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The Cog

Looking at the goofy banner on this blog and the reasons behind naming CDB, it is apparent that for 2003, I did lots of bloggin’, plenty of doggin’ (complaining about everything), but very little coggin’ So this month, I am back in the mountain bike saddle, riding 11 miles to work 2-3 times per week. […]

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RSS2JS Docks at Blog Harbor

Got a nice email and link from the folks at Blog Harbor, a blog hosting service that offers a number of worthy add-ons for those who prefer not to tinker (and mess up) their own blog server. They have created a nicely formatted and structured guide to a hosted version of our RSS to JavaScript […]

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I Missed the RSS Winterfest

These winters in Arizona are tough. Some days the temperature drops into the mid 60s. Likewise was my vain attempt today to tune into the RSS Winterfest. Every attempt use the link provided by the automatic email registration message, took me to a promising entry lobby, but every click of “Launch Presentation” resulted in a […]

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One of Those Days

Did you ever have one of those days where every piece of technology you touched went up in screaming flames and thick smoke? That was today for me. It began while trying to test the new 2.661 version of MovableType. Typically what I do is to create a copy of the MT scripts in another […]

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Dog/Blog House Updates Part Q… 4

Not that anyone but me cares, but number 4 (my French numbering skills went out the ouvre) in my recent spate of blog tinkering notes (1, 2, 3) was a recasting of the date-based archives, the monthly archives MovableType builds for you. With the out of the box templates, MT simply takes every blog entry […]

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Blogging In the Wind

Ever since I launched this weblog April 2003, I have been talking up blogs quite a bit in my system. The usual heat seekers grab on to the potential and some of the more technology skeptical folks at least do not wrinkle their brows in confusion when I mention “blog”. I’ve run a few “BlogShops” […]

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The Wackiness And Serenity of Wikis

Brian shares yet another brilliant article draft “Wikis: Hypertext on Steroids”, worth reading and following links from if you are looking for what may be the next edge-like instructional technology. For those who have not “wiki-d” it is an intensively interlinked web site where any visitor can edit and create new information. It bends your […]

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Web Ten Years

This year marks a number of ten year anniversaries for the web site we created in December 1993 for my office, the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (MCLI). This ran on a humble Macintosh SE/30 sitting on a table in the hallway— the very first web server in our organization, running what was then the free MacHTTP server software.

As a former geologist, all of our machines in our office had domain names chosen after minerals or rocks, and the original URL for our server was http://hakatai.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/ (which still works). For those unfortunate enough not to have trained in geology, we have an explanation for what “hakatai” means.

It was 10 years ago tomorrow (January 15) that we submitted our site to the NCSA What’s New Page— this was at that time the one and only place to go to check out new web sites that were sprouting up like wildflowers. Some consider this the original notion of a weblog, a chronologically organized set of descriptions of web content elsewhere. Anyhow, if you scroll down to January 15, 1994, you will find us.