MovableBlog: Archives: March 2003

A weblog about the Movable Type Publishing Platform and other geekery

March 31st, 2003

Design an MT-Powered Blog »

David Sifry is looking for a few good designers to design an MT-powered weblog for his brother. As full disclosure, I submitted my name for consideration, but although it doesn't disqualify me, I'm physically located thousands of miles away in Vancouver, B.C., so my odds aren't great.

Posted by Richard at 02:45 PM | Category: Web Design | Comments (0)

Redirecting to New Archive Pages With .htaccess »

Jim Ray: Movable Type file rewrite. This seems like a better solution than my own (not yet implemented): replacing each individual template file with a PHP header() redirect, and the (temporary) Individual Entry Template was going to look something like this (depending on the format of URL I wanted of course):

<?php

header ("Location: <$MTBlogArchiveURL$><$MTEntryCategory dirify="1"$>/<$MTEntryTitle dirify="1"$>.php");

?>

But using one file (i.e. .htaccess) seems a lot more efficient.

Posted by Richard at 01:21 PM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

March 30th, 2003

Late Night Links »

Posted by Richard at 02:30 AM | Category: Geekery | Comments (0)

March 29th, 2003

Minotaur Win32 Build Available »

There's a Minotaur build for Windows systems available at ftp.mozilla.org/pub/minotaur, with an apparent build date of March 20th, yet apparently uploaded on the 28th. So far it works on my Windows XP system, although it didn't import my settings from Mozilla. Maybe I missed that dialog box.

Posted by Richard at 11:00 PM | Category: Mozilla | Comments (0)

March 28th, 2003

Slashdotted »

Well, heading out to work this morning, I noticed that I was quasi-Slashdotted, in that the Slashdot news item included the my URL after I sumbitted the aforementioned XML Doesn't Suck article. The Slashdot Effect doesn't seem to happen with much ferocity to contributers though (it's merely doubling my not-so-impressive hit-count), which is understandable, since it's not the meat of the item.

Posted by Richard at 12:45 PM | Category: This Site | Comments (0)

March 26th, 2003

10th Security Advisory »

Windows XP Security Advisory: Flaw in RPC Endpoint Mapper Could Allow Denial of Service Attacks

According to the Sidney Herald, this is the 10th advisory from Microsoft this year. But that probably doesn't surprise a lot of people.

Posted by Richard at 11:03 PM | Category: Windows XP | Comments (0)

XML A-OK »

According to Tim Bray, XML doesn't suck after all. That's a relief.

Posted by Richard at 10:38 PM | Category: XML | Comments (0)

'Ben & Mena' »

Our favourite CMS developers, Ben and Mena Trott, now have a song about them. No audio here at my alma mater's computer lab, but thankfully the lyrics are available. To quote Principle Skinner, oh mercy. [via MJK]

Posted by Richard at 05:01 PM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

RSS Evangelism »

At Syndic8.com, I'm registered as an Evangelist, and there are sites that I would like to read that do not, as far as my autodiscovering feed reader and I can determine, have XML feeds. These sites (Zeldman being the main offender, which is understandable, since he hand codes his site) have been bookmarked as a group in Mozilla, but it would save time to have them aggregated in my copy of Syndirella.

Now, I just read Mark Pilgrim's post about nntp//rss, which I have yet to install. What concerns me now, though, is the last sentence of the email that Mark quotes—rather than quote something he quotes, I'll defer to his post. I've written earlier (here, which is a comment to this post at gessaman.com) that a list of shame might not be the best approach to RSS evangelism, and that a short, well-worded email would be more appropriate. But I yet to actually try to actually use this approach.

Has anyody successfully convinced webloggers to provide RSS feeds before? How did you approach it?

Posted by Richard at 01:28 PM | Category: XML | Comments (5)

March 25th, 2003

Phoenix Profile Location »

Because Phoenix wasn't rendering sites like Yahoo! Mail properly, I needed to delete the profile. It took a little while to find this page which says that, in Windows XP, the location is %AppData%\Phoenix\Profiles\default\xxxxxxxx.slt\ . Evidently this folder was hidden on my system, since a hard drive search for the word 'phoenix' didn't reveal its location. Your mileage may vary, but to get to that directory, I clicked Start | Run... then pasted in the following (not knowing the random string that replaces xxxxxxxx):

%AppData%\Phoenix\Profiles\default\

Quite literally with the percentage signs too, since it should redirect to the AppData location. Then I just deleted the profile directory. Not the smoothest thing to do, since Phoenix required me to delete the 'default' profile and create a new one. But now that the release of Minotaur is imminent, maybe Phoenix will once regain its exalted position as my default browser.

In other news, the Phoenix project page seems to have been fairly frequently updated lately. Which is good.

Posted by Richard at 11:42 PM | Category: Mozilla | Comments (1)

Programmer's Drama »

Why there are no Programmers' Dramas: every computer nerd has no doubt faced this. I get a lot of ideas while riding for SkyTrain, many of them for my personal (computer-based) journal and many of them things I'd like to try out in terms of web design or PHP (like Paulo in the above-linked weblog entry).

Alas, I'm the only computer nerd I know without a laptop.

Posted by Richard at 10:45 PM | Category: Geekery | Comments (1)

March 24th, 2003

Minotaur Coming Soon »

Soon we will be able to throw away the shackles of the bloated Mozilla browser and use a standalone browser (like Phoenix) and use Minotaur—officially announced as a project—as our standalone mail and newsgroup client. "We hope to start pushing builds on ftp.mozilla.org within the next day or so." A little birdie tells me that he had difficulty building Minotaur on his Windows machine, and this is a guy who makes his living by programming. But no more. Those of use without C++ compilers will get a shot at it soon. [via MozillaZine]

Posted by Richard at 10:55 PM | Category: Mozilla | Comments (1)

CSS Tabs »

Mark Pilgrim shows off his pure CSS tabs, and much of today at work was spent trying to figure out how he did it. It would have probably been better if I waited for his own explanation/demonstration, but I had no idea he'd do it today.

I didn't incorporate the hacks (yet?), and still need to test what I have in Netscape 4 and Opera. But here is what it looks like in Mozilla 1.3.

This is a screenshot of the Home tab, with no mouseover:

Home tab, no mouseover

This is a screenshot of the Home tab, while on the home page, but with a mouseover on the Home tab (I could have disabled the link to the 'current' page, but decided against it):

Home tab, mouseover the Home tab while on the Home page

And here is a shot of the mouse over the About tab while on the Home page:

Home tab, mousever the About tab

It's a really great tip, and saves from having to code and debug Javascript (coding and debugging that I already did for a previous incarnation of my work's mockup, oy).

Posted by Richard at 09:53 PM | Category: Web Design | Comments (1)

Self-Explanatory RDF? »

Erik Benson, if I read his " self-explanatory text" weblog entry correctly, is saying that learning RDF by looking at it requires a lot of looking up what the vocubulary of RDF means, and can be very similar to the way I approached the reading of some of the journal articles I read in university. I would read a paragraph and see some people-, place- or even event-names that were theretofore unrecognized, and I would then proceed to look those names up and find others, look those names up, etc. It would take hours to read a journal article that, if read once straight through, would have taken less than an hour. Erik writes: "As you can see, at its very base, RDF is still relying on the foundations of our understanding of English to figure out what this stuff is. Which means we script builders still need to build into our scripts an interpretation of what Property means in our tools, and what UnambiguousProperty means." He then invokes the LazyWeb by asking if there are tools in simplifying the process of quick access to information definitions, but not before saying he himself is working on such tools. [via Six Apart]

Posted by Richard at 07:58 PM | Category: XML | Comments (1)

Explaining Trackback »

You may have seen it elsewhere by now, but there is a Trackback for Beginners page available at movabletype.org. Trackback, that I get. Trackback's siblings, well, that's another story. But with Trackback, understanding it and explaining it were two different things, and the Trackback for Beginners will be a useful resource.

A short rant follows.

I do object slightly to calling requests by 3 well-known webloggers (David Weinberger has some 5,000+ inbound links, Anil Dash's site has some 3,000+ inbound links, and Doc's weblog has about 10,000+ inbound links) as "popular demand". Surely others have requested it, and could have benefited more with links to their weblogs than David, Anil or Doc. Like I said, however, it's a rant and should be treated as such. It's an issue I also have with the LazyWeb in that it tends to favour weblogs with higher readerships, although a central LazyWeb site mitigates against that.

Posted by Richard at 04:48 PM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (3)

Body ID's Are Cool »

New to me: Body ID's. This is pretty cool, and after coding a <body class="classname"> once per HTML file, changing a logo or the way the navigation looks requires only changing one file, the CSS file.

Mark ended up not actually using <body id="section"> for each section like I did on the site I'm developing for work, but rather <body id="diveintomark-org" class="sectionname">. (I'm not really willing—or possibly just not ready—to let people have custom domain-specific CSS for that site.)

Posted by Richard at 01:39 PM | Category: Web Design | Comments (0)

March 22nd, 2003

No War Feedster »

Feedster now has war filter, in that you can filter out sites having to do with the war. Full disclosure: originally I thought it filtered out sites that were pro-war and gave only anti-war posts, but it's actually for those who, like many, are just sick of hearing about it. Myself, I was a political science major in university, so I'll leave it up to you to guess as to whether I'm sick of it. Check this post on the Feedster weblog for more details.

P.S. if you search for 'Iraq' with the No War filter on, it doesn't work that great. [first link via Ben Hammersley]

Posted by Richard at 04:37 PM | Category: XML | Comments (1)

March 21st, 2003

P3P Enabled In Mozilla? »

In a post unrelated to the main Mozilla trunk, a poster says that P3P will be enabled in tomorrow's build of Mozilla. This is confirmed somewhat in a recent netscape.public.mozilla.security newsgroup posting.

Posted by Richard at 07:05 PM | Category: Mozilla | Comments (0)

RSS Comparison Chart »

There is now available a chart comparing what is required, optional, and not supported in the various versions of RSS. No word yet on what version 3.14159265359 supports. [first link via Scripting News]

Posted by Richard at 04:36 PM | Category: XML | Comments (0)

Content Synidcation with RSS Available Soon »

There is another sample chapter available to Content Syndication with RSS by Ben Hammersley (see previous post): Chapter 2, Content-Syndication Architecture. Chapter 4, RSS 0.91, 0.92, and 2.0 (Really Simple Syndication) is still available. See Ben Hammersley's post for Amazon.com links to preorder the book.

Posted by Richard at 01:10 PM | Category: XML | Comments (0)

March 20th, 2003

Syndirella Bookmarklet »

This is pretty neat: a bookmarklet to get Syndirella to subscribe to the page you're on. It works as intended, and saves having to cut & paste the URL into Syndirella. It would be even cooler, however, if it switched to Syndirella and then clicked the 'Download' button to automatically audiscover the feed, rather than having to do those two steps ourselves. That's probably asking a lot of Javascript though. I mean, hey, at least it works in Mozilla. [via Syndirella mailing list]

Posted by Richard at 11:50 PM | Category: XML | Comments (0)

Developing MT Plugins »

Developing Movable Type Plugins by Timothy Appnel: the article "cover[s] the MT plugin framework, its complete API, and the basics of hooking into the core systems operation and its data persistence service."

Posted by Richard at 01:55 AM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

March 19th, 2003

Grub Distributed Search Engine »

Grub, an open-source decentralized search tool for the Internet. From the docs:

By having websites crawl their own content, and having volunteers donate their bandwidth and clock cycle resources, it decreases bandwidth consumption across the Internet dramatically, allows for pre-processing on the resulting data, and ultimately improves search results sent to end users."

Emphasis mine. Somehow I don't think bandwidth will be decreased dramatically, but rather merely redistributed. It also apparently respects robots.txt. Mark Pilgrim has yet to pronounce that it is a unwanted robot from hell and/or include it in his robots.txt. [first link via Scripting News]

Posted by Richard at 11:38 PM | Category: Geekery | Comments (0)

Windows Update Fixes »

I just got a Windows XP Update alert, updating the following problems:

Say what you want about Microsoft products, but when there's a vulnerability, at least the updates are free.

Update 1: a TechTV article on the subject
Update 2: MS Flaw Puts Net Users at Risk

Posted by Richard at 07:09 PM | Category: Windows XP | Comments (0)

XML Too Hard? »

An XML Hero Reconsiders? Kendall Grant Clark: "all opinions about XML are equal. Except that that's not really true. All opinions about XML are equal, except some are more equal than others. Among the more equal opinions are ones held by the people who drafted the XML specification. " Takes on the notion that XML is too hard for programmers.

The Road to XHTML 2.0: MIME Types by Mark Pilgrim: with server-side code to tell your browser that the page is being served as application/xhtml+xml.

Also intersting: Standards: Optional Features or Law?" by Dimitris Dimitriadis

Posted by Richard at 05:42 PM | Category: XML | Comments (0)

Mozilla Metrics »

The major criticism against Mozilla is that it is "slow", both in the loading up of the browser and the rendering, and it's something I won't deny. Now we have some empirical evidence that Mozilla is slower than IE. The metrics have to do with the DOM, but that doesn't mean they're unimportant.

At least Mozilla still looks nicer.

[via MozillaZine]

Posted by Richard at 03:46 PM | Category: Mozilla | Comments (2)

Introducing Zempt »

It's been announced on the MT-Dev mailing list, so I guess it's okay to announce here: Adam Kalsey and a friend of mine, Bill Zeller, are developing Zempt, a LiveJournal-like Windows client for posting to your MT-powered weblog. Bugs and feature requests can be reported using the support page. It's very much in the initial stages, and it's very promising. Evidently Mac and Linux versions are also planned.

Posted by Richard at 01:54 AM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

March 18th, 2003

Another RSS Tutorial »

Syndicating Your Web Site's Content with RSS by Scott Mitchell: he lost me when he went into ASP coding, but then again, I'm a PHP guy. Or maybe I need to learn ASP. [via first Scripting News and then scriptygoddess.com]

Posted by Richard at 10:42 PM | Category: XML | Comments (1)

March 17th, 2003

Introducing Feedster »

If you're an RSS-fiend like myself, you might have already come across Feedster (definitely a better name than Roogle), which is a search engine for RSS-feeds. The design even looks nice, and hopefully I can search it for things I remember seeing in the RSS feeds I subscribe to, but forget which feed it was (at least until Syndirella gets a search function). I like the idea of searching only the indivdual posts, and not the whole page, which will have multiple posts. I like the idea of Google going to the anchor nearest to the first occurance of the search result, but Feedster, theoretically, now accomplishes this. [via many blogs, Phil's being the latest]

Posted by Richard at 11:36 PM | Category: XML | Comments (0)

March 15th, 2003

Starting a Blog With MT »

The introduction to starting a weblog with Movable Type is making the rounds, and for good reason. Near the end, the advice against "endlessly fiddling with your entries - editing, etc." is sound, but difficult for people like me who make a million typos in their posts and then spend 20 minutes editing, saving, editing, saving, etc. It's a bad habit I picked up from college.

Posted by Richard at 07:19 PM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

Mobile Edition with MT and MT-Macros »

dive into mark: create a 'mobile edition of your website with MT-Macros (and supplied templates). Quoth Mark: "XHTML Basic has no basis in reality. Ignore it."

Posted by Richard at 04:07 PM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

MT Archives Indicator »

As for the code that I use for the archives indicator (click on a monthly archive in the sidebar and it not only disables the link for the archive, but changes the background colour of the text), here it is.

<p><b>Archives</b><br />

<MTArchiveList archive_type="Monthly">
<?php

if (!eregi("<$MTArchiveDate format="%Y_%m"$>", $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']))
print "<a href=\"<$MTArchiveLink$>\"><$MTArchiveTitle$></a>";
else print "<span class=\"greyback\"><$MTArchiveTitle$></span>";

?><br />
</MTArchiveList>
</p>

It exists on every page with a sidebar (with a few exceptions) because the above code is in a Template Module called "Archives Listing". I then put <$MTInclude module="Archives Listing"$> in where the sidebar appears in my regular (i.e. Index, Individual and Monthly) templates.

In your CSS, you will need something like this:

.greyback
{
background-color: #CCCCCC;
}

Of course, you can chose any colour you want, with an appropriate CSS class name.

Posted by Richard at 01:36 PM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

March 14th, 2003

My Time Adjustment PHP Code »

Here's the code I promised:

For your where you want the blog data, put this code in (modified as
necessary):

<MTEntries>

<div class="<$MTEntryAuthor dirify="1"$>">
<!-- in your CSS, include a class named after each other's name, all in lower case, so that you can differentiate colours and whatnot for each other -->

<p><$MTEntryTitle$></p>

<$MTEntryBody$>
<MTEntryIfExtended>
<p>[<a href="<$MTEntryLink$>#more">read the rest of this
post...</a>]</p></MTEntryIfExtended>
<p class="postedline"gt;Posted by <$MTEntryAuthor$> on <a
href="<$MTEntryLink$>"><?

/* begin time adjustment code */

if ("<$MTEntryAuthor$>" == "Richard") /* replace Richard with your name */
{
$minusHours = (mktime(<$MTEntryDate format="%M, %S, %m, %e, %Y"$>))-3,
/* replace the number 3 with the number of hours behind you are */

print date("M. j \a\\t g:i A", $minusHours);
print " Pacific";
/* replace Pacific with your time zone */
}

else
{
print "<$MTEntryDate format="%b. %e at %l:%M %p"$> Eastern"; /* replace Eastern with the time zone of your co-author's time zone */
}
?></a> <!-- insert your MT comments tags here -->
</div>

</MTEntries>

When I used this code, the time zone for the blog was set to my friend's time zone, even though the blog used my installation of MT. See? Pretty convoluted, huh? Like I said, the scriptygoddesses do it simpler, and besides, this is something I wish MT did internally by itself.

Posted by Richard at 11:09 AM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

March 13th, 2003

Mozilla 1.3 Released »

Mozilla 1.3 Released: wow, since Mozilla Mail has spam filtering, I might consider dropping Eudora as my POP mail program, which was just a temporary thing to begin with. Eudora checks the POP account used for a fantasy hockey pool, but not my other account used for work; my third account, while technically a POP account, just forwards to a webmail account (okay, enough about the fact that I have too many email accounts).

Hopefully MT will take advantage of the Midas API for text editing. And although not new to version 1.3, I've been very happy with the Site Navigation Bar (this site has the appropriate <link rel="next" etc. /> tags that the browser uses). I'm not sure how I feel about automatic image resizing: it was a pain in the butt in IE and in Phoenix, and will probably be a pain in the butt in Mozilla.

Be sure to check out the Mozillazine article announcing the release.

Update: Slashdot nerds have weighed in, complete with bad joke (but so bad that it's good).

Posted by Richard at 02:43 PM | Category: Mozilla | Comments (3)

March 12th, 2003

Adjusting the Time with PHP »

Adjust the time with PHP: this is a neat hack, and it was similar to what I coded for a now-defunct blog of mine with a friend, who was three hours ahead of me on the East Coast. Necessarily, it was much more convoluted (I had a function which turned a date produced my MT into a Unix timestamp, and then...well it was pretty complicated and took me forever). I'm thinking maybe there should be a setting in MT's Author profiles for what time zone the author is from, and then have a tag like <$MTEntryAuthorDate format="etc."$>.

I'll share the code for the way I implemented it soon, but rest assured, the implementation over at scriptygoddess.com is much simpler.

Posted by Richard at 10:24 PM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

Free Pop-up and Ad Blocking »

Just saw this ad on TV: pay 20 bucks for something (Pop-Up Blocker) you effectively get for free in Mozilla. Pay 40 bucks and get something (Pop-Up Stopper Companion) you can also get for free by using this CSS code in your free copy of Mozilla.

There wasn't any sarcasm in the TV ad. Just here.

Update: Earthlink's similarly snarky press-release (praising Pop-Up Blocker...is that a different product/service then Pop-Up Stopper?). [via Anil]

Posted by Richard at 04:34 PM | Category: Mozilla | Comments (1)

March 11th, 2003

RSS Feed Reader Directory »

RSS Feed Reader Directory: This was originally a ping on the sidebar, and wasn't directly related to Movable Type, but it's still good enough for a link from me. I've been using Syndirella ever since I heard about it on dive into mark. The author of the program is very receptive to bug reports and feature requests on the Syndirella email list.

We all know about The Tyranny of Email, but what about the Tyranny of RSS Feeds?

Posted by Richard at 10:22 PM | Category: XML | Comments (0)

March 10th, 2003

Why Blog? »

A friend of mine has a digital art project, WhyBlog.org, which "is a digital art project, exploring the concepts of content, motivation, authorship, and identity in the world of bloggers. Join in if you have a weblog with a RSS feed. [...] In the near future, this info will be used in a postmodern juxtaposition of data exploring the hyperrealities of the blogging millieu."

There are a bunch of reasons for this site, primarily for note-taking/archiving, as well has being able to point to something (along with China Weblog and Vancouver Webloggers), for better or for worse, that has my name attached to it.

Posted by Richard at 09:16 PM | Category: Geekery | Comments (2)

March 9th, 2003

MT Wins a Bloggie »

MT wins a 2003 bloggie. As if there were any doubt. [via kadyellebee].

Posted by Richard at 06:03 PM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

MT-Email Plugin »

David Raynes is introducing his MT-Email plugin, which is very early in development. Looks interesting though. Posting by email has long been discussed as a possible feature for MT. [via his introduction in this MT Support Boards thread]

It's getting to be a little scary how prolific David is getting in terms of MT plugins. He also has Post-It/Comeback (now in beta), MT-Form, MT-Vote and a bugs tracking system for MT plugins (okay, that may have been kristine's doing, but he announced it on the MT-Dev list), and is among the top in amount of plugins already developed.

Posted by Richard at 12:14 AM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (1)

March 8th, 2003

W3C Remix Contestants »

Here are my favourites from the listing of entries of the W3C Remix contest:

* Marco "Bazzmann" Trevisan
* radu darvas
* Ben Darlow

They're all really good, though, and beyond any remix I'd come up with.

Posted by Richard at 11:55 AM | Category: Web Design | Comments (0)

March 6th, 2003

MT Mention in Slate »

MT gets a mention in this article on Google's acquisition of Blogger in the political affairs magazine Slate. [via The Shifted Librarian]

Posted by Richard at 09:59 PM | Category: MT | Comments (0)

Some XML.com Articles »

Two excellent articles, the first more practical than the second, and the second more theoretical (which is to say entirely so) than the first:

There is a third article that looks interesting, but I have as yet not read it.

Posted by Richard at 07:47 PM | Category: XML | Comments (0)

Hyatt on Tabbed Browsing »

Dave Hyatt on tabbed browsing: "I strongly support the default in Phoenix, which is to open links in new tabs in the background by default. This option should be overridable with a modifier key (SHIFT in Phoenix) and also the default should be controllable via a pref." Agreed. This is especially useful for reading weblogs, because if there are multiple interesting links in a post, I can load them all in the background without losing my place in the post itself. Plus I love how you can middle-click a link that you know will otherwise load new window—such as the "View Site" button in MT—forcing it it to load into a tab.

Posted by Richard at 01:14 PM | Category: Mozilla | Comments (0)

March 5th, 2003

Month Without MP3s »

This week is the beginning of my second week without any illegal MP3s on my hard drive. But since there was no announcement of that fact, there's no way you could have known this, so officially, today marks the first day. I will go a month without downloading or accepting from friends any MP3 that is not sanctioned by the record company or musical artist in question. Why?

I will not download MP3s nor will I accept them from friends unless, of course, the artist and/or record company has consented to their free distribution that way. In other words, if it's not available from the official website, then it will not be on my system. The major objection I can see to this is that people will think I'm "losing out" on all the great songs out there, to which I say, with a shrug, "yep, you're right".

So here goes: a month without MP3s.

Posted by Richard at 07:16 PM | Category: MP3 | Comments (5)

March 4th, 2003

Mozilla as Blogging Killer App »

If you haven't already seen it via here, here, or here, then check out Matt Haughey's Mozilla: Blogging's Killer App. The phrase "killer app" has been overused for some time now, but you can safely ignore that. Plus I thought Blogger was the killer app for blogging. Oh well. Haughey's discussion on tabs is useful.

Oh, he doesn't mention this, but it turns out you can Ctrl-Tab to shift through tabs in Phoenix (just as you can Alt-Tab through windows in IE and other apps). I find this out right after telling Pinder how great it would if, y'know, one could Ctrl-Tab to shift through windows in Phoenix. D'oh!

Posted by Richard at 02:13 PM | Category: Mozilla | Comments (0)

March 3rd, 2003

NewsMonster Sucks »

Looks like I'm not the only one who thinks that NewsMonster sucks. The install didn't even work for me, and I followed the uninstall instructions the other day. Although I found all the files listed in the instructions, the references to NewsMonster weren't even in some of the files. I'm lucky, though, since I'm not plagued by the re-occuring configuration wizard.

Update: March 4, 5:45 PM: Mark climbs down from his strong anti-NewsMonster position, linked above.

Posted by Richard at 10:45 PM | Category: XML | Comments (0)

Windows Messenger and 'Office' Screenname »

A few minutes ago, I tried to change my Windows Messenger screenname to "The office dullard is a clever foe" (10 points for the first person who knows where the reference is from—without searching Google!), but it would not let me. A bit of Google searching led me to a list of forbidden words in all versions of Messenger. Lame! (Note that some of the words are pretty offensive, but 'headquarters'? 'president'? 'worker'? Sheesh.)

Posted by Richard at 10:18 PM | Category: Geekery | Comments (2)

Exclude Categories Plugin »

scottandrew comes through with a "miserable hack" of a plugin, which excludes specified categories inside an <MTEntriesExCat>; container created by the plugin.

Actually, it's surprising he didn't make it an attribute of the <MTEntries> tag itself, like <MTEntries exclude_categories="foo AND bar">. His plugin instead replaces <MTEntries> with another container, <MTEntriesExCat>. Is it possible to add attributes to the <MTEntries> container via plugins?

Posted by Richard at 03:06 PM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (1)

March 2nd, 2003

WYSIWYG Editor for Movable Type »

Install htmlArea for your Movable Type CMS: get a WYSIWYG editor for your entries in MT! I tried the installation instructions, and thought it was nice and pretty, except for it inserted uppercase HTML tags. Not very XHTML-friendly. It probably would have been better to check to see if there was a setting in htmlArea to have lowercase tags (is there one?) but I got frustrated early and uninstalled it. [via etc.]

Posted by Richard at 09:28 PM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (0) | Comments (0)

Mozilla and Developers »

There's an article on Kuro5hin evangelizing the benefits web developers can get from using Mozilla.

Posted by Richard at 05:43 PM | Category: Mozilla | Comments (0)

March 1st, 2003

Site Update »

eliot landrum has pointed me towards the cool-looking RSS icons/buttons I asked for earlier, and put one of them up. I also changed the RSS validation icon, and updated the RSS 1.0 feed to using Ben Hammersley's updated RSS 1.0 template.

More after the hockey game. Pretty good game. That last penalty call was BS, not to mention the non-call after that, but let's nevermind that.

I updated the individual entry template to incorporate Ben & Mena's changes. I'm holding off on making two changes. First, making the titles of weblog posts the permalink is awfully trendy, but maybe a little too trendy. Second, I have a LazyWeb Request 'feature', which would have things I'm looking for on the sidebar, and once they are produced or found, the link would change to point to that resource. It's a little too convoluted for my liking, but I may introduce it tomorrow.

Posted by Richard at 10:01 PM | Category: This Site | Comments (0)

Weblog Hacks, Spectrum »

Also, be sure to check out Ben's call for Weblog Hacks. [via boingboing; check out the home page of Boing Boing today for discussions of the WiFi and the radio spectrum in the context of a private property vs. commons debate.]

Posted by Richard at 03:19 PM | Category: Geekery | Comments (0)