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New Face, Same Blood

Hi there. You may remember me from such blogs as The Humble Geek. Due to a recent Blogger change, I've had to set up shop using server-side software. I looked at three different projects and ended up with Dotclear. I'll break down my selection pro/con list:

  • Wordpress

The big man in town. Unfortunately it uses MySQL for a backend and my server is PostgreSQL territory. Poor security is another minus. A Wordpress blog has probably been defaced by the time you've read this sentence.

  • blosxom

I saw this recommended as an alternative to Wordpress. It's Perl based and writes to flat files. Not very flexible for my taste.

  • Dotclear

Written in PHP, supporting PostgreSQL, themeable, plugable, and more. I couldn't ask for anything better. I have customized my own theme and added some plugins. The built-in functionality also allows me to add the Geek Tip as a widget. I don't have to manually edit the template as I had to with Blogger.

I may write about my Maemo programming shenanigans next, but don't hold your breath.

Google Does Evil

Yeah! Yet another browser. If you haven't heard, and have been fortunate not to, Google has released a new browser called Chrome. I'm going to keep this post short and sweet: Google is saying that this browser is not to compete but to help. My belief is that it will have indirectly hurt Firefox by pulling away possible developers to Chrome unnecessarily. We don't need to reinvent the wheel, again.