web development

Don't Know When to Quit

Mon, 2007-01-29 03:11

Silly me, I want to start another website. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and over the years I have planned and think it is a good idea. I have had a pretty fair domain for some time now, eight letters two natural words and somebody even tried to buy it about a year ago. The domain might not be wonderful but I think it will work.

I don't want to talk about it too much but I will say it has a gardening theme. If any of you gardeners out there have a blog or wish to or if you just want to do something neat then leave a comment. If you also have a nice website layout I can use I will be your friend for life.

I also have another killer idea, even better domain, same gardening theme and I am even more excited about this one but you might have to wait for it. This one is really ground breaking (get it? gardening =! groundbreaking) and I know you will just love it but it takes some work.

These two site ideas are different enough that I want to keep them seperate. Should be fun!

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I Need More Than a Fix

Sat, 2006-12-30 02:39

I just now happened upon an amusing little site at Fix My Site and while I normally don't hand a large measure of meritoriousness to cookie cutter Blogger incarnations, I am still flexible enough to recognise a true artist who is willing to give up control, respect, and a usable comment system in order to have Big G handle the security updates.

I really considered submitting this website for a free critique, but I realized in the nick of time that the complete lack of redeeming qualities present here coupled with the knowledge that computers when I was in high school were the size of small airplane hangers might just leave this poor fellow speechless, and that would be wrong. Turning out high quality blog evaluations at the rate of almost two a month is an important service to the community and should not be hindered by trivial distractions.

The thing I would like to ask Jason Edelman if his comment form did work is this: Do you accept third party submissions?

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Two Little Foxes

Sun, 2006-12-10 01:45

Those of us who develop websites need to be able to test in as many browsers as possible. This is no problem for folks who have multiple computers to run with different configurations. Not everybody has that luxury. I do count myself fortunate to have an old laptop running windows 98 and therefore I did not hesitate to update my XP system ot the new IE7 browser; please bear in mind that I have not used Internet Explorer for anything but testing for maybe four years or so.

Meanwhile, the folks who provide the Firefox browser have come out with a new browser as well. This is the browser I use as default and any silliness would hit me right where I live. The version I am running right now is 1.5.0.8 and I am very happy with it. This is the same version I have on my Linux and WinXP install. I do understand that this version will be supported for some time to come.

Maybe you find yourself in a similar situation. I mean, maybe Firefox is doing fine and all, but you wonder what all the hoopla is about with the new 2.0 version. I must admit, I don't really even know if you can run both versions concurrently. I suspect you cannot. Do yourself a favor and don't even worry about it. Download the Portable Firefox from John Haller's domain and enjoy the best of both worlds. One at a time, of course, bucause you cannot have two instances of Firefox open at once. Or so it says. Although Portable Firefox is designed to run from an external USB thingy, it will run just fine from wherever you say without touching your settings.

Have fun with it.

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The Validity of Self

Sun, 2006-12-03 01:40

It doesen't happen too often, but every once in a while I wonder why someone would go to the trouble of a self-hosted solution whem hosted solutions offer the same functionality without the pain of monitoring and upgrades. The JotSpot Google Merger offers some insight into some of the value in the control of not only my own data but of those I advise...

Generally, I tend to feel that anything not replicable on my own local Linux box is under the control of outside influnces is externally owned. I tend to own all website content I influnce, but I do run all my e-mail through Google mail, their spam filtering is above anything I could do but yet I am so dependant and I don't like it.

It seems pretty obvious that anyone should control as much as they can. I hope all; services will not follow the path of email and become impossible to maintain...

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Using a CMS

Wed, 2006-11-29 01:31

One of the several websites I follow regularly is that of my friend Bryan, and as a result was introduced to Dean Barker. I really enjoyed reading through Dean's archives, especially since the site layout made it so easy, but one passage really got my attention.

I challenge you to pick one system, live with its flaws, celebrate its strengths, but more or less forget about the technical and architectural end of it and instead concentrate on the user at the other end of the keyboard. Focus on delivering him or her actual content. (You remember, the reason we install these system in the first place?)

This one paragraph does well to sum up my theory regarding web apps. Read the rest of Dean's post to get the drift as I am tempted by the plagiarism demons to copy the entire post just for my own future reference. As for myself, I have chosen Drupal as the object of my attention. I would love to tell you right now that Drupal has no flaws and limitations and readily accepts wharever concept I throw out there and automagically creates a taxonomic workflow complete with menu structure and a tag cloud to boot. In reality, I alter the classic question of "Can Drupal do this" to "How can Drupal do this" with each new challenge I face. Perhaps Drupal is not the best solution for everything, but it is the solution I have chosen. By familiarizing myself with it's nuances I keep Drupal as the default solution for all diverse projects.

In the not for small minds to ponder department, the question is raised: "Is your CMS truly able to handle all that you throw at it, or do you subconsciously alter your vision in such a way that your CMS can handle?" Do we really care, as long as it works?

Like me, Dean Barker recognises the power of Movable Type and it's ability to stretch to fit your needs. Movable Type is very very nice, but I drink a new coolaid now. We must learn and move on.

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