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SM Radio?

February 19, 2007

…for the masochists among us, no doubt.

Apparently the Sirius / XM Radio merger is on again.

That’s terrific news. Now by not renewing the free year of Sirius radio that came with my car, I can ignore both of them in one fell swoop.


Dear Auto Manufacturers;

If you want to jam more audio technology in our cars, how about better built-in ways to navigate and control iPods, rather than some more pay-to-listen, bland, corporate radio crap?

Or better yet, how about just a well-thought-out open interface to the built-in controls, and the ability to delete your half-assed audio packages but still keep steering wheel controls, audio alert integration, etc.

Thanks

They forgot “over-priced” and “over-roasted”

March 22, 2005

Apparently Starbucks is in the market for a new PR firm, to try to get a more global-friendly image…

The decision to look for another PR firm follows a recent survey of 8,000 consumers which found that Starbucks was seen as “arrogant, intrusive and self-centred”.

Oh well, I still like their drip brewers…

Why you should read weblogs

January 13, 2005

You’re a busy person, and you already spend all of the time you can afford keeping up with your industry.  Should you bother taking the time to learn about weblogs?  You betcha — the benefits to your business and your bottom line can be immense, and once you do, you’ll wonder what you were waiting for.

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Simple ‘Nuff (RSS Full Posts)

June 3, 2003

For those who, like myself, prefer reading in an aggregator, rather than enjoying my oh-so-decorative html, there are now full post versions of my “RSS 1.0”:http://www.nonliteral.com/indexfull.rdf and “RSS 2.0”:http://www.nonliteral.com/indexfull.xml feeds available.

Links to them will go up on the page momentarily.

A shout out to Unix Gal who did all of the work, I just grabbed the templates from her site.

Celery + Gravity = Art

May 30, 2003

Getting an early start on Friday, here’s “a study of the effects of celery on loose elastic”:http://www.lileks.com/institute/frahm/art1.html—an in-depth look at 50’s pinup artist “Art Frahm’s”:http://www.lileks.com/institute/frahm/indexmain.html propensity for drawing cuties with bags of celery whose panties just happened to lose their fight against gravity at a most inoportune time.

Reasonably safe for work; less than one could see on a network television commercial, but still a weirdly entertaining look at the product of a guy with a veggie fetish and a talent for sketching…

Gotta love the Internet…

(via “ErosBlog”:http://www.erosblog.com/ which typically _isn’t_ safe for work)

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Insufficiently Advanced

April 10, 2003

Arthur Clarke stated that “Any technology that is sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic”.  This of course implies the corollary – “Any technology that IS distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced”.

I love being able to post to a blog from a desktop app.  I’m currently using w.bloggar, which is nice, but leaves a few things to be desired.  My hit list includes:

1) WYSIWYG editing.  It’s not like I don’t know HTML, or like I can’t hit the preview window, but sometimes I find it distracting to have to look at markup when I’m writing.  An embedded WYSIWYG editor with a “code view” option would be very nice.

2) Spellcheck.  I’m not the greatest speller; spellcheck often keeps me from looking any stupider than absolutely necessary. w.bloggar includes a spellchecker, but its dictionary seems woefully short, and when I can’t spell it and the spellcheck can’t spell it, we’re definitely off in the weeds… Other products seem to sniff around and find Word’s dictionary; that would be very nice.

3) Smarter support of the target layout.  Posting to Movable Type, it’d be nice to be able to have an entry body and extended entry.  If we had excerpt and keyword, so much the better… Perhaps these aren’t exposed in XMLRPC?  Similarly, I post to a lot of PostNuke sites, and the ability to separate “hometext” and “bodytext” (analogous to entry body and extended entry in MT) would be nice.

Is there a product out there that I’m missing that has all of this stuff?  Ideally, along with the ability to post to PostNuke, although I’m afraid w.bloggar might be the only one to support that at the time being. 

Although it doesn’t support PostNuke, I’ve played a bit with Kung Log on OS X; it looks very nice indeed, but I’ve not gotten around the problem that it doesn’t like MT hosted on IIS rather than Apache (something broken in soap:lite apparently, although it doesn’t seem to bother w.bloggar.  If it wasn’t for that, I’d certainly be considering Kung Log for my MT posts at least.

Have I missed any good ones? Suggestions would certainly be welcome…

Making PostNuke Autodiscoverable

March 21, 2003

I’m still getting my feet wet with all of the RSS stuff… Today’s neat discovery is that it’s trivial to make PostNuke (7.23 at least) support autodiscovery, so that various news aggregators can find the feed address.

(Warning… This may break your PostNuke.  It may even break MY PostNuke.  But I doubt it.  Use it at your own risk, if you break it you own both pieces, all models over 18 years of age, content subject to some settling)

In header.php, look for the link to the stylesheet (link rel=”stylesheet”).  In 7.23, this is about line 160.  Just before it (or just after it, it doesn’t matter), add this line:

echo “<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS” href=”/backend.php” />n”;

Save it.  Test it.

That’s all there is to it.  Remember it’ll go away with your next upgrade, so keep it handy in case the PostNuke team doesn’t get around to adding it to the code stream.

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