September 7, 2001

Well the TechTV review of Blog ran – not that I saw it or even had my PVR (the piece of junk it is …) record it but because somebody who’d seen the TechTV demo and then downloaded Blog 4.0 wrote to me. They had a curious story since they tell me that their antivirus software (InnoculateIt) tagged Blog 4.0 as a trojan! I was pretty surprised since I have Norton AntiVirus installed on my machine and so far it has not raised any alarms about any of my files. All I can think of is that InnoculateIt detected what it thought was a viral signature in the Blog executable or the self-extracting distro (the person who wrote to me didn’t tell me which exe they were talking about …). While it is understandable, it also makes me mad because I don’t know how may people might have been turned off of Blog because of that warning :p

Incidentally, no big shake ups in the web site stats though the TechTV review did go through :p Guess not many people watch TechTV during the day or not many people liked what they saw in the review. I wish I had seen the review though … I did read the write up that they have on the TechLive site and while some of it is cobbled together from my docs there is some new stuff and opinions in there as well. Only thing is, I have no idea whether that is exactly what they showed on TV as well or whether they did something different. If anybody did see it, I’d certainly be interested to hear from you 🙂

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OK, I am ready to release Blog 5.0 Beta 1 (I decided to call it a beta after all instead of a pre-release because I am not happy about the amount of testing that I’ve done :p) and the Cee 1.0 Beta 1 🙂 A few words of warning though – the Blog distro is pretty huge at around 1.7MB (as compared to the 4.0 distro of around 670k) but that’s mostly because of the dictionary and thesaurus files that have been added. This release will not have separate downloads for upgrade and full-installs but I will be doing that from the next release onwards so that you don’t have to do huge downloads.

If you want to use the < $BlogCookie> tag in Blog, you will need to download Cee. If you don’t want fortune cookies in your journal, then don’t bother with downloading Cee. And don’t expect a really user friendly GUI (or much user-friendliness at all <vbg>) from Cee. It is basically a rough prototype done to see how much user interest there is in this particular functionality. If only a few users want it, I won’t do much work on Cee but otherwise Cee will evolve into something much better looking with a lot more functionality on it’s own – such as being a sig generator for e-mail apps. There is no docs for Cee at the moment either but there is only a few buttons and only one screen to work with so you should be fine … I hope :p And before anybody asks, the Options … button on Cee does nothing <vbg>

I have only included US English dictionaries with Blog … sorry 🙁 If you want dictionaries in any other languages, there are quite a few choices on the dictionary download page of Addictive Software. I have also added the link as a FAQ on the Blog page so that you don’t have to hunt around for the link in the future 🙂 That’s about it I think. As always enjoy the download and let me know what you think!

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Still no easing of the pressure at work but I did manage to get my Indy installation back to the status it was in before I switched computers and Blog 5.0 compiles fine once again … yay!! So I’ll try to get a distro ready today (even if it is a bit light on documentation and stuff :p) and upload it to the servers since I can do it faster from work than from home :p Stay tuned …

On the TechTV review of Blog, from what I’m told it will be aired today though I don’t know at what time only that it will be somewhere between 9:00am and 5:00pm EST since that’s when TechLive is on. If anybody manages to catch the segment and record it (hopefully on a PVR so that I can get a copy in mpeg format …) I’d be grateful since there are at least two people that I know of (other than myself <g>) who’d like to see it. KuhnDog has promised to put it up at the RazorSys mirror if we ever do manage to snag an mpeg copy of the segment – thanks as always to KuhnDog 🙂 Now I’d better get started on that distro I was talking about …

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