Dynamic Movable Type or Static WordPress?

As is fairly common, there has been a good amount of talk about how blogs manage to scale recently, and what has been interesting to see is the discussion around just what it is that is required to keep things running.

Let’s assume that you’ve decided not to go with a hosted solution, so first you’ll need a good host, and you should consider some other issues about setting up your domain too. After that, you’ll need to choose your blog software.

There are what seem to be thousands of choices, but ultimately it boils down to two: Movable Type and WordPress. Tim, among others, likes to post pictures of WordPress failing, but what isn’t often mentioned is that Movable Type can fail in the wrong situations too. Let’s see why.

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When Hospital Juggernauts Collide

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but I just never could seem to find the time. Both Carolinas Healthcare and Presbyterian Healthcare have applied to the state of North Carolina for a Certificate of Need. What is that, you ask? I’m glad you did. The Certificate of Need – or CON for short (how’s that for an appropriate acronym?) – comes from a state law that prohibits health-care providers from acquiring, replacing or adding to facilities and equipment without state approval.

At least, that’s what I hear. Put in other terms, it means that hospitals can’t be built unless the state says it’s okay. It’s like a giant game of Simon Says. Now I’m all for the protection of the innocent and everything, but come on now. According to that article I just referenced, it’s going to take three years just to build a hospital. It’s no small undertaking. Surely they aren’t going to slap one up on every corner just because they can. Are they?

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Using Yahoo! Pipes to Extract Data You Want

Let’s say that you’ve read all the hubbub about aXXo – one of the most popular seeders of movies, whether you like him or don’t – and how he suddenly removed all of his torrents from The Pirate Bay. And you want to be sure that you’re getting only true aXXo releases, because you know all sorts of junk gets put out with variations on “axxo” in the title, just so everyone will download it. Hey, it happens.

You could go to a number of other places that allow you to pull an RSS feed by user. But that would be the easy way out. So you decide to stick it out at The Pirate Bay and hope that aXXo comes back. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t. Or maybe you just want to learn something. Then read on.

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Where Have All the Streakers Gone?

Back in the day – let’s call it 1974 – streaking was all the rage. Ray Stevens hit it big with his song about streaking. It’s like everyone could just enjoy life a little bit more. No one was taking themselves very seriously. Well, maybe Richard Nixon was, but we won’t count him. Everyone else just seemed to be having a good time. To be fair, I was 4, so I can’t really say for sure. I imagine that I was having a nice time.

Then, for a while, it seemed like streaking was everywhere. I even went to summer camp – with the Boy Scouts, no less (insert your own joke, either about the Boy Scouts letting me in or about the Boy Scouts and their practices) – and while I was in the showers, there was allegedly a streaker who ran by outside. I only saw his feet, so I can’t say if he was naked or not. Now I’m not sure, but streaking through a camp of boys just seems a little off. Safe, probably. Odd, definitely.

It certainly shows that males are more likely to streak, if nothing else presents itself to do – even among a camp full of other males, we found something to liven things up. But what has happened to all the streakers lately? Have they jut died down? Or has the pastime gone underground? That seems somehow to be against the very concept of streaking.

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How to Totally Replace Outlook (in Windows)

For a very long time I was a faithful Outlook user. Well, that’s not true. I wasn’t really loyal to Outlook specifically or Microsoft generally. I just used Outlook at work and so I used Outlook at home. It was what I knew and I was used to it. So I stuck with it. But then I decided that it was time to really make the switch to IMAP and Outlook really bites at IMAP.

You know it does. If you try and use IMAP with Outlook you’ll get a message that says something like Your IMAP server has closed the connection. This may occur if you have left the connection idle for too long. Sure, you can change the timeout error, but it doesn’t matter what you set the value to, you still get the error. So that was a no-go. It was time to look elsewhere.

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How Clean Are Your Recyclables?

According to the recycling guidelines published by the City of Charlotte, if you choose to recycle, if you recycle glass, you should rinse it out. If you recycle plastic spiral cans, you should rinse or wipe out remaining food. Strangely, there is no mention of cleaning plastic. I’m also no sure what a plastic spiral can is, but this page leads me to believe it’s like one of those cans you get pre-made biscuits and cinnamon rolls and things in. I don’t know, because we don’t get many of those.

Anyway, what I’m wondering is this: You don’t want to have a bunch of food in the recycle bin because it’s just nasty – keeping the food there is just asking for bugs in the best case and rodents in the worst case, so I’m thinking that it’s a good idea to clean them out. But with all the hubbub about the lack of rain, and how lakes are closing their access ramp and even wells are running dry, is it an issue that we are effectively wasting water to clean items to be recycled?

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Failed to Load OpenPGP Keys From Keyrings

I have been a user of WS_FTP for a while – years, in fact. I can’t even tell you when I started using it. I’m sure that it was in the 1990s sometime. But at one point, I started getting this error – Failed to Load OpenPGP Keys From Keyrings and I just couldn’t figure out what the problem was. Eventually, I noticed that the error did come up on the Ipswitch forums, but not until I had already solved it (more than once).

The problem, you see, has to do with the fact that I change computers. A lot. But it can even happen if you don’t change computers – for instance, if you upgrade your computer (perhaps to Vista). What is happening is that the location of your keyring – even if you don’t use one! – isn’t pointing to the same place. So you need to tell the application that it’s moved. It’s not a difficult change to make either. Here’s how.

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Scott S. Fraser Gives Me More Stock Picks

A few months back, I profiled the Elite Stock-Market Advisory of Scott S. Fraser, and how I thought it was a remarkably bad investment. As of today, there is a single stock that has actually moved higher from that group, but I have now been chosen as the lucky recipient of another advisory, so I thought I would see if Scott is doing any better.

The first thing I noticed is there is a featured stock – but there isn’t a basket. What’s even more interesting is that with the exception of one of the stocks from the last group being pointed out as a winner, not a single one is even mentioned in this group. For less than a year later, that’s a warning sign in my book. As to the details, let’s take a deeper look and see what we can learn.

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Bizarre Ballot Wording Gives Transit Tax Victory

Last week, one of the more unlikely referendums hit the ballot. Of course, if you’re from the Charlotte area, you know that voting for anything in the form of a referendum doesn’t mean much anyway, as the city may just override your vote, as they did with the arena. And yes, I know that they put forth a different plan than the one that was voted on, so from a purely technical perspective, it didn’t have to go to vote again. It’s the principle here. I fully understand the idea that what actually happened isn’t what was voted on, and I also fully understand that is why Lynn Wheeler isn’t on the council any more. People actually decided to stand up and say that they cared.

So last week, everyone had a chance to say their piece again, this time in regards to transit. The original 1998 legislation was sold to the citizens, saying that the half-cent sales tax would fund a billion-dollar project to build light rail around the city. In fact, the first leg of that undertaking has become a $462.7 billion boondoggle down South Boulevard, and opponents of the plan are trying to revoke the half-cent sales tax, mostly because as much as 70% of the tax doesn’t go to pay for trains, it goes to buses. Perhaps surprisingly, it made it to the ballot.

Of course, we live in Charlotte, so it’s never quite that easy.

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Intuit Shows That Customer Service Does Matter

Just about two weeks ago, I mentioned that customer service was really on the decline. Within perhaps 48 hours of that writing, I received a note from a rep who worked for Intuit, and he wanted to know if there was anything that he could to to help out.

Now those of you that read the post may take away a couple of things from this. First, the post in question wasn’t specifically directed to Intuit, though it did mention one of their products. This shows the power of the world we live in. It was never mentioned, but I suspect the person – or one of their coworkers has a search feed set up so that anytime the company name or product name comes up, they are notified.

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