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Batching up, batching down

batchmod.gifI’m still working on my new version of ImageFolio. After having been running one instance on my own domain, and having installed eleven licensed copies on one of our newspaper servers, I was very familiair with the 2.1 version that I’ve been working with since january 2000, when I started working with ImageFolio. Too familiar, is seems; working with IPTC, the batch upload mod and the multi user mod requires a totally different approach, a different way of thinking in some areas.
The batch upload and resizer works flawless; so good that when I have to make a new photoalbum for the newspaper, I batch upload the original pictures to my 3.1 version and when it’s done, I download (and delete) the server side resized mages and thubmnails, and upload them again to photoalbum server, where we’re still running 2.1. Beats thumbnailing in Fireworks or Paint Shop Pro for sure, cause all you have to do is upload and that’s it.
Still looking for a server side script – or a local running application – that can read and import the captions from the old flat file database and write them as PTC tags. Next place to go: the ImageFolio message board.

Wimax: speel zelf voor provider en telefoonboer

wimax.jpgEen van de kenmerken van ouder worden is dat je er mettertijd achter komt, dat je maar weinig blijkt te weten van dingen waar je veel verstand van dacht te hebben. Het is dus de vraag waar dat ‘wijzer’ in ‘ouder en wijzer’ op slaat.
Vooral qua internet, waar dagelijks zo mogelijk nog sneller dan virussen nieuwe dingen en standaarden opduiken, valt het soms niet mee om bij te blijven.
Bijhouden wat reilt en zeilt op internet is een eindeloze ratrace van kennis. Via een groot aantal vaste etappeplaatsen op het web, afgewisseld met spelonken en krochten die soms slechts een maal bezocht worden of die daarna in het etappeschema opgenomen worden.

ImageFolio up to date now

I’ve upgraded ImageFolio from my very old 2.0 release straight up to the 3.1 Pro. After hacking around for a few days, I’m finally getting the grips on the system. Everything works now, including the batch upload mod, batch thumbnail mod, postcard mod, post it mode. Still some minor things I either don’t understand, or that don’t work as they should, but man, what a beautiful system.

With this version we have the built-in ability to sharpen, crop, resize, and reformat jpg, tiff, psd and other image formats on the fly, to produce thumbnail and preview images, in batch or manual format, without any need for PhotoShop of PSP for the thumbnailing. If you still want to do that before uploading, either over the front end (the user interface) of the backdoor (through ftp), no problem.
And of course now he have IPTC: adding searchable keywords, captions, and thumbnail captions into the digital media, instead of next to it. If the photoalbums look a bit weird every once in while, thats because I’m busy hacking imageFolio. Eventually all pictures will have their own IPTC information; but first I’ll have to I find another reliable batcher that converts my old index of keywords and captions into IPTC.
Also new: the thumbnail island (on left right here), parsed by ImageFolio, that has replaced my old thumbnail randomizer.
I’m calling it a day now; gotta do some more real renovations in my real renovators delight 🙂

De Wired cd: rip, sample, mash, share . . .

wired.jpgBeastie Boys, David Byrne, Zap Mama, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Gilberto Gil, Dan the Automator, Thievery Corporation, Le Tigre, Paul Westerberg, Chuck D with Fine Arts Militia, The Rapture, Cornelius, Danger Mouse & Jemini, DJ Dolores, Matmos.
Als een nummer van een of meerdere voorgaande groepen of artiesten u iets lijkt, ren dan naar de kiosk en koop de Wired van november.
Het is met 8 euro 75 geen goedkoop blad, maar terwijl je iedere maand al waar voor je centen krijgt, is het novembernummer het geld dubbel en dwars waard door wat er in zit: The Wired CD.

Net Force; welkom in het digitale vagevuur

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Iedereen die iets met internet te maken heeft, zowel de door zijn baas daartoe verplichte professioneel als de dwangmatige amateur, zou de Net Force serie van Tom Clancy moeten lezen. Vanaf het eerste boek, dat dezelfde titel als de serie zelf draagt (Net Force) tot en met de laatste (Book 9) dat bijna in de winkel ligt. In Net Force komen, net zoals in de inmiddels beëindigde serie Ryanverse, die met The Hunt for Red October begon en die om Jack Ryan draaide, steeds dezelfde hoofdpersonen aan bod. Maar waar de tien opvolgers van Red October zich in het verleden afspeelden, zij het niet in een consequente volgorde, zijn de tijdlijnen van Net Force in beton gegoten: tien jaar in de toekomst.

Movable Type: waar blijft Captcha!?

pluginpack.gifDeze bijdrage is geschreven op verzoek van de redactie van www.dutchcowboys.nl
Met andere blogs of weblog systemen heb ik geen ervaring, en dat zal er ook niet van komen, nadat ik ruim een jaar geleden MovableType geinstalleerd heb, en verslingerd ben geraakt aan dat prachtige publishing system. Je kan er mee wat je maar kan verzinnen, en iedere dag ontdek ik nieuwe trucs en mogelijkheden.
MT is een management systeem dat een site bouwt op basis van de content die in een database wordt opgeslagen. De meeste gebruikers zullen op een Linux platform met MySQL werken, maar het schijnt ook ook op een Windows server/SQL te willen draaien. Verder kun je MT op Linux/Free BSD/Unix ook met andere databases dan MySQL samen kan laten werken. De mijne draait op Free BSD/Apache/MySQL, altijd zonder problemen.

PB spamfree

slow.jpgPB spamfree as well now, thanks to the Captcha kit and kaboodle from Brandon. It took me considerable more time and effort to get it running on PB’s site than I expected. Strange, because I didn’t expect any trouble beforehand, logging into exactly the same MT version (3.121) as mine. One would expect two of the same MT versions behaving exactly the same, apart from the differences in paths. Because I’ve got a lot off cgi-stuff running (my illustrious colleague Henk van Ess dubs me the cgi-beast) I’ve installed MT in a cgi-local subdirectory, calling all my static files from another directory outside cgi-local. Other MovableType bloggers probably run more (or everything) straight from the bin.
In the meantime I’ve learned a few things: if you’re hopping from one MT installation to another, cutting and parting templates and code from one installation to another: act slow! Made me think of what the skipper in Barbados told me in 1984 when he handed me the helm of his ship for the first time: ‘whatever you do, you do it slow’

Finally: no more comment spam! No more spam commenters … :-)

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No more spam comments! No more spam! Thanks to Brandon Fuller. It took me a day or so installing, hacking and scripting, but now I’ve got Captcha up and running. All commenters that want to comment now have to add a security code before the comment is accepted by MT.
All MTbloggers out there wait and pray that Six Apart is offering Captcha as soon as possible in a new release of MovableType. I understand Brandon is working on that with them. After the hard work is done it works beautiful: under the comment field under an individual entry, as well as under the preview and error return pages you will see an extra field in which you have to enter the security code wich shows up next to it. A new preview or new error (no e-mail adress, wrong code) will parse a new security code.
Bye bye spammers (especially that bloody ‘Casino Bob’ who was good for at least fifty false comments a day).
Since it’s working perfect (zero content spams in 24 hours) I’ve disabled TypeKey, as well as unregistered comment moderation, now accepting all comments without moderation or identification.

MT 3.121 up and running

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Yep! MovableType 3.121 up and running. TypeKey working as well, but am I finished now? No, because even with TypeKey working, I’m fed up with the spam morons. They don’t show up as comments on the front-end, but I still have to delete them from the cms. Why can’t we block ip-ranges instead of ip-numbers?
I’d like to see an upgrade routine where clearly is pointed out which files – and which files only – have to be uploaded for a succesfull upgrade and which files can be omitted without encountering problems.
After having upgraded from 3.0D to 3.11 I had to re-edit all the special templates, because I’d done so in the past. I’m running them with headers and footers, different from the originale special templates, and they look nicer.
Only two minor flaws in some cms template files (e.g. in list_comment.tmpl and list_commenters_tmpl) where border =”0″ was lacking in some tags, so the graphics in the cms over there got ugly blue borders.
Removing spam comments and rebuilding archives and/or indexes is much faster now. Af for the spam: I thinks I have to dive in MTBlacklist to find out if and how that works, bute I think Brandon Fullers solution might the one. Now how … ?