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As a kid, I enjoyed taking things apart to see how they worked (and sometimes I’d even put them back together). That natural curiosity led me into software development where I actually get paid to take things apart and put them back together. Working in with computers funds my flying habit, and this section of the site is about technical things I find interesting.

Three Ways to Can Spam

posted in Technology · Mar 15, 2006

Don’t you hate how most websites and businesses ask for your email address these days? I don’t mind at all since I just give out a disposable email address. A disposable email address forwards messages to your real email address. The real benefit is the fact that you can have the disposable address automatically self-destruct after you no longer need it, and potential spammers never get your real email address.

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An Introduction to Textpattern

posted in Technology · Feb 14, 2006

Destry Wion has started a series of articles introducing key concepts of Textpattern.

The first in the series is Understanding Textpattern Building Blocks which is quite well-written.

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Going Live With Textpattern

posted in Technology · Jan 29, 2006 · Comments: 1

This website has a new look, but even more has changed under the covers. We’re now using Textpattern as the content management system. While porting over, Nancy and I gave the site a new set of colors and added the new tabbed-navigation controls at the top of the page.

After finishing the work to port the original version of this website (see Porting to Textpattern), there were just a few things that I really needed to clean up before actually going live with the site.

There are more improvements planned over time, so stay tuned. Please drop us a note and let us know what you think of the new look, or if you find any problems we should know about.

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Porting To Textpattern

posted in Technology · Dec 27, 2005 · Comments: 4

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It’s time to take the plunge and start using a real content mangement system. It’s not an easy decision to make. The website is working well, and I know how it’s put together. The CSS is set, and the layout is nice with no tables even. My homegrown PHP navigation system does a nice job of showing the hierarchial organization, and I’ve done a pretty good job of separating content from presentation using PHP.

But the bottom line is that I’ve been hand-editing my HTML and manually managing my website content for too long now. I don’t update the site as much as I’d like to, partly because it’s a hassle to add new content. From what I’ve read and seen about Textpattern, I think it’s just what I’m looking for.

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