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Thingamablog 2.0 on its way

Entry 301 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash

If you don't have a webserver that allows database actions, php, asp and all that stuff and you want to make a blog of your own then you have two choices:

  1. subscribe to a free blogging service or;
  2. install Thingamablog

It was already announced here that Bob from Thingamablog (TAMB for short) was working on an update of this rather good piece of software (to make it excellent it still has a few minor bugs that should be cleared out).

He finally found some time to explain what version 2.0 will bring, but first the bad news: "There's still a bit to do before a usable alpha version emerges, and I can't give a set date, but the finish line is in sight and getting nearer every day."

What to expect in 2.0? Well, most of the 1.0 code base has been redesigned, rebuilt and expanded upon and is, of course, backwards compatible with TAMB 1.x blog data. Below is a quick summary of some of the new features.

  1. Extensible Entries (this means stickies)
  2. An extended version of the Thingamablog Template Language
  3. Customizable Template Files (monthly, weekly, daily archives, a photo gallery page)
  4. Custom Tags
  5. Remote Posting (ability to post to a blog via POP3 / email)
  6. Remote Syncing (ability to sync up different copies of TAMB from different locations - still in a very early stage of development - so it will perhaps not show up in TAMB 2.0 but perhaps at a later stage)

This news was originally posted at the TAMB forum where you can read Bob's original (more extended and detailed) message.

If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: Some updates...

Audacity 1.2.5

Entry 302 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash

Another one of those Sourceforge beauties is the free digital audio editor Audacity. One of my many Unfinished Projects consists of a remix project between an ambient British collective and one of those dinosaurs of rock. Audacity is the program I made it with and, no, the results are for my MP3-player alone and not free for download. Audacity is, of course, free and can be downloaded from Sourceforge if that page is not down as it is now, the moment I write this.

Some of Audacity's features include (I pinched this from Wikipedia):

  • Importing and exporting WAV, MP3 (via the LAME MP3 Encoder, downloaded separately), Ogg Vorbis, and other file formats
  • Recording and playing sounds
  • Editing via Cut, Copy, Paste (with unlimited Undo)
  • Multi-track mixing
  • Digital effects and effect plug-ins. Additional effects can be written with Nyquist
  • Amplitude envelope editing
  • Noise removal
  • Support for multichannel modes with sampling rates up to 96 kHz with 24 bits per sample
  • High ease of use
  • Large array of plug-ins available

And for the first time in over year or so, the Audacity team has now updated their product, so why don't you give it a go and meddle around with it...

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Entry 303 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash

Instead of cleaning my house like I promised to my dear lady I have been converting my webpages to UTF-8, another one of those daft html standards they come up with every now and then. Not that my pages weren't 'readable' or something, but in order to make a Google-XML-sitemap with Endsheet they had to be UTF-8. Don't ask me why. Don't ask me what UTF-8 stands for, although I have a pretty good idea now about the F letter.

The blog pages are already in UTF-8, Thingamablog does that automatically, but I also have some handmade beauties on my site. My html-editors all save these html files like they want to do. No questions asked. Nobody thought about the necessity, five years ago, to have a button saying: is there any particular gobbledygook format you would like me to save your file to?

So good old Arachnophilia for Windows and 1stPage 2000, (I deleted the crappy 1stPage 2006 about 3 days after I had downloaded it), the editors I use the most, have more or less become redundant then. Not!

I browsed the web for a couple of hours and finally found out that Tidy HTML is a utility that checks your html files for errors and can even change them into UTF-8. The problem is that Tidy is a command line utility and that it takes a lot of reading small text before you can make it work. And I'm very bad at reading small print.

But HTML-Kit, considered to be the best editor anyway, has this utility as a built-in function. So I have been busy opening my html files in the kit, then placing the line <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8"> in the head section and then pressing F9 to check for the hundreds of errors in my files.

And now I will be able to use Endsheet to make me a Google sitemap.

Life can be beautiful.

Addendum: guess what, it doesn't work.

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Much Ado

Entry 304 posted in: 3. Gamebits

Things haven't been moving a lot on this website and that is because some rather disturbing things have happened in my life lately. If you ask what it is I'll answer 'none of your business', my psych knows and that is enough.

Ask me another question then, for instance 'what is the best computer game... ever' and I'll give you an answer in a split second without hesitation. I'll give you three answers even...

On three: Tetris, the original (1985). The game is so well known that I don't need to elaborate on that, I hope. I still have a soft spot for the original DOS version that can be found here, don't forget to read the story behind the game!

On two: before I had a DOS PC I bought me an Amstrad CPC, well not really an Amstrad but a Schneider that was the same piece of equipment but streamlined for the European market.

With the box came a copy of Spindizzy (1986) and that is probably the best game ever to be produced for that piece of machinery. The object is simple, you are a 'Gyroscopic ExploRAtion Landing Device' shaped as a gyroscope, a ball or as an inverted pyramid and your goal is to map all 386 levels of the world you have been warped into and to get back to the starting point. Your ship uses a lot of energy but that can be recuperated by grabbing the jewels that are lying around.

The main problem was that the maze was so big that you needed to make:
a: a detailed roadmap of the explored levels in the game
b: a route description of what to do in what level in order not to get out of energy.

Spindizzy was made by Paul Shirley who found that: "Fitting 386 levels into 11K was satisfying." The original game can still be played if you install a CPC emulator, for instance WinAPE but apparently a Linux remake is in the works and will be issued in 2007. (Let's hope it will also hit Windows, although I fear that the remake will be slightly bigger than the original 11 Kb, yep, you've read that right eleven, not eleven thousand.)

And what about the best game ever then? Well, we'll get to spot one later on.

If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: Gyroworld



Entry 305 posted in: 3. Gamebits

A Spindizzy clone (see my previous post) in Flash can be found here: Gyroworld. It uses, however, other maps than the original...

If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: Much Ado