Saturday, December 28, 2002

Using blogBuddy

blogBuddy
is a very slim tool, which can be used to edit blogs installed on the blogger.com website.

It does not seem quite as sophisticated as the w.bloggar tool, and may not support so many different blog sites, but nevertheless it seems quite usable. w.bloggar also has a preview mode, which is quite useful - this seems to be missing in blogBuddy, though there is a spell checker, and it is possible to control the fonts used reasonably precisely.

One other thing to try is to to see whether a tool such as HTML KIT can be used to do exactly the same thing - but I'm not sure if this will be possible.

I'm still musing about what is the difference between "post" and "post and publish" - maybe one allows later editing, before publishing, though there's not a lot to choose between them, as it seems to be possible to edit in either case.

There is also a similar tool BlogApp for Macs, which is now available for Mac OS/X.

One last muse ... when posting to blogger.com blogs, the format of previous postings gets messed up - with text moving over to the right hand edge.
Not sure why this happens - will have to look at the files to see if I can discern the reason, and get a fix.

Some more about tools


Preston Gralla from ZDNet recommended some HTML editors a few months back, and the email from ZDNet has been cluttering up my inbox. One of them 1st Page 2000 seems not to be available any more, but Arachnophilia still shows a presence (the latest is v5) - though whether it is better than the also recommended HTML Kit I do not know.

Note - it's possible that the link to Preston's site - given above - may not work. I don't know what ZDNet do to allow/disallow access to their pages, but it was working a few minutes ago! The date of the original article was 17th July, 2002, so that might allow you to track it down.

There is another recommendation for Arachnophilia 4
at webmasterfree.

Other recommended ones seem to be: Stone's Webwriter, Amaya which is a WYSIWYG editor. There were also some comments about the later Arachnophilia version 5.x (Java based) being arguably better/worse than version 4.x on the feedback pages.

After the break



Proof that life can go on without Internet access - just. Looks like most of the bloggers have shut up for a couple of days, though some stalwarts have carried on.

There was an interesting discussion with Christopher Reeve, though the highlighted link is not it. The BBC Radio 4 site (for example listen again) is so well organised it's almost impossible to find anything which was on yesterday - if I have time I'll try to find it later.

However, the R4 site does currently have a number of short audio clips about the origins of popular Christmas carols, so definitely worth a look and a listen if you want to fill in a few minutes.

The news about the cloned baby may turn out to be a hoax - or not. It's certainly something to think about. The idea of the Raelians that we are all decended from cloned aliens is certainly an odd one, and almost certainly wrong!

Regarding the use of software, I've now discovered how to use the w.bloggar software to edit previous posts - seems to work OK.



Monday, December 23, 2002

2 days to go ... and still here....


A bit of cheating - it's after midnight, so managed to get an entry - though not sure if the clock on the computer will work properly - let's see!

Sunday, December 22, 2002

Signing off ...


Looks like I'm going to have to sign off for the holidays... c'est la vie.

Back at the end of the week. In the meantime, I've added some more stuff on dave2002 at pitas.com.

It looks like it's going to be a few more days before this blog looks as neat as that one - it needs to catch up!


Happy Christmas!


Christmas - 3 days to go

MSN was offering sex today - well at least telling how
to to do it. Might not work if you don't have the right cookies, so you might still pick it up at msn - dejting.

Problem is that you might need a Swedish dictionary in order to understand.

I discovered more blog resources, including Christina's blogging tips,
a mailing list program - bloglet, a list of blogs which change, and two articles by L A Clyde - weblog article and a useful page from Iceland.

Oh - I didn't realise it's possible for your blog to have an ISSN number - did you?

I wondered if blogging woud eat my brain, or make me go blind, so I looked at some psychology pages -rather boring really, but followed quite an interesting story about someone who may or may not be real - who knows!

If you just want to find out odd things then fark's your place.

I looked at stupid evil bastard's page to see how bad he is ...

then over to another weblog page, and finally found this page about adding reader comments.

That's it for today!