I found a bug in the user interface for switching the shortening preference in Radio2 from Adjix to bit.ly, something I need to do now, because Adjix is experiencing downtime.
In the Using Adjix panel, we have a checkbox that says "Check this box to shorten URLs with Adjix" -- but that's not what it controls. It actually determines whether or not the user's shortener prefs are to override the prefs set at the server level.
So if you were to uncheck it, you would not get shortened urls using your bit.ly account.
I changed the prefs system to give you a third page, that says clearly what this checkbox does. Screen shot.
Also modified the Adjix page to remove the checkbox, and made it clear on the bit.ly page that if you do nothing you will get Adjix-shortened URLs.
Now finally I think the prefs reflect reality! :-)
We're having problems with Adjix today, and with Twitter -- at the same time. And I've just released two pieces I've invested a lot in. Very few people can get to them, given the hurdles I've put in their way.
Then I realized once and for all that we should, where ever possible, be migrating away from shortened URLs.
The ability to count clicks isn't worth the tradeoff. And anyway, after a period of time I no longer care about how many clicks a link is getting. It's mostly about current links that I care.
So I was going to change the way Radio2 generates the archive page, as a place to get started on deprecating short URLs. But I was already using the un-shortened links. So that's cool
On blogposts, I want the title to show up at the top of the page in big letters, instead of My Big Outline. Not even sure where this is coming from.
Roots become workspaces -- with the ability to define domains. Just like the main root does. (After this change there is no longer a main root, at least as a concept. The code remains in there. Not sure how it will surface.)
Setting the title in the prefs doesn't set it. this is because it doesn't change it in the OPML. that's where the change must take place.
You can't create a new thing without it automatically being given one.
The sysop sets up the server with the basic info. The domain to use, and how you want to refer to this server.
Then it generates hostnames by mashing together the username and serialnumber of the outline.
The domain name for this outline is davearchive021.mediahackers.org. That's because my username is dave and the outline is my 21st. I've given the server the domain mediahackers.org to play with.
If you're going to run this software, start thinking about what domain you want to use. There will be lots of CNAMEs created on this domain.
Finally, we are using domain names routinely in software. It feels like a registrar when you use it. You create a new outline, refresh the list, and at first the title is not hot. Hmm wonder why. Then you realize it's taking a while to register the name on the net. FInally, you refresh and it's hot. Click the link, and it works.
This is an important place to get to. Worth noting.
Nothing is actually deleted when you delete an outline. It is removed from the list of outlines you see. However, any place that includes the outline or points into it will still have the outline to connect up with. Publishing an outline therefore is an irrevocable public act. That said, it's very useful to be able to remove it from your list.