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Table of Contents Microsoft Windows Live Writer Blog Editor Review




Microsoft Windows Live Writer Multi Platform Blog Writer & Blog Editor Review Five Star Recommendation Table of contents posting was done with Microsoft Windows Live Writer to Jim’s Blogger account. See some of the cool features and read about Windows Live Writer blog editor software review below. Jim’s Internet Table of Contents Post Title Post [...]






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Microsoft Windows Live Writer Multi Platform Blog Writer & Blog Editor Review
Five Star Recommendation

Table of contents posting was done with Microsoft Windows Live Writer to Jim’s Blogger account. See some of the cool features and read about Windows Live Writer blog editor software review below.

Jim’s Internet Table of Contents
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The Floppy Disk Drive Engineering & Design Challenge 2008/12/25
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The Swiss Army Knife King 2008/12/22
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The Top 20 Apple iPhone Apps for Entrepreneurs 2008/12/21
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Firefox 3 Acrobat Reader Browser PDF Crash Bug Report 2008/12/20
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My Blogger Update – Internet Jim Live Online Import Export Blog 2008/12/16
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Table of Contents Microsoft Windows Live Writer Blog Editor Software Review 2008/12/15
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Apple iMac G5 Power Supply Issues and DIY Apple Repairs 2008/11/24
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Two Monitors on iMac With Free Screen Spanning Software 2008/11/11
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Universal Hard Drive Adapter IDE Laptop or Desktop SATA and PATA 2008/11/08
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How to Add a Print Button JavaScript for a Web Page or Blog 2008/11/06
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Internet Marketing, Online Advertising, Branding, & Search Engines 2008/11/03
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Don’t Forget To Set Your Clocks Back in Time 2008/11/02
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How To Build a Web 2.0 Internet Computer 2008/10/27
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Free Internet Security For PC Computers With Comcast 2008/10/10
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Blogger Dashboard – Hide Show All Problems – Missing Blogs 2008/09/19
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How to Repair Apple iMac G5 Motherboards DIY 2008/07/09
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PowerBook G3 Wallstreet Old World Mac Linux Installation 2008/04/23
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Obfuscate Encode HTML or JavaScript 2008/04/06
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Ubuntu and Xubuntu Installation Requirements 2008/03/15
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Recover Corrupted Digital Pictures from CF Memory Cards 2008/01/27
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Godaddy 1000 Emails SMTP Relay Limit 2008/01/17
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Networking Windows XP, 95/98, and Network Printer 2008/01/02
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Learn Skitch in 3 Minutes Flat 2007/12/21
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Right Minded Marketing Online Today 2007/11/13
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Comcast Modem Chat Session 2007/10/27
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Two Comcast Modems or More at the Same Location? 2007/10/27
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Setting Up Business E-mail and Personal Email Accounts with POP 2007/10/16
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My Blogger Wish List 2007/10/07
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Upgrading a Computer Hard Drive And Back Up Software 2007/07/15
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Free PDF Converter Writer Programs PC & Apple 2007/06/29
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Hard To Get Started Today 2007/06/28
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Fans, Power Supplies, Computers, and Power Outages 2007/06/25
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Good News Apple Safari Now Works on Microsoft Windows PCs 2007/06/24
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Apple Safari For Windows Partial Menus For Many 2007/06/16
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A Wise Wize Service Tip 2007/06/13
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Google Custom Domain Name www Subdomain Help Required 2007/06/10
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Google Acquires Patented Virtual Session Security Company 2007/05/29
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World Time Server For Your Business 2007/05/27
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Microsoft Attacks Open-Source Linux Operating System 2007/05/20
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Ubuntu Linux Free And Easy Install OS 2007/05/19
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Forcing Comcast To New IP Address With Router And PC 2007/05/17
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Microsoft Talks Merger With Yahoo! 2007/05/05
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Internet Speed Test For DSL, Cable Modems, And Dial-Up 2007/04/27
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Automatic Atomic Clock Sync For Your PC 2007/04/27
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Spell Checker For Web Browsers, Email, And Online Forms 2007/03/27
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Climbing The Web Ladder Online Marketing Paradox 2007/02/21
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Internet Testing at My Online Sandbox Beach 2007/02/01
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How We Snatched Our Business Domain Name 2006/12/12
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James Is The Number One Name 2006/12/08
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James – What’s In A Name? 2006/12/07
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Andy Warholic – My Dad 2006/12/06
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The New SuperBoomBox Boom Box 2006/11/29
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Centered Internet Marketing Online With CSS 2006/11/28
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Deja Vu Marketing 2006/11/25
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Cast Your Vote On The Internet For Your Business 2006/11/07
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Website Designs For Your Business Today 2006/10/17
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Web Development Time Marketing Online Today 2006/10/15
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Jim’s Online Table of Contents For Internet Review

This is my year end table of contents for Internet Jim. Actually this TOC goes back a couple of years. I figured it was about time to have a quick review of some of the postings at this website. I created this template using Microsoft Windows Live Writer beta addition. Windows Live Writer is a cross platform, free desktop blog editor that allows you to quickly add tables to your blog postings. You can quickly and easily switch between multiple servers and blog platforms such as: Blogger, Windows Live, WordPress, SharePoint, LiveJournal, TypePad, Community Server accounts, and others. A number of features include quickly adding images, videos, maps, and tables.

Lucky Internet Penny The advanced tables feature was exactly the main feature I was searching for online, when I happen to stumble onto the Microsoft Live Writer software table solution. Tables, like a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet, are very useful when it comes to posting things in a logical order of columns and rows, with headings and descriptions included. Columns and rows can be quickly added and changed in size in a WYSISWYG, What You See Is What You Get, writing environment even if the cell, column, or row already has text or other information inside of it. Simply drag the columns or rows to increase their sizes and quickly set centering parameters for both the table and cells (horizontal and vertical parameters), and applying these horizontal and vertical parameters to entire columns and rows too.

Adding pictures into the middle of a blog posting is easy. Place your cursor where you want the image to be included in the posting, and click add image and have the text wrap too. There are some other cool features for images that makes if fun to just play around with the look and feel of what you intend to post online.

free-formFor example, you can quickly rotate an image and add watermarks to pictures that are on your computer to begin with, as the source picture, before uploading the image online. Add custom margins, borders, drop shadow borders, photo paper looks, reflections, rounded corners, and solid borders to images. Text wrap right (as the walking penny above), text wrap left (as the image is on the right), inline images, and image centering as the free form image below are just a click away. Linking to an image source or other url is easy without having to know any html coding. Images can also be added from an online source location such as Picasa Albums, Photobucket, ImageShack, Flickr, and other image hosting websites just by selecting the url of the image and adding it to the image prompt. You can also quickly size the image to any image size you need with customizable pre-assigned thumbnail sizes.

Additionally there are some really cool, fascinating, and advanced features for image editing. Contrast and brightness are easy to slide adjust, once again in a WYSISWYG view. A very powerful, yet intuitive cropping feature is also available for your image. As I said before, you can rotate the image, but also the image can be quickly tilted in the posting itself. See below.

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Free Form Image With Tilt and Reflection Advanced Effects Features

This cool free-form picture certainly adds another image reflection and a completely new dimension to what you can do with a free-form picture image. Note the optical illusion along the left and right side of the image which makes it look like the posting is tilted.

Before the posting is ever published on the Internet, Windows Live Writer has the option to display the post in a preview form of the template you are using on the Web. This feature will show the full affect of how it will look when it is published online. You can also edit the source html code too. You can post to your blog in draft mode or publish live. Once the blog posting is published online, then you can use Microsoft Windows Live Writer to do future edits directly from your computer desktop and then re-publish your posting to view it online live.

Of course, Windows Live Writer features include a real time spell checker, save as draft mode, automatically save drafts at a fully customizable set period of time (every one, two, or three minutes, or more), plus it also includes word count, characters counter (with and without spaces counts), and paragraphs counts too. Links, font sizes, font styles, colors, bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, headings, block quotes, bullets, numbered lists, left align, center align, right align, and justified text is easy with a quick click from the icons at the top of the editor. Right click on the mouse to display most used features such as link building, alignment, numbering, and bullets. Auto linking is another feature. Simply type in the url address like http://wow.jimwarholic.com or predefine keyword hyperlinks and the software program turns it into a hyperlink for you. Sidebar can be switched off or on which will display recently posted and open drafts, along with insert hyperlinks, pictures, tables, maps, video, and add plug-ins too. Download the Windows Writer Beta now with new features.

Wow! I have to say, I really am quite impressed on what Microsoft Windows Live Writer Blog Editor can do. There are more features to this blog editor software program then meets the eye. With over a hundred available to download online, with more being added, Windows Live Writer is likely to become a very powerful and useful online/desktop software blog editor tool. And, did I tell you the best of all, Windows Live Writer is available free of charge.

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How Can I Add a Print Button JavaScript on a Web Page or Blog




An According to Jim reader Asks, “Can you please provide an automatic print button.” Well, I wanted to make it easy for a website visitor to be able to print the text area in Blogger posted articles and information found at my “According to Jim” website. Print button script Have you ever visited a website [...]






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An According to Jim reader Asks, “Can you please provide an automatic print button.”

Well, I wanted to make it easy for a website visitor to be able to print the text area in Blogger posted articles and information found at my “According to Jim” website.

Print button script

Have you ever visited a website and wanted to print the main article of a web page, but you ended up having to print the whole page which might have been heavy in the graphics, advertisements, menu systems, links, and other extra body text that you really didn’t want to waste your printer ink on? I certainly have been in that situation. Well, it took a bit of work, much online research, and exploring various CSS and JavaScript options for printing a selected section of text from a website. I think I have found a good solution.

The solution for the print problem was a little more problematic when doing it with a blog, than just printing a static web page. One of the things about a blog is you can have one post, multiple posts, archive posts, and “Label” posts, on display within the home page area. While this is a really cool feature for blogs, from the standpoint of being able to select how many posts you wish to show up on the first page (home page), it presents a dilemma for printing automatically one posting of information at a time.

The printing criteria for selecting a printing solution included the requirements to remove any background and special text decorations, but still retain the majority of the links, headings, and key graphics intact. I also did not want to have the visitor to have to navigate off the page to a completely brand new web page of the website.

So, I found this cool Printing JavaScript from Huntingground website.

Printing Script Overview

The first part of the printing solution is to create a division area on the web page that is structured as the “print area.” Basically for those that are new to HTML coding, you place a <DIV id=”print_div1″> in between the text that you want to print, and end with the </DIV> end tag. By creating an “id” for that print division, you have segregated the text between the <DIV> tags, so that when the JavaScript, “Click to Print” is clicked, the script builds a new web page on the fly, with the selected text, but removes most of the Cascade Style Sheet, CSS features from decorating the page with style background images, and allows the text to wrap on the new page. You can add inline CSS to the JavaScript if you wish to add some extra font styles and/or other style classes too.

As I stated at the beginning, setting the print area is relatively easy with a static web page. However, I needed to make some changes to the code in order for it to function on the blog. First off, I had to make sure I placed the <DIV id=”print_div1″>Print This Text Area</DIV> within the <Item></Item> Blogger page template tags. The reason for placing the print area in the following format:

<ItemPage>
<DIV id=”print_div1″>
Print this area.
</DIV>
</Item Page>

is if a blog has more than one posting on the first page, the script gets lost of which ID to print if the <DIV id=”print_div1″> tag is placed in the main or archive section, and in most cases simply will not function. So, I made sure that the person navigates to the permanent link of the article posting before the “Click to Print” button is activated.

The next item I did was change the following code to print out the actual title of the page, instead of just “Print Page.”

Original code:
newwin.document.write(‘<TITLE>Print Page</TITLE>\n’)

Modified code:
newwin.document.write(‘<TITLE><Blogger><$BlogItemTitle$></Blogger> – <$BlogTitle$></TITLE>\n’)

What that code change does is grabs the posted item title and blog title, and automatically places it in the header of the printed page. So, if a person has print header section title turned on via the “Page Setup” menu setting from the browser File menu, the printer will print out that actual item title and blog title of the Blogger posted page for reference.

I also wanted to make a button instead of just an html link. So, I changed the following code from:

<a href=”#null” onclick=”printContent(‘print_div1′)”>Click to print div 1</a>

and changed to:

<ItemPage><div style=”text-align: right; margin: 0px; font-size: 10px;” class=”button”><button onclick=”printContent(‘print_div1′)”>Click to Print</button></div></ItemPage>

I also placed this button outside the <DIV id=”print_div1″> </DIV> tags because I did not want the print button to show up in the printed page at the top of the posting.

Also, I placed this button html code inside the (<ItemPage> button installed here </ItemPage>) because I wanted the Click to Print button to be only on display when the visitor was on the permanent linked page for a particular blog posting.

Additional notes: I place a second print button html code at the bottom of the posting and added an additional <DIV id=”print_div2″> Print Comments </DIV> area to allow the visitor to print the comments too.

Then I placed a button for printing the comments like this:
<div style=”text-align: right; margin: 0px 20px 0 0;” class=”button”><button onclick=”printContent(‘print_div2′)”>Print Comments</button></div>

By-the-way, Though not required, I used some inline css style in order to align the button exactly where I wanted it to be. I also have a class button which references back to a CSS style sheet for other styling parameters.

Another interesting finding, was Google Language translation works with the print option too. I decided to take advantage of the way the Google translation program functions. When a web page is translated, it displays the translation in whatever language you have selected, but when you hover over the translated text, Google also provides an original language displayed reference with a hover-over mouse affect to the actual untranslated version for that particular sentence or paragraph. So, once I found out what the “CSS class” Google was using for the section of translated text, I took advantage of that and placed that original English text in a different color and/or italicized font format when printing. To view this, simply click on any translation of a permanent link, and then click to print button and see what happens. If you don’t want this text to be on display for printing, you can use a CSS hide display, style=”display: none.” My feeling though is, it is better to have it on display rather than hidden, since the automated language translations are not perfect, and if a visitor can read at least a little English, they would have a much easier time of figuring out what it says when comparing it to their native language translation.

To make the Google translation text display in a different color, font style, and font size required placing an additional line of JavaScript code in to the main script.

So just after:
newwin.document.write(‘<TITLE><$BlogPageTitle$></TITLE>\n’)

I added the following:
newwin.document.write(‘<style type=”text/css”> .google-src-text { color: #F56F09; font-style: italic; font-size: 80%; } </style>\n’)

One other important note:

Install the the full code at the bottom of the template area, just before the </body> tag. Place it in between a <ItemPage> and </ItemPage> tags. That way, the script only loads when on the permanent link pages. Also, by installing it at the end of the Blogger classic template area, you will be sure to load the rest of the page prior to this script being loaded. I had the script at the beginning to begin with, and there were error messages being displayed in Internet Explorer. I think this issue had to to with how the Blogger page is constituted by grabbing items from both the Blogger server and my web server, since I am using FTP publishing. I have not attempted, as of yet, to use this script in a non FTP published Classic Blogger template or new XML Blogger Templates by itself. I guess I’ll have to try that sometime and let you folks know how that works.

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Blogger Dashboard – Hide Show All Problems – Missing Blogs




Open Letter to Google And Blogger, Reference: Blogger Buzz: Updates and Bug Fixes for August 14th Blogger Update 12/06/08 Just want to let the Google Guys and Gals know that as of this date I still had a bug with my According to Jim blog not displayed in my Blogger dashboard no matter what I [...]






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Open Letter to Google And Blogger,

Reference: Blogger Buzz: Updates and Bug Fixes for August 14th

Blogger Update

12/06/08 Just want to let the Google Guys and Gals know that as of this date I still had a bug with my According to Jim blog not displayed in my Blogger dashboard no matter what I did, (though it showed up in my Jim’s Blogger Profile). I’ll let everyone know when it gets there or I hear from the Google Crew. It’s not hidden, it’s just “gone missing” from the dash, but still accessible backwards through the post quick edits when I’m logged in to my Blogger account.

12/14/08 The Blogger Dashboard missing blog DIY fix and repair is quite involved, but cool if I do say so my self. More to follow in new a post with details of how I did it. Read addendum below and My Blogger Update Posting.

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According to this posting from Blogger the new feature was to provide more functionality. “There’s a new look for the Blogger Dashboard, which we think you’ll find more attractive and functional. If you have a ton of blogs (as we do) try out the “hide” and “show all” links to help manage the list.”

Well I tried it, and here is the hidden scoop.

Missing Blogs in The Blogger Dashboard

I am having a problem of the missing blogs in the Blogger Dashboard area ever since the Blogger dashboard update. Some readers have suggested that it is a case of not clearing the cache and cookies in the browser. I can assure everyone out in Internet land that it is not the clearing the cache and cookies problem in my browser(s) and computer(s) that is causing the problem.

What happens is that when “Show all” is clicked, it shows all and then when I click the “Always show” button next to the blog itself, it toggles to “Hide” except I still have one blog that is hidden permanently from the dashboard. However, the number count of the blogs shown is never updated. When I do a refresh again, the blogs are hidden again no matter what I do.

When Blogger added the “Show all” and “Hide” blogs Javascript from the dashboard, this is when my blogs started disappearing from the dashboard.

To check out some other blogs in my account, I tried hiding other blogs from the dashboard. This did indeed hide them, but now they stay hidden permanently. “Show All” works temporarily but does not latch to “always” when clicking the “Always show.” Now, only a few of the blogs “Always show.”

I tried several other computers (both Mac and PC) to verify that the problem is not the cache.

I tried four different browsers. (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome)

Nothing I have tried makes any difference what so ever.

Note: I have blogs that are both FTP setup with blogs hosted on other servers, plus blogspot.com

Also note that this “According to Jim” blog that you are actually reading which completely disappeared from the dashboard, (except I can still get to it with the edit tool from a posting, at the actual url address) was setup with ftp publishing to begin with, and did not assign a blogspot address when originally created. I tried changing it to a blogspot url address but it still would not show up in the dashboard area. I subsequently switched back to my own custom domain name. I also added the blog to another Blogger account (see link below), but it will not show up at that dashboard either.

However, this blog does show up in the Blogger profiles pages of both though. This is really strange that it will show in the profile but will not display in the dashboard.

It really seems that the new javascript is the main problem.

I’m at my wits end.

Blogger used to have a contact form for problems, however they have discontinued that service. It’s frustrating not being able to contact Blogger anymore. Note: I have posted this on the Blogger Help Groups too, with no response.

Blogger please help.

Thank you

Jim

PS To post this posting I had to do the end-around link (through the quick edit link on a blog post, when logged into my Blogger account) to the Posting, Settings, and Template area of this blog, and then create a new posting.


Addendum

12/14/08 I took matters into my own hands. The hidden blog in the Blogger Dashboard fix is quite involved and there are some precautions that must be taken into account before tackling the problem.

12/16/08 For those in Internet land, I have now documented the procedure online of how to do it, with the complete details. This detailed how-to procedure for Blogger is posted at My Blogger Update. Hint, importing and exporting blogs are the keys to technical success.

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