One more test post from blogilo Part 2

Ironically enough, the “test post final try” entry was uploaded, but not published. It was scheduled for 2 minutes prior to when I checked to see if it had uploaded successfully.

So, I’m trying this once more, in hopes that it publishes immediately. If not, then this will work for scheduling posts, but not so much for uploading them immediately. This attempt will be scheduled for July 4, 2012 @ 4:00 a.m. (CDT). Hopefully it will publish at that time.
Have a great day:)
Patrick.
P.S. on this, you will probably see the exact same text as a separate entry (probably just a Part 2 at the end of this one), as I’ll test out it’s ability to schedule posts.

One more test post from blogilo

Ironically enough, the “test post final try” entry was uploaded, but not published. It was scheduled for 2 minutes prior to when I checked to see if it had uploaded successfully.

So, I’m trying this once more, in hopes that it publishes immediately. If not, then this will work for scheduling posts, but not so much for uploading them immediately.
Have a great day:)
Patrick.
P.S. on this, you will probably see the exact same text as a separate entry (probably just a Part 2 at the end of this one), as I’ll test out it’s ability to schedule posts.

Test post final try

If this goes through, and looks decent enough, then I’ll use Blogilo. So far, the only program that’s meeting my expectatations is the “Blog Entry Poster (Google Blog)”.  I’ve even resorted to downloading and trying some Windows-based blogging applications.  Most of them will start (under wine), but never produce anything worthwhile.

One exception to the rule is Zoundry Raven. I might be able to get it working, simply because it’s open sourced and designed to be compiled under wine.  But, if I’m going to that extreme, I may as well try to compile it natively under Linux (and rewrite the necessary portoins to work).  That may be something down the road–but for now, I’ll stick with something that works.
***UPDATE*** After moving my blog to my site (which is a WordPress blog instead of using the Blogger format), and reconfiguring Blogilo, I finally got this to where it *should* post. However the date may be completely off, as in the “Preview” it shows December 31, 1999 (and it’s obviously not New Years Eve).  So, we shall see how this works out.
Have a great day:)
Patrick.

Trying out QTM

So, this hopefully is my final test post. The sitation is this: When I post in Blogilo, they show up on my site as “Scheduled” and I have to manually change that status to “Published”.

So, I’m hoping that it’s an issue with Blogilo, and not my site. If this post shows up as “Scheduled”, then I know that I have to find the setting and fix it online. If this post publishes immediately, then I know that I can use QTM to create my posts.

One drawback is that I may not be able to schedule posts in advance with this application. In which case, Blogilo and visiting my site will take care of that.

Have a great day, and sorry for all of the “Test posts” today. 🙂
Patrick.

I’ve finally made the move from blogspot.com

As some of you can see, if you went to my old blog site at patscompservices.blogspot.com, you ended up here. Originally I was going to post new content on both sites, and eventually move over here. However, in searching for information on migrating from Blogger to a WordPress site, I found out how to redirect my old followers here.  Thus, I haven’t lost anyone that’s subscribed to my blog, people going to my old blog will end up in the “right” place, and I don’t have to double post.

You can find the information on making the switch from blogspot to wordpress at either http://www.doitwithwp.com/blogger-to-wordpress or http://www.labnol.org/internet/switch-from-blogger-to-wordpress/9707/ (which is referenced by the first link). About the hardest part of the move is in switching your blogger layout back to the classic version. It’s not in “Layout > Edit HTML” (at least not when I did it). It’s under Template, all the way down at the bottom “Revert to Classic Template”.

Hope you enjoy the new site as much as I’ll enjoy creating it for you.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

Taking the plunge

I’ve had this blog in this same location for about five or six years now. In that time, I’ve had three websites as well. One is still alive (well on life support) at freewebs.com/patscomputersolutions. The second was an Office Live website at http://www.patscomputersolutions.com. The third was/is my personal home server at some link (nope, I won’t give that one out).

This past few months, Office Live has been sending me emails about cancelling their “free” Office Live system. So, in place of that, they’re allowing us to migrate over to the Office 365 system—”free” for six months.  Sorry, I’m not interested. If I’m going to pay money for hosting, then I want more control over what I have. I want to be able to install WordPress or whatever blogging application I want. And I want control over who/what advertisers are on my site.

With that, I moved my site over to hostgator this evening. This is a two-fold win-win for me. First, I got reasonable rates with a 20% off discount. And second, I’m getting help in getting the site up and running (through http://www.pcmech.com). So, what does this have to do with this post?

I’m moving the blog over there too.

I’m not entirely sure if it will be http://blog.patscomputerservices.com or http://patscomputerservices.com/blog yet. But when I know, so will you. For a while, I plan on posting in both places (here and there).  Eventually though, I will be migrating over to the site completely.  It’s NOT that I don’t like Blogger/blogspot. Purely it’s a case of more plugins and more blog writing applications are designed to work with WordPress. And Blogger’s API doesn’t support as many features as the WordPress API does (like categories and other labels).  If I were on Windows, or Mac OS X, this wouldn’t be as much of a problem. I’d have Windows Live Writer and other professional blogging tools at my disposal. However, being that I’m on Linux, I’m limited (ONLY in the numbers and the API’s that are supported—not in the quality of applcations).

So, I’m asking you to join me over at the new site when I have it up and running. I’m planning on moving some of my old information from my other site(s), and coming up with lots of new information.  I’ll have sections for most of the major computer issues (security, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Social Networking, etc) and whatever else you want me to discuss. And I’ll have a place for my own software projects (such as the updater for an IPv6 tunnel and my work on the Pinnacle PCTV 80e TV Tuner on Linux). Please leave me comments on what you want to see, and join me on the new site. It’s going to be a rebirth in more ways than one.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

Hello world!

Welcome to my new site. If there aren’t any posts prior to this one, then it just means that I haven’t migrated everything over from http://patscompservices.blogspot.com yet. However that will be happening in the next few days or so.

I’m glad you decided to stop by, and hope you’ll take a look around. If there’s anything that I haven’t covered (or haven’t covered as deeply as you want), please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to try and get you some information on the subject.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

Trying out Q10 (a blog writer, without the uploading capabilities)

 

It seems like a pretty decent application. It’s simple, with no frills or bells and whistles. Because I’m running it under wine, some features don’t seem to work properly (like the alarm). But that’s acceptable as it’s meant for one task—writing. As long as the other features work (such as the spell checking and saving of files), that’s all that matters.

Because it’s not an uploading capable tool, I don’t have to worry about the paragraphs running together. I’ll simply copy/paste everything into my blog at a later time, so I can “edit” as needed then. That includes uploading images/sounds/etc to the post.

As an update, the alarm and other features work. However, you can’t click the buttons with the mouse. You have to use the Tab key to move over to the buttons, and either tab or arrow to the one you want. Then you hit Enter, and it accepts the action. It’s a minor inconvenience, but not something to rule out an application that’s intended to ONLY run under Windows.

The interface is nice. It’s a simple black screen, with orangeish text. At the bottom, ti shows the character count, word count, page count, and the time and article name (on the right side). F1 brings up the help card, and Escape exits the help card. About the only thing that would be interesting to see, is if they would put the horizontal cursor in (like Ommwriter did). But that might come in a future release.

I think I found one of my new blog writing tools. I’d really like to see it combined with the ability to upload the articles. But, I honestly think that the creator intends this for writing manuscripts or short stories—not so much blog posts.

So, my winners are Q10 for quiet time writing, and Blog Entry Poster for uploading articles. I’ll still try other applications—and maybe I’ll find something better. As always, if you have a recommendation, please post it in the comments. One require is that it should have at least a limited free trial (or be free to use altogether). I’m not too interested in an application that I have to buy to find out if I like it. Especially if it’s an expensive application. If it’s something like $3.00, then I won’t be as upset about it, but if it’s $40.00 or some higher amount, then I’m not interested (without the free trial to decide if that’s an investment that I want to make).

Have a great day everyone.:)

Patrick.

The winner of sorts…

 

Well the test is complete, unless someone can recommend a good blogging application that works either natively in Linux–or under wine.

So far, the only program that’s meeting my expectations is the “Blog Entry Poster (Google Blog)”. I’ve even resorted to downloading and trying some Windows-based blogging applications. Most of them will start (under wine), but never produce anything worthwhile.

One exception to the rule is Zoundry Raven. I might be able to get it working, simply because it’s open sourced and designed to be compiled under wine. But, if I’m going to that extreme, I may as well try to compile it natively under Linux (and rewrite the necessary portions to work). That may be something down the road–but for now, I’ll stick with something that works.

Have a great day:)

Patrick.

Testing blogs part two

 

This entry is in the “Blog Entry Poster” which may or may not be Google-blog. Unfortunately the drivel application runs my paragraphs together.

That may be an issue/feature of the API, so it may happen on this tool as well. If so, I’ll have to try and use HTML to “force” it to split paragraphs.

As soon as I figure out how to configure my blog in Choqok, I’ll try that one next.