Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

WordPress, web development, and world domination.

Monthly Archives: January 2007

Dougal 4.0

Today I turn the big Four-Oh. I’m not sure how I should feel about that. Since I’m a web development geek, how about we consider some possible responses in terms of HTTP 1.1 Status Codes: I suppose the expected response would be 406 Not Acceptable. How could I possibly be forty? Where did the years go? Many people’s reaction is 416 Requested Range Not Satisfiable, also known as a “mid-life crisis”. As Adam from Mythbusters … Continue reading

Upgrade Imminent

I’ve spent some time converting my Rockem Sockem theme to a Sandbox skin, and getting my Now Playing hack converted into a sidebar widget. I’m more-or-less happy with the results, so I’ll be throwing the switch sometime soon. Be on the lookout for changes around here, and let me know if you spot anything broken.

Virus Alert

I don’t usually do this, but I think this is serious enough that we need to get the word out. This virus sounds particularly nasty, so make sure you take every precaution — update your anti-virus software, backup your systems, buy extra bread, milk, and eggs, and keep your kids indoors: Virus Alert – “Bedtime”.

Site Problems

Over the last few days, it’s possible that you might have tried to visit this site and gotten a blank page. It’s not you, it’s me. Or more precisely, it’s my server, and my attempts to eek a little more performance out of it. The problem seems to come from APC (Alternative PHP Cache). I’m not absolutely sure why it decides to crap out on me like that, but I suspect that the real root … Continue reading

WordPress 2.1 Released

Hot off the presses is the latest feature release of our favorite blogware: WordPress 2.1 “Ella”. You can find a bore-you-to-tears detailed list of bugfixes and feature changes in the Milestone report over on Trac. But here’s my version of the short list of changes: Tabbed WYSIWYG/Code editing: You can now easily switch back and forth between the WYSIWIG (AKA: RTE, or “Rich Text Editor”) and the old-style editor with quicktags. Autosave: When editing posts, … Continue reading

Atom Publishing Protocol Clients?

Does anyone have a suggestion for a blog client that implements the Atom Publishing Protocol API? I’d prefer a client that runs under Linux, but I could also deal with a Windows-based client using Wine. I’d particularly like to find something that actually attempts to deal with media resources (images, sound files, etc). I’ve got a couple of Firefox extensions (Atomic and Yulup), but they both seem to have shortcomings that prevent me from using … Continue reading

Hopping on the OpenID Bandwagon

I’ve added OpenID authentication here, thanks to the excellent WordPress OpenID Plugin from VerseLogic. If you already have an OpenID identity, you can now use it when commenting here, and your name will be flagged with an icon to signify that your identity was confirmed. If you don’t already have one, you can sign up with any of several OpenID providers. I use for mine. If you want to read more about what OpenID … Continue reading

WordPress 2.0.7 Released

WordPress 2.0.7 has been released (yes, I know I missed announcing 2.0.6, but I was on vacation). The major focus of this release was a new security patch under certain versions of PHP with register_globals turned on, plus a fix in Conditional GET support under certain combinations of IIS/PHP-CGI versions (AKA the “Feedburner bug”). There are a few other minor bugfixes in there, as well. As always, all users are encouraged to upgrade. You can … Continue reading