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Zemanta on Movable Type

May 21, 2008

Zemanta notified me to tell me that Zemanta's Firefox plugin now works with Movable Type. Woohoo! They said, "Just wanted to drop a quick note that we released a new version of Zemanta today that adds support for MT 4.1. Only through extension for now, but plugin will follow in a few weeks." I was a little peeved that their initial launch included Wordpress and not MT so I actually posted a thread to their forums asking when Zemanta would be available for Movable Type. They promised me support for MT was coming and indeed it has!

What Zemanta does is simply monitor the text in your blog draft and then go out on the web (connecting to Zemanta's web servers) to find relevant/related images, articles, and tags. I guess you could call Zemanta a blogger's "cheat sheet" for quickly finding relevant articles, images and tags.

Movable Type 4.15 beta 2

May 13, 2008

I've been testing Movable Type 4.15 beta1 for a few weeks now with plans to migrate from Movable Type 3.33 to 4.15 when the product finally launches. According to the Movable Type roadmap wiki, the final non-beta version will launch in 6 days. Well, technically it says "Target Release Date: May 19ish" so they're leaving some wiggle room. Regardless, I'm pretty excited about the pending launch.

Movable Type Outage

March 26, 2008

So I get Six Apart's Movable Type newsletter which talks about how they want the Movable Type community to help make Movable Type faster. After all, Movable Type is open source now, so what better opportunity than to ask the community for help making Movable Type faster, right? Interested, I decide to click through and lo & behold their website is down. Oh, the irony!

Email Subscribe to Blog posts

January 4, 2008

I've had the ability to offer email subscriptions to my blog posts for a few years now. I took it out of my blog templates since I figured most people use RSS these days. However, I've come to the conclusion that some not everyone is a fan of RSS, and do visit my site directly. And so, I have added the email subscribe capability back in.

Movable Type goes 100% Open Source

December 12, 2007

Wow, just read that Movable Type has gone 100% open source. This from Anil Dash:

As of today, and forever forward, Movable Type is open source. This means you can freely modify, redistribute, and use Movable Type for any purpose you choose. Just want the details and downloads?

Tech Bubble 2.0 video

December 6, 2007

VoIP Blogger Steals TMC Articles

November 2, 2007

Normally, I wouldn't spend my time complaining about someone plagiarizing my blog or any of TMC's other blogs. I've written about sploggers in the past, that take word-for-word the exact copy of your blog posts. But, I figured if I just ignore them, they'll go away or be a nuisance at worst. Wishful thinking, I know - but what can you do?

uPhoneBlog enables Email to Blog Posts

October 22, 2007

uPhoneBlog ( is a free project that allow users send photos and videos from their mobile phones to any blog or website in real time. It works with all cell phones and providers simply by using MMS (multimedia message service) to email a uPhoneBlog email account. Apparently you can even submit stories to Digg using email.

Works on many websites and blogs including: It appears this service hosts the multimedia content themselves and then provides an easy method of authenticating onto your own blog to create a new post containing the HTML code to point to this newly uploaded content. They appear to be using the Gigya widgets for performing this authentication task.

Movable Type 4.0 Released

August 15, 2007

Today Six Apart announced the release of Movable Type 4.0. According to Six Apart, "This is the biggest release of MT ever, a complete redesign of both the front end information architecture and the back end scaling infrastructure. The dozens of new features have been inspired by the outpouring of community support have helped inform our efforts: MT4 reflects what all of us have learned about how blogs work and where blogs are going."

I've played with Movable Type 4.0 beta and I'm not crazy about the new interface, but part of the reason is I'm used to how I've customized my MT interface over the years and added a powerful WYSIWYG editor (FCK Editor). Unfortunately, MT 4.0's WYSIWYG editor isn't nearly as powerful as FCK Editor.

I do like the performance improvement in MT 4.0 including the built-in support for FastCGI and memcached.

Bloggers Start Young These Days

June 22, 2007

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