ATOM Logo

by fwhagen Tue, 23 May 2006

I think I figured out the logo file for ATOM. Just add the tag to the feed header and it should show up. (does it?) It doesn't in SharpReader yet. bummer.

Been too busy to really do much updating. Will later. Only 20 days til Alex gets here...!

Update -  I have dropped the feed logo for now since using DasBlog.  I will add it later.

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XSLT Formatting

by fwhagen Wed, 19 April 2006
Well, I got the XSLT formatting hooked up. It's still ugly, but it works. Of course, I will continue to improve it.

Strange thing: I could not get the XSLT to work so long as the tag contained the namespace attribute. Removed it, and everything works fine. But now the feed does not technically validate. We continue to research...

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ATOMic Troubles

by fwhagen Fri, 14 April 2006

I am struggling with the format of the feed here a little bit. I have figured out most of the important bits so far, but a few minor things elude me. My feed image is still absent, and the difference between published and updated confuse me still. SharpReader displays updated so I will retain the duplication until I find out otherwise. But overall, I think I prefer ATOM. It speaks to the geek in me.

By the way, if you want my ATOM format, you can use this feed and blitz the content, or download my template file here: http://members.cox.net/fwhagen/blog/_blogtemplate.xml . Share the knowledge!

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Back Online (Again) with ATOM

by fwhagen Thu, 13 April 2006

Ok, it's build number 3. This time using ATOM, specifically ATOM 1.0. I am going to stick with this format for a few reasons:

  1. I can embed XHTML directly in the feed for nice formattingeffects.
  2. It's proper XML, which RSS is also but only superficially.
  3. It feels better. Or more extensible. Definitely more mature.

I am building everything right now with a combination of cmdline scripts and UltraEdit-32. I am looking for a small, free winapp that will do much of this for me, and will probably write one myself. if I ever get around to it, I will share the source here.

So buckle up, we're trying this again...

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RSS! or Atom?

by fwhagen Fri, 24 March 2006

Damn! I've been looking at the ATOM spec in more detail, and I may have to switch from RSS to ATOM. I didn't know the 1.0 spec was out and did not want to use 0.3, so I chose RSS a while back when I was choosing a feed format. Oh well. It's all XML so it should be easy to convert, right? Won't it?

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Book Review: Old Man's War - John Scalzi (2005)

by fwhagen Thu, 23 March 2006

This is the first published book from an author I've never heard of. Almost. Actually, the reason I picked this one up is because of the authors blog Whatever. I enjoyed his writing style online so I took a chance. Glad I did.

"I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife's grave. Then I joined the army." Old Man's War is the story of one senior citizen that joins the Colonial Defense Force's Army to serve a 7 (?) year tour of duty and then be allowed to retire to the colonies. The only way to get off planet Earth, the good news that he would get a new body, the bad news was a 10% survival rate in the 1st two years!

This is really one of my favorite SciFi books I've read. It only took me a few days to read, even at my new slow "married" rate. I haven't been this into a SciFi books since Ender's Game (the sequels sucked). Scalzi manages to write a very readable story, full of human emotions and interest, while still delivering a solid hard-core science fiction story. I loved the tech in it. One of my favorite scenes in the beginning of the book was right after the new recruits are given their new genetically engineered bodies and they all run off to have a serious orgy. I know if I got a new bod at 75, I'd definitely be right there! AWESOME READ! Get it, get it, get it! And the sequel too!

Up next: Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi. I've read 2 of his and and finishing up the sequel to Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades. I'll finish up these reviews then hit some others...

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Where To Begin?

by fwhagen Thu, 23 March 2006

It's been almost a year since I have done this, thanks to the great state of <Insert Crap Company Name Here&> and their site-blocking fun. Recently the blocking came down; I guess some Exec wanted to see pictures of someone's ugly kids. (Yeah, just a little bitter...) Anyway, I miss my book reviews (yeah, be scriptin' that too!), especially now that I've found the Amazon Image Abuse format.

This go round, I want to expand on the technical side of thing more too. I will be constructing a tool to help built this site just fot the fun and experience of it. All in C# 2.0, of course. I will post snips of code I find useful. Also will be building this whole thing data driven despite the lack of any language support from my ISP servers. Everything has to be on the cheap, i.e. FREE. I will post lessons-learned there too.

So sit back and enjoy! This may be a fun ride. Or not. It's really for my own benefit and that of friends. I can be reached by emailing fwhagen.blog at the great free "G". (Figure it out, I'm not publishing my email address.)

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Back Online With RSS

by fwhagen Thu, 23 March 2006

Well, I'm back. This time with an RSS feed that I encode manually at this point. Well, it's not entirely manual; I built some vbs scripts to generate each post and built the feed.

I still need to build out the XSL pages for purdy-ness, but the feed can be used in nearly any aggregator. Well should anyway; I have conformed to strict RSS2 specs.

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