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General Musings at the End of the Year

Cup O' Joe

I’m finally over that nasty case of the flu that I had the week before Christmas, which means that it is once again time to hang at my favorite coffee shop, Cup O’ Joe. Of course, the crew that works there are fairly slack, so it’s only open to 6:00 tonight. Oh, well.

One good thing about being sick was that it gave me some time to finish a few books I’ve been taking forever to finish. Here’s what has been occupying my reading time for the last week or so:

  • Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace by Lawrence Lessig. Considering it was written in 1999, it’s amazing how many of his predictions are coming to pass. Truthfully it’s a little sad, since the book is fairly bleak in it’s view of the future. For example, just look at the craziness of what AT&T and BellSouth are trying to do with their current lobbying for a two-tiered Internet.
  • Eisner/Miller by Charles Brownstein, which is basically a conversation between Will Eisner and Frank Miller about the history of comics, and its relationship with other forms of entertainment. Pretty good read if your interested in comics and its history.
  • Programming Jabber by DJ Adams. Fairly dry read, but it gives a lot of good information on the Jabber protocol. I’m still working on adding PGP support to Gossip, but at least the Jabber requirements are fairly straightforward. Now, I just need to read up on the API documentation for GPGME, and I can finally get around to writing a patch.

I think one of my resolutions for 2006 will be to read more fictional books, since this year the only one I read was The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

Let’s see, what else has been happening here? Oh, I updated my WordPress installation to the latest version. It looks real nice, but they use a WYSIWYG editor now if you post from a web browser. It totally sucks. I’ve spent more time screwing around with this than I care to admit. It doesn’t help of course that all the hot keys used for formatting, conflict with the key bindings used by my browser, Epiphany. Of course, all this frustration might finally motivate me to work on a patch for Gnome Blog that adds category support. There is one sitting out in Bugzilla already, that just needs to be modified, so that if you don’t use categories on your blog, it won’t even show the category drop-down box in your interface.

Update: It turns out that you can get the WordPress hot keys to work in Epiphany by using Alt+Shift+<letter>. Of course, this doesn’t change my opinion about the crappiness of the editor.

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New Theme

Ken pointed me to a new theme to try out, so I’ve figured I give it a try. I was getting a little bored with the default theme, anyhow.

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Free WordPress Hosting

For those wishing to set-up a WP blog without having to deal with hosting it, try looking at Blogsome or Speedy Blog.

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Begone Comment Spam

I’ve turned off comment moderation for now, and will see if WP‘s spam measures are enough to deal with all the spam thrown at it. I’ve noticed that today there’s been an unusually high number of spam attempts (must be the end-of-the-year rush). I’ve been averaging 1 spam comment every ten minutes or so, compared to maybe 1 spam comment a day. Luckily, there quite a bit of information on how to deal with this, so we’ll see how it goes.

This post pretty much sums up my feelings for these bottom feeders.

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Added Flickr Gallery

Added Flickr Gallery to the site. You can either go here, or use the link in the Personal section to give it a look. I uploaded some photos I had sitting on my server, just to try this out quick. Figure, I’ll spend some time messing with the CSS tomorrow to try to make it look a little better, if I’ve got some time.

Update: Took down the gallery, when I switched themes on the site. I might put it back up, if I’m feeling adventurous enough, to want to screw with the CSS.

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Flickr Gallery

After reading some of Ken‘s posts about Flickr, I’ve been keeping an eye on it to see if I want to use it in the future. The only thing I’m not thrilled about with Flickr is that they use Flash to display full-sized images on their site. While looking around at plugins for WordPress, I came across Flickr Gallery, which allows you to display your Flickr photos and photosets on your site like a photo gallery using the Flickr’s API. Here’s some of it’s features:

  • Flickr photosets as “albums” – complete with descriptions and meta.
  • Support for Flickr “notes” feature – just this plugin uses all CSS and Javascript instead of Flash.
  • EXIF data support to display camera settings the photo was snapped with – in addition to the description and meta info from Flickr
  • Valid XHTML output.
  • Option to respect photos marked “private”.
  • Thumbnail size choices.

An example installation can be found here. I haven’t taken any photos in a while, but I might now, so I can try this out.

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Comment Moderation

Boy, I forgot about all the spam-bots trying to place ad-comments on blogs. So, I’ve turned on the comment approval moderation in WordPress. Basically, any comments won’t show up until they’ve been approved. Hopefully, these leeches will get the hint.

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Image Posting Test

Well, WordPress came out with a new version less than 24 hours since I installed it. Luckily, the upgrade takes about 5 minutes. One of the new features is the creation of thumbnails when images are uploaded. So, I figured I give it a try. Here’s a photo of my VooDoo Bokor being cleaned last Sunday.

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Bokor being cleaned.

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Converted Site To WordPress

Well, I finally got around to switching my site over from Movable Type to WordPress. Have to say for the most part, the conversion was a piece of cake. Between WordPress’s installation documentation, and this guide for MT -> WordPress conversion, I didn’t have any problems. Now, I just need to mess with the template a bit, and I should be good to go. Don’t think this took more than 30 minutes. Sweet.

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