Tom ponders if it’s Movable Type, making him write in a different way. I think it’s just the time of year. I’ve definitely noticed that a lot of the websites I usually frequent are updating slowly at the moment. Perhaps it’s too much sugar
So here’s what I’ve actually been doing for the past god knows how long. FIrst of all, like I said, there’s been the work. Secondly, I’ve actually been ill on and off for a while – lots of niggling little ailments, culminating in a nasty infection that I now have two weeks – TWO WEEKS! – worth of antibiotics for.
There’s been some schmoozing. Some boozing, and some general stuff. Enjoyable, and busy. More later.
What’s been happening?
1. I have been working
2. There is no 2.
So here’s the deal. For a while, I’ve been looking for a system that will allow me to do a couple of things: post from anywhere, via email or Web, and keep a local archive of what I’ve posted. For a few months, I’ve been using Movable Type as my blogging software, because it offers a couple of nice features – most notably, Trackback – and because I like the templates (yes, I know that I could use the templates in virtually any other system if I played with them, but my days of being an HTML monkey are long, long gone).
However, MT doesn’t offer email to blog. Or rather, it does, but you have to have more stuff installed at the server end, which I can’t do (I don’t own the machine that this is hosted on). Radio, which I used to use, does have this feature – but is missing a few other feature that I like in MT.
The solution of course is to combine the two – and thanks to the ManilaBloggerBridge tool that comes with Radio, that’s what I’ve done. This allows you to mirror a posting on Radio to any blogging software that supports the Blogger API, which of course MT does. So now Radio is sitting on my PC at home, listening for email postings, and then pinging them off to MT.
The only downside to this is that the Blogger API doesn’t support titled postings, and MT just takes the first few words of the body to fill it in – an ugly solution. So until Radio and MT support a better standard API, I’ve disabled titles – although I think you might still get them with the RSS feed.
Another couple of recommends for today are Chronos Organizer, and Aquaminds Notetaker 2003. Organizer is a very good personal information manager that includes just about every feature you could possibly want, including gems like the ability to mark a to do as assigned to someone else, and a journal system that is actually a complete, fully functional word processor (and that can save as RTF).
Notetaker is the best notes system I’ve seen on any platform – kind of like OneNote for Windows, but here now and working on a Mac. It’s a little pricey, but if taking notes is vital to your daily routine then it’s essential.
Highly recommended: Bombich Software’s DeLocalizer. This little piece of software will strip out all the localization files that Mac OS X leaves lying around on your disk (even if you ask it not to when installing OS X). In my case, that came to over 500Mb – which on an iBook with a 10Gb hard drive is a very welcome addition.