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The only thing worst than using software is writing software.
Here are some tutorials, and some gripes.

My first experience with software was seeing big stacks of green-lined computer paper stacked outside of offices at General Motors.

Then I bought a PC, and learned to use CAD programs. It was miserable. The computer people that made the CAD programs knew nothing about electronics, drawing schematics, or laying out circuit boards.

There was a whole arcane jargon, and we were expected to learn their jargon, while programers never learned outs.

Just as bad as the programs was the operating systems. Anything from Microsoft was horrid, and programs from Adobe are even worse.

Still, the other guy's job is always easy, so you should write some software just to see how complex things get, and complex in a hurry.
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From Fortran IV to C++, its 100 shades of misery one line at a time.
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Install Movable Type on a local XAMPP

Install Movable Type on a local XAMPP

Install XAMPP so you can run Movable Type
on your laptop. Transfer the files with WinXCP.

Movable Type text, images category pages

Movable Type text, images category pages

Make different HTML in each category page
by putting HTML into the category description.
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Upgrade Movable Type from 5.04 to 5.2

Upgrade Movable Type from 5.04 to 5.2

Version 5.2 is still open source, it fixes
several issues. Version 6 and later is proprietary.

Linux reliability

Linux reliability

Linux is computer science, Microsoft is computer hobbyist bloatware hacker.
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Microsoft Palladium

Microsoft Palladium

This 2002 scheme was to further monopolize the operating system market. A rant ensued.

Adobe Photoshop 4.0 suffering

Adobe Photoshop 4.0 suffering

This is just one data-point for why I banned Adobe products from my life.
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AutoCAD 13 wish list

AutoCAD 13 wish list

They didn't like to hear this.

Movable Type, the most ridiculous CMS

Movable Type, the most ridiculous CMS

It is "enterprise-class" software.
To me, that means it's bloated.
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Make custom error pages for Dreamhost

Make custom error pages for Dreamhost

Putting four HTML files in your home directory
makes custom error pages with DreamHost.

Make the web page header liquid

Make the web page header liquid

Use tables in the header that float left.
When the screen is narrow they stack.
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Liquid multi-column layout, Movable Type

Liquid multi-column layout, Movable Type

Use Firefox style rule (-moz-column-width: 300px).
Use print style sheet for a good-looking printout.

Dolling up your Movable Type install

Dolling up your Movable Type install

Once you have your website structure
you can make it pretty and different.
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Adobe, what an outfit

Adobe, what an outfit

In 1997, Adobe Acrobat was turned into bloatware
that crashed or slowed down your computer.

Suffering with webpage printouts

Suffering with webpage printouts

In 2007, most web browsers treated a 100%
table as a page. No such luck anymore.
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Suffering with ProCAD

Suffering with ProCAD

The small business solution is not always
the most optimum. At least not in 1997.

Microsoft is schwacked

Microsoft is schwacked

Computers are not glorified typewriters. Microsoft
is computer business. Linux is computer science.
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Linux is bloatware too

Linux is bloatware too

Script-kiddie hackers are working
to make Linux just like Windows.

The toaster, the king, and the programmer

The toaster, the king, and the programmer

Programmers will make a general solution to
a specific problem. Insane complexity is the result.
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Fixing phantom links in the blog body

Fixing phantom links in the blog body

If there is a minor syntax error in Movable
Type it starts making everything a link.

Removing the Movable Type logos

Removing the Movable Type logos

Movable Type CMS splatters its logo on your pages.
Here is how to remove them.
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Renaming and moving a blog subdirectory

Renaming and moving a blog subdirectory

Changing and moving things around can be
harder than making things in the first place.

Putting home links in the header

Putting home links in the header

Don't use this code. It causes phantom
links to show up in the body of your pages.
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Creating the table-of-contents

Creating the table-of-contents

Make a page that shows the site contents.
This is distinct from the homepage.

Creating a homepage

Creating a homepage

Once you have the Archive system figured
out, you can author your home page.
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Creating back issues in the Archive

Creating back issues in the Archive

Fallacies: 1) content and presentation are separate,
2) publishing on the web is not like a paper magazine.

Adding images to a Movable Type post

Adding images to a Movable Type post

Movable Type calls pictures "assets" and stores the
path inside the database it creates and keeps for you.
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Creating a post in Movable Type

Creating a post in Movable Type

>With the blog (sub-directory) names set you can set
up the the first post aka entry aka permalink.

Template settings in Movable Type

Template settings in Movable Type

With the blogs named and located, you can decide
how the posts will be arranged in the site with templates.
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Blog settings in Movable Type

Blog settings in Movable Type

With the website structure designed you can set
up the separate blogs that will become sub-directories.

Architecting a site with Movable Type

Architecting a site with Movable Type

A pen and graph paper helps arrange
your website before you run the CMS.
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Installing Movable Type 5 CMS

Installing Movable Type 5 CMS

A CMS (content management system) keeps track
of the design and all the posts in a website.







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