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Archives by Month: August, 2003

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during August, 2003.

Fri

29

AUG

2003

Friday Feast #57: Browsers, Standards, and Opera’s Latest

I’ve written previously that now is a fantastic window of opportunity for other browsers to promote their features, especially to companies who could migrate their entire staffs and intranets to a browser other than Internet Explorer. Today’s Friday Feast is about Opera doing exactly that, along with other browsers and popular features. (1331 words, 20 links)

05:00 pm, pdt29 August, 2003

Thu

28

AUG

2003

Zeldman: Eminem Lookalike?

This has got to be the funniest thing I’ve read for days: Zeldminem tells Grettir Asmundarson’s lighthearted story of buying Jeffrey Zeldman’s new book, Designing with Web Standards. What tops it off is the side-by-side book covers he’s created inspired by his bookstore conversation with the cashier. (49 words, 3 links, 1 image)

03:53 pm, pdt28 August, 2003

Categories: Books, Design, Humor, Standards

Wed

27

AUG

2003

FeedDemon 1 Beta 5

FeedDemon 1.0 Beta 5A is now available. As always, the Readme File outlines the latest changes, fixes, and other information. Nick Bradbury is certainly moving right now with getting FeedDemon ready for its final version. I barely had a chance to blink after downloading FeedDemon Beta 4 just a few days ago and... (165 words, 5 links)

09:13 pm, pdt27 August, 2003

Categories: Software, Syndication

Tue

26

AUG

2003

CSS Floats, by Eric Meyer

Floats aren’t just for ice cream and rootbeer. (Sorry, it’s hot here... ) Eric Meyer has a new CSS article, Containing Floats. Eric has an amazing ability to take a baffling concept that so many people have trouble understanding and explaining it in a such a simple way that you wonder how you could have ever been confused in the first place. That’s the case with his latest article on floats, too. (170 words, 7 links, 1 image)

12:42 pm, pdt26 August, 2003

Categories: Books, Browsers, CSS, Standards

26

AUG

2003

New Reference Section, MT Templates

I’ve started a new Reference section at Brainstorms and Raves where I’ll be posting templates, snippets, and possibly other items to help in some way. I’ve started with a few templates related to Movable Type, including a template to convert your posts from Blogger to Movable Type. For lots more, visit the Movable Type resources section here and the Movable Type archives. (64 words, 3 links)

07:41 am, pdt26 August, 2003

Mon

25

AUG

2003

Tips for Better Titles

Writing Better Web Page Titles by Keith Robinson provides some helpful tips about writing good titles. Check out more by Keith at his site, too, as you?ll find plenty of interesting posts and articles. For more on titles, visit my earlier post Titles? What Titles? with links to other helpful articles and tips about titles, grammar, and writing for the Web. The Content category has more on content and writing for the Web, too. (posted August 25, 2003 - 8am) (75 words, 3 links)

08:03 am, pdt25 August, 2003

Categories: Content

Sat

23

AUG

2003

FeedDemon 1 Beta 4 Release

FeedDemon 1.0 Beta 4 is now available for download. Be sure to check out the FeedDemon 1.0 Beta 4 Release Notes to see the changes. Once again I?m amazed at the terrific improvements. I?ve written a bunch about FeedDemon alpha and beta testing. See the bradsoft.com Cited Links page. (50 words, 3 links)

09:32 am, pdt23 August, 2003

Categories: Software, Syndication

Fri

22

AUG

2003

Friday Feast #56: CSS, MT, Style Guides, TopStyle

I’ve had an interesting and challenging 7 days dealing with Movable Type and server upgrade issues, unusual thunder storms, and daily life. In the meantime, the world marches on, and there are plenty of great links to share for today’s feast—CSS layouts, Movable Type, more style guides, and TopStyle. (705 words, 24 links, 1 image)

02:15 pm, pdt22 August, 2003

Thu

21

AUG

2003

Power Outages Here, Flood Warnings

(posted August 21, 2003 - 3:10pm) We’ve got quite a storm passing through California’s central valley right now with an alert just issued for possible localized flooding—Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto areas. Over 20,000 people have no power as a result, lightning has struck in places causing fires, and there have been quite a few car accidents. With the heavy downpours our streams and creeks that meander throughout the areas are filling up, resulting in a flood warning just being issued. In other words, it’s a little crazy in my neck of the woods at the moment... (276 words, 3 links, 1 image)

03:10 pm, pdt21 August, 2003

Categories: Personal

21

AUG

2003

Follow-up: Movable Type, Perl Upgrades

Today’s post is a follow-up to my MT installation woes from last week. I promised to write about what happened and how everything was fixed, as there’s not much documentation around about this specific problem. (Posted August 21, 2003 - 11am) (633 words, 14 links)

11:02 am, pdt21 August, 2003

Wed

20

AUG

2003

BBC News Styleguide

Download the BBC News Styleguide for some helpful tips on writing better. Although written with journalists in mind, this styleguide can help the rest of us, too, of course. (74 words, 2 links)

04:22 pm, pdt20 August, 2003

Categories: Content

Tue

19

AUG

2003

Organizing Your Website

With all the talk about URLs lately there’s also talk about categories and organizing your website. Some have provided helpful tips for Movable Type tweaks, too. Today’s links: Organize by categories, subcategories, transmogrify your weblog. (288 words, 8 links)

09:02 am, pdt19 August, 2003

Mon

18

AUG

2003

Power Outage Stories, Photos

Weblogs, digital cameras, and moblogging were posting the latest details about what was going on with the blackout. Below is a listing of some of them along with related information. I found myself far more interested in the firsthand accounts and photos than whatever the TV had to say about things. Firsthand Photos, Stories: (303 words, 14 links)

09:12 am, pdt18 August, 2003

Sat

16

AUG

2003

MT and Perl Upgrades

My Movable Type installation has been down since sometime Friday. After researching, posting an inquiry to MT Forums’s thread Username and Blog Disappeared!, and writing to the MT folks, Ben quickly responded to let me know that it’s probably due to a server-related Perl upgrade that my ISP did Friday. (206 words, 3 links)

12:55 pm, pdt16 August, 2003

Categories: Colophon, Movable Type

Fri

15

AUG

2003

Friday Feast

My MT is down, unfortunately. Posting will return when we’re back up and running. See Saturday’s post, MT and Perl Upgrades, for details. More Friday Feast archives... (29 words, 2 links)

05:30 pm, pdt15 August, 2003

Wed

13

AUG

2003

The harsh reality is that there are so many good sites, articles, resources, posts out there. I can understand why sideblogs with just links in them are spreading in popularity. At any rate, here are some terrific resources that I?ve been wanting to share on these topics: CSS Inspiration, Helping Your Website, More on URLs, Movable Type, RSS, Weblogs, Misc. (299 words, 19 links)

09:13 am, pdt13 August, 2003

Tue

12

AUG

2003

Movable Type Entry URL Choices

Some people using Movable Type use the entry titles for the individual entry URLs, which is also what I do for Brainstorms and Raves. This can be a fine solution toward the friendly URL idea; however, a potential disadvantage is that the URL can get unreasonably long, as I’ve especially seen with more than a few of my pre-Movable Type posts. I’ve been scouting around for a way to either provide the entry URL myself or at least shorten the entry-title-based URL. It’s possible to make the individual entry URL the first __ number of characters from the entry title.... (701 words, 7 links)

08:42 am, pdt12 August, 2003

Mon

11

AUG

2003

Edition 2: Separating Content from Presentation

The first rate book on CSS, Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation, previously published by Glasshaus, will now be published by Apress and is going to have a second edition to be published later this year. Congratulations to authors Owen Briggs, Steve Champeon, Eric Costello, Matthew Patterson, and the addition of Dave Shea doing a case study on a CSS redo of his mezzoblue website. I’m especially thrilled to see this terrific book continue with a second edition. I was honored to have been a tech reviewer for the first edition, which gave me an insider’s view to the... (173 words, 14 links, 1 image)

09:13 am, pdt11 August, 2003

Sun

10

AUG

2003

Julian Carroll seems to have found another IE6 quirk which he shows and explains at IE6 weirdness with blockquote and a:hover. So if you’ve been pulling your hair out wondering why something strange happens with your blockquotes in IE6 when you add borders and padding you’re not alone. This is an odd one indeed. For more odd IE6 behavior, check out Tom Gilder’s page on Internet Explorer 6 CSS Bugs. (132 words, 4 links)

08:37 pm, pdt10 August, 2003

Categories: Browsers, CSS, Design

Fri

8

AUG

2003

Friday Feast #55: Friendly, Lasting URLs

Setting up a new website or a redesign for a client or yourself most likely includes considering the URLs for all the pages. If URLs are auto-generated by software, changing software might result in all those URLs changing, thus breaking incoming links and diminishing or ruining search engine placements unless redirects are set up. Some URL configurations can even prevent search engines from spidering at all, too. Today’s Friday Feast explores resources about friendly and long-lasting URLs. I’ll follow up soon about the URL choices I made and why for my transition from Blogger to Movable Type. (760 words, 19 links)

05:29 pm, pdt 8 August, 2003

Wed

6

AUG

2003

Adam Kalsey has posted a helpful tweak for Movable Type’s Comments cookie to more consistently apply its ability to remember the user (if the user has selected the checkbox to be remembered, of course). Check out Adam’s August 5th post, Remember Me, Movable Type. (46 words, 2 links)

07:15 pm, pdt 6 August, 2003

Categories: Movable Type

Tue

5

AUG

2003

Design, SEO, Lots of Food for Thought Today

There’s plenty of fascinating reading around at the beginning of the week. Here are just a few for inspiration and helpful info: (537 words, 11 links)

10:02 am, pdt 5 August, 2003

Mon

4

AUG

2003

FeedDemon Beta 3a Release, RSS News

FeedDemon Beta 3a is now available for downloading for all interested in giving it a try. The FeedDemon 1.0 Beta 3a Release Notes reflect quite a few positive changes and fixes for this promising syndicated newsreader/organizer. And there’s a new story by Paul Festa about weblog syndication, too. (212 words, 9 links)

07:58 pm, pdt 4 August, 2003

Categories: Software, Syndication

Fri

1

AUG

2003

Friday Feast #54: Design, HTML Editors, MT, Photography, Regex

Today’s Friday Feast covers a fun web design competition, a beautiful photography competition site, rants and raves about HTML editing tools, adventures in prototyping, top-notch design sites, regular expressions, and a few of my own brainstorms, rants, and raves. (1204 words, 43 links, 2 images)

06:50 pm, pdt 1 August, 2003

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