Bits and pieces I’ve been meaning to get off my chest, but can’t manage to write a full entry about:
- Apparently Apple has released their new iMac G5 and it sure is purty. It’s very futuristic looking and manages to cram the entire computer into the flat panel monitor and is probably still way too expensive for me to justify even thinking of owning one. Besides, if I were to become a Mac user I’d lose out on all the satisfaction that comes from building my own PCs.
- Thank goodness that the Republicans didn’t try to politicize the hell out of the 9/11 Terrorists Attacks during the opening night of their convention, eh? What’s that? Oh… never mind.
- I’ve already upgraded one of my friend’s blogs I regularly help out with, Jinxed Minx, to MovableType 3.1 and installed the latest and greatest version of MT-Blacklist. Overall it went fairly smoothly even though one of the two upgrade scripts reported an error and I wasn’t able to figure out why. Much like Sekimori, I just plowed ahead with the second script and it appears to have worked just fine. Visiting the site you won’t see much that’s different yet as Minx still needs to get herself set up with a TypeKey account before I can enable that aspect, but it should help her maintain the site better now.
- Speaking of MT-Blacklist, the 2.01b release makes upgrading to MT 3.1 a worthy undertaking almost singlehandedly. It now automatically downloads updates from the SPAM clearinghouse once a day removing a small bit of drudgery in keeping your blacklist up to date. Jay Allen deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for this plugin, but at least he won the Six Apart Plugin contest.
- A final thought on MT 3.1: Anyone else find it somewhat ironic that in order to use the new Dynamic Publishing options in MT3.1 you suddenly have to have PHP on your server? Granted, this isn’t a problem with most webhosts as they usually provide both, but I remember a great deal of debate awhile back over whether MT should move to PHP as opposed to Perl and it pretty much being stated that this would never happen. From reading the documentation the dynamic aspect feels like a tacked on afterthought rather than a well developed new feature like it’s being promoted by Six Apart. Given that it breaks some plugins I’m not inclined to recommend it anytime soon, but we’ll see how it plays out.
- I’m working on a major entry that will discuss some of the reasons why I eventually left Christianity behind, but it’s slow going at the moment. I decided to write the entry because I’ve never discussed the reason in any great depth previously and I thought it was time to do so, but every time I go back and re-read what I’ve already written I end up being overly critical and trying to rewrite major chunks of it. If I ever get it into a shape I’m happy with I’ll go ahead and post it.
- I’m also working on a few entries for ExpressionEngine users who were formerly MT users and are confused by the way that EE handles multiblogs and templates. I just finished helping out Zak over at Translator’s Notes with setting up a second blog on his site in addition to upgrading him to EE 1.1. The way MT and EE do things is different enough that it can be very confusing if you’re familiar with the former so hopefully I’ll come up with some helpful tips on how to adjust your thinking.
- Lastly I need to tack on that I’m still looking for a new home for SEB. We’re still exceeding our bandwidth quotas and I’m really nervous about the over charges that’ll bring with it. I was looking through various hosting sites last night and some of them seem too good to be true whereas others don’t offer enough stuff to make the jump. I’ve also been told that I should consider going with an inexpensive reseller package that fits my needs and just not resell any of it. Ideally, I’d like to get set up at ServerBeach as I’d be able to host my own game servers there in addition to my blogs, but their cheapest package starts at $99 a month which I just can’t afford at the moment. The search continues.
OK, that’s all for now. More later.