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It’s the Future

It’s the Future

Received an amusing email, spam presumedly, from a Hong Kong company re my domain name. Here it is in its entirety:

We are Hong Kong Network Service Company, Limited. which is the domain name register center in Asia. We received a formal application from a company who is applying to register “b12partners” as their domain name and Internet keyword on Dec 25, 2008.Since after our investigation we found that this word has been in use by your company, and this may involve your company name or trade mark, so we inform you in no time. If you consider these domain names and internet keyword are important to you and it is necessary to protect them by registering them first, contact us soon. Thanks for your co-operation and support.

In order to avoid the law problems invovled,we need to confirm with you first.If you consider these domain names are not important,please don’t reply this email,we will cooperate with the third company Kind Regards, Andy.liu

Tel: +852-31757930(ext.8023)

Fax: +852-31757932

Email: Andy.liu@hknetwork.hk.cn

Hong Kong Network Service Company, Limited. Website: www.hknsc.hk

Yes, indeed, I’ll get right on that.

Especially since they are so serious about their claims

Installed WordPress 2.7 Coltrane

A fairly simple upgrade, took less than a few minutes.

The first thing you’ll notice about 2.7 is its new interface. From the top down, we’ve listened to your feedback and thought deeply about the design and the result is a WordPress that’s just plain faster. Nearly every task you do on your blog will take fewer clicks and be faster in 2.7 than it did in a previous version.

Next you’ll begin to notice the new features subtly sprinkled through the new interface: the new dashboard that you can arrange with drag and drop to put the things most important to you on top, QuickPress, comment threading, paging, and the ability to reply to comments from your dashboard, the ability to install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click, and sticky posts.

Digging in further you might notice that every screen is customizable. Let’s say you never care about author on your post listings — just click “Screen Options” and uncheck it and it’s instantly gone from the page. The same for any module on the dashboard or write screen. If your screen is narrow and the menu is taking up too much horizontal room, click the arrow to minimize it to be icon-only, and then go to the write page and drag and drop everything from the right column into the main one, so your posting area is full-screen. (For example I like hiding everything except categories, tags, and publish. I put categories and tags on the right, and publish under the post box.)

[From WordPress › Blog » WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane”]

Ask me in a week if I noticed anything major. I’ve almost spit out 1,000 entries1 in WordPress since installing it last May, certainly is much less frustrating an experience than using MoveableType ever was. Let me know if you see anything odd, will ya?

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Footnotes:
  1. this will be number 967, if you want precision []

WordPress Week 9 update

Sometimes just publicly complaining is enough to fix problems. I haven’t noticed errors recently. So culprit was probably LibraryThing, Amazon, LastFM, or a combination of the three, or something else unrelated. I know you were just dying to know…

I have a bad problem with cluttering up my sidebars – I want my blog to resemble my office, which is nearly always thick with piles of papers, notebooks, newspapers, magazine, books, CDs, DVDs, coffee cups, half-eaten food, and cat toys. Perhaps the error was warning to clean my act up! Or not, I’m sure in a week or two, I’ll have a bunch of crap everywhere.

Oh, and while I’m bloviating about non-important topics,1 there is a new option: subscription by email, courtesy of FeedBurner. If you click the link in the upper right column (appropriately enough: subscribe to B12 Solipsism by Email), and follow the simple directions, you’ll receive a fairly nicely formatted HTML email theoretically every morning between 7 AM and 9 AM containing all the new content for the day. If it doesn’t work for whatever reason, I’ll be happy to help (if I can, of course).

Footnotes:
  1. unless you are me, then every topic is the most important topic, at that moment []

Word Press Week 9

First real problem with WordPress. Avert your eyes if technical talk hurts your brain.

Friday night (I believe), I made some changes, installed a couple of plugins, and generally futzed around. Saturday I noticed pages never finished loading. Glancing at the error console in Safari, I see reams of errors that read something like:

SyntaxError: Parse error

http://www.b12partners.net/wp/2008/06/29/the-best-god-joke-ever/function%20(iterator,%20context)%20{%20%20var%20index%20=%200;%20%20iterator%20=%20iterator.bind(context);%20%20try%20%20%20{%20%20%20%20this._each(function%20(value)%20%20%20%20{%20%20%20%20%20%20iterator(value,%20index++);%20%20%20%20});%20%20}%20%20catch%20(e)%20%20{%20%20%20%20if%20(e%20!=%20$break)%20%20%20%20%20%20throw%20e;%20%20}%20%20return%20this;} (line 1)

and:

Forbidden You don’t have permission to access /wp/function (object) { if (Object.isFunction(this.indexOf)) if (this.indexOf(object) != -1) return true; var found = false; this.each(function (value) { if (value == object) { found = true; throw $break; } }); return found;} on this server.

Goes on forever, hundreds of these. This can’t be good, I thought, so have tried these fixes:

turn off all plugins (no change).

turn off all recently addeded plugins (no change)

remove widgets (the sidebar column elements). This is sort of a pain if a widget is hand-created (such as the Google ad widget), once you remove it, it isn’t available to be put back. Moveable Type is superior in this instance – every widget was saved individually, and you can mix and match at your leisure.

Switching to different themes

Replacing the templates from originals for the theme I had been using, in case some garbage code got introducedToggled:

WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically

because I did change this recently.

Crap. What next?

WordPress usage notes

Loneliness of the Parking Marker

WP notes from day 1.3 of use. 

  • No javascript-based widgets, meaning some of my sidebar elements will have to die (like the one I wanted most, additions to my librarything catalog. Oh well, less clutter is probably good for everyone.
  • Would like to be able to customize elements of individual pages/entries. The sidebar for the main page seems like it could contain more items than the individual pages, but as far as I can tell, they are required to be identical. Point for MT.
  • There are seemingly a gazillion plugins for WP. I’ve added a few, and am on the lookout for more. Installation is a breeze -upload a folder to /wp-content/plugins/, activate, and you are set. 
  • Speaking of, installed a Flickr gallery plugin that I wanted to try for a long time. If you want to see how it looks, go to http://www.b12partners.net/wp/photos/. For some reason, the ending slash in the URL is required (photos/). Just click it, and wait a second for the images to load. I haven’t yet figured out how to embed images directly in a post, probably because I’m running on fumes today (only 4 hours of sleep, don’t ask me why)
  • I don’t like the faint grey text on some sidebar elements, I will fix this once I have time to find the right CSS code.
  • I want to add a random image generator in the header (up at the top), but this will happen over some rainy weekend.

Blog Change

I installed WordPress 2.5 last night, and have been playing around with it for a few hours. Seems so much more responsive than Movable Type, at least at the moment. I don’t know if that is because I have over 4,000 entries in MT, or because WP uses PHP, or if WP just is faster. MT gives one more control over the layout (templates for every page, archive, index), but this control also makes MT much more complicated to configure. I never did get the category archive to work properly, and gave up after struggling with the formatting for hours. Also, about every 3rd post made in MT doesn’t complete the first time, I have to repost up to five times to get a proper response (though, this could be webhost-related, but then doesn’t happen in WP).

Not sure what will happen in the near future, but for now, new content will be found here more likely than here. The only change is “/mt” to “/wp” at the end (http://www.b12partners.net/mt/ to http://www.b12partners.net/wp/ )
Please adjust your bookmarks and RSS feeds accordingly. (I’d suggest keeping both active at least for a moment: a bit wishy-washy of me, but I have a lot of time invested in Movable Type.)

publishing failure
case in point – even publishing this entry took 4 attempts in MT, and 4 seconds in WP.

Also – if you notice anything weird, please let me know (comments not being accepted, page loading oddly, Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! anything)