Drivel, Posting, and Updates.

7 October 2009 at 19:05 (Uncategorized)

Well, It’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted this blog. Funny, I started it then almost forgot about it and when I did think about it, I didn’t have the time to post anything. Well, I did manage to find a job in April, but unfortunately I was laid off due to a shortage of hours. It sucks that things work out like that, I basically got a call from my boss saying: “I’m sorry, but I have to let you go. We can’t afford the hours to keep you on board.” That and a whole bunch of other bull-crap. I’ll post more on this later because really, it’s a whole ‘nother topic I want to get into later about modern business practices. So I’m sparing the lecture until I can get all my thoughts together on it.

Now, to my main discovery today: a program for Linux called Drivel. For those not in the know, it a nice little editor that allows you to make blog posts from your desktop. It’s written in GTK+, which means it will integrate nicely with the Gnome desktop and respect it’s theme settings. Moreover, it allow you not only to make posts from your desktop; it allows for saving drafts, editing previous entries, categorizing, and even deleting entries. It basically covers most of the features for basic blog management; however it’s not a full replacement for the web based control panel, unfortunately.

It also have more advanced options like the ability to highlight HTML code while you are posting, thus making it easier to read. It comes with spell check and supports multiple dictionaries so you can switch between languages if you need to — along with the fact that it uses Gnome’ built-in spell check method so you don’t have to search for dictionaries if you just want your default language.

Posting is fairly strait forward: just start typing in the text entry box and when you are done hit “Post”. Formatting is simple and down with HTML tags which if you don’t know off hand you can have them automatically inserted from a format menu which provides the basic options for things like bold, italic, etc as well as lists and inserting links, images, and even polls. Really, it is — to use the cliché — so easy even a cave man can do it.

There is also support for managing multiple blogs so you can use the program to post to all your journals, option to be notified if your friends are logged in on updates, and even the ability to notify Technorati when you update your blogs.

So the good news, thanks to Drivel I don’t have to waste time logging onto the WordPress site in order to post my thoughts and I can save my thoughts for later as opposed to writing everything in a text-editor and doing a copy-and-paste job when I’m finished. One tool to do the whole job and to boot it’s all fairly simple.

Also, I want to thank everyone who supported my inquiries and endeavors compiling all the data to create the Unicru answer key. There are a few more things I’m going to be looking into concerning it, including listing any trackers I find on Unicru sites designed to catalog web browsing data of users and I’m going to see if I can find out if companies can cross-reference applications and tests and hence “track” discrepancies between test results.

If you haven’t seen my post on this subject, do check it out.

Well I’m off to print out copies of my Curriculum Vitæ and business cards for my (sort of) new computer repair business.


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