Archive for June, 2002

No business model for my script generator?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2002

Arnold Kling: Everyone who follows blogging wonders about the economic model. Rick Bruner: My reader (who didn’t want the message made public) specifically wondered about Enetation’s business model, which as I mentioned in my prior note about them, is not exactly transparent or well marketed, if there is one at all. (No fee, no ads, […]

Late for the dance

Monday, June 24th, 2002

Looks like the Google Dance is happening, and I was perhaps a bit too slow to remove all traces of golfer girlfriends from my Big Blog Tool experimental blog: right now, on www2 and www3, I’m number ten for the dreaded keywords. As in, on the first page. Damnitall. In other meta news, though, […]

Not so collaborative

Sunday, June 23rd, 2002

When I set up my Blogger Pro FAQ, I wanted to make it a little more collaborative than my Blogger FAQ, so I added two non-topical comment threads, “Suggest a question” and “Suggest an answer”. Time passed, and I rarely visited the actual page (someone comments, I follow the link in the notification email straight […]

Faster PHP development

Sunday, June 23rd, 2002

I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner: Download Apache for Windows Install it (note that this is an abbreviated version of a PITA) Download PHP for Windows Install it (PITA PITA PITA) Tell HTML-Kit (in Edit->Preferences->Preview->Edit Preview Rules) that the server path for your dev directory is Load test.php in the editor, switch […]

Giving anonymous comments an author

Saturday, June 22nd, 2002

Inspired by Morbus’s easy hack to give anonymous commenters a “[No Author]” name in the “Recent comments” box on the blog editing page, I decided to just name them “Anonymous” (which also gets rid of the rather strange “Posted by: on June 22, 2002” in the comment byline). In your mt directory, in lib/MT/App/, look […]

Speaking of

Sunday, June 16th, 2002

Remind me not to bother Jim with my little bike shed problems (like the fact that his permalinks are off a week, so that you have to manually add one to the number after the year). It was bad enough, seeing his name every time I searched the PHP manual, but now that he’s lead […] microtools

Sunday, June 16th, 2002

A couple of itty-bitty tools to make using easier: A bookmarklet to search for the url of the current page in a popup (test it out by clicking, or drag the link to your Links/Personal Toolbar). If you are signed in at, then it’s just one more click to add it to […]

The silence at

Sunday, June 16th, 2002

John Robb says “Here is an update on my friend and boss Dave Winer. He is in the hospital and will remain there until next weekend.” It’s odd, but that explanation never once occurred to me: it’s like saying “the wind isn’t blowing because it’s in the hospital” – unless I really think about it, […]


Sunday, June 16th, 2002

Because you can never have too much notification of updates: Simon Fell’s blogToaster polls, and sends you a MSN/Windows Messenger message when it spots a blog you’ve added to your list. In a self-serving-in-a-good-way way, when you check it out, you’ll need to add a blog to your list that will then update and […]

Only a toolmaker

Saturday, June 15th, 2002

It’s a lovely Saturday night in June. Who would be updating their weblog at a time like this?