This weblog uses Python Community Server (PyCS), an open-source version of the Radio Community Server, to host visitor comments and trackback links. It's a reliable service that adds a few new features beyond the ones offered by UserLand's comment server: Comment deletion, RSS feeds for every discussion, and the ability to download all of your comments as a single file in RSS 2.0 format. If you inspect the comment and trackback links on this site, you'll see that they appear to be hosted here on ... read more

Peter Backx has created a UserTalk script that displays random pictures on the homepage of his Radio UserLand weblog. The script's a nice, straightforward example of how to use UserTalk to read XML data from a file and do something with it. I have modified his script to create a random text link that can be displayed on any Radio Web page. The link will be updated each time the page is republished, displaying a different link from an XML file called randomtextlinks.xml Here's the script: on randomTextLink() { ... read more

On the West Highland Way weblog, James McReady is counting down the days until a sponsored charity walk is talking place. Right now, he's providing the countdown manually by editing the text himself. I wrote a short UserTalk script that can count down to any specified date in the future: on daysUntilEvent (targetDay, targetMonth, targetYear, targetHour=0, targetMinute=0, targetSecond=0) { «Created 2/21/03; 9:51:05 AM by RC local (day, month, year, hour, minute, second, target, targetDays, dayCount); ... read more

Scott Johnson is running out of space on Radio UserLand's server, which creates a dilemma because UserLand doesn't offer a way to buy additional space. Once the 20MB limit is reached, most users delete files or move to another server. Another way to save space on your weblog: Set up Radio to publish some of your files to a second server. If you have an FTP account on another server, it's easy to publish a folder to that server. The steps: 1. Create a new folder in your /Radio Userland/www folder. I called mine ... read more

I have written a Radio Userland format driver to read news from NASA, which is offered as an XML feed. Because this feed is not in RSS format, you must install a special format driver to read it with Radio Userland's News Aggregator.  To add the driver to Radio Userland: Download formatDrivers.newsfeed.fttb and save it to a folder on your system. Open Radio Userland (in Windows, right-click the RU icon in the System tray and choose Open Radio). Choose File, Open and open formatDrivers.newsfeed.fttb. You ... read more

Brett Morgan wants to publish a Radio Userland category to a private "behind-the-firewall" location. If you can upload to the location using FTP, you can accomplish this by creating the new category, adding your FTP password to Radio Userland, and putting an #upstream.xml file in the category's folder that contains your FTP settings. For example: Create a new category. I called mine Private. Choose the "render this category in HTML" option and do not choose the "notify Weblogs.Com" option. Choose a theme for ... read more

Disclaimer: I have only tried this once, so I can't vouch for it's reliability in all situations. I'm offering these notes as a guide for people who are comfortable with Radio Userland and the Radio.root database. It's possible to publish a Salon Blog as a category of your existing Radio Userland weblog, but it's a pretty messy process. I publish the Workbench weblog on one community server and paid for a Salon Blog earlier this week. I'd like to publish both using a single copy of Radio. Though I think it might ... read more