Category Archives: Site

Atom 0.3 Feed

I just added an Atom 0.3 feed to this site (in addition to the RSS 2.0 feed which I'll keep as well). Following the example template from Mark Pilgrim, it was quite simple. The template uses a couple of MovableType plugins (UTCDate and MTEntryModified, both from Staggernation.com). For now, I didn't take the additional step of serving the file up as MIME type “application/atom+xml”, instead just sticking with xml type until aggregators better support the subscription model.

My current news reader of choice (Bloglines) now reads Atom 0.3 feeds without a problem. So does the latest Feed Validator.

It will be intesting to follow the Atom development process to see what kind of new uses people find for it (beyond just replacing RSS).

Google Ads

As an experiment, I signed up for Google Adsense. The most popular section of my website is my list of PDA friendly web site, so I thought I'd see what kind of ads Google would want to display. So far, everything is related to Palm PDAs, especially “shopping” links. There isn't too much traffic on this site, but it'll be interesting to see how it goes.

Upgraded to MT 2.64

Tonight I finally upgraded from MovableType 2.51 to 2.64. Of the new features in 2.6, I’m not taking advantage of any immediately, but I wanted to have the latest bug fixes (esp. for XML-RPC), so I took the plunge and upgraded.

Overall it went easier than I had expected. Some notes for the next time I need to upgrade:

  1. Export all weblog entries (from each blog) and save as text files for backup (hey, I’m up to 93 weblog entries so far)
  2. On the server, create a tar backup of MT DB and cgi-bin directories
  3. Merge modified MT files where necessary (future: when changing anything, keep a copy of the original as well so that the changes are more clear)
  4. Upload all ‘upgrade’ files to appropriate locations
  5. Chmod all executable scripts to 700 (I’m running with cgiwrap, so it’s only my login user that needs to run these)
  6. Rename mt-comments.cgi so that no one runs it (even with comments disabled, I continued to get periodic comment spam hits)
  7. Check everything out to make sure it still works :)

CityDesk Notes Helpful

John Lam reports today that he found my CityDesk -> Movable Type conversion notes useful. Cool! I’m glad it was useful for someone else.

Like John, I moved over from CityDesk to MovableType. I like using CityDesk (a beta for v2.0 was recently announced), but have been very happy with Movable Type. I haven’t taken much advantage of Comments or TrackBack, but the simple ability to manage my blog or create entries from anywhere was the key feature for me.

About This Site

I finally wrote a couple of short article entries to explain who I am, how this site is constructed, and a blogroll list of web sites I follow. On the main page, look at the “About” section on the right-hand side.

To implement these, I added them to my sub-blog for “Articles”. Using the OtherBlog plug-in, I’m including the titles in the About section on the right-hand side. This is the same technique I use for the rest of the articles, so I differentiate them with categories.