality of LiveBar elsewhere. The funny thing about LiveBar we wanted to show this to everyone months ago but we […]

Safari's Web Inspector

Filed Under: Internet, Macintosh

I was just trying out the script debugging in Safari version 4 developer preview tonight and got more than I bargained for. I was trying to find out if I had a script error in my tags for Google’s new AdManager on the Amateur Traveler discussion boards pages (http://AmateurTraveler.com/board). I turned on the web inspector […]

Impossible

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. Arthur C Clarke Watching this video of trick pool shots left me saying things like “I can’t believe it” and “how did he do that?”. We all learned in the Empire Strikes back with […]