Cycling, macintosh, natural history and life in Singapore - Archives
Sun 19 Dec 2004
Category : mac and the internet
Mar 2003 - Bernard Teo demonstrates blogging with Samizdat, which he says is a marginal modification of PHPosxom, in turn based on Blosxom. Jun 2003 - During a Mac Meetup at his office, he conducts a tutorial about Samizdat and I take notes. Aug 2003 - Carefully following the instructions I wrote down, I start up Otterman speaks... after some hiccups. Never did change that provisional title.
Dec 2003 - Lekowala starts blogging. Student mangrove researchers are made to use blogs to host their field logs. I dig out made-in-Singapore blogs with a keen eye. Jan 2004 - Alvin starts blogging, and he uses blogger, which is much simpler startup tool than Samizdat. Thus when blogging is discussed at the monthly mac meetup, I recommend Blogger and LiveJournal.
Mar 2004 - Debby mets me at Holland Village's Burger King and we discuss her concerns from a recent dive trip. We discuss blogging and using blogger, Debby starts the blog, "Pulau Hantu - a celebration of marine life". This becomes a rallying point for divers and the biodiversity community concerned about the fate of our marine life.
Apr 2004 - I turn my attention to the Raffles Museum Latest News page, thinking to involve other museum staff could be involved in posting news directly. Pivot is examined but discarded as too complex.
After discussing a problem of missing individual entry dates in Samizdat at the monthly mac meetup, Seng Aik later fixes the problem of date-stamping in an overnight fault-finding session via iChat. He also fixes the search function, and we finish after 4am.
The NUS Science Open House team reports on feedback about the event and blogs provide the best comments.
May 2004 - I mention blogging as a useful communicative tool at a database workshop in KL and one participant in obvious agreement is Chang, the IT guy behind the Subang Jaya e-community. He introduces me via email to Jeff Ooi who pens the very impressive Screenshots in Malaysia.
Blogger, now acquired by Google, is revamped and looks wonderful! We quickly change templates for the Pulau Hantu blog, and I shift the blog to Habitatnews to provide Debby unlimited space and a means to post photos. I start two more shared blogs - Pulau Ubin Stories and The Biology Refugia, an pass on hints about front-end editing and emailing entries; useful tools that make blogging even easier. Teuteberg starts his blog.
Jun 2004 - Some mistake with ftp and all the earlier Raffles Museum news entries get date-stamped as 24 June 2004. This is a vulnerability of the blososxom family of tools and I now use indexed filenames to preserve the chronological sequence even if this happens again. Leong Wai starts up the Labrador Park blog.
Jul 2004 - Jasmn Chua, former mangrove apprentice, now a writer and editor in NY and the first to encourage me to blog and get me started in the late 90's, terminates swisscheesed.
Dec 2004 - I toy with methods to link my blogs , trying out zFeeder, feedburner, and bloglines. Hope to fix image appearances in my RSS feeds by year-end.