Friday, June 22, 2007

Testing WLW Maps

I've just updated to WLW 1.0 beta 2. It has a number of nice (new and old) features. Last time I tried the Insert Map feature crashed the application, so now I'm going to try again.

To avoid attracting stalkers, I will not post a map of my home, but rather the place where I work, Infront AS:

I can't directly upload images to my account, but I don't know if that is why the Insert Map feature only inserts the "View map" link above. It was easy enough the find the relevant place, although it didn't understand all the addresses I tried.

And it was horriedly slow after I pressed Insert - I thought I had to kill WLW for a while there... ;)

So now you know where I work. Right now its raining, but there is going to be a big, free concert right outside our windows now in about an hour. My daughter (12) is going to join me to see the show - featuring numerous pop- and rock stars (mostly Norwegian). Let's hope the rain slows down by then... ;)

Sorry about the old post flooding!

Changing this blog to use a template caused most of the oldest (pre Window Live Writer authored) posts to have "interesting" formatting - with cramped text, code with no end-of-lines, bold headlines in the middle of the text, and so on.

I have been cleaning up the formatting of some of these old posts and this caused the RSS and Atom feeds to include these "updated" posts. It looks there is no way to turn off this behaviour - I'm not sure if it is or WLW's fault.

I have a few more posts to update - so bear with me and just ignore those posts for now (or even read them again - or for the first time ;)).

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Blog site transition, phase one done

Welcome to a new and brighter blog! ;)

I've started off with one of the standard templates. I like this one because it wastes less space at the sides, making the articles appear somewhat shorter than they are (he-he).

The code syntax items should still render with the classic TP white and yellow on a blue background, but to be honest I was growing a little tired of it in the text itself. Now the code stands out better, too.

As you can see on the right hand sidebar, I've experimented with adding some of the boxed paged elements that can easily be added in the new blogger template designer. In addition to the usual suspects, there is now also some Google Adsense ads, a selection from (how is that - syndicating a feed that syndicates me :)), some hopefully relevant Google News and video clips from YouTube.

I expect to play more with these, and turn off the ones I find more irritating than useful or fun. Let me know what you think about the changes.

Summer is here and I'll be gone on a (well deserved?) holiday in a couple of weeks, so don't expect any heavy duty articles here in the nearest future.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Work in progress: Blog design in flux

As you may have noticed, I'm in the process of upgrading my Blogger template to get access to some new design tools they have. This means that colors and code syntax highlighting will be wrong for a little while...

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