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.
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.
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.
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.
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.