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The personal blog of Michael Ashby

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Making Shoes

There’s an old adage that I often repeat because I find it to be so very, very true – at least when it comes to me.

“The cobbler’s children have no shoes

Since the bulk of my day is spent at the office working on the web, when I get home the last thing that I have energy for is taking on another web project. It’s not that it’s hard, mind you, it’s simply that I don’t have the mental bandwidth to fire up another process. It’s for this reason that I’ve been unable to get off my duff and re-do Holly’s web site.

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Mashby 4.0

My head has been swimming with thoughts of the new Apple iPhone 4, so I guess the number 4 has been rattling around so much, I decided to revamp the blog to a new template. Thus, we have Mashby v4.0! The template is called “Manifest” and was created by Jim Barraud. It’s brilliantly simple and […]

It’s The Little Things

Xenu Link SleuthWork with any medium for awhile and you tend to get into a bit of a rut, or routine in how you do things. Once you’re in your rut, it’s rather rare when you come across something that changes how you do things. When you do, it’s a bit of a big deal. 😀

I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to web development/web publishing. Granted, I learned how to use Moveable Type recently, but even then, I still tend to type out my entries in Edit+ first and use the rest of the tools that I’ve come to know and loathe, I mean love. However, recently I came across a little program called Xenu’s Link Sleuth and it’s changed how I manage web sites.

For those that aren’t familiar with web publishing, publishing to the web is much like creating MS Word documents. The main difference is that you need to keep track of where you put stuff. Think about how you save your work now. I would venture a guess that sometimes you save your work to your desktop. Other times you might save it to your My Documents folder, or even a network drive. Now, what if you had to keep track of every file that you’ve created with MS Word? Could you do it? Now you can see how difficult it can be to keep up with a web site.

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All The Pieces Fall Into Place

I think I’ve finally patched all the holes and mended all the hems on this puppy. The site is finally done. Well, is a web site ever truly done? Let’s just say that version 1.0 is done for the time being. 🙂 I got the archives up and running and the rest of the static […]