Windows Live Writer

Microsoft are renowed for getting ‘usability’ right with their products.

Windows Live Writer is no exception.

Three things I like:

  • 1. Installation is easy.
    • Download, install – then point at this blog url – and it detected I was running WordPress without any problems.
    • No fiddling with the correct url for the XML-RPC side of things. No need to remember that I’m running WordPress. (Remember – this is easy for non-technical people)
  • 2. It looks good.
    • Hey – I can use Textpad, Wordpad, Pico, Joe, VI or just pipe from the shell if I need to. But often it’s a lot easier just to have something that works and works well.
    • It looks a lot like Word – or any other Microsoft Office app.
  • 3. In place preview – with your theme.
    • Oooh – this is a sexy feature. Look at the screen shots.



So I’m in San Francisco at the WordPress Community geek-fest that is WordCamp.

It’s kinda interesting – the usual [x]camp format; the usual 80/20 mix of hackers and non-hackers; the lack of power outlets…


There are a lot of people here who are using WordPress and want more – there is certainly a wave of demand that could see the whole community become a lot stronger.

Spent time in a session this morning on ‘Helping out WordPress’ – the number 1 request is ‘help with support’. I’ll get with a few people and see what can really be done.

After working with Ximian for three years – I’m really wary of reliance on the community; I know it’s active; but without clout nothing moves.

Oh – and I gave out a stack of openSUSE 10.1 DVDs – as well as the link to the running WordPress on openSUSE article that I threw together. I was branded a dreadful person from corporate land for that. The folks at WordCamp who got the openSUSE DVDs were happy though.

Too busy to blog?

I have got about six different blog posts I need to get posted in the next few days – I’m backlogged with ideas and comments from the last week or so. I wrote lots of draft posts – I will get them posted really soon.
That brings me onto the main subject of this post – what do you expect from articles on Cool Blogs?

Written at: Draper, UT

My personal manifesto is that these are my ‘PostIt Notes of ideas’ – that I share with you. Some are short and quickly written, some are longer pieces. I hope all are somewhat useful. (As an aside – I post my ‘other stuff’ on my personal blog..)

Corporate blogging seems to have split down the middle on this concept.

One one hand their are CXO blogs – like our own CTO Jeff Jaffe and CMO John Dragoon – who blog regularly – but who write longer posts. These are aimed at their peers – senior IT management, decision makers and CXOs.

On the other hand you have something like Cool Blogs – and most other technology sites – which give you a rich, condensed post with lots of information and tend to link to the source data and articles.

I like to think that as ‘geeks’ and ‘technologists’ we prefer the latter; we are all overloaded with information (24×7 email, web, news feeds, pagers, Blackberry..) – and we like our information short and sweet.

This concept comes full circle back to us – the Cool Bloggers – and what we write. You can tell that I don’t shut up. I blog here, on my family blog, on my personal blog – my ‘PostIt Note’ concept again. I’ve also found that blogging has let me get back into writing longer articles and documents again.
Please share your feedback. I’m not ‘too busy to blog’ – so long as it’s concise.

Written at: Draper, UT