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November 2, 2009

Idiot’s Guide to Google Wave, Lifehacker Style

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Thecompleteguidetogooglewavecover01Couldn’t get enough of Google Wave definitions, how to’s, and even a demo video ala Pulp Fiction.  Finally, the sane folks at Lifehacker.com came up with their own Google Wave manual – The Complete Guide to Google Wave.

Download Squad calls it a “straightforward, well-organized volume that goes a long way toward demystifying a new and complex tool.” That tool of course is Google Wave, as Google is perpetuating it as a new communication tool. read more

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October 19, 2009

Movable Type Monday: AssetGallery, Google Wave, SmartTrim, and More

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Happy Monday, folks! This week, we have a handful of new, newly revived, and yet-to-be-released plugins to tell you about. Let’s start with the newly revived AssetGallery. Originally created by Six Apart, it is now being maintained by Endevver Consulting. This release updates the photo gallery plugin to use the latest plugin architecture and fixes the bugs that kept it from working with Movable Type 4.2.

For those that didn’t know, Endevver Consulting is made up of two long-time MT developers: Jay Allen and Byrne Reese. Byrne has been busy this week. Besides AssetGallery, he also released CacheManager. This plugin helps you manage your template module cache, by allowing you to view what’s been cached and clear it out.

And we have one more from Byrne. AutoPrefs allows theme developers to include blog preferences in their themes. This allows themes to do powerful things, like set the default archive type or interact with other plugins via their preferences. This seems very useful for theme designers, since it allows them more control over the environment where their themes run. I wonder, though, how willing users will be to give themes that much control. read more

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