Windows Live Writer: Test 1

This is a bit of a test of Windows Live Writer.  Well, a beta of this product.


First, it took longer to install than most programs.  Probably a Microsoft thing. 

Second, I don’t really like the related privacy policy.  But, it is probably not all that much worse than Google’s.

Third, the “Insert Hyperlink” window takes too much time to pop up. Then some of the other tools also seemed to take too long.  However, after the first use they popped up crisply.

The table generator worked fine:

Table Table
Table Table

 And here is a picture:


I’ll have to figure out how to get images to automatically upload.  When I have time I’ll test the upload to FTP server function.

It will take some experimentation to determine whether this program will provide powerful picture placement capability.  Though it was reasonable straight forward to place this text.



Most of my posts are done within the blogging application, e.g., Movable Type or WordPress. Once in a while I’ve wanted a tool to use when offline and for this purpose I’ve been pretty happy with BlogDesk for the past 6-8 months.

I’ll probably give this a go for a while and see if it can move me away from BlogDesk.

Meme Speed

How fast can a meme propagate across The Internets?
Acephalous is running a modest experiment to evaluate this question. You can help out!

Here’s what I need you to do:
1. Write a post linking to this one in which you explain the experiment. (All blogs count, be they TypePad, Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, &c.)
2. Ask your readers to do the same. Beg them. Relate sob stories about poor graduate students in desperate circumstances. Imply I’m one of them. (Do whatever you have to. If that fails, try whatever it takes.)
3. Ping Techorati.

Help him out! Give him a link.

Via Pharyngula.

A Blog to Support and A Blog to Bury

I’ve been reading PoliBlog for a few years now and generally find Steven Taylor’s posts to be interesting and thought provoking.
Apparently Verizon is attempting to steal the name. (Update here) I will not read or link* to the Verizon site until they change the name and maybe not even then.
Whether you agree with Steven’s view’s or not I urge you to give him a link: google bomb his site, PoliBlog, to assure that he always ranks well above the folks stealing his name.*
Steven’s site will continue to be the only PoliBlog that I read.
*Taylor has not encouraged any google bombing. However, it seems reasonable to me to come up with bomb material for Verizon that might become as effective as miserable failure. With the bomb material I will break my no link policy.