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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Update on WordPress blog APIs

I mentioned previously that the XML-RPC and Atom blog APIs would be disabled by default when WordPress 2.6 is released. This was a matter of some debate within the community, and there has been some clarification: The APIs will not be automatically disabled for sites upgrading from older versions. Since the APIs have previously been ‘on’ by default, they will continue to function. For new installs of WordPress 2.6 and later, there will be an … Continue reading

WordPress 2.6 Beta 1

Last night Ryan Boren announced the release of WordPress 2.6 Beta 1. At first glance, you probably wouldn’t notice much difference between versions 2.5 and 2.6. The two biggest new features are Post Revisions, which saves a history of edits made to each post, and support for Gears, which greatly speeds up working with the admin screens. Other changes of note: Support for the XML-RPC and Atom client APIs is turned off by default now. … Continue reading

Download Firefox 3

If you didn’t know already, today is Download Firefox 3 Day. They’re trying to set a World Record for the most downloads in a single day. I read somewhere that the fun begins around 10:00 a.m. PST. I’ve been runing the pre-release versions for a while, and I can confirm that the memory management and speed are much improved. I normally have about a dozen tabs open at any given time, and I occassionaly have … Continue reading

Whither Spam?

When I switched to my new Slicehost server, I spent a while trying to decide what I wanted to do about email for my domains. I contemplated using Google’s domain email service, or some other third-party email hosting. But I just hated giving up that much control of my email setup. I’ve been administering my own email for (…thinking…) almost 15 years now. So, in the end, I just ended up routing email to my … Continue reading

Syndactyly forums up and running again

When I switched to my new host, I was in a rush to get all my domains up and running, and I somehow managed to forget to re-install bbPress for my Syndactyly Forums. If any of you stopped by the site before and got a “sorry, I can’t find that” message, my apologies. The forums are up and running again, and on the latest version of bbPress.

Plugin: WriteScroll

A couple of weeks ago, Les Orchard tweeted a complaint about the WordPress editor: wordpress annoyance: textarea for editing a blog post doesn’t start until more than 1/2 way down my screen. Too much nav; always scrolling. I figured that was a problem easily solved, so while I was eating my lunch that day, I whipped up a mini-plugin to help out. The WriteScroll plugin checks to see if you are on one of the … Continue reading