Blogging from TextMate

I have _reluctantly_ been using “TextMate (TextMate)”:tm for a couple weeks. No text editor can ever take the place of “Vim”:vim, but there are several features that attracted me to “TextMate”:tm. So far I am impressed, and “TM”:tm makes editing HTML(HyperText Markup Language) and CSS(Cascading Style Sheets) a snap.

I will write about my experiences when time permits, but for now how about this… “blogging from”:blog “TextMate”:tm. That’s right, this post was written and posted from inside “TM”:tm!

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Site Functioning Normally

According to Dreamhost, the slowdown my site experienced earlier was due to “IO requests getting backed up due to networking issues between [my] HTTP server and the File server.” Things are fine now; let’s hope they stay that way.

Site slow today…

Every page on my site is taking for-flippin’-ever to load. What’s the deal?! Sent support request to “Dreamhost (Dreamhost)”:… 4 hours 27 minutes later and not a word. Tweaked “wp-cache (WP-Cache 2.1)”: and enabled “FastCGI (FastCGI home)”:, but still no joy. Are all the “rants (Google:dreamhost+sucks)”: about Dreamhost right?

Thinking Before You Comment

I know I’m not the first, but a recent experience taught me a valuable lesson:

*_There is no “undo” button when posting a comment to someone else’s weblog_*.

Stumbling upon a post offering what I thought was a bad piece of advice, I felt compelled to inflict my personal opinion on the site owner. While in a particularly bad mood, I posted a rebuttal through the host’s commenting system. The comment was impersonal, terse, and quite rude. The moment I pressed the “post” button, that little voice inside my head, whispered, “What a jerk!” (I’m not entirely sure that’s what the little voice said… I was trying to ignore it).

While checking my referrer logs, I noticed 2 visits from the site where I posted the comment. The site owner added two comments to the post, the first discounting my comment, and the second blasting my site for some apparent design flaws, and a violation of my own original “advice”. The tone of the comments was deservedly not flattering. I attempted to apologize, but found myself banned from the system (a first).

I officially regret posting the original comment, not because the post’s author attacked me, but because the comment’s tone and demeanor was out of character for me. The comment was not representative of who I am (I’d like to think), or how I wish to treat people.

Here’s what I learned:

* The Internet provides a level of anonymity, even when authoring a post or comment using your real name (which I always do). This impersonal communication medium can remove inhibitions, and emotional restraints that *_should_* prevent you from writing (saying) things you would not normally say to someone in person… especially someone you just met.

* Opinions are just that, opinions. And you know what they say about opinions… right? The exchange of ideas and opinions is relevant and productive. The Internet, and especially weblogs, are designed to foster community. Discussion does not have to be personal or inflammatory, even when expressing fact in the face of falsehood or error. Discussion can and should be kept civil and tactful.

* Check your bad mood at the door. Just because you are having a bad day, doesn’ t give you the right to ruin someone else’s. Consider how your feelings might affect what you are about to post in response to someone’s thought or ideas. Good advice for the real world too.

* _*Weblogs are not faceless, emotionless, unfeeling nodes in the cloud*_. Behind each weblog is a real, emotion rich, feeling person. The author often has poured out heart and soul into each post, carefully crafting and documenting a record of their own experiences, personal thoughts and feelings, or what they believe to be good advice. Be kind, be tactful, practice the Golden Rule. Don’t be a troll, especially when that is not your intention.

*To the author of that original post*: If by some chance you read this, please accept my sincere apology. If my stupidity and lack of restraint hurt your feelings, I am sorry; please forgive me.

To everyone else, remember:

*_There is no “undo” button when posting a comment to someone else’s weblog_*.

Back Up Bookmarks

Lifehacker shows you how to back up bookmarks on your blog. As the article points out, aside from backups, there are other benefits to doing this:

bq. It also kills two birds with one stone: participate in the community AND update your blog daily with one post.

This is a “no-hassle” solution done completely through your account. I tried this initially on this blog, but later switched to yadd for a more flexible solution. I made some minor modifications to meet my needs, including a change to the post title, and the automatic creation of tag hyperlinks.

Redirecting WordPress Feeds to FeedBurner

If you want to simplify delivery, management, and analysis of your site’s feeds, “FeedBurner”:fb is a great solution. This page will give you a quick summary of “what FeedBurner is about”:fbabout. One of my favorite features (complete list of “features”:fbfeat) is “SmartFeed™”:smart, an option that provides a _subscriber-aware_ version of your feed to an aggregator, regardless of the feed format you are currently publishing. That means that if you serve an Atom feed, but a subscriber’s reader doesn’t support Atom, SmartFeed™ serves up your feed as RSS(Real Simple Syndication), or some other format on-the-fly! Burning a feed is simple, the FeedBurner site walks you through the process. Add a nice little button to your site, and you are done… almost.
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Performancing for Firefox

Cool extension for Firefox! Performancing for Firefox lets you easily post to your blog from FF in a split window. The tabbed layout includes a rich editor, source editor, and preview. Common text formatting functions are available from the toolbar, and more advanced features like categories, history (recent posts), and notes (you can use these as drafts) are available in a sidebar. Technorati tags can be easily added. Support for  Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, LiveJournal, MSN Spaces, and Custom for everything else. Looks like you can drag-and-drop images from a web page directly to a post!

Link via: Scoble