Bonus Feature for MT Bookmarklet

Scott Leslie recently posted some well deserved praise for Bookmarklets (little Javascripts to perform tasks), citing them as vastly under-used but powerful tools in your web browser.

The MovableType Bookmarklet makes blogging any website a snap, see our Blogging with the MT Bookmarklet summary.

But by pure accident, I discovered this tool has an added bonus.

The MT Bookmarklet tool is even a bit more powerful because it can also grab a portion of text from the page you are viewing, and include that in your blog editing form.


NaDa: Does Nothing for Everybody

On an extremely light note… hurry now and download your copy of NaDa, only 1k! “Nada does nothing for everybody”.

Most products we see on the market want to increase our productivity, organize our screen joyfully or make wonders with our sound card, but NaDa™ does nothing. This is a revolutionary whole new approach, a concept far beyond what you usually expect from the software industry. Download it and forget it.

Compatible with all Mac OSs, including OS’ÄÝX Jaguar, all Windows™ versions, all flavors of UNIX/Linux, Amiga, BeOS, everything you can think of, because we strongly believe that NaDa™ does nothing for everybody.

<tiphat>Thanks to WebWord</tiphat>


Splitting Up MT Category Archives

I absolutely love MovableType for publishing this weblog, and know there is quite a bit more to dig into. One thing that has bothered me is in creating my category archives, they potentially have no end in sight for how long they will get to be. They just grow and grow as you add more to your blog. And I loathe slow-loading, ever scrolling web pages.

For example, my learning objects category now has 34 posts and I see quite a few more to come. It is getting fat.

It is not too much to ask that there be some tools to break up the categories into segments, e,.g pagination. The idea would be to have a set amount of content per page (x posts), and some sort of drop down menu, or next/previous link, or even the google-style numbered sets that would self-organiize a long category archive.

Here I describe the cheap route I took.

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Taking a Dog Nap July 25-27

Cogdogblog will be off-line between July 24 (6:00 pm PST) to July 28 (7:00 AM PST). There is some new power generator going in the building, and they are pulling the plug on all computers, networks, and servers. What will we do? Take a blog-break and going outside to chase some cats ;-)

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DirectorWeb sports a new RSS feed

I have just hacked together a script to generate RSS feeds for the items posted to the front of Director Web, our long standing web resource site for users of Macromedia Director.

Although, I have not touched the inside of Director for about a year or two, this site still generates a pile of traffic, largely driven by the posted submissions for announcements to the front page.

It was just a little work (dusting off long forgotten perl) to add some code to create RSS feeds.


Weblog Ethics (There is room for that, eh?)

As an excerpt from a new book on blogging, Rebecca Blood’s Weblog Ethics is certainly timely. Especially given the current recess fighting over “de-publishing”. But more than that, Rebecca’s wisdom rings true as one of the early bloggers (see Rebecca’s Pocket for may more gems) and is sound advice for those new to the blog scene (this cogdog puppy just arrived a few months back).

(A tip of the blog hat to Ten Reasons Why for leading me to this site).

Rebecca’s book along with the recently posted final version of weblog definition by Jill Walker give a more robust picture of the weblog universe.

So peruse the list of concepts for weblog ethics, and absorb them, not as pure truths, but wise advice.


Because They Can…

One might ask why someone would use or create something like BlogChatter – Realtime Weblog Aggregation and the answer is the topic of this post (same answer to the philosophical question, “why do dogs lick themselves?”).

Blogchatter allows you to peek into the fast paced universe of weblogs (or blogosphere) by providing a rolling log of who is posting a new weblog entry right now. And these listings live only for 30 seconds before being knocked off for the next ones.

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After the Fuss

Wow, it is not even 15 minutes following our teleconference on “What’s The Fuss about RSS?” and already George has posted some great summary points, elearnspace blog: The Fuss about RSS – Summary.

How did I know? I glanced at my NetNewsWire RSS aggregatos and saw not only George’s new blog entry, but one from David, a modified PS from D’Arcy, and maybe more to come.

But I have to mention this great line from George’s post.