June 2004 Archives

I’m on my way out for the weekend, but wanted to clear the following off my list before I go. So, do with these what you will:

Six Apart has announced new pricing & licensing for MT 3.0. The free license remains the same: one author and 3 weblogs (a weblog consisting of however many MT blogs it takes to run one site). All paid licenses allow unlimited weblogs, and are priced based on how many active authors you have. They also introduced educational and not-for-profit pricing.

I’m happy with the new pricing and licenses. It’s clear they’ve been listening to their users, and I think they found a good compromise. You don’t see many companies willing to pay attention to their customers like this. Try e-mailing Microsoft and telling them what you think of their pricing. Unless you’re on the Fortune 500, you shouldn’t spend much time waiting for a reply.

What does this mean for me? Well, Central Oklahoma Mensa is a not-for-profit with no paid employees, so I can make unlimited use of MT 3.0 for free on that site. I’ll probably upgrade it as soon as I can so we can use some of the comment management features.

I’m working on a redesign of Smart Goat, and I would like to have some kind of CMS to control it, but a $199 commercial license isn’t really in our budget this year. I might use MT 3.0 if I qualify for a free commercial license, otherwise I’ll look elsewhere.

I also haven’t decided what to do with News Goat. I’m a man who enjoys a good bandwagon, so I’ve been thinking about trying WordPress. It looks like I may have some time soon to work on this, so I’ll be deciding something pretty soon.

FeedBurner — An interesting service for people who publish RSS and Atom feeds. The feature I’m most interested in is the statistics it can give you on who reads your feeds.

This is something I may try whenever I redesign News Goat.

The prologue and first chapter of Asterisk’s Designing the Band series are up. Beauideal is the best band ever. I just wish I could pronounce it.

Remember Gulliver’s Travels? Remeber how the Lilliputian’s were at war over which end of a soft-boiled egg to crack? Remember how we all laughed at the little people?

Yeah, it’s kind of like that.

Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About RSS vs. Atom”…

Capturing and Optimizing Screenshots for Print — Slick tutorial on making screenshots ready for printing. Of course, these techniques aren’t just for screenshots—Any time a client gives you an image for a print ad that is not print quality, this article will come in handy. (via Cameron Moll)

We need to start applying the Geneva Conventions to the war on spam. Specifically, the parts about protecting civilians during times of war.

I’m going somewhere with this, trust me.

Continue reading “Oh, the Humanity”…