May 13th, 2004


Trackback schadenfreude

A new version of the Movable Type weblog software was released today, with what appears to be a pretty drastic licensing change which hasn't gone over well with a lot of midsize users. Basically, MT is now commercial software for any sites running more than three weblogs, or with more than one author, which seems to be a lot of sites.

But the whole thing raises another issue, which I will call "Corporate Trackback Considered Harmful". Kudos to them for leaving it all exposed there, but somehow I figure that's not what they were aiming for.

Edit: Trackback turned into an SSI (!) error for a while, but it's back now. Of the 74 unique trackback entries there, 51 are negative, two are positive, and the rest are either neutral or in a language I can't read.

(Me, I've never been that comfortable with MT's license, so I've avoided using it. I wonder if it's a vocal minority, or if they've really misjudged their customer base this time around.)

Edit: There's a bit of discussion on MT's new license at Metafilter.

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Web screenshots!

miniature SlashdotA long time ago I came across Sippey's blogsnaps, and noted it as something which would be good to automate. Earlier today brad posted a quick way to take a screenshot of a webpage, and it was pretty straightforward to expand it in

The result is webshot, which requires ImageMagick and Xvnc. If someone has a better idea how to do what I ended up using xwininfo for, I'm all ears.

Have some sample output: slashdot, my LiveJournal, nyxie's LiveJournal, a Google search.

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