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Loosely Joined

April 11th, 2002

This afternoon, David Weinberger was in for a chat. He’s one of the authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and has a new book out just this week called Small Pieces Loosely Joined.

It was nice having David visit (as it was having Doc Searls, another Cluetrain author) because some of the things this BlogChat has done is to amplify my own human voice and to increase the two-way nature of the communication I’m able to maintain with my blog’s audience.

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Multiple MySQL queries in one call

April 11th, 2002

[Note – this post was written in 2002. Things have changed since then – check your docs]

What the hell good is a sql call that is limited to a single query? I find that PHP’s mysql_query() won’t take multiple statements. Makes for some unnecessarily wordy code. I found a good snippet in PHP.net’s online manual annotations, though…
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Webentwickler

April 10th, 2002

Blogchatting with J|G from Munich, I learn that “web developer” in German is Webentwickler.

Ok, now I’ve gotta go, can’t you see I’ve got webs to entwickle!

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Simple Stored Procedure Emulation with PHP/mySQL

April 10th, 2002

My “third time, automate” rule came in handy again recently. I’m doing all sorts of PHP/mySQL work and I found myself hacking together the same SQL queries over and over with just some different filter or sort order. Being used to stored procedures, I was missing the easier syntax.

Here’s what I came up with….
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let the chat begin!

April 7th, 2002

We’re getting the first few BlogChat beta users up to speed. You can see a list of who’s online and not on the right there. If you see someone online, drop in and say Hi.

If you want to get involved in the beta, send us email at beta@blogchat.com. All you’ll have to do is put a blogchat popup link on your page or an embedded iframe like I have. You go to the host page, sign in, and then anyone who visits your web page can chat with you. Takes about 2 minutes to get it going.

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linky winky

April 3rd, 2002

via Keith Devens: Regular Expression Library

Martin Spernau alludes to a gem of an idea whereby you block adware sites by giving them bogus hosts file entries. lovely and simple. (unfortunately, the site he links to for a hosts list seems to redirect to some really bogus adware popups, so avoid it)

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cell static

April 3rd, 2002

It’s apparently verboten at most gas stations to use your cellphone while filling your car. I’ve had it explained to me that it’s because when you receive a call there could be some static charge thing happen. I looked up some various stuff on the net, but it’s all inconclusive from what I can see.

If static is such a threat, maybe they should make it illegal to fill up a car while wearing pantyhose and a silk slip.

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migration stories

April 2nd, 2002

Papa Scott’s migration from Manila to MT took a different but similar course to mine. I had downloaded my manila root and loaded it up in Radio, but couldn’t really get my head around manipulating the object db or playing with tools to xml-ify it. So, I found a piece of VB code from Simon Fell that uses PocketSOAP to query manilasites for manila weblog info. I quickly modified it to iterate from 1 to the current weblog entry number, call manilasites.com via SOAP for each entry, and spit out the text format MT expects as input, very much like Scott did with his perl script that parses the XML files.

Worked great. Was such a quick hack that I didn’t even save the code changes on exit from VB.