Blogware

I tried several weblogs powered by different blogwares and here is some of my experience.

WordPress: Very powerful if you have your web server supplied with PHP and MySQL database to run it. But I found very few free ones powered by WP and Blogsome is one of them. If you want to test drive or want to apply for a free account, try here.

Blogware: Very powerful and easy to configure. Myblogsie is the one provides free blogware based weblog service. I would highly recommend Blogware based weblogs because it’s as powerful as WordPress but you need more knowledge about HTML, CSS, etc to play around the latter very well. To edit the layout by drag and drop style, RSS headlines, web pages generation, and user management etc are very cool features come with Blogware.

Blogger (blogspot.com): Very easy to use but short at features. It’s suitalbe for entry level bloggers to warm up. The features I like include the possibility to edit template and publish blogs to external FTP server. And now you can post photos from your computer to blogger directly with Hello and blogger provides unlimited (?) image hosting space. This is very attractive to users who are seeking an easy way to establish their photoblogs.

Here is a very good blog about blog, How to Blog.

Flickr slidershow on any web site

Flickr‘s slideshow is a neat feature to display photos of your selection and “tags” is another cool extra of Flickr. I found it’s a good way to combine tags and slideshow to show your selected photos on your own web site very flexibly because you can set any number of tags to a photo and to classify photos by tags. What you need to do is to put the following HTML code into your web page where you want to show the photos.

Replace “12345678@N00” with your user_id and “foo” with the tags of the photos you want to show. Other possible parameters are “nsid=“, “text=“, “tag_mode=“, “favorites=“, “group_id=“, “contacts=“、”frifam=“, “single=“, “firstIndex=” and “firstId=“.

RSS reader plug-in for the Becky! 2

Becky! 2 is unquestionably one of the best email clients you can find up to date. I have been a happy Becky! 2 user for years. One of its numerous great features is that end users can write plug-ins to expand its functions. You can find lots of very good plug-ins on the net for free download. And here is another great plug-in I just found out, RSS reader plug-in for Becky! 2. You can download it from the author’s website. This plug-in enables you to read updated news or entries from weblogs that provide RSS feeds right in Becky! 2.

RSS

Figured out how to use RSS to syndicate content from other websites or weblogs in my weblog. You may have noticed I have added some headlines in the left column already. They will be updated automatically as the feeds change. It’s a convenient way to keep an eye on the up-to-date news or other contents I am interested in.

Email icon generator

E-Mail Icon Generator

Google blog

Google Blog

Post photos from Flickr to myblogsite directly

1. Set up a new blog in flickr.

2. Select “MetaWeblogAPI Enabled Blog” as the kind.

3. Fill in “http://www.blogware.com/xmlrpc.cgi” for the “API endpoint”.

4. Fill in your username and password at http://www.myblogsite.com in the corresponding fields.

5. Confirm your details. Maybe you want to change the label for your recognition in case you have several blogs added and they have the same title.

6. You can select your posting layout from one of the system prepared ones or you can customize by yourself.

7. You are all set and ready to blog your photos in flickr directly. Keep in mind that these posts will also use the default post settings in your blog.

Pros: You don’t need to copy and paste the URL of the photo or photo page to post it in your blog.

Cons: You have to set the photo to be public to post it, you can set it back to private if the URL your posted is for the photo but not the photo page, though. And I haven’t found out a way to post the original photos in this way yet. :(

Remote desktop connection solution

I used VPN of the University to access my office desktop because the default port 3389 for Remote Desktop is blocked by the University firewall for security consideration. I did try to modify the default port according to Microsoft’s instruction but had no luck. The drawback of this method is all my network traffic will go through the VPN server, and I have to start the VPN followed by the Remote Desktop every time. It’s annoying sometimes.

My solution to simplify the connection is 1) setup a socks proxy server running at a port can be accessed from off-campus at my office machine; and 2) run Remote Desktop in sockscap to connect office PC. In this way, only Remote Desktop goes through the socks proxy and all other network applications connect directly from my home PC. In case I need an on-campus IP address to access particular web sites, I can run them in the sockscap.

Test for image direct link

This is a test to directly link images from http://www.flickr.com.

Yes it works perfectly!

Tinyurl.com

A convenient free tool to post looooong URL’s on BBS and Web: http://tinyurl.com.