July 2006 - Posts

28 July 2006
JK.com Upgraded To CS 2.1 Beta 2
I’ve upgraded JK.com to the latest bits of CS…meaning CS2.1 Beta 2 . The new blog skins look great, however they suffer from lots of navigation issues, i.e. they aren’t consistent with the other (sitewide oriented) blog skins that shipped with CS2.0. This is something that must be addressed before CS2.1 RTM’s. That all being said, the upgrade was painless…a couple of DB upgrade scripts and that was it. The big push for CS2.2 is an easier skinning model (i.e. you don’t have to be a CSS rocket scientist to tailor your site’s eye candy to your needs) which will be a welcome change. 2.1 is still a pretty big release though, and I’m enjoying it thoroughly. Read More...
27 July 2006
Dammit Landis
From Sports Illustrated ( full article here ): Floyd Landis says he didn't do it -- didn't inject testosterone, didn't apply a testosterone patch to any part of his body. Floyd Landis just returned my call, and I asked him straight up: "Did you do it, bro?" He said, "No, c'mon man," in what would turn out to be the first of several denials. I want very badly to believe him. So do I…so do I. Great to see another ‘merican win The Tour though. I guess we’ll see what happens with the subsequent tests. Read More...
27 July 2006
Community Server 2.1 Beta 2 Released
Hot off the presses over at CS.org : Today we are proud to announce the availability of CS 2.1 Beta 2. Changes since beta 1: Beta 1 bug fixes (such as issues with the new editor and tags not being visible by anonymous users Bulk forums Tag Editing Clean up of any forums tags with no posts Tags are now powered by Search RSS feeds by global tags 4 new blog skins (about 10 variations) [1] Per post “Mark as Answer” support for the forums In addition, for the first time, we have an MSI installer for ASP.NET 2.0. Community Server 2.1 Beta 2 (Web Install) - ASP.NET 1.1 http://communityserver.org/files/folders/betareleases/entry540356.aspx Community Server 2.1 Beta 2 (Web Install) - ASP.NET 2.0 http://communityserver.org/files/folders/betareleases/entry540358.aspx Community Server 2.1 Beta 2 (MSI) - ASP.NET 1.1 http://communityserver.org/files/folders/betareleases/entry540359.aspx Community Server 2.1 Beta 2 (MSI) - ASP.NET 2.0 http://communityserver.org/files/folders/betareleases/entry540360... Read More...
24 July 2006
Forty Days And Forty Nights...All In About An Hour
Anyone who lives in the Georgia/South Carolina/North Carolina regions of the U.S. no doubt know that we got absolutely hammered Saturday night by storms (Charlotte was especially hard hit, as was the Raleigh area). I’ve seen some storms in my life, but nothing like this…I don’t have the exact stats but it rained harder than I’ve ever seen for an hour straight (hence the title of this post) along with non-stop lightening (several trees in the immediate area got struck) and whatnot. It was pretty cool (to watch at least) actually until about 10:00 pm when my power flickered (thus rebooting my entire network…not a big deal compared to what happened next), but apparently one of the local ISPs (well, the one I use at least) main transformers blew at the same time thus leaving me (and the rest of my area) without internet for over 24 hours . Yes, I’ve been sans internet and cable for over a day, just now got hooked back up. And was losing my mind! I guess... Read More...
21 July 2006
New Community Server Skin In The Works: Enter "Aero"
Fellow Community Server MVP Nick Brown has been busy pounding away at a new CS site skin called Aero (read his dev blog for updates), which is of course loosely based on its Vista namesake. Head over to his site to check it out in action (hint: click on the Customize tab on the far upper right). According to Nick there are still quite a few kinks to iron out, but via an IM conversation earlier we discovered it looks A) best in Opera 9.0 B) almost as good in Firefox and C) pretty good in IE (and he’s actively working on making it look even better in IE). I think it’s fantastic. I’m really digging it thusfar and look forward to the final release, which per Nick, “will be released when CS2.1 RTM’s.” Sidenote: I’d really like to see some CS skins that implement some of the features of my (for now) favorite skin for any blogging platform: Origami for SubText (look at the top left for some CSS goodies). Read More...
18 July 2006
I'm Thinking About Buying An Electric Scooter
Gas prices are soaring (and yes, before any European readers comment I do realize that gas in Europe is 3x as much as it is here in The Colonies), insurance is ridiculous given how rarely I used to drive, and I usually don’t venture more than 5–10 miles from my house anyways. The one I’m looking at is this one . Anyone out there on the Scooter bandwagon? It really would be a good solution IMO. My next car will more than likely be a hybrid (I’m over trying to look “cool” or whatever…practicality is setting in with old age). My previous car was a total money pit which is why I sold it recently…missed it initially but have gotten by alright without it. Read More...
18 July 2006
CS Tidbits #16: Add A Mirrored Blog Screencast
Today's tidbit is a bit of a deviation from my previous tidbit posts in that I'm doing a demo via a screencast (I'm taking a cue from J-O Eriksson ). I've posted about the new blog mirroring feature in CS2.1 numerous times, and now that beta 1 has been released I figured it was time to post about exactly how to go about mirroring content in CS as this is definitely one of the coolest new features in the new release. It's worth mentioning that a couple of the steps in the screencast are optional, but are Jayson's recommended "best practices" for mirroring content. They are: Creating a new blog group is optional, but will assist in categorizing mirrored content. For example, if you wanted to create an ASP.NET blog group, you could just mirror ASP.NET related content to that group. You could then create a WinForms group and do the same. Ad nauseam. You do not have to disable comments or trackbacks, but I think the original poster would appreciate it; if a... Read More...
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16 July 2006
Migration To Community Server 2.1 Complete
The migration of JK.com to Community Server 2.1 is complete (still a few little issues to iron out, mainly related to CSS stuff plus a couple of controls to write). It was by far the easiest CS upgrade to date, had minimal downtime and only one error, which of course was caused by me and not CS itself. Regular visitors won’t notice much of a difference in the GUI (aside from the tag cloud)…as I’ve said before most of the work went into content mirroring and the Control Panel. My blog roll is still accessible here ; this evening’s project is to get a new tab up with all of my mirrored feeds on it. Read More...
16 July 2006
Upgrading to Community Server 2.1 -- Excuse The Mess
While I was going to hold off on updating JK.com to CS2.1 when it RTM’d, I’ve changed my mind. There are enough compelling new features in 2.1 to make the move with the latest beta 1 drop worth while, including: Full support for running on ASP.NET 2.0 out of the box (no more medium trust issues). CSS has been cleaned up to the point where I can make my site look decent on lower resolution systems (without having to ditch adsense; the ads make my site look horrible on anything below x1152). Blog Mirroring is a must have feature. Tagging. SEO features. Mo’ Betta control panel. Some other stuff I’m too lazy to type out. I plan on making the move tomorrow, so my site will more than likely be down during this time. Yay, gotta love upgrading! *ZzZzZzZ* Read More...
14 July 2006
Community Server 2.1 Beta 1 Released
Via CS.org : We’re excited to announce the immediate availability of Community Server version 2.1, Beta 1: Windows Installer Download for ASP.NET 1.1 Web Installer (and for upgrades from version 2.0) Download for ASP.NET 1.1 Download for ASP.NET 2.0 Below are a few of the new capabilities found in Community Server version 2.1, Beta 1: Tags – Tags are supported through-out all areas and provide an easy way to categorize content. Blog Mirrors – Blog mirroring enables the creation of a blog that mirrors (through RSS) the content from any RSS source. Usability – A lot of work has been done to simplify the overall usability of Community Server. Anti-Spam Tools – Thanks to all the great feedback we’ve made a number of changes and improvements to Community Server’s rule-based anti-SPAM tools. Bug Fixes and more... While not included in this beta, the final 2.1 version will also include 5 new blog skins with 20 unique variations. Reports are also not included... Read More...
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