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Happy Thanksgiving from 9rules!

Written by Andy Merrett on November 26, 2009


We at 9rules (even the ones outside the US who aren’t taking a well-deserved holiday) would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

You know, no matter where you live, it’s always good to stop, take stock, and find at least one thing to be thankful for.

Oh, and eat lots of food, too!

Here’s a selection of our 9rulers enjoying Thanksgiving. Have a great one!

Bike EXIF nominated for Mashable’s Open Web Awards ’09

Written by Andy Merrett on November 19, 2009


Great news for one of our 9rules members. Bike EXIF, edited by Chris Hunter, has been nominated for Best Online Magazine in this year’s Mashable Open Web Awards.

Bike EXIF is up against four other contenders. If you’d like to give it a boost, you can click on the banner below to cast your vote — you’ll need to be signed in with Twitter or Facebook Connect:

Voting remains open until 13th December, with the winners announced on Tuesday 15th December.

Are any other 9rules members nominated? Let us know in the comments and we’ll push you as well.

Congratulations, Chris, and good luck!

Around 9rules: Foodilicious!

Written by Andy Merrett on November 13, 2009

spicy-pan-roasted-delicataNever hang out at the 9rules food community when you’re hungry, unless you have food in the house that you can use to make some of the amazing recipes popping up there each week.

Here’s just a selection of food that our clever foodies are insisting you make this week (hmm, maybe that’s just me). With Thanksgiving coming up, don’t be surprised that there are some tips on turkeys and pumpkins, too…

First up, it’s time to get creative with those squashes. Cook Local offers up pan roasted delicata with a kick. Apparently “this dish was so good, we barely had enough for the photo shoot”. That’s my kind of food. (more…)

Around 9rules: Week in Tech

Written by Andy Merrett on November 6, 2009

As another way of showcasing some of the great content to be found on the 9rules network, we’ll be taking a look across the network a couple of times each week, picking out some of our favourite posts on particular topics.

We kick off with everything tech.

First up, an interesting experiment by Eric at SchwarzTech, who lived off his iBook G3 while his MacBook Pro was in for repair. Take a look at his experience plus a few tips for any other Mac users planning to dig out a hardware relic.

Plenty of tutorials doing the rounds this week, including how to set up Ubuntu to synchronise its time over the Internet, tweaking the Windows 7 Taskbar, blocking someone on Facebook and adding topics to Google News.

There’s also a very definite pro-Windows 7 article that sticks it to Mac fanboys.

Jan Oda has written an interesting article about using Twitter for writing web fiction, in which she describes the myriad of useful things she’s used the microblogging service for, including contacting other fiction authors, finding poems and digital art, and then explains the basics of Twitter in a way that’s relevant to writers.

Get Elastic has written a really good feature on how website performance impacts shopper behaviour — even if your site isn’t a shopping site per se, upping performance is sure to improve visitor experience and loyalty.

Did you have a favourite post in 9rules tech world this week?