Suckered

399 words written by dylan
Posted May 14, 2004 @ 02:46 PM
7 comments , 3 TrackBacks

Say you have a car. Now, it's a free car, as in this reality this make of car is free. It's a four door sedan, decent mileage, gets the job done, lots of flexibility. One day, you get a call from the car dealer and they ask you, "Hey, we're working on a new model and we're looking for people to test it out and tell us what's wrong with it. Now, mind you, in order to use this car, we'll have to take your old one away." You think, OK, sure, let's do it.

So, you pick up the new car and give it a spin. Plenty of bugs, couple of buttons and lights it never had before, different dash board, different paint color. It's an improvement over the previous car, enough to let you think that it'll be an OK replacement.

Now, the car company then holds a press conference trumpeting this new car that it'll be selling to aftermarket developers. That's right, selling. The car you've been trying out is for the people with the big bucks, more than you can afford. Oh, they say, there will be a free version of the car, and they unveil that.

One seat.

Now, you've always needed two seats in your car. The company, however, has decided that only those with the cash should be able to have a second seat.

And now, here's your problem. Your car is the test model for the new, expensive auto they'll be selling to those with the big money. You can't afford it, but they took away your old car and have yet to offer to give it back to you. You're faced with either paying for a brand new car or junking the test model. Of course, they never TOLD you this upfront, so you're just a little steamed that they would pull this bait 'n' switch on you.

Welcome to Movable Type 3.0 beta 4. Can't afford the new 3.0, can't undo things back to 2.661. I'm a little angry at a certain company right now.

I'm open to suggestions for new blogging software. Here are my requirements:
-- More than one author
-- Able to run three blogs
-- Be able to import everything from MT into new software
-- Run with Apache/MySQL/(Perl||PHP)

Optionally, I'd like some plugins that can read RSS and from APIs, but these aren't deal-killers.

Comments

  1. Do people realize how close they are to getting sued for all that happened? How many people been burned.

    Posted by: Winchester | May 14, 2004 03:11 PM

  2. I have heard that WordPress 1.2 might have support for multiple weblogs -- I've downloaded the release candidate and will probably be trying it out over the weekend or next week.

    otherwise, it's already got everything else. I switched my "narrative" blog over to WP a few months back, and have been fairly happy.

    Posted by: Elaine | May 14, 2004 04:33 PM

  3. Check into Expression Engine at www.pmachine.com right now, they are giving away 1,000 copies for free to anyone who asks for it, and have been running another system for atleast 6 months. Nothing to lose.

    Posted by: Steven Birch | May 14, 2004 04:50 PM

  4. Wordpress can handle multiple blogs. You just have to install Wordpress separately for each blog. The installation size is small, so it is doable.

    Good luck.

    http://blog.carthik.net/vault/2004/05/14/movabletype-to-wordpress/

    Posted by: Andrew Hagen | May 14, 2004 05:34 PM

  5. Just do what I did and write your own blog engine :)

    But then again, mine uses ASP and Jet and will only run on Windows/IIS. It's also completely incompatible with MT settings.

    Posted by: Dave | May 14, 2004 05:52 PM

  6. I think I just got trackback working, too.

    Posted by: Dave | May 14, 2004 07:47 PM

  7. I never upgraded from 2.661 and I don't intend to. Everything works just fine for me under 2.661, so why change?

    Posted by: Mark Hasty | May 16, 2004 05:58 PM