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In my search for a way to allow readers to tweet post that I put on GWB I have come across the TweetMeme plug-in for Windows Live Writer. It automatically puts a twitter button at either the top or bottom of your post depending on how you configure it. It comes with a warning that it does not work with blog servers that strip out script from posts which I made me afraid it was going to make it incompatible with GWB. This turned out to be the case so I figured we would need either an upgrade to the ...
GeeksWithBlogs.net and other SubText Users: If you are trying to create a new blog post, and you get the following error: Input string was not in a correct format. at System.Text.StringBuilder.F... at System.Text.StringBuilder.A... provider, String format, Object[] args) at Subtext.Framework.Util.KeyW... source, String oldValue, String newValue, Boolean isFormat, Boolean onlyFirstMatch) at Subtext.Framework.Util.KeyW... entry) at Subtext.Framework.Data.Data... ...
I've been very frustrated with the lack of flexibility with wordpress.com hosted blogs, so I am yet again moving. This time I wanted to host my own instance of Subtext but discovered that geekswithblogs.net uses Subtext and figured I would give one last attempt to a hosted community online :) I guess I just don't want to deal with running my own server just for a blog. The most important thing I wanted back was Syntaxhighlighter which was about impossible to use with wordpress.com without paying ...
I’ve always wished I could customize the skin on my blog at GeeksWithBlogs.Net. GeeksWithBlogs is built on SubText, and of course its just a skin, but since GWB is hosting my blog and I don’t have control over the skin files myself I am limited to what I can do with it. Well, today I finally did it, after some inspiration from John Resig (@jeresig) and his “Easy Retweet Button”. I added a “Tweet This!” button to the footer of each post. First, I modified the default styling of John’s retweet.js so ...
After reading Michael Neel’s article on Devlicio.us about Balsamiq Mockups, I thought that the article must be insincere. Go ahead and check the article, itself even titled “You should be using Mockups”. Back yet? Well I’ll continue anyways… As I was saying, the article was too good to be true, and this Adobe Air application seemed to be too much of a dream. Well, needless to say, I decided to check the tool out, and I also flaunted my blog and MVP status to get a chance to test out Mockups for myself. ...
So, I just ventured into tagging my blogs, partially because I think tag clouds are cool, but also it really can be helpful to find related posts. The problem however, is I don’t know what provider I should use. Being on GeeksWithBlogs, and thus Subtext, I can use the built in support for microformat. However, the tag cloud works great, but the tags that I add to my post are incomplete. Unfortunately, Subtext expects a “default.aspx” at the end of the url. I’ve tried a number of ways to work around ...
I’ve just set up WLW at work to take advantage of blogging in a very nice interface and to make the best use of the new WTFNext. I do apologize to those of you who are getting this content and being generally disappointed by the lack of context, but I’m getting myself familiar with GWB and how I can make the most of it. The hope with this post is that I’ll get my tag cloud started, just by incorporating Technorati tags at the bottom. From what I understand thanks to JJulian, the tag cloud should ...
I have discovered after a few blog posts on this excellent site that writing a post in Word and pasting it into Subtext in Firefox is not a good recipe. I noticed today that my lists and images have somehow been mangled. Also, I was wondering why I could navigate away from my work without being warned. I got burned by that one on my first post, which is why I started using Word in the first place. I accidentally left the editor and when I got back my lovingly crafted prose had done a runner. I composed ...
Phil just announced that Subtext 2.0 is finally out. I haven’t been very active on this release (sorry guys!) but with the plans for 3.0 starting up I will be getting back into things a bit more. The new 2.0 release looks really good and includes some new features and bug fixes that will be nice to have. Now, we just need to convince Jeff and company to upgrade. Some of the improvements are: Enhanced MetaWeblog and WordPress API implementations New CSS-based admin section The ability to set a separate ...
OK, I have heard you loud and clear, the comments suck in SubText and on Geekswithblogs.net. I agree, but I don't have near as many problems with people being able to comment as others do. This leads me to believe the problems lay in two places, the skins or the custom HTML code fields. Most of the time when I am debugging a blogger with comment problems they are due to some javascript they have embedded into the news section of their blog. However, this is a problem so we need to get it fixed so ...
I have an UltraWebGrid that I needed to clear all the rows out of. I found an article on the Infragistics Dev Center that suggested a looping construct that used the row.NextSibling!=null comparison. The problem was that it didn't work...the row.NextSibling would always return 'undefined'. So I decided to take a different approach which actually works really well: [Edit: Sorry, SubText doesn't like it when you try and copy/paste code directly into the web text editor apparanetly. Image version is ...
I took Jeff McWherter's suggestion to play around with SubText, and have successfully gotten SubText upgraded and running in VS 2008, .NET 3.5. My environment is the "Visual Studio® Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server and Team Suite VPC Image (Trial)" Virtual PC from Microsoft. Here are the steps that I followed: 1. Download and unzip the latest source code from SourceForge 2. Open Visual Studio 2008 Team Edition and Create a new Team Project (File - New - Team Project). I selected the MSF For ...
Tim Heuer wrote and asked if there was a feed from my blog *just* for Silverlight. I didn't know you could do it, but Tim showed me I could. So, for those of you that don't want to be bothered by my non-Silverlight blather, you can just switch your feed to this Silverlight-only one. This also means that for any GWB blogger or any SubText site, I would guess, you can get a content-specific feed. Find where the writer's "Post Categories" are, and when you hover over the one you want, in the status ...
Ok, now that's cool. I've been meaning to try out Windows Live Writer for making blog posts because one of the things that stops me from posting very much is that it's a bit of a pain. The editors that are embedded in blog software such as Subtext, a fork of the popular .Text software, are surprisingly good but can only take you so far. Things like inserting a picture can be a real pain and I always find myself switching to the source view to tweak things here and there. I fired up the program after ...
As you might have noticed, my last post included Technorati tags. This blog has been listed with Technorati for quite a while now, but I've never actually tagged any of the posts. Even when Subtext added tag cloud support, I didn't bother with it. I'm not sure why I am now (perhaps the fact that the actual post categories aren't being displayed correctly has something to do with it), but I'm starting to add tags to my posts. I can't guarantee that every post will get them until tagging becomes second ...
I feel like Mater from Cars yelling, "It's done!" The first time I attempted this task, I was completely unsuccessful and undid all the code changes I made. I gave it a few weeks and tried again using a different approach, this time it was successful! Adding additional logic for host records to SubText is not an easy feat. Not only do you have to worry about the virtualization aspects of the site and ensureing the domains requested will still load the data, but with many open-source projects, everyone ...
If you are a member of Geekswithblogs.net and have a domain you are currently redirecting to your blog, or just want to participate in this beta, please contact me via this blog and I will get you setup in the system. I want to ensure I do not have any bugs as this took a decent sized overhaul to the page handling model of SubText to make this happen. Review this post if you are not sure what I mean by custom domains and join in on the fun. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs,Custom Domains ...
Tried to post this as a comment on Brian's blog but got some error from subtext (500). Brian's comment was" "Yahoo just announced it would cut 1000 jobs by February. Others will soon follow as they look at fourth quarter reports. This doesn't look good for current job seekers or college graduates who will graduate in the spring. What's going to turn this economy around? " I wouldn't worry about college grads. Yahoo is a bit of a different beast because most of its model is around free services and ...
I'm new to ASP.NET Weblogs. Thanks to Joe Stagner of course who setup my weblog account and whom I have thrown tons of questions at (Poor Joe. All day answering my messages!). I'm also an old member of GeeksWithBlogs (since January 2005) and cannot just slip away like that! So I considered cross posting, as a permanent procedure, not temp. one. To do cross posting from a Community Server weblog like ASP.NET weblogs to any blog that supports MetaWeblog APIs like SubTEXT (which GeeksWithBlogs.NET uses), ...
I created a new skin for Geekswithblogs.net called DKSkin. Well, I didn't really create it as much as I found the template being used by another system that borrowed it from a free template site (while giving the appropriate credit) and just ported it myself, but none the less, we have a new skin. If others in the community like a skin they see out there and if they can get rights to that template, download SubText and implement the skin and I will publish it for you if it works well. To try this ...
When creating a post on your Geekswithblogs.net blog, to take advantage of the tagging feature, insert Technorati tags at the end of the post. If you are unfamiliar with tagging or how to create Technorati tags, visit this help page and learn more about what to do. If you are using Windows Live Writer as your post editor, use the link on the right side to easily add these tags. Windows Live Writer Example Technorati tags: Tagging, Technorati, SubText, Geekswithblogs.net ...
With the SubText 1.9.5 update, the team fixed the Community-Credit integration that may of our members have been dying to get their hands on. This is awesome. At the HDC, me and David talked a lot of CC and GWB and I promised I would get the site working better with his in the near future. Well it looks like I was able to come through with that promise thanks to the SubText team. Let me know if you create a post and Community-Credit doesn't recognize it by default via the comments of this post. Technorati ...
I just published the latest version of Geekswithblogs.net (including SubText 1.9.5) and I hope you like it. One of the features I added was Twitter integration. Twitter is a micro-blogging service that members use to let their followers know what they are doing at any given moment. This service is excellent so there was no reason to recreate the wheel, and with their API, i could easily grab the information from Twitter and publish it on Geekswithblogs.net. These are the steps to configure your blog ...
John and I have been working hard to get Geekswithblogs.net updated to SubText 1.9.5 and also take an opportunity to add some additional features and put some framework items in place. SubText 1.9.5 made one major change and a few minor one and bug fixes. The major change is Tagging. If you use Live Writer, make sure you are using the Technorati tagging feature in the tool as SubText will review your posts for Technorati tags and add them to your site. One of the new features that you will not see ...
I really enjoyed this discussion. I knew I wanted to go to this when I saw that it was Scott Hanselman (great podcaster and now a Microsoft employee), Phil Haack (of SubText and now Microsoft), Rob Conery (of SubSonic and now Microsoft developing Subsonic full time), and Shaun Walker (of DotNetNuke). I love how panel discussions take on a life of their own, depending on the audience. This was definitely like that because we had some interesting people in the audience. Among the crowd, the first person ...
Recently Geekswithblogs.net turned 4 years of age and around the same time we reached 30,000 posts! This is awesome! Soon we will be at 1600 bloggers and the community keeps getting bigger and better. I look at the feed (constantly) and I am just amazed by the source code and information each blogger is adding to the community. I wonder if we could estimate the amount of hours and days that Geekswithblogs.net members have put into producing content. I am sure the number would scare us. On another ...
Phil and Steve beat me to announcing, but Phil has officially confirmed that MySpace China is using a modified version of Subtext for it's blogging engine. This is incredible news as MySpace China gets around 100 million page views, of which about 1 million go to the blog. What does that mean? Well, for starters it means that Subtext is definitely a scalable and robust blogging engine. It also means that Subtext and it's skinning capabilities can support double-byte Kanji based character sets with ...
Seems like everyone is getting FeedBurner accounts and I can't blame them, the statistics are awesome. In fact I have been using FeedBurner for about 6 months. One of the nice additions to SubText when we converted was easy integration with FeedBurner so once you configure, GWB will redirect your feed request to FeedBurner. No more need for a post to tell people to change their feeds. So Jeff, how do we do this? I don't know figure it out yourself like I did... jk Here are the steps to configuring ...
Phil recently blogged about a newly discovered security vulnerability in the Subtext blogging engine due to a flaw in the way the FCKEditor control was integrated. As far as we know, no one was seriously affected and both a fix and a workaround were found very quickly by the core development team. If you are running Subtext 1.9.x, a patched version of the Subtext.Providers.BlogEntry... is available as a zip file. After you download the patch (Subtext1.9.5-PATCH.zip 7.72KB) , unzip ...
One of my friends has shown me his Google Analytics site (http://www.google.com/anal... It allows you to analyze traffic on your site. I thought I could use it here on my blog to check who reads it. Unfortunatelly GA requires from me that I put some magic goo (some script) immidiatelly before the <body> tag. I tried to congiure that with the Admin console that is with the Subtext on the GWB but whatever I do it does not insert the script before the <body> element. Did anyone try ...
Dru Sellers recently tagged me on what I would do to become a better developer so here it goes: Get Geekswithblogs.net on SubText 1.9.5 - Running a growing software consulting firm is hard. Even with John at the helm with me, it takes a lot of time. This is one of the first acts I need to become a better developer due to the fact that is will require a high level of involvement with reviewing the code changes and merging the differences. Plus there will be an additional need to really get the most ...
Originally posted at my personal blog BlogEngine.Net 1.1 has been released. It's quite amazing how fast these guys have churned out the new release. With my recent experiences in porting, chewing, and digesting dotnet projects, I kind of think that coding for Dotnet Framework V2.0 from scratch is lot easier than porting a complex system and maybe that is one of the few reasons for the quicker releases of the product (of course having an active development community and passionate project lead helps ...
Thank you to everyone who nominated Subtext for a Community Choice Award. Your nominations have made Subtext a finalist in the following categories: Most Collaborative Project: The project most likely to accept your patches and value your input. Best Project for Communications: The best project for talking to your friends or sharing information. I think both of these categories very accurately reflect what Subtext is all about. It's great to see that the community feels the same. Voting has already ...
I know I'm a little late to the nomination party, but if you haven't already nominated your favorite SourceForge project, please take the time to do so. It only takes a minute, and the Subtext development community would definitely appreciate it. The SourceForge.net team is proud to present our second annual Community Choice Awards. Winners are selected by community members like you, and it's that time again! Cast a ballot for your favorite projects now and make your voice heard. The Community Choice ...
So the new version of Safari is out in beta, not just for Mac but for Windows. This is great news! I mean, now they have TWO code-bases to fix the horrendous bugs on instead of just one! There's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of Safari. It was buggy as hell when I first used it on my Mac back in November when I got it, and i've been in very happy Firefox bliss ever since. But I applaud Apple for not giving up on Safari, and I'm willing to give it another shot. That shot lasted 5 minutes. I loaded ...
Apologies if anyone has been experiencing IE7 crashes when trying to read articles on this site (though I don't really see why I should apologise for IE7 crashing!). As far as I can tell, this seems only to affect IE7 users on Vista. IE7 on XP appears to be unaffected, and Firefox is OK. The problem appears to be related to having a 'blogmap', although it only affects certain pages (articles, rather than posts). I've removed my blogmap, and the problem appears to have gone away. If anyone has any ...
While I'm on the topic of code metrics, I thought I would mention another interesting set of statistics provided by the Ohloh web site. This is a site that we use on Subtext to monitor the project and the statistics are integrated with our CruiseControl.NET dashboard as well. Ohloh collects software metrics from a variety of sources including the project's source code and the software development infrastructure used by the project's development team. Ohloh was founded in 2004 as a way to provide ...

I have setup a subtext installation on my business website. As I am getting into more and more blogging, I wanted to have my own installation and subdomain.

You can find the new blog here

Thank you very much to the GeeksWithBlogs staff. I appreciate your patronage.

I have finally switched over to using "friendly names" for my blog posts. I think I was the last hold-out among the Subtext developers. One of the statistics that Site Meter provides is the ability to show entry and exit pages. This is great, except for the fact that all of my posts up until now had a numeric name, so it made it very difficult to see what the post was. None of the old posts will be renamed, but the new ones will have a friendly name based on the post title.

As I mentioned earlier, Subtext 1.9.5 was officially released yesterday without mention of a codename. The missing codename was an oversight, as it is officially named "Artificial Horizon". For those of you keeping track, all of the Subtext code names follow a nautical theme, usually one that sounds cool and has some relation to the features in that release. The current list of releases is: 1.0 - Nautilus 1.5 - Nautilus R & R 1.9 - Daedelus 1.9.2 - Shields Up 1.9.3 - Repair Job 1.9.4 - Windward ...
Phil Haack was interviewed at MIX07 by Tim Heuer for his new TimCast podcast. In the interview, which lasts about 7 minutes, Phil explains how he got started working on Subtext, and open source in general. About half-way through the interview, Tim asks about the community support for Subtext, and he mentions the work Simone Chiaretta and I did on the Subtext build dashboard...even mentioning us by name. You can download the audio for the interview and read the original announcement at Phil's blog. ...
For those of you who are keeping up with the progress Simone Chiaretta has been making on his excellent CC.NET Monitor gadget, he is getting ready to release the 0.8 version. This version includes a lot of feedback received, and implements the following features: new tab style settings page ability to monitor more than one CC.NET dashboard possibility to choose which project to display for each server added a license page (which is the new BSD license, as stated in my copyright and licensing policy) ...
In a recent email discussion between a few of the Subtext developers and myself, we talked about the need to have the Visual Studio editor settings (like tab size, curly brace location, etc.) stored with each solution as well as globally. The problem here is that many of us use the same development machine for our "real work" and our personal or open source projects. For some people this might not be a problem, but for most of us, it is. The real issue comes about when one client mandates a certain ...
With Windows Live Writer, there is no more need for Flickr, or hand rolling galleries to get pictures in your posts. If you have a post and you want to add a picture from your hard drive to it, just drag it on and publish. Metablogger and SubText will take care of the rest. Don't believe me? Check it out below: Brandon can't get away from computers ...
Tonight I had to do a few fixes to the performance of SubText and Geekswithblogs.net. The big fix is an addition of 6 skins and David Douglass can have his blog back (issue with .NetOnMyMind name) Thanks to SubtextSkins.com for keeping a list of the SubText skins and location to download. Here is a list of them. Back in Black Day Dreaming Dirtylicious Informatif Minty Terrafirma Some of them still need tweaking, but they have promise for the custom CSS guys out there. Technorati tags: Geekswithblogs.net, ...
Recently I've noticed,that a format of my blog has been changed. It is good that Geekswithblogs.net moved to the modern version, but why the owners didn't send a warning/notice e-mail to their users? It is not easy to find satisfactory skin. In an old version I preferred gertrude-blue.css, because it showed content on the left side, making it printer-friendly. Subtext Default Skins has previews for some skins, but I had to experiment myself by changing skin and view results. After the change to SubText ...
This post will update my original post of configuring Geekswithblogs.net with Windows Live Writer (previously using .Text). In this version, I will discuss how to a SubText blog with Windows Live Writer to get the most out of writing blog posts. I can't emphasis enough that external blogging tools are important to your day-to-day blogging activity. Unlike browsers, these tools allow you to write, stop, and come back and write some more. You can leave the window open all day and just come back when ...
I just noticed that in GeeksWithBlogs move to SubText some of my old screen shots have been lost, I'll fix these as soon as I get time.

Thanks everyone at GWB for the free hosting, and for dealing with a long 6 hour upgrade to the subtext blog engine!

 

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After the update to subtext yesterday I decided I would have a look for a new Skin, I am not much of a designer so quite easily pleased (!) but surprisingly I didn't really see any there that jumped out at me so seeing I didn't have anything to do this afternoon and I rarely play around with design'y type things I would have a go at my own...I didn't really plan on creating a "skin" it just kinda went that way as I was changing this then that etc in the custom CSS part of the options tab in the subtext ...