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Can I Post to MT4 from my Nokia N95’s Browser?

No. I keep trying, but no, I can’t.
Why? I can only get as far as the above title before Movable Type’s AJAX conspires against my Nokia N95’s browser. I have tried to use the file uploader, which I was able to use from my phone’s browser with MT 3.4, but in MT 4 the file uploader uses Lightbox and I can’t toggle around in it enough to press “upload” on my phone. And for whatever reason, in the mobile browser, I am unable to fill any text into the “body” of the post. Frustrating. I could do all of this from my Nokia N80 and the N95 with MT 3.4, but not with Movable Type 4.0.
Bah. Desktop/Laptop-centric blogging software. Bah.
What ever happened to Progressive Enhancement and Unobtrusive AJAX? Have Steve, Jeremy, and other standardistas been preaching to the wind? I should hope not. Web based software and applications should be device agnostic and the site should work whether the device has javascript or not.
Why try and why care? In less than 5 days, I get on a plane for Europe for the great “Ditch Thanksgiving 2007 Tour” or the “Let’s cash in frequent flyer miles go to London, Ireland, and Spain for 3 weeks Tour”. Whilst I am gone, I don’t want to pay AT&T my arm and Scruffy’s leg for international data fees to post photos and text to this blog, so I will be using my UK Vodafone sim chip with Pay As You Go that I have overly topped up. Only problem is that sometime in the last year, since I was last last ( previous to the last time) in the UK, Vodafone changed their PAYG plan and it is really really hard to mobile blog with the non-contract PAYG.
When I was in the UK for various events in 2006, I was able to to use about £20 per week on PAYG to send my photos as MMS’s to my Flickr account, Flickr would then send them on to my blog. At the beginning of Ocober, when I was in London for FOWA 2007, I found that it appeared that I sent photos to Flickr via MMS, my N95 confirmed the photo was sent, and later when I would check there would be no photo on Flickr. Vodafone UK’s MMS was not interacting with Flickr.
When I attempted to use Lifeblog, it was a no go as Lifeblog uses email/ISP data to send and with a PAYG account one does not get email/ISP data. I then tried to use Flickr’s mobile uploader, but that did not work as it wanted to go through the MMS to send the photo. ShoZu was not working for me at all while in London and upon reading ShoZu’s forum’s it is not enough to change your Access Point, you have to reactivate for each APN.
The best part is that Vodafone PAYG’s data plans, both 3G & WAP, have Flickr blocked as adult / unappropriate content. The whole week I was in the UK this Oct, I tried to get Vodafone to unblock it to no avail.
Vodafone, you may have the best 3G connections in the UK and Ireland, but you live in the dark ages. Flickr should not be blocked, nor should my MMS. If I pay you for a sim chip and top up, let me use the PAYG £s however I want. Don’t trottle me. Give me 3G unblocked, give me MMS, give me email/ISP. I will pay for it, give it to me.
I want to be able to use my Nokia to blog as I go, not wait until I get back to my computer to bluetooth the photos to my MacBook Pro and then load them up to Movable Type 4, if I have a wifi connection (the UK yes, Ireland & Spain most likely no). Thus, my experiments this week with trying to post directly from my phone’s browser to my MT4 installation. If it works here, it should work in the UK, Ireland, and Spain. Except it isn’t working here due to the MT4 obtrusive, non-progressive javascript.

NaBloPoMo 2007 Starts Today

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Get your engines started, here we go, National Blog Posting Month!!!!!
For the next 30 days, I will be posting not just mobile blogged photos everyday, but also text / writing posts everyday. I have tons of things that I have been meaning to write for you all in a folder on my desktop, but I never seem to allow myself to actually blog it due to time restrictions and the distractions of life. Well, time restrictions and deadlines will have to line up 2nd to blogging this month.
From Nov. 16th to the 28th, it may be a challenge for me to get something here everyday on time, as I will be traveling in Ireland and Spain with spotty to no internet connection, so with the help of my trusty Nokia N95 on those days I will be blogging from my mobile.
Been having trouble posting to your blog with any regularity? Well, join us. Even if you can only post a photo a day or a few sentences, giving 10 – 30 minutes a day to blogging will make it easier to blog, you a better writer or photographer or podcaster or video-ist or artist or…. Do it!
Thanks to Mrs. Kennedy for organizing NaBloPoMo!

Testing Dan Wolfgang’s Better File Uploader 2.2 plugin for Movable Type 4

Allison Reading Mom Leaving a Message Dusk at Huntington Beach Al and his big pink ball Julie Wanda and the Lion Egg Bright Colored El Burrito Jr. The New Bookcase

Once again Michele Neylon comes to the rescue by blogging about another feature of Movable Type 4 that I have been too busy to read the posts on Pronet about: Better File Uploader 2.2 for Movable Type 4 by Dan Wolfgang.
Better File Uploader really is better, instead of uploading 1 image at a time, I was able to upload all of these images from the last couple of weeks in one screen. Even better, I was able to set attributes, preview the image, and have the plugin do all the work to make Lightbox work in the same UI screen. Thank you, Dan for saving 15 minutes or more out of my life. You rock.
Using Movable Type 3.x for photo blogs and moblogging was difficult at best. Now with MT4’s kickass atom connection with Nokia’s Lifeblog on my N95 and Dan’s Better File Uploader, Movable Type is once again my friend. Yeah.

Please Excuse the Construction Dust…

I upgraded from Movable Type 3.4 to 4.0 on Saturday night so that I could take advantage of the kickass new moblogging (Lifeblog) functionality and have been having database / CMS meltdowns every since.
Sunday was spent recreating the database from the backup for multiple hours.
Yesterday, I was showing Ruth around SoCal. And hoping all was working.
Today, all the individual entries have disappeared, but the Main Index page is still showing entries. The instructions on how to Upgrade your 3.x templates to 4.0 are not working.
I was hoping to hold off on upgrading to the MT 4 new templating structure to when I had more time and was not on a deadline for client work. Alas and a lack, this is not the case. So, I am about to refresh all the templates just to get a working website and will have to bring back all the CSS and side bar links later in the week.
Please excuse the construction Dust… We will resume our normal visual presentation later…

Ms. Jen & Social Networking

After many years of bulletin boards and mailing list and a few years of organized social networking like Friendster and MySpace, I have come to the conclusion that I hate Friendster & MySpace but I love Flickr.
On the old school boards and lists, there was, by and large, an equality of posters. If you posted and were a part of the conversation, you were rewarded with a community that you may not have in meatspace or tormented by trolls depending on the circumstance. On most of the current popular social networking spaces, like MySpace, it is too closed in concept & action, and too much like a high school meat/meet market.
Flickr is refreshing in comparison. Everyone who participates is a creator, not a lurker, not a troll, but an active participant who adds to the pool of photos. If you wish to make friends, you add folks who you like their photos to your contact list. And then you comment on their photos and they can comment back.
Community develops from Creativity. Lovely.

BlogHer : Words / Phrases of the Weekend

First off the Road Trip with Erika & Lauren to BlogHer 2005 rocked. So did the conference.
Next off, words or phrases from the weekend:
1) Mommy Bloggers : Somewhat maligned in some circles, but in Ms. Jen’s world the Mommy Bloggers were AMAZING! Fun, enthusiastic, intelligent and they all partied like rock stars.
In the 1950s, Madeline L’Engle was a Mommy Writer in a small Connecticut town, she wrote for at least 30 minutes a night after her kids went to bed and was rejected by publishers for years until FS&G showed some love to “The Wrinkle in Time“, and then the book won the Newbury Award in 1963.
Mommy Bloggers – be encouraged, write, love your fellows and your kidlets, continue to write, and you will be a blessing.
2) Technorati 100 : Really, folks, does it matter? There are millions of bloggers and we can’t all be in the top 100. Who cares if they are all men, except Dooce and Xeni of Boing Boing?
As of 7/31/05, my Technorati rank is: 81,765 (29 links from 24 sites)… aka… I suck. Really, who cares? The best part about Technorati is not their Top 100 Bloggers List, but they employ hot men (TC… NK… DP…). ;o)
And last but not least…
3) Tastefully Tye Dyed Polyamorous Elves…. (this phrase is brought to you by a very long drive south down the 5).
Need I say More?
Ok, I will a bit… since Contentious came out as Polyamorous in the Naked Panel, and Dooce came out as Monogamous, I will officially come out right here on this blog as … Celibate-until-the-right-lovely-intelligent-strong-backboned-man-is-located-then-I-will-be-monogamous-with-him… or I-am-a-bore… or I-am-a-liberal-libertarian-who-loves-Jesus… or…
That’s All Folks…
p.s. A big hello to / glad to meet you /chat with you this weekend to: Anina, Jelly, Ginevra, Debi, Jenn, Jenny, Meghan, Matt, Mena, Nichelle, Liza, Whitney, Barb, Niall, Danah, and all the other BlogHer attendees & organizers rock hard!
p.p.s. A certain Mr. George Kelly appears on the BlogHer blog roll, but I did not see him anywhere all weekend. MIA George?
p.p.s.s. A big thank you to the organizers of BlogHer!