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2003-10-05 , ,

I was tinkering the other afternoon with my blog software to implement new features and after a few attempts I realized that while blosxom is simple and good it wasn’t quite what I wanted and integrating other people’s plugins was not going to do it. Enter Movable Type, which leans less toward basic blog and more toward content management system. Very nice and easy to set up. I wrote a quick hack to convert blosxom to MT for import and away I went.

Except when I tried to deploy it on my webserver I had all kinds of weird errors that pointed to a corrupted database. After two days of reading documentation, rebuilding modules, running tests, reinstalling and reviewing the help forums I finally wondered if there wasn’t some problem with the particulars of Sparc64, Berkeley DB and Perl. Compiled and configured mySQL. Started from a clean install. Tada! It works.

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2003-10-15 12:57 , paul

And, Movable Type blogs just looks so damn good. I don\'t know if it was you or the system, but the type in your Blosxom blog was really small. And there was no margin for the type in the right colored column, so it would just butt up against the left (this always bothered me).

I don\'t know how it looks on your system, but over here on a Mac with anti-aliased text your blog now looks awfully sweet. Since every Movable Type blog I\'ve seen looks different, can I assume this is all pretty customizable? Are there set arrangements to choose from.

Maybe the best part of all this is that now I can add my inane little comments. That is, until you block me.

2003-10-15 14:05 , Ross

Two of the reasons I jumped ship for Movable Type are- it just looks so much better and posting comments. And, yes, it\'s all very configurable. There are a number of templates and stylesheets from the authors and it\'s trivial to steal one and work it into the shape you want.

2003-11-02 19:50 , paul

Well, I monkeyed around trying set up Movable Type on my server and, although things sort of worked, I get a 500 Internal Server Error on any rebuild or preview attempt. After frustrating myself for 24 hours with it, I\'ve decided just to rewrite my own system to function a little better, emulating theirs.

Their support forum was fairly useless. I got apologies, excuses and standard troubleshooting suggestions that were either common sense or in the manual. A search for similar problems found that most questions have gone unanswered. Ah well, waddayawant for nuthin?

2003-11-04 20:02 , Snowblink

Blosxom to Movable Type
I\'ve moved the blog over from blosxom to Movable Type. Why? Well as nice as blosxom is I disliked the way that it relied on the last modification date to organise the articles. I could continue to blog in vim...

2003-11-06 03:40 , Snowblink

Blosxom to Movable Type
I\'ve moved the blog over from blosxom to Movable Type. Why? Well as nice as blosxom is I disliked the way that it relied on the last modification date to organise the articles. I could continue to blog in vim...

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