Archive for June, 2006

Flock: del.icio.us, Flickr and WP editor (with firefox thrown it to boot)

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

So, just a few minutes ago, I got an email from Nate:

Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 12:13:06 -0500
Subject: Flock / Blogging Browser
From: Nate Kresse
To: Glenn Kauffman

Built on firefox. I hooked it into my WP blog in seconds. Easiest way to blog as far as I can tell. Can hook into your flickr account and drag and drop into your blog post. Fun.

http://www.flock.com/

Nate

Three clicks, a minute of downloading, a drag and drop install and a double-click later (oh yeah, and some relatively painless config) I am writing a new post from within Flock.

So far so good I’d say. My first impressions are pretty good. It seems to be nicely polished for a beta and some nice integration with some of the nicest web apps out there.

There are, however some down sides.

  1. Non-OS based spellcheck. I love my spell as you type integration within Safari and my other Apple apps. I’m wishing I had it here too. (It also doesn’t know “blog”, “html” or several other obviously used words…)
  2. Creating links seems to require the mouse. I know there has to be another way of creating links, but I think I might be spoiled by the MediaWiki formatting code. No taking my hands off of the keyboard, no odd rollout sheet, no hidden destinations. Sure, formatting code just gets parsed into html and I could just plunk some of that in, but I’m trying to lower personal stumbling blocks that have, in the past, kept me from blogging more often.
  3. Lack of organization for saved posts. All I need is a little window so that I can browse through the posts that I’m working on. Maybe with a little status icon. I’m not picky, but it is something MarsEdit does really nicely.

At least I figured out how to set my default search back to google.com. I know both Flickr and del.icio.us are now in the yahoo domain, but that doesn’t mean I like their search engine.

As for RSS, I think I’ll stick to my tried and true NetNewsWire / NewsGator Online combo.

Don’t take my critiques too harshly, I’m using it and will probably continue to use it as long as its free. And that is the real crux of the situation.

Blogged with Flock

Catching up.

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

I just released some posts that have been sitting in the queue for quite some time. *clears throat* They were not as polished as I had intended them to be, but enough was enough. There will always be something else to write about.

Meanwhile, we have been very busy here at Stamm Business Technologies. Most notably, I just made the new StammWIKI live. It is very bare right now, but I’m hoping that we’ll be able to fill it up quickly.

I’m hoping that as I push the wiki, I can push a resurgence of blog posting as well.

Here’s to new wikies! *clink*

The Worst Concievable Disaster

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Well, it has been awhile…

On February 25, at in indetermit time and after 331 days up, the faithful debian server went down.  And went down hard.

It survived two consecutive weeks of threatend, building wide power outages and the idle hands of countless techs looking for scavenged parts. (No!  Bad tech!  *smack*)  With just 35 days to go, a suite wide poweroutage is what finnaly took it down. 

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ClamXav: Easy, Free Mac Virus Scanning

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

With the most recent Mac Virus thats not a virus [slashdot.org] and my own dealing with pulling files, infected by PC viruses, off of unsuspecting Mac users hard drives, I have had to look for something to scan and remove files on the Mac. Currently there are several “Paid For” services available for the mac that are reasonably respectable, but with the current state of Mac viruses and my own one shot needs, I usually cannot recommend these solutions. Plus, they suck. In a corporate environment, they are a must, but for everyone else there had to be something else.

With Apple’s now not so recent move to OS X and the BSD sub-system the world of OSS has brought us a plethora of useful tools and once again, we’ll delve in and get a simple, free tool based on the popular OSS virus scanner clamav.

ClamXav is an Aqua interface for clamav. This gives it a pretty front end to its powerful backend along with a automatic graphical installer.

I was going to write a detailed report on ClamXav, but due to unforseen circumstances I was unable to complete the review. I still love ClamXav and whole heartedly endorse it.