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Back On Track

I am back on track with blogging. We released TexasWideOpen about two months ago. Growth is slow, but there is movement. I would appreciate any feedback or help with marketing you could do. Use the free trial and tell me what you think.

I am mainly writing to get myself moving again with technical blogging. I am really digging into python and django lately. I had the occasion to write an app to do A/B or multivariate testing the past week. It was a great exercise. You can see the results at

I have also split up our TexasWideOpen project into several smaller apps that I am hoping to release sometime soon. My favorite is one that uses a JSON file to define a file format and then allows you to import that file into django models. We have used it to import files from roughly 30 sources. It is very modular and easy to add new format types. I think it could be useful for a variety of projects.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing various things I have learned just to help anyone out there who might do a search. I'd love to save someone time the way many others have me. Adios.

Courtney's (blog's) New Look

Courtey put a new theme on her site. Check it out. It looks pretty cool. The header image is from one of my favorite pictures. You can see the whole thing here.

Ain't she gorgeous. I can only take credit for the shot and the cropping on the header image. :-( But on the upside, I get to enjoy her beauty every day.!

Blog reading for newbies

If you are interested in keeping up with the blog for the next 26 days, I would suggest using RSS. RSS is a way for people to publish articles from their website. It is a good way to keep up with a lot of different websites that so that you don't have to go to the site to just check for new items. An RSS reader checks for you and keeps up with whether or not you have read the article and provides a consistent interface for reading articles.

Wikipedia's entry on RSS is a good place to start learning about RSS, or you can just Google RSS. You can download readers for free and keep up with all manner of news from my fairly irrelevant ramblings to world news from CNN. There are also web RSS readers like Google Reader or BlogLines.

While your looking at Web 2.0 technology, take a look at (my bookmarks are at and Technorati.

Time for bed.

Broken Blog

For some stupid reason, I decided to update the software that runs my blog at the busiest time of the year. Not surprisingly, there were some difficulties. That is why some of you might have seen a strange theme or blank front page.

Site Update - Take II

As you may notice there is a slightly new look. Last night I was taken in by the upgrade bug, so I upgraded to drupal 4.6. It seems that the upgrade is not flawless. Several of the database tables did not upgrade, so I ended up doing the whole thing again tonight. Yipee.

I changed themes to gain another column for blocks of different information. I'm not quite sure what to put there yet, but I am sure it will be useful. Right?

Anyway, it is all working, and it is time for bed.