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September 22, 2004

Disaster strikes!

More troubles in eGO land. As I was riding home last night I had an encounter with another moving vehicle. I'll spare the details here, as I'm not sure what legal rights I might give up by publishing an account.

Suffice it to say that I'm pretty much ok, but the whole encounter is responsible for the delay in Gadget Guy issue01.0 page 13 coming out, as it was otherwise scheduled to do this morning.

September 17, 2004

More on the wiki...

I guess that last entry was too abbreviated.

For those of you who don't know what a Wiki is, see the totally appropriate WikiPedia definition of what a Wiki is.

For anyone who tried, my personal Wiki isn't supposed to be unviewable, just only editable by me. Hopefully, the next release of this software will address that limitation of how the main page advertises the resident wikis. In the meantime, you can browse, read-only, the content here.

One of the reasons to play in this space, although hard to do with the mix-match of problems with the setup I have at the moment (hard to control collaboration, no obvious view-only URL, no actual purpose for the wiki, etc.) is that it not only supports Markdown for an easier-than-even-normal Wiki experience, but it also supports RSS feeds (even for authenticated wikis), to help foster collaboration in these days of RSS-as-primary-notification medium. Well, for geeks like me it's those days, at least.

It's also really easy for me to add a closed or open space for anyone who'd like to have something they can “own” a little more themselves. Just ask.

Too funny to pass up....

So, I was reading this entry about Google's Local search. The example has you search Palo Alto for Cheap Restaurants. Try it yourself.

The top hit is a restaurant called Bistro Elan.... which anyone who's ever been to would certainly not categorize as “cheap”. It's not out of this world, either, but I have been there before with a group of 8, who were thankfully spending someone else's money: the bill hit nearly $600.

So, Google's Local search might still have a way to go....

September 15, 2004

Want to play with a wiki?

Well, I did, so I set one up. Until someone subverts it for Spam, it will be open, here

Plus, this is a Markdown-supporting Wiki. And, we all know I love Markdown. :)

September 07, 2004

GadgetGuy Issue 01.0 in release....

Well, at least, it will be a page a day for the next 3 weeks. 2 1/2 actually, since we started without really telling anyone.

I know I had previously promised not to specifically announce Gadget Guy stuff here, but a few of you keep asking me when stuff is coming out, and I realize that the Gadget Guy page isn't very well laid out, so I'm going to index, here, all the ways to keep up. An upcoming layout/redesign of the Gadget Guy site should make all of these things obvious for the rest of you.

Ways to find out Gadget Guy stuff is happening (mostly when whole new things are posted - we won't be announcing each day's new issue pages on these feeds): * Sign up for the mailing list: http://gadgetguy.org/mailinglist.html * Read the RSS feed that's the source of the mailing list: http://gadgetguy.org/spies/index.rdf

Or, if you really want to be the bleeding edge, use: * The Gadget Guy comic RSS feed: http://gadgetguy.org/index.rdf

There ya' go! We hope to have some sort of forum or comment system enabled on soon, so we can hear all your ideas, feedback, and criticism. In the meantime, if you want, you can comment here.

Or, just start reading the issue here. New pages appear via right arrow when they're available.

September 01, 2004

MT 3.1 arrives here, and how to get Markdown working with PHP Dynamic Pages

MT 3.1 has arrived! And, though I'm excited about some of its other features, the dynamic pages thing is a big win. My original blog lived on PHPNuke, so it took a while to understand why everything was so static when kwc first convinced me to try MT.

Anyway, there's a gotcha' - Markdown, though it's part of the "Plugin Pack", isn't supported by the MT PHP technology. (Nay, nothing that isn't explicitly supported is supported - everything will have to be re-implemented in PHP.... how long until MT is actually written in PHP, and just caches for static content? There's really no advantage to having both Perl and PHP, as far as I can tell).

Right, back to my point. Markdown. As anyone who's read my blog knows, I've been using Markdown pretty heavily for a while. And a trivial MT 3.1 upgrade, then dynamic-pages-enable failed. A trouble ticket in with 6A just scolded me not for reading the nondescript last paragraph of the "dynamic" section of the guide, which, being after a tip on tuning, I had neglected to read. Hello, red, or enlarged, or bolded text, anyone?

A little Googling around found that there is already a PHP version of Markdown, written by Michel Fortin. Happily, his docs even included how to set it up to use with Smarty, the PHP template engine that MT is using for the dynamic pages feature. It was pretty easy to figure it out, but since I can't find anywhere that anyone else has explained it, here we go, step by step:

  • Download the current version (right now, it's at this location)
  • Extract the ZIP into a temporary directory.
  • Rename the enclosed markdown.php to modifier.markdown.php
  • Upload/copy modifier.markdown.php to [Your MT CGI root]/php/extlib/smarty/plugins (I didn't have to touch permissions, but FTP uploaders might, not sure)

That'll do it. I think that it's pretty easy to get Markdown with SmartyPants working, too, but was so elated getting just Markdown working (and the fun of tinkering with dynamic templates) that I haven't worked through the probably 2 or 3 more steps it should take.