WordPress is catching on

I am getting pretty engrossed in WordPress and think I may switch over fully to it. I am not sure exactly how to deal with redirection of links from one to the other so I might just leave this site here and ask you to start browsing over at the new site.

If you read this by feed, the new feed is right here.

I hope to not to be switching around much, but for now will start posting more in the new locations mentioned above.

Talk about Making things easy!

For whatever reason I decided to mess around with WordPress and have to say at first glance it is very slick. The WordPress team has made a product that is very advanced, while maintaining a high degree of simplicity at the same time. I was able to edit my posts from an MT export by editing one line in the import script (just had to say where my MT export file was) and then it fully imported my entire history of MT in about 30 seconds!! When I was moving hosts I tried a few things with MT to MT transfers and it was no where even close to that simple. Sure MT also knows how to import things, but how can another system do a better job??!!

I like how WordPress has included a much more advanced in-browser editing system as well. You can very easily add details to posts with minimal code, unlike MT – at least on Mac. I am not sure just yet that I’ll be switching over fully as I have a nice link history with Google and I would have to figure out a mass-redirect or figure out a way to name my posts in WordPress the same. Assuming that is possible, I might just make the move…

I’ve user Blogger, GreyMatter, Radio, MT, TypePad and now WordPress…

You can see my default template site here if you like. Once I figure out a few snags, I’ll deal with the template… assuming I keep the site.

On Microsoft’s XNA Play

Joe Wilcox at the Microsoft Monitor has some solid insight and thought into Redmonds latest attempt to bundle game development tools for both XBox and Windows.

…I see inherent conflict between Microsoft the platform provider and Microsoft the applications developer. I would apply the same thinking to Microsoft the multiple platform provider. Microsoft must be careful about what design decisions its developers make with respect to Windows and Xbox gaming. The risk is using one platform to build sales for the other, and visa versa, which, like an addictive drug, delivers an initial high but later compromising dependence. [Microsoft Monitor]

T-Mobile doing better on HotSpots?

Glenn posts some more detail on T-Mobile today and it seems their cost structure could be much lower than previously thought. As a carrier they get apparently get a very sweet deal on T-1 lines…

In his post, he notes that even when he was at Wayport, his average T-1 cost was $250 per month, and that T-Mobile could be paying as little as $90 per month in many locations in which they have co-located equipment to carry their cell traffic.

Combine that knowledge with Carlo Longino’s analysis of our post yesterday about T-Mobile’s revenue averaging to $400 per location per month, and you start to see that they could, in fact, be running far cash-flow positive. (Carlo wonders if the infrastructure is all T-1 still; that’s what T-Mobile confirmed for me all last year for Kinko’s, Borders, and all Starbucks past and future.)

Carlo notes, by the way, that T-Mobile said 67 percent of users are subscribers. This doesn’t give us apples to apples on sessions, but if you ascribe $1.2 million to 48,000 subscribers at an average rate of $25/month ($20 for T-Mobile cell users, $30 for one-year commitment regular users, $40 for month-to-month) that would leave you about 25,000 hourly/day sessions a month. Is it really possible T-Mobile has 48,000 subscribers?

Even if T-Mobile is paying prices all across the board, Jim’s information leads me to believe that their recurring costs might be substantially lower than anyone has previously estimated. Carlo’s factoid contributes the knowledge, if it’s all connected correctly, that the cell carrier might be signing up many more regular users of Wi-Fi service than previously imagined. [Wi-Fi Networking News]

Thinking again about how crowded the Starbucks I’ve been visiting are, it seems like T-Mobile is doing just fine.

Coming Soon in NetNewsWire

Brent reveals what is quietly lurking for us with the next update in NetNewsWire…. I can’t wait. Looking forward to the beta when it is finally ready for testing.

I’m not going to tell you about all the new features today, but I will talk about two of them. (There are many more… this just scratches the surface.)

Browsing in place

This is perhaps the most-requested feature, the ability to view pages directly in NetNewsWire.

Weblog editor overhaul

The new weblog editor is a 99% re-do. The user interface has been completely redesigned, and most of the under-the-hood code has been rewritten.


WAP Blog

Just did this… If you are WAP-enabled… Only takes a few minutes to get set-up.

WAP is not just for the big sites. Movable Type‘s template system mean that creating a WAP version of your MT Blog takes around ten minutes to set up. Once done, your WAP site automatically updates along with your main site, as if by magic.

The method is similar to the RSS Feeds that Movable Type creates as a default for you. Here it is in practice on my site; first, the HTML version, now in WAP. I’ve writtne a complete tutorial, “Building a Better Wap Diary”, on just how to do this on your MT blog. [MobileWhack]