Monday, March 13, 2006

LawPundit Moving Back to BlogSpot - Please change your RSS Feeds

Dear Readers : IMPORTANT MESSAGE

After three years of LawPundit at http://www.lawpundit.com/ we will be returning to Blogspot in the course of the next six months. Our current hosting contract ends in September, so there is still sufficient time for our readers to change to the new LawPundit RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/SDil or simply go to LawPundit at Blogspot and sign up for the new Feed there.

The existing old feeds pointing to http://www.lawpundit.com/blog/lawpundit.htm will remain in effect until the end of September, 2006 and we will post to both addresses during the next six months to assure a smooth transition.

It has been difficult to transpose the graphic interface but we think we have managed fairly well, given the problems that were faced in shifting the hosting of graphics, etc. However, we simply see no reason to pay for expensive website space if the same services are available for free and if we are able to implement a comparable user interface on the free medium.

That logic, by the way, points to the world of the future. We also signed up for the service Writely, acquired by Google just a few days ago, thus just getting in under the wire before registrations were closed in order to move Wrightly to Google systems. Writely is a "Free web word processor which [also] lets you share and collaborate your work online" and which is bound to become a competitor for Microsoft Word down the road.

Center for the Rule of Law

The Center for the Rule of Law, staffed by an international group of high-caliber scholars, has some interesting publications online.

WordPress, Blogger and Blogs

Have you seen that WordPress now provides a blog platform and free hosting for blogs? Easy to set up, easy to use.

We already have our first weblog try at WordPress, Kaulinsium: A Crucible of Thought. WordPress has some excellent features not available to Blogger users, except for the fact that their server is still much too slow, which is also an important factor. Access to Blogger blogs is fast and, indeed, access to blogs must be fast, so that this is a flaw at WordPress.

One particular advantage of WordPress, however, is that the user can upload graphics in the format that the user chooses. Blogger says that this is also possible with its platform, but the fact is that Blogger - unless a graphic is hosted elsewhere than at Blogspot - automatically converts uploaded GIF and PNG files to JPG, often also resizing pictures, which often results in worse quality graphics. This feature is therefore of limited use at Blogger. No one wants fuzzy graphics.

That is one reason why we are taking a hard look at WordPress, which looks at this point like a very good platform for serious blog presentations.

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