Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Donovan Watts: Radio's Librarian

This was an exciting day for me. My iChat and Skype call with Steve Kirks was the highlight. I look forward to sifting through the Radio knowledgebase, helping the documentation settle into a helpful, easily accessed entity.

> "After watching the many outstanding entries at Donovan's Radio: The Missing Manual, UserLand made him and offer he couldn't refuse: Radio's Librarian

Welcome aboard, Donovan--and thank you!"

> (Via [house of warwick]( "Donovan Watts: Radio's Librarian").)

Radio UserLand weather information script

Looks like Steve's been tinkering around under the hood again.

> "A rough draft of a Radio script that pulls weather information from the National Weather Service and puts it on your weblog. It's a hack at best. I'll clean it up and make it proper script with prefs later. Right now, it creates a table in the workspace, grabs the RSS, compiles it into a table and pulls the info from the compiled table. I had to strip some of the crud in the RSS and it's not formed well, but man, it's cool."

> (Via [house of warwick]( "Radio UserLand script").)

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

No Weekly Tip this week

I'm sorry for not posting a weekly tip. I'm traveling right now and will resume the weekly tip next week.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Surgical Diversions: Fri, Feb 18, 2005

I see Andy is trying to do some TrackBack testing in Radio UserLand. Perhaps this post will help?

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Radio is one hell of a ride

[Steve Kirks]( "Demo = yawn"): "If you are looking for a serious blogging tool that's not in 'beta' and has a strong user community, plunk down your $40 bucks and sign on to one hell of a ride: [Radio UserLand]("

Monday, February 14, 2005

Radio UserLand Tip of the Week: Change the default email graphic

You can change the little yellow email graphic that Radio uses by default in your template. Find out how in this week's Radio UserLand Tip. [Feb 13, 2005]

Friday, February 11, 2005

FavIcon from Pics

For those of you who follow my Radio UserLand Tip of the Week on [adding a favicon to your URL](, check this out. [FavIcon from Pics]( lets you easily create icons for your web pages. Simply select a picture, logo or other graphic (of any size/resolution) for the "Source Image" and click "Generate FavIcon.ico".

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Survey: Should UserLand offer a web-based version of Radio?

Take the UserLand survey. I just did. Personally, I have Radio on my main machine. I also have Radio installed on my house server, an Apple Cube. I wouldn't use a UserLand hosted Radio service. I would use a UserLand hosted Manila service if it were cheaper than it currently is, however.

> "We've put up a survey to help determine if UserLand should create a remotely hosted version of Radio. Click the link and vote. Leave comments and questions here." (Via [Radio UserLand Messages]( "Survey: Should UserLand offer a web-based version of Radio?").)

Re: Podcasting/Hosting/Radio Userland/.Mac

Excellent news this morning from UserLand for Podcasters. Why is this important? Because many people use Radio for podcasting but UserLand only allows files up to 1MB to be uploaded to their server. Hardly enough for podcasting.

>"UserLand will be adding a 'podcasting package' for Radio users that includes a large amount of storage, reasonable file type/size limits and unlimited bandwidth.

>Podcasters: what are your requirements for storage space and file sizes? Steve Kirks" (Via [Radio UserLand Messages]( "Re: Podcasting/Hosting/Radio Userland/.Mac").)

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

UserLand CFO Scott Shuda Sees the (Radio) Light!

I'm happy to read that [Scott Shuda, CFO for UserLand](, has decided to return to blogging with Radio. That can only be good for our favorite little engine that could.

> "So another turn in my weblog journey and once again I am reminded just how thoughtful and powerful are the tools built by Dave Winer and his team during the early days at UserLand. I also have another basis for understanding why Steve Kirks is so enthusiastic about Radio as a product. I intend to continue adding to my personal weblog, and it looks like I am going to be using Radio to do it." (Via [Scott Shuda's Radio Weblog]( "I'm Blogging Again").)

Monday, February 07, 2005

KABLOG - enhanced mobile blogging

KABLOG is a tool for mobile phones and PDAs that allows you to post photos and blog entries to blog servers and services such as Radio UserLand.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Radio UserLand Tip of the Week: Add TrackBack to your Posts

TrackBack is a system implemented by many blogging tools, including Radio UserLand, that allows a blogger to see who has seen the original post and has written another entry concerning it. The system works by sending a 'ping' between the blogs, and therefore providing the alert. Learn how to add a TrackBack link to your posts. [Feb 6, 2005]

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Fix for Radio upstreaming processor usage problem coming

[Steve Kirks]( "FYI: Upstreaming Notes"): "UserLand staff and developer partners have been working on a detailed analysis of Radio's processor usage during upstreaming. We've located the core of the problem, a UserTalk verb with code in the kernel called 'file.modified' that is stealing a big chunk of processor time. The course of action is obvious: debug and rewrite the verb and do it immediately."

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

What weekly Radio UserLand tips do you want covered?

Readers of this manual know that I've been running a weekly tip series. I hope you enjoy them. I've got a list of tips I intend to cover and now it's your turn to tell me what you want covered. Either leave a comment to this post or send me an email directly. No guarantee that I'll know the answer but I'll try my best.

Also, how am I doing? Are the tips I've covered useful? I know some people have benefitted from them. How's the format? Shall I include more pictures? How about movies? I've got the ability to record .mov files with my software, Screen Snapz Pro. I've even thought about podcasting some tips but most tips probably wouldn't make much sense in an audible format.

Thanks for your input and thanks for reading.

Tangelo takes the Radio approach to weblogging

The main reason I like Radio is that it lives on my own computer. There's a weblogging application for Mac OS X and Windows called [Tangelo]( that takes the same approach...

"Tangelo, termed 'web publishing with a twist,' is a departure from most traditional weblog publishing tools. Instead of installing or using weblog software on an Internet web server, Tangelo is installed on the user’s computer as a standalone application, providing much easier installation, greater weblog control, and ease of use. Tangelo streamlines organization of weblog text and images, and publishes the weblog to both an Internet web server and to the user’s own computer for better control and backup. In addition, Tangelo features integration with NetNewsWire 2.0 for posting RSS news items."