reMAP: IMAP reConceptualized

Gabor Cselle, the founder of reMail, recently posted an idea for replacing the IMAP email protocol with something with which working would be easier. The proposed name? reMAP, short for reimagined Mail Access Protocol. He calls for a RESTful design that among other things would globalize message identifiers (rather than changing them the instant a message is moved to a new folder), replace folders with labels (a la Gmail), require the server to handle email search indexes, and make conversations the basic unit of email (instead of individual messages). reMAP would also make handling MIME messages unnecessary; the client could…

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My First WordPress Plugin Patch: Wibiya Toolbar

The beauty of using WordPress instead of Blogger is, in a nutshell, the freedom that comes with using an open system instead of a closed one. Under Blogger, I had very little freedom to extend the platform. Everything I could do had to be added by someone from Google, with the exception of a few JavaScript- and Flash-based sidebar widgets. Under WordPress, I have access to literally thousands of open-source plugins to modify, extend, and replace the functionality of the site. The beauty of using this open system is that if something doesn’t work the way I want it to,…

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How I Beat Blogger and Redirected to WordPress

Yes, I really and truly have from Blogger. I know there are a lot of guides out there, but I think the method I used was different enough to warrant a new post. (I won’t duplicate the steps of setting up the new WordPress site and importing the content from Blogger; that’s pretty obvious, and it’s well covered elsewhere. Redirecting is the art form that’s been changing every few months.) Obligatory Rant Getting away from Blogger is really much harder than it should be. There should be a process to verify with Google that one is not a spammer trying…

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Migrated to WordPress!

I did it. I finally did it. I ditched Blogger! You know, there’s a certain satisfaction to this. I’ve been wanting to ditch Blogger for years, ever since I discovered WordPress. And I finally did. I’ll consider the completion of this migration to be the fulfillment of my unstated New Year’s resolution. 🙂 Thanks to the generosity of one of my Twitter contacts, @Navarr, I now have a self-hosted (er, friend-hosted) WordPress blog. He offered to host my blog after seeing me complain a lot about things I couldn’t do under Blogger. Eventually I bit the bullet and bought a…

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Blogger Accidentally Reveals Rating Feature

Blogger In Draft definitely doesn’t have all the new features. Just yesterday, some Blogger users saw “star ratings” — common enough widgets, but not integrated into Blogger yet — appear on their sites. This from multiple sources, including Blogger Status and Garett Rogers. Since , I thought this slip-up was extremely funny. For the record, I’m looking forward to seeing this come out on Blogger In Draft and then to mainstream Blogger. I’d like to try it out on this site.

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Blogger Scheduled Posting Polished and Officially Launched

No more having to go to draft.blogger.com to schedule blog posts in Blogger; late this afternoon (Central time, of course) the Blogger team announced the release of scheduled posting to the mainstream interface. Not that I’m switching — I still like getting the new stuff — but it’s still nice to know that the feature I started using two months ago (give or take) is now live for everyone. In other news, I’ve kind of forgotten to write about the fixes made a week and a half ago, including scheduling for FTP blogs a week or two back and a…

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Strange Bug Reports on Blogger Post Scheduling

Thought I’d continue talking about Blogger this morning. 🙂 Lately, there have been several comments to the Scheduled Posts announcement on the Blogger in Draft blog that indicate it doesn’t work for everyone. Personally, I haven’t had any problems. I often write my posts the night before they publish, just in case I get a last-minute idea, or am away from the computer in the morning (which is indeed possible). Other comments indicate agreement with my statement. I wonder if the Blogger servers are being a bit wonky… There were ( ) with the scheduling feature back when it was…

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Blogger Gets OpenID Controls!

I logged into Blogger early this morning to write my post for the day and was prowling around in the Settings panels trying to find an option to turn on enclosure fields (in case I ever decide I want to do a podcast episode or two, you know). Lo and behold, I saw a new tab, labeled OpenID! Here’s what was on it: I remember the Blogger in Draft team promising to add a feature to manage authorized websites back when . Looks like they did it! Yes, I know, I’m getting excited by a new tab. Big deal, right?…

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Blogger Team Says Permalink Issues With Scheduled Posts Fixed

User Belcarnen noticed late March 4th that the permalink issues seemed to have been fixed. Yesterday morning, Pete was back with another note saying that the problems should be fixed this time. In his words: As Belcarnen noticed, the permalink problem should be sorted out now. Jason assures me that the correct code has been pushed to all servers and all is well. We do have reports of scheduled FTP publishing now not working, which we’re looking into. We wanted to get the permalink thing sorted out first, though. So there are issues with scheduled posts not working on FTP-based…

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Blogger Scheduled Post Permalink Issues Actually Not Resolved

The Blogger in Draft team’s announcement that the with scheduled posts is incorrect. One of the developers, Pete, left a comment today acknowledging that the problem still exists, and advising users that there will be an update (whether comment, new post, or edit) when it is really fixed. His note came in response to comments from another user and myself regarding the bug’s continued existence. That permalink problem is really a bummer, since it messes up the site feed and the homepage. To fix it, all one has to do is go into the admin section and republish the post,…

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