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Frequently Asked Questions - Technical Issues

Technical questions on the operation of this site.

Although the underlying blogging software does accommodate multiple languages, it does not include automatic translation. As the blog maintainer, I lack the skills needed to read or write in languages other than English. My nodding acquaintance with other languages simply doesn't extend to a capacity for serious discussion. If you wish to comment, do so in English. If you wish to translate this blog into other languages, the Internet does provide some modest capabilities for that purpose.

The on-line tool ImTranslator, and many other tools on the Internet, are always available to aid in translation. If you are an authenticated user (i.e., you've registered and verified your email address), you can view your account page and enable the embedded ImTranslator block on every page.

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This FAQ is not put in the form of a question. It is included to inform you about the printing and PDF functions of this web site. Whenever you encounter in an article or on a page, you may click on it to generate a more printer-friendly version. Similarly, whenever you encounter , you may click on it to obtain a .pdf version of the article or page.

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Although services like Blogger and Wordpress.com have many fine features, I have been frustrated by limited access to the code used to implement the software. I happen to be a semi-retired systems engineer, and LAMP software is relatively easy for me to modify and manage. Lack of access to code is, for me, analogous to the frustration an expert mechanic would feel if he or she were to lease, rather than own, a vehicle.

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I use Drupal, a relatively advanced content management system that enables efficient blogging, as well as general publishing, social networking and collaboration. I probably use only 10% of its capabilities. Nevertheless, I find that its security features are sufficiently compelling to prefer it to more specialized packages. For further details, visit http://www.drupal.org.

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