May 2003 Archives

I was Newly Digital
A simple Texas Instruments TI-99/4a computer started a lifelong interest in computing and ultimately launched my career.
May 31, 2003 - 551 words, 8 comments

Newly Digital
Newly Digital is an experimental writing project. I’ve asked 11 people to write about their early experiences with computing technology and post their essays on their weblogs. So go read, enjoy, and then contribute. This collection is open to you. Write up your own story, and then let the world know about it.
May 31, 2003 - 305 words

Phone spam
My first piece of spam sent to my cell phone reminds me of my pager waking me in the middle of the night.
May 28, 2003 - 96 words, 2 comments

Rounded tab corners
Jemima Pereira has added rounded corners to my CSS tabs code. By opening the code, it was made stronger. That’s the value of open source.
May 25, 2003 - 76 words, 7 comments

Zeldman likes it
Jeffrey Zeldman has proclaimed my CSS tabs "Best CSS tabs ever." That’s high praise indeed.
May 23, 2003 - 15 words, 3 comments

Anatomy of a meme
The Button Maker GUI spent some time at the top of the three weblog popularity indexes. Here’s how it got there and what kind of site traffic that it generated.
May 23, 2003 - 418 words, 6 comments

What is a weblog?
Need to describe blogging to your boss? Blogs are the push-button publishing that everyone hyped in the early days of the web. Blogging software makes it easy for anyone to publish.
May 21, 2003 - 143 words, 3 comments

Clearly marking your staging server
A quick and dirty way to help you distinguish between your development, staging, and production servers on Web projects.
May 21, 2003 - 229 words, 1 comment

Button Maker
Bill Zeller created a very cool web application that creates blog stickers with any text and colors you want, so I put together a user interface to it.
May 20, 2003 - 28 words, 27 comments

New MTAmazon forthcoming
A new version of MTAmazon will have some great new features. Filter BrowseNode and wishlist searches by keywords, search for items by price, and manage your customer’s Amazon shopping cart.
May 19, 2003 - 229 words, 37 comments

MT Text formatting buttons in Mozilla
Turn on Movable Type’s bold, italic, underline, and link buttons in Mozilla.
May 15, 2003 - 52 words, 11 comments

CSS tabs with Submenus
Accomplishing tabbed menus with submenus using only CSS and semanticly-correct HTML.
May 15, 2003 - 176 words, 117 comments

Matrix Geeks
Why do geeks love The Matrix? Because in it, the geeks save the world.
May 15, 2003 - 111 words, 2 comments

Bad call
Telephone services are very reliable and broadband is not. Think carefully before switching your telephone service to run over your cable modem.
May 15, 2003 - 321 words, 8 comments

New Technorati plugin
A new version of the Technorati plugin handles errors in the Technorati XML better, has a bunch or new configuration options, and lets you use Movable Type date formatting commands.
May 14, 2003 - 109 words,

A bright idea
Put a wireless access point anywhere you have a lightbulb.
May 13, 2003 - 94 words, 1 comment

Technorati plugin
Dave Sifry has opened up a Technorati interface that allows outside developers to use the Technorati data. I’ve whipped up a quick MT plugin that can get the Technorati link Cosmos for your entire blog or a specific entry and insert it into your blog pages.
May 12, 2003 - 1714 words, 53 comments

SourceForge RSS
SourceForge is now providing RSS feeds with information about the open source projects they host. Your company can use weblogs and RSS to track project status internally or with customers.
May 6, 2003 - 108 words,

Comment responsibility
EBay’s win in a recent lawsuit might have an impact on comments made on your weblog.
May 6, 2003 - 95 words,

Nokia Screen Defect
My phone’s screen has gone loopy, and I’m not the only one according to this class-action lawsuit.
May 6, 2003 - 126 words, 4 comments

Zempt
Introducing Zempt, a multi-platform offline publishing tool for Movable Type.
May 5, 2003 - 518 words, 18 comments

Ecommerce costs
When planning a small business ecommerce site, you’ll need to budget for the costs involved in processing credit cards, marketing, and software.
May 4, 2003 - 858 words, 14 comments

Quotable
"Don’t mistake activity for achievment."—John Wooden
May 4, 2003 - 17 words,

Related Entries Revisited
A better way to create a list of related blog entries using MySQL fulltext indexes and the MTSQL plugin. Includes a complete technical overview of how the solution works and performance considerations.
May 1, 2003 - 807 words, 57 comments

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MySQL inadequecies (Feb 9)
This guy seriously hates MySQL and helps you understand how to use it better.
invisible Fence (Mar 22)
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Black status icon for Chrometa (Mar 17)
Replacing the status icon of Chrometa
Using Google Voice as your voicemail on AT&T (Oct 26)
How I set up my iPhone to use Google Voice as it's voicemail system.
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New LA Dodgers coach starts to wonder if he knows the rules of baseball at all.

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