I upgraded from 4.12 to 4.2. The upgrade from 3.5 to 4.12 went flawlessly. So, this should be a simple thing, right? All the templates for my blog are gone. I did exactly that same thing I did when I upgraded from 3.5 to 4.12. Copied the files to the MT4 directory on my server. Went to http://www.server.com/cgi-bin/mt4/mt.cgi. Got redirected to the upgrade cgi which appeared to proceed without incident. Once it was done, there was a button to go to Movable Type control panel. Off I went. Hum, looks OK. Let’s rebuild and see what happens.
Uh oh. Error. Oooh look, edit template button, how cool is that!! Hey, that’s not a template I’ve ever used. Better go look at the templates and see what’s changed. Uh, whadda ya mean No Templates found?? That’s not good.
So, that’s where I’m at. I was planning to go looking for the templates. I have no idea where they are stored. My guess is the MySQL database which is where I was planning to look next. I should also point out that I cannot Create New Template from the MT Control Panel either. Which probably implies deeper problems.
I always installed from downloads on the download page at Six Apart. I had 3.52, I think, for a long time. I avoided upgrading because of this very reason. A couple of weeks ago, I downloaded 4.12 from the Six Apart download page and upgraded my install. That upgrade went off without a hitch. Hence my confidence in upgrading from 4.12 to 4.2.
All in all, a lousy upgrade experience.
So, the blog design that I liked so much is gone. Partly my fault for not making adequate backups. Mostly Six Apart’s fault for not finding data loss bugs before shipping their product.
With deployment so close I do not have time to learn the new architexture of Movable Type 4.1 and then re-create my weblog design. That makes me sad. So, Minimalist Blue, as Movable Type calls it, is my new look. It’s boring. I’m not sure how long I’ll actually be able to stand it. But, for now….

Go to digg.com’s US Elections 2008 section and scroll through the items there. All the items have over a thousand ‘diggs’. What’s interesting is that almost none of those articles come from any of the major news outlets. Moreover, it is very rare to find an article on Mr. McCain that is positive or an article on Mr. Obama that is negative. I also find it interesting the disproportionate number of articles from Huffington Post that get so many diggs. Are the writers at Huffington Post really that good? ThinkProgress.org also appears to get a disproportionate number of their articles on the front page of Digg.

Do you suppose that Huffington Post and ThinkProgress.org are gaming Digg.com?

aloha

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This is classic. The music industry is what it is today because of AM and then FM radio. That was the primary means of discovery of new music. The recording industry understood this. That is why the radio stations are allowed to play music without royalties.

The dinosaur thrashes more violently as it sinks deeper into the tar pit. In the end, it will only die tired as a result but it will still die.

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She said it does worry her that future employers could see these photos when she applies for a job. “I know an employer won’t [realize] I know how to separate work and personal time, and I have no intentions of being wrapped around a toilet at a job.”

This poor girl doesn’t even begin to understand why future employers will find publicly available pictures of her drunken behavior a problem. More importantly, these people do not understand the ramifications of their decision to embrace the abuse of alcohol. It is absolutely amazing to me that anyone would celebrate drunken behavior to this extent.

I drank heavily for about 15 years. I am quite thankful that there are no pictures of my drunken behavior. I find even the memories in my head embarrassing. I cannot imagine what it would be like to discover pictures of those memories posted on the Internet.

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Forrester’s James L. McQuivey says it’s time for Apple to change its video game plan, starting with winning NBC back.
Yesterday Greg Sandoval, quoting McQuivey’s report, tried to convince us that Apple should go grovelling after NBC because they represent 30% of a business that is used by 19% of iPod owners. This is a very low margin business sector for Apple. Apple gets a very small piece of the $1.99 they charge for a TV show.
Today, McQuivey tells us that there’s no way to put your existing video library on your AppleTV or video iPod. Apparently, Mr. McQuivey hasn’t bother to investigate software such as Roxio’s Popcorn or Flip4Mac’s Drive-In. Moreover, McQuivey completely ignores the elephant in the room, YouTube. McQuivey also ignores the growing popularity of video podcasts and the emergence of internet only production companies like Revision3.
NBC looks for all the world like the first dinosaur to get stuck in the tar pits.
Smittie

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For anyone that was interested in my use of geotagging in our house hunt, here’s an article that talks about geotagging on a larger scale. I thought Google’s Panoramio was very cool. I’m going to look into uploading some of my photos there. Right now it looks like most of the work posted there is professional and high end amateur stuff, whereas most of the stuff on Flickr is clearly snapshots and phone camera stuff.
aloha

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…appearing daily in the press is still exposure.

Google News is one of a number of online news sources that I read several times a day. Theoretically, Google News should have no bias because it the news articles that appear there are selected mechanically by software that searches the news. Other aspects of Google lead me to doubt this but that’s another post. Over the past couple of days reviews for one particular movie have been on the front page of Google News. All of the articles pointed to on Google News are very negative reviews. There is, apparently, nothing at all that is good about this movie. So, a bad movie that should probably get no press coverage at all has been on the front page of Google News for a whole week. Wow!

aloha

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