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I try a lot of new widgets and technologies on my blog, to see what they offer and make my website more exciting aI could probably just post more often, but it's easier to install a widget!!. While I can usually appreciate what they are trying to do, I more often than not find that the increased page-load times or disparity with my blog's look usually compel me to uninstall the thing before too long. And I'm certainly not too attached to a thing to hesitate to uninstall it if it's messing something up, or has some sort of bug.

This post is about one such widget that's tenaciously holding on, and the reasons I'm still using it.

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a. I could probably just post more often, but it's easier to install a widget!!

Testing PubSubHubBub

It's a wacky name, but if it works it means real-time blogging notifications. And the more people who participate the better I suppose.

So… Google Wave. This changes everything.

Finally got around to watching this. If Google's Wave takes off (and it will), it will change everything. This is better than email, better than IM, better than a personal wiki. Within months of this going live, we will have a million new ways to communicate. That they've made it open source makes it more likely than any other tool to change how we communicate via the web.

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Wolfenstein 3D – officially the greatest thing on my iPhone.

Wolfenstein, busting out of your iPhone
Wolfenstein, busting out of your iPhone

When I was 13 I was around at my mate's place as often as I could be just to play Wolfenstein 3D on his better-than-mine system. He had colour graphics and a sound card, while my Commodore 64 only had enough grunt for side-scrolling platformers and breakout clones aNot to besmirch the C64 - in any other context the machine was the best thing invented. and my IBM clone could barely muster monochrome. Wolfenstein was the pinnacle of gaming. It was just like you were there, with your little gun waving in front of you and meals left on the floor. And B.J. Blazkowicz's face peering out at you to remind you to keep away from big men with chain-guns. I couldn't play it enough.

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a. Not to besmirch the C64 - in any other context the machine was the best thing invented.

Thank You Plugin Creators!

Matt Mullenweg has declared today "Thank a Plugin Developer Day" to celebrate WordPress passing the 4000 plugin mark. Often Plugins are created for free and have tonnes of hard work put into them for little or no reward. I currently have 22 plugins active on my website at the moment handling a variety of functions, but haven't got much time to go into all the details of who made them and to thank them individually.

Instead, I'll thank one man who made two of the plugins I use: Joe Tan. I use his excellent Flickr Photo Album for WordPress plugin on two sites and I love it. It integrates seamlessly with WordPress and allows me to pull in my Flickr photos into posts and create galleries from sets. This plugin along with a Pro Flickr account have turned my crummy blog into a much more wonderful thing. I use it to keep all my relatives up-to-date with Amelynne's progress as well. Joe also maintains an terrific plugin to pull files of an Amazon S3 account.

So thank you Joe! Your work and effort are greatly appreciated.

I told Joe that I'd send a donation, but found no way to do it on his site. When I do, I will!

Oh 2.7, you know just what I like…


The Visual design of WordPress 2.7
Good Design in WordPress 2.7

The latest WordPress update, 2.7, manages to get WIN all over my keyboard. It fair shoots out of the screen and all over the place with its sexy sexy curves and simple lines. I want to give it a hug.

The 2.6 update was pretty good. It was good enough that 2.5 is all but erased completely from my mind. 2.7 however, looks gorgeous, plays nice with all my extensions and adds a couple of neat features that make me want to go home with it, and I barely even know it.

Awesome Feature Number 1 is automatic site software upgrades. Untested as I write this, the idea of its existence is enough to make me "ghee" with joy. Found under Tools > Upgrade on the new left-hand menu, it offers simple upgrades to the latest software that bypasses the old "upload each new file/directory" that some have been subjected to, and even cuts out the middle man web-hosts who have been offering something similar for a while abyebye fantastico.

Awesome Feature Number 2 is plugin searching and installation RIGHT FROM THE FRIGGIN ADMIN PAGE! This makes plugins so easy to install that it practically guarantees broken WordPress installations across the world as people just install new plugins 'cause they can! No more tossing up if it's worth it to upload and install something new. Why waste a second thinking about it when you can just press install and see? In minutes of upgrading my site tonight I had a working iPhone version of my site, and (hopefully) some integration with my FriendFeed account. That is the "killer feature" of WordPress right there my friends, found under Plugins > Add New. It makes me so happy I could cry bit could just be that I'm tired. I get weepy when I'm sleepy.

So go and update it today. It'll be the last painful upgrade you do.

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a. byebye fantastico
b. it could just be that I'm tired. I get weepy when I'm sleepy
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