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Live Writer 14.0.8064.206

I just recommended the new Live Writer for having a “check for updates” feature, but apparently that feature didn’t work.  From Joe Cheng of Microsoft:

Well… this is embarrassing. We just released an update that’s newer than 14.0.8050.1202. One of the two bugs it fixes, is that our “Check for updates” mechanism broke irrevocably in 14.0.8050.1202 and earlier builds. :(

If you download the new version from then “Check for updates” will work again. Sorry for the inconvenience!

So, if you aren’t at least at version 14.0.8064.206, then you should upgrade again.

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Live Writer 14.0.8050.1202

livewriteraboutI just upgraded to the latest Windows Live Writer. 

It looks better and now it renders my blog template correctly.  Maybe there are more features I’m missing.

It is worth upgrading it just to get the “Check for updates” feature.  So you never again have to figure out how to upgrade it (see Jim’s rant here: Sighcrosoft – Why Can’t I Just Love Live Writer Without Confusion?).

Strangely enough, its now easy to upgrade here:

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Blog changes

I published a few changes to my blog template today. 

  1. Upgraded to WordPress 2.1.
  2. Added some plugins:
    1. Feedburner Feed Replacement
    2. Feed Locations 
    3. Sidebar Widgets
    4. Ultimate Tag Warrior Widget
  3. Whole new template with dual floating sidebars (from the image on the left to the one on the right).
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This post is mostly for me so I can remember when I have made a change, but comments are welcome.

Update: I can see that the sidebar padding is wrong in Firefox, but looks perfect in IE.  Why, why, why do we still have to deal with these incompatibilities?  Argh.

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Please, get off of Blogger

Most of the time I lose track of where people blog. I only view posts in my reader.

I’m constandly reminded that some are on Blogger because their feeds keep switching back and forth between full and partial: Dan Ciruli, Kim Greenlee, Dr. Chadblog. I’m sure many others.

I understand the switching cost (I’ve done it twice now), but please get off of Blogger. Use a tool that works. is free and it works. Use that.


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Losing the meaning of “Death March”

I have noticed a trend: a watering down of the term “death march”.

Robert Scoble is the latest to fall into it: blogging the reason his new show is delayed, he mentions that the PodTech Web team is on a death march.

Death marches (regarding software, anyway) are projects doomed to failure.

I’m pretty certain that isn’t what he means — if he did, I think Robert would be looking for a new new job.


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Six Apart Acquires Rojo

I guess I’ve been asleep at the aggregator. Actually, just busy driving a release; anyway, I see from Kevin Burton that Rojo has been acquired.

In addition, Kevin puts on his 20/20 hindsight spectacles to praise himself:

In hindsight, I don’t ever think Rojo was given the credit it deserved. Feed search in particular. In fact, earlier this year when Ask/Bloglines released their feed search it was pointed out that Rojo had been doing the same thing for months.

Just kidding you, Kevin. Congratulations — I hope this acquisition is good for you.

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