Quick tip: Expression Engine Movable Type Export

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Another day, another EE tidbit. I wanted to export the entries from my blog in a simple text backup (MT Export Format). In the Expression Engine support wiki, there is an entry on how to do this in the 1.6.8 version, but I’m using 2.0.1 public beta. I had to do a few modifications to make it work in the new version. I posted my code on the Wiki, but if you ended up here looking for export tips, here’s how I did it.First, as the wiki page... + read on

Quick tip: Expression Engine Microformatted date

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I’m rebuilding SuperGeekery behind the scenes. Along the way, I will try to post little tidbits I think might be helpful along the way.I’ve spent the past 10 minutes formatting the dates for entries using microformats. That means wrapping the human-readable date that is displayed on a web site inside a <time> tag that is machine-readable. Here’s how you do that in Expression Engine.<div class="date"> <time datetime="{entry_date... + read on

Update On Building a Portfolio Site in Wordpress and the Plugins That Made It Work.

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Back in October 2009, I wrote about research I was doing about building a portfolio site with Wordpress. (Read that post here.) That post was inspired a project we were talking about doing at JMX2 at that time. Several months have passed and we’ve built the site I was initially researching. It’s live and I’m happy to finally share it with you. Check out the new TRÜF Creative site at http://trufcreative.com.(Note to WordPress folks: This... + read on

Same Origin Flash Security Kerfuffle For Web Developers Who Allow Uploads

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I’m a regular listener to Security Now!, the weekly TWIT podcast about security and privacy, primarily as it relates to being online. Last week’s episode #225 was about the ‘same origin policy’ issue.What is the Same Origin Policy? Wikipedia has a thorough write-up on same origin policy here, but I’ll give you the basics. It’s a matter of what files and processes trust each other on web sites. Basically, if files exist on the same domain,... + read on

Cyber security watch-list for Black Friday 2009

I get a fair number of press releases sent to SuperGeekery pushing products. I don’t mention them very often though simply because this is my labor of love, not just my labor. I received one today from F-Secure with their prediction of the most likely searched terms for cyber scams for holiday shoppers. I think it’s a pretty smart move on their part and a smart thing for people who shop online to be aware of. As I write this, it’s just a few... + read on

Activating an Update Version of Windows 7 with a Fresh Installation

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When Vista was released, I ended up buying 2 full copies (versions not requiring a prior version of Windows) of Vista Ultimate to install on my MacPro and my MacBook Pro. I use VMWare Fusion, although I’ve also used Parallels and recommend either to people who ask.When Windows 7 was available for pre-order, I bought 2 upgrade copies. I decided against getting another ‘Ultimate’ version though. I chose ‘Pro’ because it was all I needed. I’m not... + read on

So you’re building a Wordpress portfolio?

I’ve been doing some investigation into Wordpress for a potential new project. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been exploring various CMS’s recently based on some client requests. SuperGeekery is still powered by Expression Engine, as is a variety of other projects I’ve developed. I’ve had several recent proposals that specified Wordpress as the CMS requirement, so I’ve been doing some additional research on it. One of the projects that... + read on

Flash AS3 Font Embedding Issue - A Problem with Grandchildren?

I’ve been working on a project that was causing me endless frustration with Flash font embedding. Basically, I had a Main.swf that I had embedded a font in. It has a child SWF, say “child.swf”, that gets loaded. Then that child.swf, used a class file which created a loaded in a photo and created a dynamic text field, so I thought of it as a grandchild of Main.swf. In the ‘grandchild’ the dynamic text field is formatted to embed the font that is... + read on

Snow Leopard Warning About Flash and Typography

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I’ve upgraded my Mac to Snow Leopard and one thing I’ve immediately noticed was how some of my typography has shifted in Flash with the upgrade. Below are screen shots of SWF files built from the same FLA file with the same fonts active. The top image is published while booted in Leopard. The bottom image is from the same FLA but published while booted in Snow Leopard. I’ve circled a few places for comparison’s sake. Basically, leading is... + read on

A Quick Tour of CMS Options.

I’ve been an Expression Engine developer since it debuted. SuperGeekery is built on Expression Engine (aka EE). Before EE, I used Ellis Labs’ previous CMS called pMachine, so I’ve been in that camp for quite a while. I’ve built many sites using EE. It’s intuitive for me and I can quickly imagine a solution to most ‘internet problems’ I run into. Recently I’ve been approached about a number of different CMS projects, often with a preferred choice... + read on