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Archive for August, 2006

Wifi

Posted by penuruloki on August 31, 2006

As long as I’m talking about school anyway, they have the recently renovated Social Science Building Imholte Hall open now, and I have two classes there. Guess what? No Wifi. Big renovation with lots of elegant wood trim (it almost looks like an upscale office building) but no love for the techies. Bonus: the connection in the lab in the basement (where I have class) is pathetic. I get better performance on my laptop with Wifi. What a sorry excuse for an update. They need to do better.

I actually miss the Cow Palace, though I’m not quite sure why.

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Some people just don’t know when to quit

Posted by penuruloki on August 31, 2006

That includes myself. Somehow I managed to survive last years meltdown with only probation. Others I know weren’t so lucky. So having narrowly escaped such a fate (for now), did I learn anything from the experience? Not really. Having run my APAS (to see how much work was left), I went and registered for three classes. Twelve credits. That means I’m now working full time and going to school full time, something I swore I couldn’t do. We’ll see if I make it or not. I could have scaled it back to make my life easier, but then I’ve never been about making life easier. Oh well, at least the school is going to help me out by dragging me into _allowing me to attend_ an “Academic Success Workshop” to waste some more of _help me make better use of_ my valuable time!

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Comment Spam

Posted by penuruloki on August 16, 2006

No, I don’t have any here, but I did notice that there was some back at my old Xanga blog. I find it mildly amusing that some bot somewhere took the time to spam the comments (that no one reads) on my old blog (that isn’t updated).

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Quotations

Posted by penuruloki on August 16, 2006

I’m fond of my quotations and my quote page has finally grown out of control (mostly due to the incredible things that come out of my friends’ mouths). In response, I’ve split it into three different page sections. I haven’t deleted anything, just organized it.

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Windows Live Writer

Posted by penuruloki on August 14, 2006

For someone who spends so much time on his blog simply kvetching about blogs and blog software, I was somewhat obliged to give Windows Live Writer a spin to test it out. The basic concept is to provide a true WYSIWYG publishing tool for bloggers.
The first tentative observation is that it actually does work. Unlike some other free applets coming out lately, us x64 using bastard children actually get to play with the golden children. It also detected our custom WordPress install without issue. So here I am, taking it for a spin.

It also works with LiveJournal (though apparently not Xanga), so I can test out another interesting opportunity, the ability to post the same entry easily to several different blogs. I know friends who do this because they’re locked into the social networking scheme of each site, choosing that over blogroll links, trackbacks and RSS/Atom feed readers that cross site boundaries. I prefer cross-site linking to proprietary entanglements, but other see things differently.

It seems to offer a decent feature set, and things work fairly well so far. The app does do a few odd things though.

1. The program insists on leaving black sidebars on my editing box, presumably because my Siliconrow blog has sidebars along both side. So why not just show the rest of the site? It shows up in “Web Preview,” but you can’t edit there. The forced distinction between views for editing and viewing doesn’t make much sense to me.

2. The program jumps to layout view whenever you switch blogs. Why? I’m as likely (or more) to be previewing across blog sites as to be making changes when I switch blogs. I’m certainly not making a whole new post when switching, as the content doesn’t change, only the style.

3. The preview layout is a bit glitchy. I’ve noticed glitches with the text at the top of both sidebars, particularly with scrolling. Might be an IE problem, but damn that’s bad.

I’ll write more if I decide to keep using it. I have to get ready for work now.

[EDIT] Just to add another oddity:

4. Publishing the same post to two different web sites counts as two posts, with both showing up in the app sidebar.

I’ll stick with it and post a more complete mini-review when I’ve had a chance to play with more of the features.

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Conversion

Posted by penuruloki on August 6, 2006

I’ve posted in the past about how the greed of commercial blog sites has corrupted the blog vision, and why I moved from Xanga to WordPress to rebel against their limitations. The worst offender has been MySpace, which lacks full text RSS feeds. If you have to go look at the hideous site anyway, why bother with the feed at all? Even AOL got that one right with their blogs. I had one friend with a MySpace blog, and I quit going to her blog because it was so hideous.

But now she has converted! She’s moved to LiveJournal, which is still a commercial blog site, and does still try to create its own little miniature universe with subtle little walls to keep its users bound to the mother site. But it does have full text feeds, and LiveJournal does support OpenID, so I can consider her saved.

The world just got a little brighter.

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