Christmas In August


Toys, toys, and more toys. And version 2.0 toys at that!


Not only do I now have the new MT-Blacklist 2.0e installed on my server, but I’m also writing this entry with the new ecto 2.0b3 software. Adriaan was kind enough to choose me as one of the select 50 commandos to put his software through its paces. I will admit that right now it feels like I’m sitting atop a strange beast. I’m normally a “type it up in BBEdit and paste it into the web form of Movable Type” kind of blogger. I’ve never used ecto before. I really have no preconceived notions of what it’s supposed to be like. I have been interested in finding a way to keep a local copy of posts. I was considering whipping something up with Filemaker Pro and AppleScript. Something to make finding and linking to previous entries, since I do that a lot, was the idea. I think I can do that with this program, but I’m not sure yet.

So never having used this software all these windows and drawers seem a little unwieldy at first. But it’s also an exciting beast. For one thing it seems to already figured out that I have Markdown and Smarty Pants installed on my server. It’s giving me the option to choose them as formatting options. That’s very slick.


Ok, I’m already getting a little weirded out by the way these images are getting inserted into my post. Obviously I need to spend a lot more time playing. It will certainly be an interesting few weeks!

Update: 11pm —

I’m having problems posting with this. I’m still testing it.

Update: 11:45pm —

Another test with some new settings. Again. Again.

Update: 11:55pm —

It’s now working properly. So here’s the deal: I was trying to post using ecto but it was giving me this error:

Parsing failure!

Could not parse response for “metaWeblog.editPost”. Please check the console log for more information.

The weird thing is that the posts were showing up on my website. It seems to have been related to the fact that I’m running my CGI scripts in a security wrapper. I followed the steps on a page that Adriaan directed me to and now things are working correctly.