August 24, 2005

Google Talk
Use your Gmail address to login to this Jabber-based server, with text chat, Voice, and Video (PC only, but you can login through iChat)

August 14, 2005

Textpattern 4 Stable Released
I’ve been so busy, I apparently missed 1.0-3.0. But as long as it isn’t Textpattern MX 2005, I don’t care ... it’s released!

August 08, 2005

Macromedia Studio 8
Looks like Fireworks survived ... but Freehand isn’t part of the package. And no more silly MX-YEAR nomenclature. Simply “8”

August 01, 2005

Textpattern Release Candidate 5 Available
I procrastinated a week thinking about upgrading to RC4, and this was my reward.

July 30, 2005

A Visit to Adobe
Cool offices, lots of monitors, but no signs they’re planning the hazing of merged Macromedia employees ... yet.

July 24, 2005

Textpattern Release Candidate 4 Available
“RC4 is a real release candidate — this means that nothing that would affect plugin authors should change until the final release — which is close.”

May 07, 2005

Google’s Web Accelerator is the new net SUV
“it gives some sense of comfort to its users at the expense of others’ resources” ... a good collection of resources and links on this hot topic among web/application authors

May 06, 2005

Avoid Google’s Web Accelerator?
It’s prefetching behavior can play havoc in web apps. Its attempt to pre-load a “Delete” link has proven disasterous for some.

April 18, 2005

Adobe to acquire Macromedia
Not an April Fool’s Joke, unfortunately. This sucks, in a totally monopolistic manner. Where’s the Justice Department when you really need them?

March 08, 2005

A Firefox/Mozilla plug-in that turns your bookmarks into a start page

February 20, 2005

Textpattern 1.0 RC3 Available
“A passel of url schemes to choose from, no more section placeholders, a new catch-all .htaccess, new integrated importing from other tools, new diagnostics tab, the list goes on...”

January 24, 2005

New MT vulnerability
Spammers are now hijacking MT comments in a new way (TextDrive has shut it down)

January 19, 2005

Ta-da List: Simple sharable to-do lists
A free web-based “to do” list, from the folks who brought you Basecamp

January 12, 2005

The Folly Of Content Management
“Do we really need to wear those goat-leggings and should we really be worshipping Google?”

January 09, 2005


January 08, 2005

Digital Proof
“In short, this site is here to persuade you not to use the Internet Explorer web browser”

January 05, 2005

Six Apart Guide to Combatting Comment Spam
I hope their advice and latest patch work (I’ve seen some evidence it isn’t), because the next escalation could be ugly

December 31, 2004

“Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware.” Hmm, I hear there’s a MiniMac coming...

December 21, 2004

Movable Type 3.14 released
“we strongly recommend that all Movable Type users install this update,” and from Mena: “We’ve got a common goal, that is platform neutral - to get spammers out of our space”

December 20, 2004

Comment Spammers Have Blogs of Their Own
And Jeremy adds to the call for some form of “no-index” marker to wrap around comments, eliminating the benefit of comment spam

October 02, 2004

Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
Learning programming doesn’t have to be stuffy, boring, or sleep-inducing. So I hear.

September 20, 2004

A birthday present from Dean: Textpattern 1.0rc1 (more here)
Textpattern graduates from ‘Gamma’ to ‘Release Candidate’

September 14, 2004

Managing static pages with Textpattern
Another fine TXP tutorial from the ZemMaster

September 07, 2004

Creating a photoblog with Textpattern
May not have all the frills you want, but it’s amazingly simple

September 06, 2004

Gallina: Uses a Gmail account to run a blog!
Cool idea, but as long as Google keeps altering login procedures, it might be a problem

September 04, 2004

Programming Ruby, the 2nd Edition goes on sale Oct. 3, and the First Edition is online
If I’m going to dive into programming, I think this is my language of choice

August 31, 2004

Using Instiki as your personal notebook
I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks on WinXP, and it’s great!

August 16, 2004

“The programs that are listed in this article may experience issues after you upgrade to Windows XP SP2”
Will my software need therapy to resolve these issues? Prescription drugs? Should I ask it how it feels?

August 14, 2004

Macromedia FlashPaper: The PDF Killer?
Looks like a new way to e-mail invoices, to me.

July 19, 2004

TypeMover: backup, restore, and/or migrate your MT weblog
A great tool for those ugly host changes

July 18, 2004

Doom 3
One wicked site for one wicked game
Creating Textures in Photoshop
“Flat colour and gradients only go so far. It’s nice to have alternatives for filling larger stretches of space within a design”

July 16, 2004

A nice collection of links on creating the popular “Weatherworn” look in Photoshop
Everything old is new again ... or it’s new, and we’ll make it look old, so it can be new again.

July 08, 2004

Interesting discussion about CMS’s and why people are leaving MT for WP and TXP
If these acronyms mean nothing to you, neither will the discussion

July 03, 2004

Dept. of Homeland Security says Internet Explorer is a security risk
Don’t use an Al Qaeda browser, download Firefox.

June 25, 2004


June 22, 2004

Migrating Your MT 2.x Blog To MT 3
The comment code is longer than some entire pages on this site
hicksdesign: “Textpattern notes 1” (a couple of tips and tweaks)
“I’m going to evangelise it until I’m blue in the face”

June 21, 2004

PHP Style switcher for Textpattern
A good tutorial I may try out here at some point

June 20, 2004

Moving from Movable Type to Textpattern
“about my experience converting two Movable Type (MT) blogs to Textpattern (TXP)”

June 16, 2004

Everybody kisses and makes up with Ben and Mena
“At least, those that haven’t already dumped MT during the 2 months of license limbo”

June 14, 2004

hicksdesign: Textpattern migration
“There was also a indescribable something about Textpattern. It just clicked with me...”

June 07, 2004

Textpattern gamma 1.19 Released
A big step closer to the 1.0 release candidate

May 29, 2004

PC Mag: 68 Tips and Tricks for Windows
“we present here a bunch of new tricks for this aging OS”
PC Mag: 106 Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Office
“we’ve compiled some of our favorite tips and tricks for Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint”

May 28, 2004

Burningbird’s Ongoing Survival Guide To LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
Given my upcoming move to TextDrive, I need to get some skills

May 26, 2004

How to raise $40,000 in less than 4 days
First, build a near sterling web reputation, then create an offer no web geek can refuse

May 24, 2004

Sharp Sand: Getting it Right
An interesting view of the community around Textpattern, and recent developments from Dean
Textpattern Forum: “Textpattern is Open Source Software”
A dual license approach “intended to keep options open for everybody who wishes to use Textpattern, from an individual weblog publisher to a multinational corporation”

May 20, 2004

Textpattern Forum: Textpattern 101
A nice primer and collection of links for those awaiting something more official
Textpattern Forum: gamma 1.19, Real Soon Now
Rush ahead, guinea pigs, so I may observe the results ... secondhand

May 19, 2004

How are you using Movable Type? Answers: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
Lots of interesting Trackbacks to follow

May 14, 2004

The Migration Begins: “So-long and thanks for all the trackbacks”, “Freedom 0 is the freedom to run the program, for any purpose.”
“Movable Type is a dead end ... This site now runs WordPress” ... “I hope we can still be friends. Maybe we can still fool around once in a while”
Drupal For (MT) Bloggers, v0.1
“a customized version of Drupal which has features that typical (MT) bloggers are used to”
MT 3.0 vs. ExpressionEngine - a comparison
“both should do a better job at letting customers know in advance what their upgrade policy is”

May 07, 2004


May 01, 2004


April 30, 2004

HTML Editor extensions for MovableType
Not only for Dreamweaver, but for my personal fave, NoteTab Pro!

April 28, 2004


April 14, 2004

SimpleViewer: a free app to make Flash based photo galleries
Nice interface, but photos still don’t look right to me when rendered in Flash ... slightly jagged compared to a JPG

April 03, 2004

The GIMP hits 2.0
The closest thing to “free Photoshop” there is.

March 29, 2004

Photoshop Plug-in: BW Workflow Pro
“Taking black and white conversion to the next level”

March 07, 2004

Real Obnoxious
A great series of posts about Real Player. Follow the links to the three entries



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