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Geekswithblogs 2.1 | Skinning Tools for Twitter and Tags

Wed, 05 Dec 2007 21:09:53 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2007/12/05/117409.aspx

I wanted to let all the Geekswithblogs.net members who read my site (and readers as well) of some of the new features we have on our skins for the Twitter and Tag features released last week.

If you integrate your Twitter account with your Geekswithblogs account, not only will you be part of a new Main Feed for Twitters, but your blog will show your 10 latest Twitters on the skin.  Here is a view of what this looks like.

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Additionally, when you use the Tagging feature, a new Tag Cloud will show up on your blog as well.  This will show the top 10 tags and a link to see your entire Tag Cloud.  I really like the idea of tagging and I hope everyone on Geekswithblogs will start using the technology.  Here is a look at the Tag Cloud.

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Also, GWB members will be getting an email in the next few days covering the features so if you want to make sure it doesn't fall through the spam filter add blogs AT geekswithblogs.com to your mail tool.

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WLW, GWB, SubText - Images Upload Directly

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 20:37:29 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2007/04/20/111833.aspx

With Windows Live Writer, there is no more need for Flickr, or hand rolling galleries to get pictures in your posts.  If you have a post and you want to add a picture from your hard drive to it, just drag it on and publish.  Metablogger and SubText will take care of the rest.

Don't believe me?  Check it out below:

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Brandon can't get away from computers!

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weblogs.asp.net gets a makeover

Tue, 07 Sep 2004 14:28:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2004/09/07/10774.aspx

Looks like ::ScottW pushed a new Default.aspx/MainFeed.aspx for Weblogs.asp.net. From what I can tell, they got shortened display (max characters), bloggers.aspx, and the removal of the list of bloggers. I really like the new display and hope to get my hands on a quick fix soon.

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Community Server :: Blogs gets an update

Sun, 08 Aug 2004 03:37:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2004/08/07/9449.aspx

Scott Watermasysk pushed a new version of Community Server :: Blogs to weblogs.asp.net/blogs.msdn.com tonight giving them comment moderation. The only problem is this quote, "This build is not ready for mass consumption yet, so I am not sure if/when it will be released to the public". I hope this will not be a length process to package up into a new build. I know it would have to be a major pain since the .Text source has most likely changes since the last release in January, but we definitely would like to see this ourselves at geekswithblogs.net.

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I couldn't agree with Kzu more

Mon, 02 Aug 2004 12:05:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2004/08/02/9198.aspx

One of the problems Kzu points out is the massive code blocks bloggers add to their feeds which here are added to a mainfeed that you mainly see. This can get very annoying and is mostly unnecessarily because the blogger ripped it out of a sample or a book that all of us own anyway. That is a whole other topic though. If you want to add a code block to you blog entry, I suggest this post to hide the code for most browsers/aggregators and the reader can toggle its visibility. Check it out and jump on the bandwagon.

It's rewarding to see other bloggers using the same approach I've been using for quite a while for collapsing code regions that maybe be of interest of those who want a closer look at what you've done, but not to all readers, specially on the aggregated site.
If we could just get everyone else using the same, the main page would be much more pleasant. If you want to join this crusade, start using the following for your collapsible HTML regions:

+ Expandable Code Example Here
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Configuring Windows Live Writer with SubText

Wed, 18 Apr 2007 12:18:16 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2007/04/18/111762.aspxThis post will update my original post of configuring Geekswithblogs.net with Windows Live Writer (previously using .Text).  In this version, I will discuss how to a SubText blog with Windows Live Writer to get the most out of writing blog posts.  I can't emphasis enough that external blogging tools are important to your day-to-day blogging activity.  Unlike browsers, these tools allow you to write, stop, and come back and write some more.  You can leave the window open all day and just come back when you get a chance.  They also let you load up recent posts quickly and make any changes you need to.  And a product like Windows Live Writer has all these features and more and I have to highly suggest you give it a try, even it you have another tool.  Enough of the sales talk, lets get into the configuration.   Step One - Choose Blog Type Select the "Another weblog service" option Step Two - Weblog Homepage and Login Fill in the information for Homepage URL, Username, Password If you are a Geekswithblogs.net member, we now redirect www.geekswithblogs.net, www.geekswithblogs.com, and geekswithblogs.com to geekswithblogs.net, so configure your URL to geekswithblogs.net/USER_NAME Step Three - Detecting Weblog Settings Get up and get some water, this should take about a minute. Step Four - Weblog Configuration Complete You are finished!!!!  Start writing!!! That is it, all you have to do this time around.  If you notice in Step Four, the weblog provider is SubText. If you already have your weblog configured, instead of adding a weblog, edit your existing one and the steps should be pretty much the same.  If not, take some screenshots of the process and email them to support@geekswithblogs.com and I will create another post. Remember to review my post on Pings and Windows Live Writer if this is the first time you have configured Pings.    Technorati tags: Geekswithblogs.net, Windows Live Writer, SubText | Current Weight: 261.2 [...]



Tools in place for Registration

Fri, 06 May 2005 15:39:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2005/05/06/39124.aspx

Before, as many .Text community owners know, to add users to .Text you could either use a Console application or Query Analyzer.  The Console application was just a pain for me to use so every time a blogger made a request to become part of the community, I was in SQL then manually creating an email welcoming them with their username and password.  This process was very time consuming and frustrating.  However, with the new Strategery application we are working on, I have released the registration module and tool for administration.  Last night I added 14 bloggers in less than 2 minutes!  So if your friends or co-workers want a blog that they can get going quickly and qualify for this community, send them to the registration page.  We don't plan on making this a community project, because we want to make Geekswithblogs.net a unique community instead of “One of those .NET blogger communities.”

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New feature on Geekswithblogs.net

Wed, 28 Jul 2004 21:09:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2004/07/28/8965.aspx

Back when geekswithblogs.net was my own personal blogging system :D, I used jjulian.geekswithblogs.net as my blog's home. Well when I decided to move over to .Text I lost this sub-domain functionally but have always wanted it back. Well now we do. If you are a blogger on geekswithblogs.net, you can now reference your blog with "your-blog-name.geekswithblogs.net" and it will redirect it to "geekswithblogs.net/your-blog-name". Pretty cool, eh? So now all the old links that pointed to my original RSS feed will work again. (image)



Dottext.Web.HttpCompression is ready, download here

Sun, 11 Jan 2004 00:38:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2004/01/10/1211.aspx

After some testing (thanks DonXML), I feel the syndication compression for .Text is ready. However, if you have any issues, please email me at jjulian2@mac.com. I have included the source, binaries, and compiled changes from the latest release of .Text. I have been very impressed with the HttpCompressionModule integrated into .Text. My bandwidth is down even though the hits are up. As always, please backup your binaries and config before upgrading. With out further ado, here it is.

http://www.geekswithblogs.net/Dottext.Web.HttpCompression.zip (image)



Dottext.Web.HttpCompression is ready for testing

Sat, 10 Jan 2004 04:03:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2004/01/09/1202.aspx

After my previous post, I decided to take the approach I took with Geekswithblogs.net HTTP compression for the syndication feeds and re arch it a little bit. Originally, I changed the HttpCompressionModule's source to get it to work. This time, I used the downloaded binaries so it would have better compatiblity with the great tool.  This should work with .94 and .95 but I have only tried it with .95.  If you would like to check it out, please let me know.  I want to have a few more people play with it before I make it downloadable. 

Here are some links to see what improvements you will gain by using it:

http://pipeboost.com/getreport.asp?URL=http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/rss.aspx
http://pipeboost.com/getreport.asp?URL=http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/atom.aspx
http://pipeboost.com/getreport.asp?URL=http://geekswithblogs.net/MainFeed.aspx (image)