MovableBlog: Archives: June 2003

A weblog about the Movable Type Publishing Platform and other geekery

June 24th, 2003

MT License Debate »

There is a long (and sometimes heated) discussion about using MT as a hosted service at On The Third Hand. Some of it is misinformed, and as is their wont, Mena and Anil have stepped in to try to clarify some of the issues. This quote from Mena in the above discussion is relevant to my experience (and is also a reiteration and elaboration of what she said in the message boards):

It is *not* true that you can not offer for pay Movable Type support services. The payment of the $150 commercial license (by either the client or the contractor) entitles you to charge for support (installation, customization, design work). When we came up with that number, we figured that most contracts would far exceed the $150 amount and for most contractors, the fee would be nominal. We *never* imagined that a market of providing services for personal users would have flourished. We assumed that businesses (that could easily pay the $150 fee) would be contracting support services. We underestimated the personal user as client demand.

In a later comment she admits that the license needs clarification to include paid installations and other specific services with the payment of a commercial license. Update 11:46 PM: see Mena's comment to this post.

Other reactions here (not in chronological order):

Update June 26, 11:00 AM: Tweezer's edge points out that there is a thread about this that pre-dates the current debate by two months. Anil has a lengthy reply.

Posted by Richard at 11:55 AM | Category: MT | TrackBacks (8) | Comments (4)

June 21st, 2003

Extract URL from HTML Link in MT »

Read this post to get regex which will extract URL from HTML in the format of <a href="">Foo</a>. You will need the MTRegex plugin to do this in MT. Thanks go to Adam (and Chunshek who also took time out to help).

Posted by Richard at 12:35 AM | Category: MT | Comments (0)

June 14th, 2003

Trackback Without Installing Trackback »

Adam Kalsey has unveiled Simpletracks, a web interface for those without Trackback but still want to ping a Trackback URL. Kind of like how my form was (when it was up), but on a grander scale. (For details on how I set my form up, see this post.)

Posted by Richard at 04:03 PM | Category: MT | Comments (0)

June 11th, 2003

Return From America, MT Discussions »

Sorry for the unannounced hiatus. A trip to Portland, OR, precluded blogging, but did not preclude reading others' blogs.

For the very few who haven't read them yet, A List Apart interviews Anil Dash with respect to TypePad, Dave Winer complains that MT users are flaming him (just now I went to Technorati and found that he is probably referring to, among other things, this, this, and this, although that last post's author does not use MT) and another interview with Anil Dash.

Update 3:10 PM: the interview with Adam Kalsey is worth a read too, as it touches on MT as failed full-fledged CMS (Adam recognizes it is not designed as such), and how Zempt came to be.

Update 3:35 PM: as per the A List Apart interview, Anil says "there are still hundreds of millions of machines and devices that we want to ensure are able to access the TypePad application and, more importantly, the sites that our users create with it". I have no reason to doubt that this means MT and TypePad will soon be a lot more accessible under Lynx.

Posted by Richard at 12:42 PM | Category: MT | Comments (3)