Well, while I’m waiting for the BF:1942 server we play DC on to stop playing Kursk, which blows, I figured I’d put in my two cents on Moveable Type 3.0. Apparently it’s the topic of some debate, mostly related to it’s move to a centralized comment authorization system, called TypeKey. It’s of course an option and you don’t have to use it but the basic idea is that people sign up, for free of course, and register themselves with a central service. From there you now have the ability to comment on anyones journal/news site/etc that is using the service. While I’m all for a more spam free comment system I’m not sure a centralized system is the way to do it. I don’t want to have to tell people to go sign up for something just so they can talk to me. It seems a little rediculous. Plus I’m really not a fan of centralized anything. Not that I’m some consipiracy nut or anything, I just don’t like people having information about me that don’t need to. I’m not even afraid of the possibility that someone might hack their system. What would happen? They’d get a big list of sites and people that use the system and big email lists to spam. Whoppie.
If you remember, I was all excited about it when it was simply labeled “comment registration”. I thought that would be cool. Then, I could just add all you guys to a list and if someone new wanted to leave a comment I would have to give them the ok. Which would cut my comment spam to nill. Not that MT-Blacklist isn’t doing a FANTASTIC job, because it is, but it would be a precautionary messure instead of a clean-up job. So, now that I know what it is, I don’t really plan on using it. I can’t see the benefit. I’m sure larger journals and news sites will benefit greatly. They’ll have a registration system they don’t need to maintain or even think twice about. Good for them. Seeing as how it’s just a few of us around here, I’d be more inclined to just delete the questionable comments when they arise.
Oh well. It was a good idea. Also, I’ve been reading just about even CSS manual, tutorial and helpfile I can get my hands on. I should start working on a completely CSS driven page shortly. Of course theres three days of long photo shoots between here and the weekend… but I’ll tell you about that later.
perhaps i’m an idiot and i’m certainly to lazy to look it up…what is CSS?
Cascading Style Sheets. Typically they’ve been used to define things so that HTML doesn’t have too. You write your webpage and instead of putting in your font size, font color, heading size, link color, etc. You just put something like “FONT” and then refer it to the CSS page which has all that info on it. So, if you wanted to go back and change your text color later, you can, without rewriting the whole page. Lately I’ve seen sites using it not just to define simple things like that, but whole page layouts. Meaning the only thing left in the HTML is the basic content. That’s what I’m going to try and do next. That also means that I can completely change the look of the page, from graphics and layout on down, without touching the HTML ever again. Cool huh?
Oh, BTW, I found something music wise that you’d be interested in. I’m out the door, heading to work, so I’ll drop you an email once I’m there.