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The Beauty of Redirects

So, I decided to figure out how to redirect people who are subscribed to my old feed URL, http://www.tinyscreenfuls.com/atom.xml, to the new correct one, so I didn’t lose people in this migration. Turns out it was dead simple – just added “Redirect /atom.xml http://feeds.feedburner.com/TinyScreenfuls” to .htaccess, et viola!

So now, no matter which feed URL you’re subscribed to, you should get the right one. The more I mess around with Apache and PHP, the more impressed I am…

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Welcome to the WordPress Version of TinyScreenfuls.com

Well, I went ahead and did it. The process of migrating from Blogger to WordPress was actually pretty simple, so I made the jump. All old posts and comments should be available.

The biggest change is the new address for the site feed:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/TinyScreenfuls

PLEASE UPDATE YOUR AGGREGATORS to point to the new feed! I hated to have to make that change, but now that it’s done, I don’t anticpate having to do it ever again, because Feedburner lets me make changes like this transparently.

So, what do you think of the new digs? Post a comment, or drop me a line to let me know what you think. 🙂

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Toying with switching to WordPress

This blog, and all of my other blogs, are powered by Blogger.com. However, I’ve always been impressed by WordPress and its flexibility. I’m toying with the idea of switching TinyScreenfuls over to WordPress, since my web host, 1and1, recently bumped up the number of MySQL databases I can have.

In fact, I’ve got a prototype of TinyScreenfuls in WordPress up and running. I’m still doing some tweaking and playing around, to make sure all of the features I need are there and configured correctly, so that site is very much under development, but if you want to have a peek, go ahead. Let me know what you think.

If I do make the change, everything should be pretty seamless, except for one thing – my feed. I’m using the Blogger-generated Atom.xml feed, which would go away. Ideally, I would have used Feedburner from the beginning (I did on all subsequent blogs I created), so I could make that change transparent. I’m still fiddling around with ways to make people not have to resubscribe, because I know that’s a pain, and I don’t want to lose any readers.

Anyway, just an update. Feedback is welcome.

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Google Transit Sample Trip


Google Transit
Originally uploaded by JoshB.

An example trip in Google Transit from my office to the airport (PDX). View the full size image to see everything more clearly.

Notice how your query can take the form “here to there at this time” – the time factor is nice.

You can click on each trip section to get the familiar little detail balloon to pop up. Each bus/light rail transfer is highlighted with an icon on the map. Walking directions and duration are included, though I’ve noticed that it often tells me to walk diagonally through the middle of a block to get to the nearest bus stop.

You can toggle between driving directions and public transit. It will even calculate the cost of driving vs. transit, and show you how much you’d save.

Not sure if this is using the same data and/or backend as Tri-Met’s own trip planner, but it looks like it.

At any rate, if you’re in the Portland area, you just got an awesome new public transit planning tool. Hopefully this will be made available in other cities soon.

You can find out more on the Google Transit help/FAQ page.

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