Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

WordPress, web development, and world domination.

Monthly Archives: June 2007

WordPress 2.2.1 Released

WordPress 2.2.1 is now available. Most of the changes are minor bug fixes, however there are some security fixes as well. We can’t stress enough how important it is to upgrade your sites and keep them current so that you aren’t open to attacks. Many people see these “minor” version updates and assume that they don’t need to install them. Mainly it seems to be folks who worry about an upgrade breaking their theme or … Continue reading

Perl geekery: building hashes

Say we’re writing a program in Perl, and we need to pass a lot of data back and forth between subroutines. Using global variables is bad practice, and we often use the slightly-less-bad method of passing around a big hash variable. But it’s a pain to always use the values in the hash, so a lot of our code uses individual scalar variables, and stick them into (and pull them out of) the hash as … Continue reading

Commercial Jingles

My wife was a Communications major in college. So she often makes observations about how organizations try to get their message out to their audience. One thing she remarked on recently was the decline in the use of musical jingles, as opposed to non-musical slogans, in advertising. Read more in her post, “Ask any mermaid you happen to see…”

WP-Cache fix for Content-Type in feeds

If you run a busy WordPress site, or even if your site just has a lot of processor-intensive plugins, then you probably already run the WP-Cache plugin (plugin directory, original announcment, recent security update info). Even though my site isn’t super busy, my server is a little light in the RAM department, and using WP-Cache helps the box keep up with requests better. One minor annoyance, however, is that with WP-Cache enabled, my syndication feeds … Continue reading

Another new start

About two weeks ago, I started a new job (which explains at least part of my blogging lull, you see). I’m working on Free IQ, which is a streaming media site for entrepreneurs. There’s more to it than just the streaming media (you can upload video, audio, PDF files, PowerPoint presentations, etc.), but I’m still learning the ins and outs, so I don’t know the full scope yet. When I interviewed, they were favorably impressed … Continue reading