ZRLND ontwerp

Vandaag nog eens het nieuwe ontwerp voor deze blog uit de ijskast gehaald, ‘t was alweer een tijdje geleden, inderdaad.

Ik was al bezig met de ruwe HTML structuur. Maar dat bleek een beetje overhaast te zijn. Daarnet moest ik dus vaststellen dat ik een cruciale fout in de structuur van divjes had gemaakt.

Opnieuw beginnen dus. Zucht.

Een ander onopgelost probleem is het juiste font te vinden dat ik wil gebruiken voor de SIFR implementatie in het ontwerp. In het ontwerp gebruik ik Officina Serif voor enkele titels. Dat is uiteraard een font dat niet mag herverdeeld worden als ik finaal ontwerp omzet naar een WordPress theme.

Het punt is dus een gratis lettertype te vinden dat wel herverdeeld mag worden en bovendien zo dicht mogelijk in de buurt komt van een Officina Serif.

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Ecto Blogging

Well, it seems my experiments with Ecto have taken a turn for the worst…

I have a couple of blogs on the WordPress platform, and those seem to work perfectly with Ecto. No problems there.

Most of the blogs work on, however are on Blogger, and as of yet i haven’t been able to use Ecto with my existing Blogger account. I’ve tried everything described on the Ecto website, but to no avail…
I get as far as entering all the account data (setting up the account in Ecto is a breeze), but the minute it tries to “collect” my recent posts from Blogger it just loops endlessly.

Pity, because there’s some really nice features that actually work. The price is OK to: 14.75 euro so I was going to buy a license, but now I’m not so sure.

Does anybody have any experience with Ecto? Care to help me?

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Blogging anew: Ecto

Today I’ve spent a small, but not insignificant part of the day experimenting with a little (sic) blogging app called “Ecto”.

The introduction of the read me file included in the package reads as follows:

Ecto is a feature-rich desktop blogging client for MacOSX and Windows), supporting a wide range of weblog systems. Ecto is the successor of the wildly popular Kung-Log, which has been in use by thousands of Mac users and which earned a 4.5 mice in the MacWorld July 2003 issue, a 4.7 rating by users of VersionTracker.com, and a 5.0 rating by users of MacUpdate.com.

Good pedigree as you can see. And feature-rich is a bit of an understatement. But we’ll get back to that later.

The first thing that pleasantly surprised me about Ecto was making a connection with this existing blog. It’s as simple as entering the URL of your blog, your username and password, selecting a few options and pronto: Ecto retrieves the most recent posts from your blog. Easy. Which is nice.

Now, the main reason for this experiment – now I come to think of it – is quite simple: as I don’t have access to Internet all the time, this way of working (keeping an offline archive of my posts) allows me to work offline. My newsreader (Newsfire) also keeps a local archive newsfeeds if have subscribed to. So this method of working allows me to be offline to write posts. Excellent.

Another reason for trying this app is the fact I don’t really like working in a browser window. And more importantly, having to switch between different blogging interfaces all the time is, in my opinion, something I can do without. With Ecto I’m hoping to be able to unify these different user interfaces. I’ll be writing more about this and my experience with Ecto in later posts.

At first glance I’m giving this app an OK. If further experiments proves to be as positive as this first one, I’ll probably even buy this app.

One of the “extra” features which caught my is the “iTunes” button. If you press it, it writes something like this:

Let’s Take A Trip Together from the album “Cure for Pain” by Morphine.

Correct! The name, name of the artist and the album of the song you were listening to. I am listing to Morphine as I am writing this. An excellent song containing the excellent phrase “Let’s go somehere where there’s distractive breeze of information”. Originally written in 1992.

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