Scott Hanselman

DasBlog Gripes?

June 17, '05 Comments [10] Posted in DasBlog
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DasBlog. Yep, it's Open Source. It's free. You can change it. You can leave it as it. Sometimes it sucks, other times less so. This fellow isn't digging dasBlog very much. UPDATED: He has since published a followup/retraction.

Here's some hyperbole and gripes from his post:

  • I'm getting increasingly frustrated with this POS blogging software called dasBlog.
  • I wish before I made the conversion I knew that those features are more like vapor ware.  They don't work.
  • The application restarts every five minutes, and there are so many little idiosyncrasies that I can't control. (He includes this event log here)
  • To this day I can't find anyone that's not using the default themes or a slightly modified one.

Here's some interesting information for anyone who cares:

  • If nobody visits your website in 20 minutes, IIS6 will restart your web application. By default. You can change this setting in IIS. If you have any app, even a custom one, it will be restarted every 20 minutes of inactivity if you don't change the setting. DasBlog simply logs that we restarted.
  • There's actually pretty good documentation on making themes, there's many folks who've changed their themes. There are only 3 template files to edit. You can also use any Radio theme and there's dozens of macros to use.

All this bile after only 2 weeks with dasBlog? That's a bummer. On the upside, he includes this post showing how easy it was to move posts into dasBlog using our Object Model.

I'm sorry you hate dasBlog. I use it, and a few thousand others. I served 780,000 page views on this blog last month with dasBlog. Some users are happy, some are not. Those who are not happy with it can join up and help make it better (remembering that it's free and it's something we do in our free time) or you can switch. Such is the nature of choice.

As aways, if you have a question, ask.

I choose dasBlog for now. I hope readers will make an educated decision and pick a blog that makes them happy.

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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PowerPoint - Can you see me now?

June 14, '05 Comments [9] Posted in Musings
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This made me chuckle. This is from a slide deck presented at an internal brown-bag.

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It's actually a very clean schema, but I'm thinking the slide doesn't add much. Either way, the tag line almost made Diet Pepsi come out of my nose.

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MaxiVista Version 2 - Still the Shiznit

June 14, '05 Comments [4] Posted in Reviews | Tools
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I've been a big fan of MaxiVista for a long time. I love multi-monitor productivity and now that I have a TabletPC, I consider MaxiVista to be a required tool.

Now Version 2 is out, and it includes a nubmer of new features, with the shiniest of them being it's a KVM out of the box! With a hot key you can switch from your virtual monitor to the underlying machine. Automatically moves the clipboard contents, too.

The other thing that's pretty cool (and a little creepy) is the support for Video Playback. I'm not sure how they are doing it, but I can drag Windows Media Player to the TabletPC (over WiFI) and they virtualize the hardware surface such that the video just keeps playing.

I haven't tried the other new feature, but I'm hoping to soon. You can support up to three additonal monitors. I may just take over my wife's machine when she's not around, to expand my working desktop to a full FOUR monitors.

Check out the demo and put that extra machine and monitor to some use.

Now playing: Miri Ben-Ari featuring Scarface & Anthony Hamilton - Sunshine to the Rain

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Time to get moving...

June 13, '05 Comments [10] Posted in Africa
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I don't usually do quizzes like these, but since I just got back from Orlando. This quiz also seems to think there are 4 cities in Africa and 4 in the Middle Easy. Ah, ethnocentricity.

Now, if someone would just invite me to these yellow places...

Your Travel Profile:

You Are Extremely Well Traveled in the Midwestern United States (100%)
You Are Very Well Traveled in the Northeastern United States (71%)
You Are Very Well Traveled in the Western United States (63%)
You Are Well Traveled in the Southern United States (54%)
You Are Well Traveled in Africa (50%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in Canada (40%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in the United Kingdom (13%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in Asia (8%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in Western Europe (7%)
You Are Untraveled in Australia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Eastern Europe (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Latin America (0%)
You Are Untraveled in New Zealand (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Scandinavia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Southern Europe (0%)
You Are Untraveled in the Middle East (0%)

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