Writely Google-ised

Well, the maintenance yesterday for Writely has been revealed for what it was .. TOTAL BORGLIKE ASSIMILANCE!

I mean .. Writely’s look’n’feel has been googleised. Properly now, as i guess previously, it retained vestiges of previous ownership.


It’s a less kitchy feel, simpler, minimal images, the nice shadings that are now synonymous with Google.

In other news, The Web According To Ballmer is an interview over at BusinessWeek with the CEO of Microsoft. It’s a cool read (halfway through at the moment) .. mostly because it’s interesting to see the personality of the guy who took bill’s place.

In other news, Large Man Writes Comic About A Mace. Heh heh .. nice.

Train or Bus? Or Flying Carpet (Writely)

Sometimes I’d like a flying carpet. Not all the time. I’d use it sparingly, you know, not to pop down to the corner store. But important things.

It would help living in the city. Although then everyone would want one. And the skies would become crowded with threads and I imagine some small problems would occur.

But at least I wouldn’t be wanting to lift a bus in rage.

This morning I waited over half an hour for a bus. It was after 7am .. so they should really have been kicking in. In that period, right at the end of the half-hour, one finally arrived .. full to the brim. No more people.

Like Blackboard out of Mr Squiggle I was .. "Hurry Up! Hurry Up!".

Missing my chiropractor appointment wasn’t the worst part of the exercise. The tradgedy that really got my boxers in a squeeze was that I had missed out on some very much needed sleep. 7am is a rather early hour for me, considering the hour i rest my head.


Now onto the real substance of this post.

Writely. I’m still using it, even with the Post Title issue. It’s too valuable a tool. Being able to have my posts stored elsewhere, with nice functionality when editing, just makes my heart all squishy.

Shortcuts. Keyboard. Shortcuts.


The two circled above are really the beesknees.

1. Saving with CTRL-S.

This removes the inherant fear of the web, it’s apparent loss-ful data state. It allows me to never be scared of the back button again (I’m looking at you, WordPress Admin). Now, if WordPress came up with a processor like Writely, well .. bam. It’d be awesome.

2. Adding a link with CTRL-K.


I have, in the past, typed my links out in full, or copied them from the header of the page i wanted to link. Using CTRL-K is another removal of needing the mouse, although you do have to actually get the link. So if you are linking a page that you don’t know the url, you have go through a few more steps. What would be cool though, is to have a shortcut system within Firefix itself.

E.G. CTRL-1-V .. pastes the url of the first tab in Firefox. CTRL-4-V would obviously paste the url of the fourth tab.


Tagging allows similar functionality to most other document systems.

Christine D. of the Ultimate Tag Warrior (WordPress Plugin) very kindly showed me that you can embed your tags into the document before posting to WordPress, and it will then read them. Of course, this means you would have to double entry the tags. Another falling short on Writely’s ability to send information. Probably not ability. Probably design I guess. But it seems like something relatively easy to fix, like the Title issue.


Posting to your blog is actually pretty easy. You fill in the above details once (Writely supports one blog only at this time), and then you can post away to your heart’s content.

Writely is a good tool. I’m looking forward to seeing what Google do with it.

Next on the agenda is a look at my experiences with joining the Exclusive Use Of Gmail club. Not sure if that’s a club. Maybe it should be. Like the "No Homer(s)" club before it. Or not.


Jumping Into a Bandwagon

Here I am. Typing away within the boundaries of Writely.

Moving to GMail was simpler than I thought. Now it’s a case of testing out Writely, to see if it will help, amongst other things, my blogging.

So I’m bringing this post to you via Writely.

Okay. So there is a hitch. I might be being petty .. but the Title doesn’t come across from Writely to WordPress. That’s pretty lame. I had to add the title for this post myself.

Most definately puts a dampener on my enthusiasm to use Writely for blogging.

The other issue that has just come to mind is this .. There is more to a post than just the content. I have mutliple Categories (sometimes) and Tags. Tags especially are important. I like to add them to each post (mostly by way of the awesome Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin).

Makes me wonder just how hard it would be to knock together a little engine in between an html file and the xmlrpc.php functionality for wordpress. I’d have to say, probably not very.

Ha ha. It’s not that Writely DOESN’T send the Title across .. it sends across a BLANK title. When you Republish a post, it strips the title you may have entered yourself through the WordPress Admin.

Old School Ruwels

I’m going back to basics today. Posting bout stuff I’ve read on the net. There’s something cathartic about commenting on what other people have written. And other things. "A center for kids who can’t read good and who want to learn to do other stuff good, too." Ahhh. Don’t know where that quote came from. Somewhere dark and scary.


First things first.

  • Spent a while last night bashing through Joomla, to get my business site up. It’s got NOTHING on it yet, content-wise .. but anyways, here tis : http://www.archertechnologyservices.com.

    The purpose/plan at the moment, is that it will become the base for project downloads, resume stuff, work history, services .. That’s the plan.

  • Google Calendar is nigh. This will be interesting, because lately people have been asking me about web functionality, simple stuff, but calendar based. Being able to set events and then have reminder emails to the people assigned to that event.

    Check out these screenshots and comments.

  • This might be a little hard to skim-read, at least I found I had to actually stop and do some quality reading. But, anyways.

    Dion Hinchcliffe’s "A Timeless Way Of Building Software" article is really, a great read. Actually, without wanting to don the MonkeyHat +5 Hype, you can learn stuff from any article he writes. Whether or not you agree, reading them brings another perspective. I find that I do agree, and that, like Mr Joel he pushes my thinking further.

  • In another Google-related news piece, they have acquired Writely, the online-office-ee word processor. Writely seemed pretty cool, I think I signed up to the beta. Although, because I write desktop software, it’s harder to see why I would utilise it. However, that’s not to say a reason won’t pop up in the future. If Google succeed in melding all this stuff (GMail, Calendar/Events, Writely, ..) then it might well just be the best thing since .. Ajax .. ha ha ha. Buzz-word craziness.
  • This is an awesome article, Feature: The Creative Power of Second Life. Second Life is a sandbox play business model. This article blows my mind. There are consequences here that go far. The mashup of Web 2.0 and Gaming. Nice. The whole potential (realised, and future) of Second Life. It’s amazing. In-simulation browsers of the real-world web. That’s just .. cool.
  • Zombie MMO Announced, man alive! Killing stuff zomie-style. This is the pinnacle of human achievement. Well .. there’s something about zombies. Not sure if it’s a good thing, ha ha.

So there you have it. My back to old-school blog. Simple news aggregation with a little comment thrown in. I wanted to copy straight from Dion’s Web 2.0 Blog and have a piccie showing my understanding of some development idea i’d had .. but alas, not today.