Windows Photo Gallery and!

Ok poking about in the system, found a little gem sitting there I never noticed before.    If you use Windows Live Photo Gallery, normally you just use the Live Spaces account.   But I clicked on "Other accounts".  Found a bonus.

Did you know you can link Windows Live Photo Gallery to for publishing?

What is you ask?

Unless you’ve been in the dark ages (I was for until about a year ago) is great service for storing and displaying photos.   The nice part Flickr offers is the ability to view a photo in sizes as big as the original you uploaded, or small enough for Grandma and Grandpa to view over dial up internet.   

You can just send a link to the photo or list of photos.   For a few dollars more you can display and customize multiple libraries.

And you can do that with Live Spaces too.   But it’s nice that you have that account and Microsoft provides a way to directly upload the photos.

So how difficult is it to use and setup?

Can you type?  Can you click a mouse button?  That’s the complexity level.

Start up Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Choose the pictures you wish to publish (or entire folder) as you normally would.   Then on the top menu bar choose "Publish".  Instead of "Publish on Live Spaces" or "Publish on MSN Soapbox", choose More Services and then "Publish on Flickr"

Follow the step by step instructions.  Provide you Flickr account when asked

Once you’re done, you’ll have an additional choice on "Publish" which will read "Publish on Flickr".  Works the same way as publishing to Live Gallery.   Just a nice additional option available to you.  You can get free tools from Flickr to do the same thing, but this is nice in that it is a) Native to the Operating System and b) Keeps it working the same as Live Spaces making it easier to explain to others a nice simple way to get to their photos.

And free too

The Energized Tech
Dedication and Inspiration creating the new Generation

Dealing with a Blacklisted email server

Well what a fine how do ya do.

You’ve been blacklisted on the internet.   Something slipped by security and a worm blasted it’s way out.  (And blast it did!)

You’ve isolated and cleared out the problem but now you have to deal with the mess.

The Blacklisting.  The inability to send out e-mail because your public IP address is being rejected by every client.

So how can you confirm this?

A quick search of the internet on your choice of search engine will yield several results.

What do you need to know?   You need to know the public Internet IP address your MX record, your mail server that is sending mail.

I found a very effective site

Choose their tab "Blacklists" and type in the suspect DNS name or IP address.

If you’re on the "HOTLIST" it will show up as a "RED" on their particular site (Other sites may show it up as "LISTED" or "BAD" or "MOST EVIL MAIL SERVER ON THE PLANET" (Haven’t seen that particular one)

Most of the sites will have a hyperlink to the particular provider.   Most of the particular providers will have a fairly easy method to remove your address from the list.  (Some others bill and ‘Express fee’) to remove it immediately.

In some cases you will have clients that reject you simply based upon mail flow. is one such provider.   They actually track the flow of email on the internet and web access and track ‘Naughty sources’.  Some clients subscribe to this particular type of service to determine who to reject mail from.  Government of Ontario is one such place I have heard of using this service.

Dealing with is not a pain either.  A quick email to with Domain and IP address details from a NON blacklisted email address will resolve the blacklisting from their system.

Take note, in most cases, the removal will take time.  Your network goofed, it is YOUR problem and you cannot rush any of this.

So how do you avoid this from happening in the first place? 

Yes obvious.  Security.   Keep your patches up to date, keep your antivirus and malware up to spec, make sure your firewall is as restrictive as possible to keep potential problems from flowing out.

And diligence above all, will keep you protected.  

Remember, almost any problem can be solved.   Just about every problem can be prevented.

The Energized Tech
Dedication and Inspiration creating the new Generation

Customizing Pages in Movable Type 4

Now let me start off with this statement.  I am not an expert.   Some of my verbage may not be as technically accurate as you may desire or need. 

But I am going to at least try to share what I’ve found about customizing a Movable Type 4 web site from simple perspective.

I wanted to add in “” to the system.

It’s actually a very easy addition, but unfortunately since Movable Type 4 is very new, there is very little community information available that I could find on “how it’s done”

Version 3? LOADS!

Here’s what I have found on the structure of the pages.  

First off editing is actually very easy, you just have to understand a little of how they have set it up.

Piece one.  Look at your web page.  All you see, is what I saw.  Words.  I was digging about for HTML code to edit as a single page.

But it’s not made up that way.  It’s full of little modules called “Widgets”.   Widgets are actually tiny little web pages in themselves.

Your Main blog page is actually a template called MAIN.HTML.   It points to a pile of little widgets and OTHER templates pointing to other widgets.

Think of it like a box of lego (maybe a bad analogy, but again, verbage remember?)

So in my case I wanted to add in a line of code supplied by to show the little internet map of all the neat little sites that had hit my web site.

Free service, well documented.

Except for Movable Type 4.

So on the default page for administering the blog, find Design (click the silly down arrow) and choose “Widget Sets” (You’re changing your lego blocks for the system.  You’ll find in Movable Type 4 you’re not so much editing a web site as editing pieces of Brick which plug together, so it’s really a more modularized web application)

Now depending on what format your site took (Two Column or Three Column) You can choose one of three in the list to figure out what widgets you need to change)

In my site, I have the three column layout.   The default “Left” side on mine has Archives,Page Listing,Syndication,Powered By.   (Hint Powered by is that “Powered by Movable Type” Logo)

I decided to play with that one.  You could play with any you want (Back up the code first!) but in my case, I decided the data needed to be above Movable Type’s logo.

So clicking on the link for “Three-Column-Layout-Primary SideBar” brought up two lists.  The list on the left are widgets you are using for this.  The list on the right are widgets you can add to this.   I suspect what I SHOULD have done and gone to find out how to make a Widget.  Another article another time.

But Clicking on the EDIT to the right of “Powered By” on the Widget List on the left brought up an editing window showing me the code for that page. 

It looks like pretty standard HTML Web stuff in there, so I grabbed the code from Clustermaps, popped it above the line referencing “Powered by Movable Type” and saved it.

Now the catch here is you’re not going to see a change until you RE-publish the main.html template.  I’m guessing that you’ve edited a block but it’s not Dynamic and automatic.   When you re-publish the Main.html template it re-compiles it (Wording is probably very off here and again, COMMENT so we can get this right)

So after saving the Widget go back to DESIGN (Above your nose) and choose Templates.   Click on the Main Template to edit it, choose “Save and Publish”

With any luck, you now have the page online with the modified code.

Yes this article is a work in progress.  Going to have to add pictures, reword here and there.  Hopefully it helps others down the road in working with Movable Type.

Now does anybody know how to backup the content?

The Energized Tech
Dedication and Inspiration creating the new Generation