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