Month: April 2003

I just posted an RFC describing the user interface for Trackback in Manila. If you have any comments or questions, please post them to the manila-dev mail list.

(By the way, RFC stands for Request for Comment.)

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I’ve posted my to do list for the next few days on the manila-dev mail list. First on the list is to get Trackback integrated with Manila.

All the items on my list are on the path towards an improved user interface for News Items. I posted a mock-up of it on Friday night.

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This popped into my head today, from a special George Carlin did for HBO in the ’80’s called Carlin at Carnegie:

Have you ever been going through the fridge and come across something… that you cannot… identify… at all?… It defies all reason.

Hmmm…..

Could be meat…..

Could be cake.

At times like this, I bluff:

[shouts over shoulder] “Honey… Is this good?”

[whiny voice] “I don’t know — what is it?”

[pause, confused look]

“I don’t know….. It looks like….. MEATCAKE

[whiny voice] “It’s good! Put it back. Someone is saving it….. It’ll turn up in something.”

(That’s what frightens me.)

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I know from my parents who are both doctors, that things have been getting pretty sketchy in the medical profession here in the US for the last few years, but at least they’re not this bad:

“…Four doctors and two patients, one of whom was paralysed and on an intravenous drip, were bound and handcuffed as American soldiers rampaged through the wards, searching for departed members of the Saddam regime.

“An ambulance driver who tried to carry Private Lynch to the American forces close to the city was shot at by US troops the day before their mission. Far from winning hearts and minds, the US operation has angered and hurt doctors who risked their lives treating both Private Lynch and Iraqi victims of the war. ‘What the Americans say is like the story of Sinbad the Sailor — it’s a myth,’ said Harith al-Houssona, who saved Private Lynch’s life after she was brought to the hospital by Iraqi military intelligence.”

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I’m keeping my Manila work notes in an outline. If you have Radio (or any OPML-capable outline editor), you can follow along as I work here.

Thanks to Marc Barrot’s activeRenderer, you can also view the outline in a web browser on this page.

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A whole bunch of new stuff is in progress for Manila. I’ve got a list longer than my arm, and I’m working as fast as I can to get features, enhancements and bug-fixes into the software.

If you’re a Manila developer, server manager, or even an adventuresome Manila user, I strongly recommend that you start following the manila-dev mail list…

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Whenever a new discussion group message or comment is posted, Manila now records the IP address along with the discussion group message. This feature helps to prevent spammers from attacking your site.

Details are on this page on the Manila website.

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A new feature was released today for Manila sites which run a news aggregator: mySubscriptions.opml. This OPML file lists all of the news feeds a Manila site is subscribed to.

Here’s how to try it out.

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Another new feature for Manila — support for categories in Manila’s RSS feeds.

For news items which have a department specified, the corresponding item in the RSS feed for the site will contain a category sub-element with the name of the department.

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The new departmentLink macro for news item oriented Manila sites generates a link to a page which displays news items from a given department.

Here’s a page explaining how to use the new macro.

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