jkOnTheRun Gets Better, Easier to Use!

A primary goal for the GigaOM family is to provide the best experience for visitors, and that means keeping the sites performing as well as possible. We have rolled out site changes to make things better, and easier to find. It happens to look nice, too.

Welcome to the New jkOnTheRun!

There is nothing wrong with your monitor. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to… the newly designed jkOnTheRun!

New WebWorkerDaily Design Foretelling the Future?

Did you have a chance to hit WebWorkerDaily today? You may want to take a look, and not just for the web-based productivity content that you can find there on a daily basis. The site has a brand-new look and feel to it — not unlike our main GigaOm site. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if all of our network sites started looking similar in the very near future. Just saying. 😉

Ten Most Engaging Posts in 2009

The year is winding down, and as the end approaches it is a good time for reflection. That reflection can take many forms — some sites compile a list of the most highly trafficked posts of the year, an interesting look at hot topics of the year. I thought about doing such a list, but decided to take a different tack at the look back.

What sets jkOnTheRun apart from other tech sites is the engaging community. A lot of posts on the site result in good conversations, and a sharing of ideas and views. We have a very intelligent audience, and the sharing of ideas in the comments is a valuable resource to us all. There is often more good information shared in the comments on the posts here than on many tech sites in general. So it seems only fitting to list the 10 most engaging posts on jkOnTheRun for 2009. This was determined by the number of comments left on the posts, an indicator of the best conversations here for the year.

Here is the top 10 list of conversations:

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The Geek’s Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the geek’s night before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a hard drive was whirring, not a single clicking mouse;
The gadgets were charging in their docks so fine,
In hopes that St. Nick shopped at Best Buy online;
The geeks were all snuggled all warm in their beds,

While visions of netbooks did dance in their heads.
With a click and a whir there arose such a clatter,
As the smartphones and Blackberries began to all chatter;
A song they did sing to ring in good cheer,
In their sleep geeks were smiling for what did they hear?

Nothing, it was all SSDs here,
And as they settled their heads back down in the bed,
They dreamed of the gadgets that might be colored red;
An iPhone, a Nexus, or a new Palm Pre,
Could that be what they’d find underneath the tree?

As the geeks fell asleep with their eyes all aglow,
And the visions of electrons did come and did go;
With a whoosh down the chimney the gear did alight,
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Happy Thanksgiving from jkOnTheRun

May you have a Happy Thanksgiving today and spend time with family and friends. Take the time to do the things that really matter, and be safe. We appreciate and give thanks for each one of you who visit our little place on the web.

We Have a New Look! What Do You Think?

jkOTR New LookWe warned you we were rolling out a new site design so your eyes are not playing tricks on you today. The new design rolled out last night and is all sparkly and new. We really love it and hope you do too. Take a look around and see how much easier it is to get around the site, that was one of our goals. We think you’ll also find the site loads much quicker than the old one, and I can tell you it displays very nicely on phone browsers. We tested everything but with such a major change we might have missed something. Leave a comment if you see something not working as it should so we can stomp that bug. Also leave us a comment to tell us what you think of the new design. We do all of this for you and your thoughts on the design matter far more than ours. Enjoy your stay at jkOnTheRun. We’re glad you’re here.

Get Ready for Some Changes to jkOnTheRun!

We are excited to tell you that we will have some changes to the look and feel of jkOnTheRun going live later today. You’ll have the same good content you’ve come to expect, presented in a modern format that makes it easier to browse. We love the new format and hope you will too. There’s not long to wait — it should roll out later today. Meanwhile, enjoy your stay with us and check back often to see the new digs.

Take Our Short Work Survey for a Chance to Win $50 to Amazon.com

The last in our set of three users surveys, jkOnTheRun wants to know a little bit more about your habits at work. The results of these surveys will be used to craft our 2010 Media Kit for potential sponsors. Take our quick survey and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com. If you have the time to help us out, we definitely appreciate it!
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Take Our Survey For a Chance to Win a $50 iTunes Gift Card

While we don’t want to inundate readers with surveys, we do want to try and offer potential advertisers useful information about our readership. This helps maintain relevance on the ads you see. Sorry we can’t turn the ads off entirely, but we do have to pay the bills somehow. 😉 This information also helps us focus on areas that intrest you, the readers.
This is the second survey of three that will help us create our 2010 Media Kit for potential sponsors. Rest assured that no personally identifying information is passed along — we’re simply aggregating the overall information to gather information about our readership as a whole. Some of you were kind enough to provide useful feedback on our last survey, and for that, we say “Thank You!” We’ve tried to make these questions and answers a little better due to your direct feedback. No survey is ever perfect, but hopefully, this one is better than the last. If you have all of five minutes to help us out, we definitely appreciate it. And to say thanks, everyone who completes the survey has a chance to win a $50 iTunes gift card.
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