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Name This Blog

Posted by cquirke on 11 April 2008

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At the risk of sounding like a self-important vendor spending millions on announcing a changed product name, this post is a muse about where to take this blog.

The “problem” is that this blog hosting service has the feature set I want to use, and I want to do more than write about Linux.

I like the symmetry of “blog“, Vista Curve” and “Linux Curve“, and it’s not obvious as to how this third blog will be differentiated with the others.  I was thinking of calling it “The Long View”, to include ideas for Windows 7, IE 8 (before that gets feature-frozen, if it hasn’t already), Linux, and the still-neglected area of maintenance OSs. 

But I also want to use the web site structure offered by WordPress to cover timeless “how do I…” issues definitively, e.g. how to defend against USB infectors.  The things I’d have done on my old web sites in the old days, and as these are not particularly forward-looking, they don’t fit “The Long View”.

Perhaps it depends on how well WordPress can offer alternate faces for web and blog content.  If it’s good at that, I’ll use that to separate the gritty reality of the site from the more futuristic blog.  Or maybe I can shell the “Linux Curve” within the “Long View” blog, much as my old Win9x site was shelled under a new parent site as I turned attention towards XP.

You may think it’s odd that an MVP has a blog dedicated to Linux, but IMO, any “long view” (5+ years) has to count in alternatives to Windows, and to PCs for that matter.  Microsoft’s research labs would be doing the same, and they aren’t just cooking up new versions of MS Office and Windows.  But as users, we don’t have the same ability to design our futures – we’d have to choose from off-the-peg solutions that could be so different that today’s judgement of acceptability cannot be assumed to hold.


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More Focus, Less History

Posted by cquirke on 22 September 2007

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Have you noticed how little of what you read, is about what you wanted to know about?  Firstly, there’s pointless “friendly” waffle like the two sentences you have just read.  Then there’s history of how things used to be, but aren’t anymore.  Then there’s background that may or may not be useful.

To some extent, one expects this on commercial sites, where a single article like this will span several pages that have to be accessed one after the other – with 50% screen area taken up by banner ads etc.  Blogging discourages that, as each post ideally fits on one page.

For example, many articles on quantum physics may start with Plato’s atoms and trace the history from there onwards.  Or an article on malware prevention may waste time on virus/worm/trojan taxonomies that are way past their sell-by date, the history of the first known virus, etc.  Or a book on “how to use Linux” will start off on Linux politics, which tells you nothing about how to use it.

I’m as prone to digression and waffle as anyone, but I’ll try to focus when I write technical articles here, and link out anything that isn’t directly about what the subject line claimed the article is about.

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Site Glitches?

Posted by cquirke on 16 September 2007

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One odd thing about this site (or rather, this blog) is that sometimes it comes up in the proper colors, and sometimes not.  Often it comes up in grey, and will then reload with the right colors after a browser refresh.  No biggie, but not confidence-inspiring.

Also, I’m not seeing categories appearing, either after these have been created in Windows Live Writer (which seems to “see” the host site’s category system OK) or after fiddling via “edit this post”, and I’m doing now.  This is a bigger issue to me, because what I want to do here will largely depend on navigation and organization that rests on categories, tags etc.

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