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Friday, October 04, 2002

Excellent! - [5:11 PM]

Looks like Mr. Vore has a new home!

Take him over a plate of cookies and welcome him to the neighborhood.
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PowerBlog Blog - [11:18 AM]

I've been working with Jon Davis' new release of PowerBlog, to create my story site, and I must say it's really coming along. Jon's rethought a lot of the configuration dialogs and they're starting to make sense to me. I had a bit of trouble getting started but now that I've been through the process once I think I have it down and could properly configure a PowerBlog installation. Once you have the configuration out of the way it's really really easy to create new posts, or articles as PB calls them. The UI is going to look very familiar to anyone that's Outlook or Outlook Express. It's a nice three pane view of your blogs. The left side is a treeview, or outline, of all your weblogs and the right side is split horizontally between articles at the top and a preview window at the bottom. That design works for me.

The only hurdles I still have is understanding how it all fits together. What EXACTLY is a plop? Since I'm graphically oriented I think I'm going to have to get Jon a copy of Visio so he can create a drawing for me that shows how the publishing process works in relation to your template and plops. Sorry Jon, I'm a bit thick so it takes a while for this stuff to soak in.

Overall I'm very please with PowerBlog. I was able to customize my new blog to store articles exactly how I wanted to store them, with one line of JavaScript in a configuration dialog. Next I'm going to figure out how to change the archives page to look and behave the way I'd expect and get my template squared away so I can publish with the look and feel I like.

Great job Jon, keep on hackin'!
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Movie line of the week answer - [9:27 AM]

I know I don't get that many visitors but I'm surprised I only got four answers, three of them correct. The film the line is from is one of those films I can watch over and over and over, and in fact I do. Our family has listened to the audio books at least two times over, for all four books, and my wife and daughters have read the books. Very enjoyable books, and audio books, as well as the movie. The next installment in the series opens November 15th. And Bill, you're right I can't wait!

The correct answer is of course...
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie poster

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

This weeks winner is Steven Vore!

Honorable mention goes to a colleague, Mr. David P. Cole.

Thanks to all that played.
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Thursday, October 03, 2002

Movie line of the week. - [9:26 AM]

Sheesh I almost forgot! The weeks are just flying by.
Watchin' it on the big screen!
So then, here it is.

It was one of my more brilliant ideas. And between you and me, that is saying something.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

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Wednesday, October 02, 2002

Ahhhhh.... Fall! - [9:05 AM]

I've mentioned it before but I'm going to say it again, I LOVE FALL! Even my weblog reflects that fact, it's all fall colors. This weekend we'll venture out into a pumpkin patch to search for the perfect pumpkins to carve, we'll need at least six. If we can find some corn stalks we'll get some of those as well. The house is starting to take on the look of the season and after the weekend it'll really be in the spirit. Woo-hoo!


Yesterday on Scripting News Dave was talking about how the Google ranking system must have changed. I think he's right, it's definitely changed. Every once in a while I type in Rob, or Fahrni, to see what else is out there and about a month ago I was the fifth Rob. Today I'm on the sixth page! DOH! Weird.

Record labels and Napster

So it looks like some of the record industries own recording artists are starting(via Scripting News) to rebel a bit.

What I want to know is why these folks don't form their own label? Of the people, by the people, and for the people. I'm sure there's more to starting one than I suspect but it shouldn't be that difficult, right? In a sense it's a lot like software. Develop the product, manufacture the product, distribute the product. I'd imagine distribution would be the toughie. But wait! There's technology, like Napster, that would allow this newly formed label to give away the razor and sell the blades! If Napster was truly a boom to record sales some adventurous, and wealthy, artists should take a chance and see if it's true. What could it hurt besides the big labels?
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Tuesday, October 01, 2002

Pet peeve #8,910,023 - [4:13 PM]

Touching a .h file that causes the entire world to rebuild.

Oh, now I've done it. I said build on my blog...

How about these choice words as well; port, source control and unit testing. Yes, I'm a rebel.
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Afternoon Y'All - [1:21 PM]

Our local Web Portal, woo-hoo!

I hate spam

Who else thinks Hotmail should be renamed Spammail? It would get my vote. I'm just about ready to abandon my account. Even with custom filters in place I still get tons of garbage mail. As my grandfather says "That'll learn 'ya". Indeed. That's what you get for putting your e-mail address on your web page. If I could have five minutes in a room alone with a spammer, just five minutes. That's not very nice of me is it? Sigh...

Chew on this you stinking harvesters!
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Monday, September 30, 2002

Lend a hand - [5:29 PM]

Steve thinks his loyal readers are snubbin' him, not this kid! Problem is I'm just not a web guy. I can make my site limp along but I don't know how to create a real web presence. I know some guys that do however, try this feller.

I think the answer you seek is all the above, and a WHOLE LOT MORE!

Dive into Mark
Scripting News

There are gobs more but I can't think of 'em now.
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Better late than never - [10:25 AM]

Autumn is here!Autumn has finally arrived in the Valley. Early last week it was terribly HOT, today the high is expected to be around 78. It's about time! We dug out some our fall decorations and trinkets for around the house. This is without a doubt my favorite time of the year. Crisp mornings, warm afternoons, and cool evenings. Dew on the grass in the morning, heck the air even smells different. The trees in our front yard are starting to realize the change. The edges of the leaves are turning a different color and they're starting to fall. Soon the house will be decorated with corn stalks and bunches of pumpkins and our little towns annual Fall Festival is right around the corner. It's the start of the holiday season. Before you know it it'll be Thanksgiving and Christmas is just around the corner. Enjoy it because before you know it it'll be gone.

PowerBlog Beta 1

Jon has announced the release of PowerBlog Beta 1. Go download it today and give him a hand in the stabilization of this new and exciting product!
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