software comparisons

I’ve been testing out WordPress as a blogging software for a couple of months now and am pretty impressed. Initially I was having problems with trackback, but when the program was upgraded recently to 1.5.1, the problem disappeared.

As far as differences go, Typepad is easy to set up and start blogging. WordPress is easy to set up too, but you have to have your own hosting service. You also have more control over the look of your site with WordPress as compared with the TypePad basic service, but you need to know more.

I just recently discovered that WP has future posting. Which means, you can write a post and set a date and time for it to be posted. I’m not sure is Typepad allows this or not. I’ll give it a quick test now.

Nope,… doesn’t seem to work in basic. As soon as I hit publish, even though the time has not arrived, it publishes.

upgrade

BINGO. The trackback worked!!! I’m a very happy camper.

I’ve just upgraded to version 1.51. By following the directions here, it seemed very easy. I am now wondering if this upgrade has fixed the trackback problem I am having.

For this test, I’m going to try and trackback to the previous posting calledChanging Blog Platforms. I’m hoping it works because I don’t like the b2evolution that much.

BINGO. The trackback worked!!! I’m a very happy camper.

I tried sending a trackback from b2e but it doesn’t show up. Hmmm… I’ll try from blogger and see if that works.

changing blog platforms

As much as I like WordPress, the trackback (or rather the poor functioning of trackback) is a killer for me.

As much as I like WordPress, the trackback (or rather the poor functioning of trackback) is a killer for me. I don’t want to have to work at getting trackback to work,… especially since it is so easy to use in other forms (Typepad (via MarsEdit), Blogger etc.). I may try setting up b2evolution which seems a little more complicated but also more full featured.

There is one more thing I’d like to try though. I’ll see if trackback works using MarsEdit. No, it doesn’t.

I’ve downloaded b2evolution and it does take some getting used to, but I’ll play with it anyway. Perhaps WP will fix their trackback sooner than later, and yes,… b2e trackback works.

I’m back

I came back to work yesterday, despite still feeling crappy. In talking with my MD, I set up an appointment with a specialist for Thursday morning. Hopefully he/she will be able to pinpoint what is wrong. This is getting soooo tedious.

Meanwhile, I am learning a great deal about CSS and XHTML via the book mentioned earlier. I’ve also been following the tutorial over at WestCiv. The tutorial is an excellent walk through on CSS (and their product of course) while creating a web page. I have, so far, found only one inconsistency from what I have read elsewhere. For instance, in using shortcuts in CSS, the order I’ve learned is:
top, right, bottom, left. They give a different order. I’m not sure what the reason is.

I made the mistake of listening to Jerry Springer on the way into work. He actually thinks the powers that be, care about America. I think they care about themselves and their friends, but they have no love of country. They have done nothing to indicate they care about this country or its citizens. Wearing a lapel pin of the American flag is just not enough in my book.

web stuff

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and learning about CSS the past few days. I am especially enjoying the tutorial over at Westciv, that I found out about over at Chasing Daisy. I’m also seriously considering a book she listed as a current read by Molly Holzschlag.

Seems so much has changed since I first played with HTML back in the old days, and I might add that it has changed for the better.

sharing or not

Went in to work today. Still not up to par (me that is). Made a lot of progress with the hosting service. Apparently they had a script for installing WordPress and it worked like a charm.

I haven’t written much on the political front mostly because I don’t want to aggravate myself, but also because I’ve been thinking that I should focus on what positive stuff our side believes in. It seems to me that the two sides are divided by two basic differences in how we view the world. It’s like most of us learned about sharing and looking out for others (especially those less fortunate than ourselves), while others kind of got stuck in the looking out for themselves only. The thing is, looking out for others is not as altruistic as it first seems. Looking out for others means, others are looking out for you. It’s a contract between the individual and the society.

trying something new

With too much time on my hands, I have succeeded in signing up for a new hosting service, despite the fact that I have no plans on leaving TypePad at this point in time.

I joined up with HostM and decided to try and install WordPress. Things went fine at first, but I still don’t have it installed. Anyway, the reason I did this was to learn more about the process and if it’s something I want to do. It’s all very interesting.

blockquotes

You may be aware that I have tried in the past to alter the look of this site via CSS and found that with the Basic Plan that I have, that is not possible. One of the things I wanted to do was to somehow make blockquotes stand out better… that is distinguish the blockquote from text I had. I was hoping that changing to the Plus account might accomplish this, but being unsure, I sent a note to Typepad.

Got a response the same day (today). No, the plus account won’t allow me to do that, but the Pro account will. However, the suggestion was made that I could make each blockquote the way I want, but it would be tedious. Alas, here was an answer that worked. I use MarsEdit much of the time to write my entries. MarsEdit allows you to define you own custom tags. So, I now have a solution, of sorts, for the blockquote dilemma, and I can add a quote like this:

“Thank you, Bush. Thank you, U.S.A.,” a jubilant Iraqi-American told a camera crew in Kansas City for a segment about reaction to the fall of Baghdad. A second report told of “another success” in the Bush administration’s “drive to strengthen aviation security”; the reporter called it “one of the most remarkable campaigns in aviation history.” A third segment, broadcast in January, described the administration’s determination to open markets for American farmers.

To a viewer, each report looked like any other 90-second segment on the local news. In fact, the federal government produced all three.

From today’s NY Times.

Here’s what the opening tag code looks like:

< blockquote style="font-style: italic; padding: 5px; background-color:#CCDEF0; border-left: solid 3px black;" >

silent marketing

I was on the subway this weekend when I noticed a young man across the way from me with the now familiar white earbuds signifying an iPod in his pocket. Rarely do I see iPod users with the actual machine visible. They usually keep them in their pockets or purses or wherever with only the telltale white earbuds visible. I’ve been noticing more and more people with iPods (albeit via the obvious earbuds). Slowly the train car filled, and a young woman got on with similar white earbuds in her ears. She was holding what appeared to be an iPod, but as I Iooked closer, I noticed that she was not moving her thumb in the usual circular motion necessary for navigating the numerous recordings and settings. She was, instead, “stroking” the middle of the gadget with her thumb. Straining to see better I concluded that she was not holding an iPod, but some other type of mp3 player.

Even as an iPod owner myself, I was Initially impressed that this young woman had decided not to follow the herd and had decided instead to strike out on her own with another brand. She seemed to be so engrossed with the gadget. She didn’t just find the music (or whatever) she was listening to and then put the machine in her pocket. She kept it out the entire ride… strange, I remember thinking. When I got off at my stop, I saw an ad for an mp3 player that looked very much like what the young woman was fiddling with. And then another ad,… and another. Coincidence?

The next day, … Sunday…., the NY Times Magazine had as its lead story, The Hidden (in Plain Sight) Persuaders. The article spoke of the science of pushing products via word of mouth. After reading the article, I’ve concluded that the young woman was probably one of the “volunteers” who attempt to hype new products, and the only coincidence involved was seeing the Times article the very next day.

This makes me soooo tired.