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Sunday
Apr222001

greymatter








So I've been having lots of fun implementing Greymatter. I'm still tweaking here and there, so thanks for your patience during this transition period. For those thinking about using Greymatter, you should be warned that you should be comfortable with HTML and enough familiarity with Perl scripts to make minor changes. I had to make some changes to get rid of automatic text justification, for example.


My friend Reid is also playing around with Greymatter, and has already posted a patch to the Greymatter support forums to fix one of the date formatting problems. One of my only real complaints about Greymatter is that there is no way to completely delete entries after you've posted them without making modifications to the files on the server (i.e. no elegant way of deleting entries from the administrator control panel). I screwed up one of the counter variables while manually deleting my test entries and had to do a lot of script tweaking before things would work properly again.


But it's worth it. Greymatter does automatic archiving for me as well providing and adjusting links to entries before and after. I can adjust all headers and footers by modifying a template, instead of having to manually update them on each file. And because so many elements of the template are separate variables, it's easy to customise a layout. PLUS I can add a Blathering from anywhere with Web access. Also, I have the option of including a "add comments" and vote feature to any entries.


Greymatter is free, by the way, through the generosity of its programmer, Noah Grey. Noah has a really wonderful weblog from which he decided to take an indefinite hiatus starting last month. His personal Web pages are fascinating...this guy is super-talented. He can program, write well, is a great photographer, has a good design sense, and has an online comic strip. Instead of charging a fee for his Greymatter program, Noah offers people the option of making a donation through his Amazon book wish list (I've bought him something from this list).


Today's Blatherpic:

"Ted", Bryan Fullerton's childhood toy


Today's Poll:

Do you like pineapple on your pizza? Choose "Yes" or "No" below, thanks.

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