Recently, over at leisa’s site, I bemoaned the fact that most “web” events and conferences that take place in the UK are centred around London. So imagine my annoyance when I discovered, today, that there is a BarCamp happening in Edinburgh at the weekend.

The day AFTER I made plans to visit family and friends on the very same day.

Bloody typical.

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Movable Type – I’m dabbling with this at the moment for a client, and ye gods it’s … well… different. I’m used to WordPress now and things just don’t seem to make sense the way MT has them laid out. Most odd. Any pointers to good tutorials and the like would be very much appreciated. I’m not looking to do anything particularly code heavy, just a design/template.

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My routine is broken. Already. Two late nights meant that the 6 a.m. alarm was ignored, meaning that, by the time I get into the office, it’s too late to go for a run. That might mean I go out tonight. Maybe.

But it’s AWFULLY wet today.

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My home PC is dying. That may mean a new PC and … Microsoft Vista …

I’m still not sure if I’m that bothered about the OS anymore to be honest. XP has served me well and I’m sure, in time, Vista will be hacked and tweaked to my needs as well. As long as it stays out of the road enough for me to use the applications I need then it’s fine by me.

It’ll definitely be a desktop, not a laptop, and with that in mind, it probably won’t be a Mac.

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Got your “handsfree” headset for your mobile phone? I hope so as they are increasing the fine for using your phone whilst driving AND chucking 3 points onto your license. What a shame it’ll make absolutely NO difference whatsoever.

After all, it’s been illegal to use your mobile phone whilst driving for.. how long now?? Quite a while but I see at least 4 or 5 people a day doing just that.

How to stop them? Don’t double the fine, quadruple it, hell multiply it by 10! And why only 3 points on the license? Why not 9? If you want people to stop doing things, and believe that the only way to do that is by introducing higher fines, then don’t do it half-arsed.


  1. Adrian said:

    Most of the conferences are in London, because that’s where most of the people are.

    Why if it’s a PC not a laptop does that rule out the iMac?

    As for MT, you can
    1) Ask me if you are stuck
    2) Look at Learning Movable Type
    3) For styles look at the MT style library and contest

    I’d also use if you can the basic templating style MT have set up. It’s quite smart and allows you to shift between design just by changing the CSS pretty easily.

    February 27, 2007
  2. Gordon said:

    Most of the people who use the internet are in London? Who knew!!

    As for the iMac, that becomes a cost issue. I can get a ‘more futureproof’ set of hardware if I buy a Windows box. Purely budgetary.

    Ta for the links, I’d found the first one, but not the second. Just got it setup on my development environment last night, and yeah styles are the way to go without a doubt. It’s fun learning something new!

    February 27, 2007
  3. Sorry you’re not able to come – it would have been great to see you along there. Any chance you can get out of the visit… 😉

    February 27, 2007
  4. Adrian said:

    Well I meant there are simply more people in London who might attend a conference than anywhere else. So if you are an organiser, then the best chance of recouping your money is London. Plus a lot of people from EU come, and again London is more convenient. The UK is not like the states where they can have conferences everywhere and people still make it.

    Like for like the macs now cost the same as PCs. However you can get cheaper PCs and mac doesn’t really play in the upgrade space.

    The templates those styles are based around are pretty good, and I would work with them as much as possible.

    February 27, 2007
  5. Gordon said:

    I would Ewan but as it was ME that organised things… well not good form!! 😉

    Adrian, I know and agree that London makes the most sense, just being facetious.

    As for Macs, the upgrade issue is fairly key as well to be honest, another factor indeed.

    February 27, 2007
  6. i heard the other day that there was another conference up your way in the next couple of months… called something imaginative like Highland Fling I think. Not sure what it’s about. There are a few design types heading up to talk apparently 🙂

    February 27, 2007
  7. Cat said:

    Talking of web events, is there a plan for a Scottish blogmeet this year? I might be bold enough to attend if you’ll have me…

    February 27, 2007
  8. hans stolte said:

    Just imagine, your replacing your PC as it does not support your new O/S.

    I remember the old days whewre the O/S was there to drive the PC, not the PC to drive the O/S.

    And we wonder why everything is shite 🙂

    February 27, 2007
  9. Gordon said:

    Ehhh no. I’m replacing my PC as it is DYING. Nothing to do with supporting any O/S.

    February 27, 2007

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