Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Want to synchronize from the menu instead? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Here you go!

Adding right-click synchronization to the OPML Editor Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I'll start right off by saying, if you're not using the OPML Editor, you won't get a lot of use out of this. That said, let's jump right in.

So, if you're like me, you probably use OPML in more than one place, especially if you're using the weblogging client. Me, I actually use it at home and at work, surprise surprise. So, I was thrilled to find this article: file synchronization across multiple installations.

That was nice and all, but I wanted to make it even simpler to use. Then, over on Geeks.OPML.Org, I ran across this other article: how to add a command to the right-click menu. So, I thought to myself, why not combine the two? Details on exactly how to do that follow. Total time to complete: 5 minutes, tops.

 1. Start with this article. Choose Tools > Edit Right-Click Menu. An empty outline appears. In the first line type "Synchronize," then click on the wedge to highlight the whole line.

 2. Double-click the wedge to open the script associated with this menu item. The script you need to enter - well, mine's three lines long, but I'm a fairly verbose programmer. You might only want to use one. ;)

 
local (when = date ("July 1, 2005"))

 
dotOpmlSuite.folderWatcher.getFilesChangedSince(when)

 
dialog.alert("Files have been synchronized.")

 3. Save the script.

 4. There is no step 4. What, you expected more? Psh. OK, so step 4 is probably to run it. Right click in any outline, and you'll see the following.

 

 If you click the "Synchronize" menu option, there should be a pause as the OPML Editor synchronizes your files, then you'll get a little alert box when it's finished. Extra credit: if you've been blogging since before 7/1/05, or you simply want to speed up the process, change the date. Whether you hardcode this or do it interactively is not my problem. ;)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

My direct deposit is now many hours late. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Somehow, I know this is Tropical Depression (nee Hurricane) Katrina's fault.

It's right over us! And it hasn't stopped raining all day.

Inline link rendering should NOT be optional Permanent link to this item in the archive.

In this picture, the words 'this license' SHOULD be a link.

In the above picture, the words "this license" should be a link. But they're not. Miranda IM doesn't support this, and neither does Google Talk, and if my memory serves, neither does MSN Messenger. C'mon people, get with the program!

Actually, while I'm at it, Google Talk doesn't support bold or italics, either. Very, very beta. I'd almost say Google Talk's in alpha. (I'd use another client, but have you looked at Jabber clients lately? They're a sorry bunch.)

Monday, August 29, 2005

B.Y.O.L. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

In this case, Build Your Own Legos. How freakin' sweet is that?

No. F'ing Way. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Jerry Falwell speaks out about gays, but doesn't advocate stoning them in the streets - rather, says he'd argue for civil rights for them.

 "I may not agree with the lifestyle," Falwell said. "But that has nothing to do with the civil rights of that... part of our constituency."

OPML Server coming soon Permanent link to this item in the archive.

... At least, according to this post. The downside is that I'm sure, like everything else that comes out of the Frontier Kernel thing thus far, it'll be Windows or Mac only.

Not that I don't like stuff that runs on the Mac - but our house's server is on Linux! Sheesh.

Organization! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Finally rearranged my blogroll on the right so it's not one huge lump of links. Now only the Weblogs category is one huge lump of links. Hurrah!

I always knew I liked Java Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The Independent's carrying a story about how coffee may contain many anti-cancer agents. No idea how reliable it is, but it makes me even happier about having this second cup. (Pardon the pun in the title.)