Displaying Related Entries on your Movable Type Site

From time to time, I am asked how to display related entries on a Movable Type-powered site (and I frequently have to look it up myself), so I figured that I’d document it here.

While there are plugins that do the work, they typically depend on another value (usually categories, keywords or tags – sometimes a combination of those), and the problem with those is that they depend on humans to first enter that value. If you forget to do so, then it means the related entries won’t work until you go back and enter it. If you enter the wrong value, you get the wrong results. There has to be a better way. Luckily, there is.

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Windjammer Dumped Us in Costa Rica

For just about as long as I can remember, I have wanted to take a Windjammer cruise, which was odd because I really don’t care for cruises in general, and I’m not even a huge fan of sailing. I think the thing that I dislike about cruises – that they are on these big, impersonal boats – was what I liked about the Windjammer.

You are on smaller, more interesting boats, you get to have a more personal experience with whatever country (or countries) you are in, it just makes for more of an adventure. And now that I put it that way, I guess really can’t argue with it. So if you’re after adventure, you may want to go Windjammer. But if you’re interested in a cruise with Windjammer, you might want to stay away.

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A Disney Rewards Card (With Free Bambi DVD)!

I don’t get a lot of junk mail. I have the warning message on my credit report, I’ve used as many pre-screenings as possible, and I’ll opt out as often as I can. I’ve even tried to get out of the Valassis list (they are the ones who put the newspaper-like ads in your mailbox). I’m stll working on that one. Though they say that it will take 6-8 weeks to get off their list, and it will last for five years, I’ve yet to get out.

Anyway, because of all this, I get very little junk mail, and even fewer of those pre-approved credit offers. So I was a little surprised when I received a Disney Rewards card (Visa, I think). It might have been from when we went to Disney a few years ago – as long as you’ve done business with them, they can send you something, and they might consider staying in their hotel “doing business”. But what really gets me is that if you sign up for it, you get a free Bambi DVD!

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What's Up With the Department of Motor Vehicles?

The laughingstock of nearly every state, the DMV is the place where just about everything goes to die. Your morning is wasted. Don’t even think about a lunch hour. Try and go in the afternoon and you’ll be lucky to get home before the evening news.

Reports in North Carolina have recently said that our DMV lines could be expected to double in the Charlotte area – from 45 minutes to as long as 90 – because of increased federal requirements. This makes no sense. While most things are faster in the computer age, this relic of antiquity languishes.

It is true that you can at least renew your vehicle tags online, and that’s a good thing. But if you need to get a new tag or tag a test, beware of the great black hole.

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Windows was Unable to Save All the Data for the File

Anyone who has been reading for any length of time knows that I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to keeping track of data, so a message like The Data has Been Lost is a killer. Some people might even call this behavior anal, but it is what it is. So when the message comes up – repeatedly – telling me that the Delayed Write Failed and that the data has been lost, it ate at me. Really. I didn’t know what to do. I think most people might take issue with it, but hey. What can I do?

Now it’s not as if I’m talking government secrets here. I’m just doing a typical backup of data across a pretty simple home network (and a wired one at that). If it was on the wireless portion of the network, I could perhaps consider that maybe the neighbor’s signal got in the way. But why it decided to start happening – and happening all the time – was driving me absolutely nuts.

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Do We Really Need All This Enhancement?

Throughout the course of my life, I find that I read different parts of the paper. When I first started, I think I probably only read the comics (they were probably called the “funny papers” back then). One day I started reading the sports section, because there was something or other that I found interesting. Then I found myself wandering into the business pages, even though I have no business aptitude. I find it interesting.

These days, I typically browse through most of the paper, typically still on my way to the business section or the sports, with a stop at the comics now and again. But what really gets me is why there is just about always an ad in the sports section for an enhancement of some kind or another. If it’s not for the best sex that I’ve ever had, it’s for the guy who ate plankton and cured his cancer. Now it’s not that I’m not happy for the guy or anything, but come on!

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Goodbye WS_FTP, Hello WinSCP!

It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally decided to give up on WS_FTP. It started when I kept running into the Failed to Load OpenPGP Keys from Keyrings message last year. It isn’t a bad message, it’s just one of those things that really irritates me. It came up every time I started the software and I couldn’t get rid of it. Then it went away and I forgot about it, but I would remember it every time I went to start up again. I would dread starting the application. It’s a shame, really, because I had been using the software for a really long time.

Even though I found a solution to the problem, it had become time to move on. I had just grown up from the simplistic software that had carried me for so long, and it was time to find a new utility for my FTP needs. More importantly than the message that had dogged me for months and months was the fact that FTP was born of a time when I didn’t really care – or really think – about security, and now I tend to think about it all the time. So I wanted to approach it from that angle instead.

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