Technology Weblogging

Moving off Blogger

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

If you blinked, you missed my test case of a new look for the Burningbird weblog. It looked much better on the drawing board…but purple, I don’t know, I don’t feel like a purple person. What do you think? Am I a purple person?

Back to the CSS style editor. I hate web site design as much as I like server-side development. And as you can see, I’m still on Blogger, still playing with other blogging tools (Greymatter and Movable Type).

I’m also working on post-content information system method for handling pulled or moved information. In chi-chi clever biztalk terms, a Post-CMS (and doesn’t that sound like a hormonal condition?) The system is using an RDF-XML vocabulary that’s a combination of my own RDF vocabulary and the Dublin Core. The RDF provides the information used by the system to display pages that are,hopefully, more useful than “404 Page Not Found” when a page is pulled from the site.

If you’re curious, you can try out the Perl/CGI prototype that’s currently in use (I’m working on a Java/Jena/JSP open source version). Any of the following will trigger the system:

Don’t expect a razzle dazzle Flash show or anything like that — this is an information system. Information applications inform, educate, and enlighten; they don’t light up sparklers and tap dance with red sequined shoes in a little pink net tutu.


Unfortunately, Blogger is pretty much unusable at this point. I’m finally going to have to get off my butt and move to blogging software I host at my server. I have Greymatter installed, but am looking at Movable Type.

I feel a bit guilty leaving Blogger while it’s having problems. However, I realize that it’s multi-posters like myself that are part of the problem, so I consider that I’m doing Blogger a favor by pulling my blog from the servers.

While I’m at it, I’ll most likely change the look of the weblog, something to match the rest of my web sites. You know: plain and readable. I’m a verbal not a visual person, and my site designs tend to reflect this. Sorry.

Until I make my move, I won’t be posting too frequently, if at all.