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Blog Note: Site Updates
Thursday, 2005 March 3 - 10:28 pm
There's another new link... and I'm starting The Big Move.

Okay, so first, please welcome Tim (rossdaboss) to my link bar. He's in the "Friends" section because, well, he is one. In some ways that's both an honor and a slight... it means that I do consider him a friend, but it also means it's questionable whether his blog would be link-worthy otherwise. (But so far so good, Tim.)

Next, I've gotten to the first stage of The Big Move, the move to This entire site is now duplicated between and Check it out if you like. Just about everything should be working, including the new RSS XML feed. There may be a slight lag between the times articles show up on the old site versus the new; that's because I have to go through a stupid manual three-step sync process. (It involves a lot of ugly scripts using sed and awk. That'll all go away once I write my own blog management system. Boy, I'll be glad to be rid of iBlog.)

You may want to start the process of updating your bookmarks. Don't worry, I'll still be keeping up the old site for quite a while, so there's no rush.

Anyway, let me know if you spot any problems.

A couple of other random notes:

- It seems like nobody really uses trackbacks except me. Is it just that people don't understand them, or is it that the technology isn't widespread enough?

- I've switched from using NewsFire as my RSS reader to NetNewsWire Lite. Mainly, it's because my beta version of NewsFire expired, and NetNewsWire Lite is free. I do miss a few features from NewsFire, like having sites with new articles jump to the top of the sort order, or having a sound played when new articles are found. But hey, free is free.
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Comment #1 from Jen (Guest)
2005 Mar 5 - 1:53 am : #
I'd never heard of a trackback until you just mentioned it.
Comment #2 from Ken (realkato)
2005 Mar 5 - 11:13 pm : #
Oh, that's because you're on that proprietary LiveJournal thing. ;)

The idea is that if you make a reference in your blog to someone else's blog, you make a trackback. It's a way of finding related articles. Theoretically you could just leave a comment saying "I wrote an article about this on my blog", but trackbacks are a somewhat more formalized way of doing that.

You can read Movable Type's description here.
Comment #3 from Jen (Guest)
2005 Mar 6 - 12:48 am : #
Except for you, all of my friends are on livejournal, so I'll stay. I like to read everyone's entries on my Friends page. So much easier than clicking through a list of other people's journals. I certainly wouldn't expect any of my friends to click to read the fluff that I post about! Also, I like to keep my entries private to my Friends list.

I hate the term 'blog', by the way. Yuck yuck yuck.

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