Movable Type Beta

Things may look much the same to the casual viewer, but behind the seens there’s been an update. The site is now run using MovableType 3.2(beta). Beta means that it’s still being tested and it’s not guaranteed to work without problems. As this site isn’t critical (it’s just me playing around) I’ve decided to try the beta and report any feedback. I’m glad I did, my version of RedHat Enterprise Server is getting a little long in the tooth (waiting for the latest version to be tested by my managed server provider before moving to a brand new server) and some of the software was a little too out of date for things to run smoothly.

SixApart (and especially Shirley) are doing a wonderful job responding to Bugs. First point of note – they work Sundays just like me! So when I posted my bug on Sunday evening I got a reply within an hour. The reply identified the problem, so I could go and research my particular set up to find out if that was the cause. It was, so not only is my server now updated an running 3.2Beta happily, future users of the software will benefit from an improved version that will hightlight the problem (the install routine should spot things like old software, but this particular one got though).

So, everyone wins from Beta software being tested on sites like this – before it hits production sites like …erm.. can’t think of any other than SixAparts own sites. Now I’ve re-enabled comments may be you can suggest some.

How to resize a photo (jpg) to send in an email – (the quick way for Win XP)

I’ve written this for my sister Sharon, who’s trying to send photos of Lily to everyone she knows but isn’t quite sure how to resize a photo/image to send in an email. At the moment, she does it using Windows built in image program “Paint”. But there’s a much much quicker way.

1) Find the photos on your computer, the image below has them on my desktop.


2) Right Click the image (or images – you can do them all in one go if you are emailing several), on the context menu go to “send to” and then “mail recipient”


3) A dialog box pops up asking you to choose whether or not to modify the images. The basic options are keep them the same or make them smaller. You can view the extended options and choose just how small you’d like to make the pictures too. Click OK when you’re happy.


4) Voila! Job done. Windows automatically resizes the images and attaches them to a new email for you.