Blogger and Calendar

This morning, I decided to add a calendar to the front page, and found a popular script made by Dale Ray of www.corantodemo.net. The script can be found there and download for free. Pretty easy to follow and very editable. Then I customized the size, look, and font of the calendar. It looks pretty nice and simple. Later, I’ll try to see if I could link the dates to archives. Now, I’m going to really have to complete my website and set up a photo journal, so I could make better use of my brand-new sony camera that I was lucky enough to exchange it for my old sony camera under warranty at Best Buy. Then I’ll probably fiddle with the overall look of my website till I am satisfied, which probably is never. From time to time, I’ll add some more features to make it a bit more advanced than just a simple blog setup.

Blue Monday

I’m back at work after a pretty nice weekend. I can see why they call it Blue Monday because it sucks to be here! Few workers are here, due to AWS (Alternate Work Schedule) that allows them to take one extra day off if they work nine hours shift in the two weeks period. I’m supposed to be working on Excel VB project, adding more features to the programming. But I need to see how it works first, so I’ll ask a co-worker first. I guess I’ll prolong it till afternoon.

Remember when I said I decided to use Blogger instead of Movable? Well, I learned a few more things about Blogger. It’s like once you set it up and get it running, you’re on your own. If you want to have an add-on, you’ll have to find around in the Internet for a script. Blogger doesn’t provide one for you. Movable already has a nice calendar script that comes with the installation. Also, it gives you more control over your blog, like you can look at the database and you log in from your own server, instead of Blogger’s server. Now, I’m trying to find a calendar script for Blogger and configure it myself. I’ll still keep Movable as it is still a nice blog tool.

Calendar? hmm

Now I realize Blogger doesn’t have Calendar module add-on, so I’m looking for the codes in the internet. MovableType already has one and I’m thinking about copying some codes from there to here since the entire blog is on the same server and I know Movable Type sends variables to the cgi-bin, then get echoed back in html format. Will that work? hmm…

First post on Blogger

In this past week, I’ve been working on my new website that would include a blog. At first, I decided to use movable type as I heard a lot of things about them and a lot of people seem to be using movable type too. I had a bit of trouble installing everything but managed to get it to work.

My first impression was that I thought it was well-constructed and nicely designed. Then I added a navigation bar, which required many edits. Everything seems to work well except for one thing. While it gives you a sense of “software enterprise”, where you could see everything, it is not a quick edit blog. For me, I’m very fussy on tiny things and if I see something out of place, I quickly edit it, then re-post to see the changes. Movable Type is not designed for something like this and it’s more of a group blog with multiple users or someone who doesn’t have a remote access to Unix server. Which was why I decided to look elsewhere to see other options and the first thing came to my mind is Blogger, now owned by Google. I should say that I might be biased because I’m a fan of Google and has an email address with them. Also, I was aware that Google has redesigned the whole blog and I must say that they have taken it to the new level. Everything was installed in less than 5 minutes and only took me a few minutes to customize my own template and I can quickly edit it. If you have an access to Unix command on the server, then you can very quickly edit pages such as style sheet and see the changes very fast. That’s what I like.

So, after this post, I’ll migrate everything to Blogger but will still keep movable if I happen to need their services. I’m going to create a photo journal, my daily blog in home and tech blog in portfolio.

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First Tech Post

I’ve just basically copied this from the homepage and created another blog for tech talks, like site changes and explain some of the tips I found on the Internet. Most likely, I will rabble about my frustrations while designing this website. After I get everything set, I’ll add some of my programming work that I have acquired in my classes at RIT, my alma mater. This will be also where people can look at my resume, my skills, ideas, all related to my work. I will also add links to useful tutorials, good tech info, etc. In the homepage, it’d be more of a journal and what did I do during the day and my training workout. Next, I will set up photo journal so I could make a good use of my brand-new sony camera 5.5 megapixels. Well, I hope I explain the differences between these pages clearly.

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Reason

Another repost from Movable Type

Like I said in my previous post, I’ll be back. Not much work has been done as I’ve been thinking about what I should put on this page, with layouts. I’m thinking of putting the search box at the top right under the navigation bar but I’m not sure what else I should put up there. Using movabletype is pretty cool, can be complicated at first but now I’m getting the hang of it.

I think I see some bugs and probably will upgrade to its latest version, like deleting entries wouldn’t work and I have to go directly to the database and manually delete unwanted entries. Also, I wonder if there is a way to edit this index page on the fly inside the server rather than having to go the templates menu and edit within the browser. I also want to add RSS feed news somewhere here, maybe on the side or under this body. The real reason why I decided to do this is to keep my skills intact and I’ve never had a complete website before; only half-completed or or a mock project for my courses at RIT. Alright, I’ll work on this page a bit after I submit this. G’day.

Web creation

This is the repost of my post in Movable Type blog.

Dang, it really does take a lot of time to edit this whole thing to a desired perfection. I finally got the navigation part to work properly and style sheet to cooperate with the web browser. There are still many things I’d like to add. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in one day. I plan to work on this website daily and when it’s almost ready, I’ll send this to the domain page, which is www.ke5ter.com. Now I’m gonna have to stop working on this and start catch up on some real work before the end of the day. I’ll be back.

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