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Happy New Year!

Being fully aware of how long it’s been since my last post, I’d like to wish all my readers and visitors a happy new year. Another year under Bush, of 24 races towards a simple life, a wife and several oscars.

Enjoy yourselves and don’t drink more than you’d trust your uncle to stomach.

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Not again! pt. 3

In light of this morning’s events, I have decided to finally launch my side project, gainsaying.com.

On the site I will explore the many contradictions that dot the American landscape, starting with the election. Four years of Bush have hurt the nation a great deal and four more will probably not help at all. At least Bush won the elction (mostly) fair and square this time, but the fact that so many people could be fooled into voting for fascism is something of an odd thing.

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Goodbye MT!

As you can see, Zytronic Universe News is now the wire and runs on wordpress. This completes my move away from MoveableType. Good riddance you greedy bastards! 🙂

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So long, MT

Six Apart today released version 3.1 of Movable Type, the software powering this blog, and simultaneously have thereby finalized my decision to depart from MT as soon as feasible.

When the 3.0 developer version came out the posts on the company’s blogs sounded as though 3.1 was going to be more affordable for the average user who was not willing to pay for the developer version. This has turned out to be a false impression on my behalf and I will therefore be migrating this blog and GeezerBlog over to wordpress in the near future.

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Linkwire

In an effort to broaden my knowledge of blogging software, I recently created my own blog on Blogger, linkwire.

At least until I make the move to wordpress for the blogs on my server, I’ll be posting links to interesting articles on there.

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Six Apart announces new pricing structure

Six Apart, the makers of Movable Type, yesterday announced their new pricing structure.

While it certainly is better than the initial MT 3.0 pricing structure, it is in many ways still just as bad as some of the new features eliminate the merit of improvements that could have made the new policy a lot better.

One example of this is my situation where I’d be better off if I was a non-profit organization than an individual as individuals using MT for non-commercial purposes pay more than the former.

Also I’d have to again pay $100 to have the freedom I need and that is something I’m not willing to do. Even the limited personal edition still has a far too large price tag for me.

This moves me a lot closer to moving to wordpress for good.

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New ZU design

Today I finally upgraded ZU to the next level with a new design. Over the next few weeks I’ll be migrating the older content over as well.

Depending on when a new version of wordpress with true multiblog capability comes out I’ll probably be moving to WP as I’m getting impatient with SixApart (authors of Movable Type).

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MT exodus

While Six Apart are taking their time with the development of the personal license for MT 3.0, I have been testing out WordPress, the most likely replacement for MT for me.

I’m somewhat hesitant to move away from MT just yet, but then again it does seem like there will be a point sooner or later where I’ll have to move away from MT due to its proprietary nature.

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MT usage

This post is in response to a call for posts on Six Apart’s blog today in regards to usage of Movable Type.

I personally use MT for three blogs, one for news, one for diary like entries and the third one is a private blog. Of those, I am the only author for two of them and the third has two authors.

Now this would already be almost good enough for the present free version of MT, but it isn’t. While two blogs are at the same URL and I am the only active author, I feel I need the freedom to innovate, to expand as needed and not be restricted.

Seeing as I would need to buy the personal edition 10 author license to have the freedom I need, I am very tempted to discontinue my use of MT as I cannot afford to pay $119 for a software package of this nature.

I am a college student and even though weblogs are an academic interest of mine, I would rather spend those $119 on textbooks or more basic necessities.

I would however be willing to pay a more reasonable amount as nothing is free at the end of the day. I would probably be willing to pay about $40 for that license type based on my non-commercial usage and student status and would definitely pay that same amount again for a major upgrade.

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End-user MT

After reading many MT users’ comments on the new pricing structure, I found a few that pointed out that what came out last week was not the true 3.0 release yet and was merely a developer release. They pointed to past posts in the MT deveoper’s blogs where they indicated that there was going to be a less restrictive version of 3.0 for end users.

If that turns out to be true I may end up staying with MT after all. I can still however not get rid of the uneasy feeling the new nature of MT gives me. The fact that it’s not open source does make open source alternatives look a lot more attractive now that I’ve seen what kind of changes Six Apart are willing to make.

I may add the links to those posts later, but for now I’ll simply paraphrase Noam Chomsky: The information is readily available if you bother to look.

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It’s about time I switched away from MT

Yesterday the authors of Moveable Type, the software this blog runs on, announced their new commercial version of MT and at the same time added that the free version would be limited in functionality from now on.

Seeing as I as an individual would have to pay at least $69 for the full version I’ll paraphrase Six Apart here… It’s about time I moved away from MT and find myself a better blogging software product!

What’s even worse is that in order to have a comfortable setup I’d have to pay $600. That means I have to look for a different product in order to avoid having to pirate the new version of MT.

Well done Six Apart! Smashing!

Update: I totally agree with this post and this one is right on as well.

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New RSS parser

I have switched the RSS parsing app for GeezerBlog on top of the links bar to magpieRSS in order to get rid of the clutter that was the old RSS parser. I chose this parser over mt-rssfeed in order to retain some independence from MT as I don’t want to be confined to only working on my blogs with MT.

In the near future I hope to add more RSS feeds from outside sources.