Archive for February, 2010

Arrival in Bangkok, Khao San, and Grand Palace

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Entry #2 from Thailand Trip (see entries #1, #3, #4, #5 and #6)

Bangkok syline at night from hotel roof

Bangkok syline at night from hotel roof

We finally made it out of Guangzhou, had an uneventful but comfortable flight from there to Bangkok, and successfully made it to the Lamphu Tree House Hotel where we had reservations for the first night. Even though we had been in transit for over 24 hours, and had only slept for a few hour increments on the planes, we didn’t want to waste our first night in Thailand. The hotel was really nice and had a lovely rooftop patio, but we really were itching to get out into Bangkok. The hotel was supposedly a 10 minute walk from Khao San Road, and knowing that it has been called the Backpacker Center of the Universe, we figured what better place to […]

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I’m not sure that technorati is up to speed lately, before I migrated my blog to Wordpress it never seemed to get my latest posts. But regardless, I’m sticking with it. Obviously this post should be ignored by readers, but if you have any experience or input about the usefulness of Technorati, feel free to comment.

Friday links of interest

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I haven’t posted my “Friday Links” in a while, so here are a couple I specifically had seen and wanted to share.

First, for those travelers out there, this from Matador Network
Metric Map: Which Countries Don’t Belong With The Others?

And this one I thought was pretty funny (and sad), and had seen it on several news sites a couple weeks back. Seriously, how much can kids be protected from? Removing the term “oral sex” from the dictionary? Come on now…
Finding Oral Sex in the Dictionary and Other High School Mania

And I’ll leave you with an inspiratoinal one from Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Non-Conformity. This article was a good reminder for me.
The Small Man Builds Cages for Everyone

Blogger to WordPress conversion complete

Friday, February 12th, 2010

As noted in my last post, the conversion from Blogger was a long time coming. Especially since I am a developer and love that WordPress is written in PHP. For me this switch just makes a lot of sense, I have access to so many new features and finally have the flexibility that I didn’t have with Blogger.

I’ve heard a lot of grumbling about importing old blogs, and initially was planning to just start a new blog and leave the old one. Until I found this handy tool. Blogger2Wordpress conversion tool. What it does it take the XML export from Blogger, and convert it to WordPress format, so then the import works perfect on WordPress. It’s an extra step, but for those who were using FTP publishing with Blogger, the import directly to WordPress isn’t supported.

So that tool took care of that. All that was left to do was figure […]

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Goodbye Blogger, it’s been nice knowing you.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Well, I’m not technically abandoning Blogger right now, but they are making a move which will essentially make it impossible for me to use their service anymore in the future. I can’t say I’m disappointed since I’ve been wanting to move to WordPress for some time. The only hold up with doing that has been the fact that I would need to totally recreate my template, and quite honestly I just don’t feel like doing it.

But anyway, today I get an email from Blogger saying that as of March 26 they will no longer support FTP publishing, claiming that the resources to maintain that are too high. Their claim is that “only .5% of active blogs are published via FTP.” I find that statistic rather surprising. That would mean that only 1 out of 200 bloggers using the Blogger service actually post files to their own host?

They say that […]

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