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Which blog software (if any!) do you use?

Prakash S
Thursday, October 31, 2002

CityDesk. It's made by a company you might have heard of - Fog Creek Software.

The site I built with it is here:
http://www.pool-room.com

Darren Collins
Thursday, October 31, 2002

Likewise, CityDesk:

http://www.astrocyte-design.com/blog/index.html

It's free, until your site exceeds 50 files.

Alex Chernavsky
Thursday, October 31, 2002

CityDesk ..ummm...let me think.....

nah! does not sound familiar.

Prakash S
Thursday, October 31, 2002

I do not have a blog but I heard good things about pmachine - free version.  Found at -> http://www.pmachine.com

Off course this is helpful if you are one of those maniacs who just have to blog in an Internet café in a foreign country talking about how the McDonald's there is exactly the same except for the little things.  Since I am slightly demented.... that idea intrigues me.

This site seems to be popular.  http://www.bluezfire.org/
It is powered with pmachine.

Otherwise, you can use CityDesk.  The content management system that is versatile and just plain easy to use.  Depends on your needs. 

Diego
Thursday, October 31, 2002

Cos I don't reinvent wheels (too often), and I actually started the blog a long time ago even if I didn't use it much I have mine on LiveJournal.

http://thesliver.livejournal.com  if you're interested...

Simon P. Lucy
Friday, November 01, 2002

I reinvented the wheel. :-)

For a long time, I used plain HTML for my blog.  It's wonderfully uncomplicated:  Create a new page for every month, and just add your new entry to the top.  Very simple and straightforward, and it does everything that the vast majority of bloggers need.

But then I had to get all fancy and split it up into separate entries, one in each file, then write a Perl script to display it, and let users view by month or day or what-have-you.  Ah well. :-)

Brent P. Newhall
Friday, November 01, 2002

Mine isn't really a Blog, but I did it myself in PHP.

Programmer's instinct!

James

James Shields
Friday, November 01, 2002

I use a free service for my page (which has a sort-of-blog-like notes session). I considered Citydesk Home Edition, but I don´t know for sure if the 500-file limit would be too much hindering for a blog (is a "file" a month-page, or every item in the blog would count as a "file" ?)

Chester
Friday, November 01, 2002

At one point or another, I've used one of these blogging tools: Blogger, Antville, CityDesk, and Movable Type.

Blogger and Antville are similar concepts. You log in to a web site, enter your post, press publish and it ftps to your blog (on your web server). Can do it from anywhere you are (home/work/vacation). One problem is that your posts reside on their server and you have to deal with their servers being down and stuff. Blogger is much much much easier to use than Antville. (Last time I checked Antville was still crap). For both, there is no need to install any specific software on your web server.

CityDesk is also a great tool to use. Probably even easier than Blogger. Code resides on your computer so you never have to worry about servers being down. Problem is that you can only add posts from one location. No need to install software on your web server either so that's good.

Movable Type is the one I am using currently. It is easy to use and well documented and also provides the ability to post from anywhere. However, you need to install it on your web server so it may not be for you if you don't have such capabilities made available to you.

You can see my blog here http://www.prayforsnow.com/mindblogging (the part done with Movable Type)
The rest of the site http://www.prayforsnow.com was made with CityDesk.

S
Friday, November 01, 2002

i use livejournal for my personal weblog.  i liked it enough to become a paid member ($25/year).

nathan
Friday, November 01, 2002

Rolled my own actually.  I wanted the ability to pull up a single entry ( http://boston.conman.org/2001/10/23.1 ) or a full day ( http://boston.conman.org/2001/10/23 ) or how about a full month ( http://boston.conman.org/2002/10 ) or some random interval ( http://boston.conman.org/2000/8/10.2-15.5 ).  I've yet to come across other blogging software with this flexibility in URLs.

I also wanted the ability to update either through email (my preferred method) or a webpage (which I support but have yet to actually use).  It's been a learning experience writing the software.

Sean Conner
Friday, November 01, 2002

Bravo Sean!

That's quite elegant.

X. J. Scott
Friday, November 01, 2002

cool Sean.

ever thought of selling it! :-)

Prakash S
Friday, November 01, 2002

I actually haven't thought of selling it (heck, I GPLed the code and it's available for downloading).  It hasn't been too popuar, one I think because it's not in Perl, Python, PHP or C++ (plain old C).  Second, not many people I think "get" it. 

Frankly, I got more feedback over the Electric King James Bible ( http://literature.conman.org/bible/ ) which uses a similar method of addressing (and spelling correction) and *is* an Apache module.

Sigh.

Good ideas are seldom noticed I guess.

And as far as blogging software goes, there are quite a few features that I don't have (like comments, trackback, pinkback, BloggerAPI, etc) that probably make it less popular than it already is.  But mine was probably one of the first to support submission of entries via email as well as through a webpage (in fact, I pretty muse the email interface entirely).  And I do have catagories although the implementation is only partially there.

(Oh, and did I mention you can view entires in reverse chronological order?  Try http://boston.conman.org/2000/8/16-9 although there's still a slight bug in the display logic)

Sean Conner
Saturday, November 02, 2002

Sean,

Your KJV addressor is also extremely fine.

Both these things are patentable -- but I think it's too late since you only have 1 year from time of offering for public sale, which I guess sorta putting out there as free source code is.

Too bad since it's the sort of very cool thing that could bring in some modest licensing income. If, that is, you had the legions of bloodthirsty lawyers to enforce it, which isn't available to most.

Anyway, not suggesting you should have patented it necessarily -- just giving you the wave that it's novel enough to warrant a patent and elegant enough to win the admiration of designers everywhere as being The Correct Solution.

Gentlemen, hats off at the presence of a Master Designer.

X. J. Scott
Saturday, November 02, 2002

Sean,

Here's a possible cool improvement for your consideration:

Allow comma-separated lists for addressing:

Revelation.13:18,Genesis.1:1-5,John.1:1-5

That way, you and others can make links that give a set of different verses that are all related in some way.

X. J. Scott
Saturday, November 02, 2002

Of course all these home-grown blogs have an RSS feed.  If your blog can't be read from a newsreader, it's just a chornological home page.

RSS is where the value is in blogs. 

Dan Sickles
Monday, November 04, 2002

chornological := chronological;

Dan Sickles
Monday, November 04, 2002

Sean - shouldn't all those "Obligatory <thing>" be "Oblogatory"?


Tuesday, November 05, 2002

To X. J. Scott:  The thought never crossed my mind to patent the work (partly because I don't think software should be "patentable").  The work I did was based off work Ted Nelson had done for Xanadu and was just another expression of his "tumblers" and to me seemed like a rather obvious mutation of that work (namely, using existing notation to denote a range rather than the arbitrary notation of Xanadian tumblers).

And even if I had a patent, then what?  It does me no good if no one actually uses it and I have more interesting things to work on than trying to peddle an idea to a market that may not care.  Heck, it's out there, it's GPLed and I've yet to see anyone actually use the code (either the blogging software or the Electric King James) or its ideas.

Again, to X. J. Scott, about extending the functionality:  Yes, I've thought of that too, and actually have some code to implement that in the blogging software (but currently disabled).  The main problem I had was handling overlapping ranges (it was even worse with the blogging software since you can reference ranges in ascending or descending chronological order) and avoiding user interface surprises.  The easiest is to just send out each selected range and not attempt to collapse them but I've yet to decide how I want to handle the situation.

To anonymous:  A great play on words; I may do that change ...

Sean Conner
Tuesday, November 05, 2002

"And even if I had a patent, then what?"

Yes, I agree with you that patents are worse than useless albatrosses for anyone other than a corporation with legions of bloodthirsty lawyers, hence my comment to that effect.

I was just pulling out the patent word to compliment you by emphasizing the excellance and novelty of your creation.

Sorry if I offended you.

X. J. Scott
Wednesday, November 06, 2002

No, you didn't offend me, just taken aback for something I thought was pretty obvious (well, obvious to anyone studying Xanadu).

But thank you for your interest in the work.  I do appreciate that.

Sean Conner
Thursday, November 07, 2002

i llike/hate blogs. i like to read them, but then hate myself for wasting the time. ;-) anyway, i have been building web-based crap for too long, and tried rolling my own, which sort of worked, until i started wasting too much time doing that, so the self loathing kicked in again (what's worse than wasting time reading others blogs? wasting time on your own blog software and not even having a decent blog to show for it)

  Uh...anyway, I tried out dave winer's "radio" last night. and, it doesnt do all that much...but what it does do, it seems to do really well. if you use a mac, check it out.  for various reasons, i need a blog editing tool that works offline. i also like downloading various crap software and trying it out. can anyone recommend any other blog tools for OSX?

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