Added WordPress Spell Check

November 08, 2005

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I'm trying out the Spelling Checker plug-in for WordPress from coldforged.org. It seems to work nicely and I like the interface. According to the author of the plug-in, it piggy backs off of the open source package Speller Pages for the core functionality. Open Source is sooooo very cool. This is a great example of it literally building on itself and becoming greater than the sum of its parts. One note, the default install of the plug-in didn't work for me with out changing the "Aspell language" from "en_US" to "en". Before I made that change I got and error that listed the aspell command it was trying to run followed by the string "Error: X?w". Once I made changed the language option it kicked up just fine. By default, the plug-in only adds a spell check button to the place where you create new entries. Directions are included on the main scripts page for how to added the spell check button to the comments area as well. I've done this as well since I'm bad at spelling and want to not make a fool out of myself when adding comments.


FileZilla - Windows FTP Software

November 07, 2005

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If you need an FTP client try FileZilla. It's open source so it's free. There is also a FileZilla server if you need to setup an FTP server on your machine. I've done this before to make it easier to share files across a network between linux, mac and windows machines. Worked like a charm.


Can't Fix Cell Without a Landline

November 07, 2005

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I haven't had a land line phone for a few years now. Just my cell. The only people who ever called my landline were telemarketers and I didn't like the idea of paying from them to be able to leave messages. Recently, the signal I get in my house has been horrible. I have to stand in the one place in the middle of my living room most of the time. So, I called Cingular to see if they could figure out what is up and they say that I have to call them back on a land line in order to be able to trouble shoot. That's just poor. The marketers would like you to believe that their phone is the answer to all your problems. Turns out that isn't the case when there actually is a problem. Sad.


Weed Eaters From Hell

November 07, 2005

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At work today they are doing yard work. For the past three hours there has been a constant barrage of weed eaters, leaf blowers and edgers all running at the same time. I'm about to stab my ears with a pencil to get away from the noise. I'd heard before that one of the ways to interrogate/torture people is to subjugate them to constant loud noise. There isn't more than a few hundred square feet of grass outside the office. So, I'm beginning to think I'm the subject of some soft of psychology experiment.


Backup Your Stuff

November 06, 2005

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If you don't have it, get backup software. Let me say that again. Get backup software. If you still don't have it, set a deadline before you go back to work on Monday. It's not a question of "If" your hard drive will fail, it's a question of "When". And when it happens you are going to want to have a copy of the stuff that was on it somewhere you can still use it. Business documents, your thesis, all you digital photos, whatever… There is stuff on there that you want to keep forever and your hard drive is probably already out of warranty. So, get some backup software. An important point is that you want to make sure that you are backing up your stuff somewhere other than the main hard drive in your computer. It doesn't do you a lot of good to have a backup copy of things on the same disk if the entire disk decides to stop letting you get to files on it. There are a few options for your external backup location. The basic ones are: - An second or external hard drive. - A hard drive on another computer in your house. - A network backup place on the internet. - CD/DVDs I would recommend against the CD/DVD options since that means you would have to load a new blank disk each time you wanted to backup. The goal is to get it automated so you don't have to think about it. The software I use is Second Copy. It's quick and easy to install and setup. It's $30. I may switch to an open source one someday, but I haven't seen any reviews of one that I trust. For a while I was working with one that I wrote, but I figure when it comes to backups, it's worth $30. After all, all my digital photos are way more valuable than that to me.


Better Battery Meter

November 06, 2005

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I went to the Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular today and did some shooting. I made over 300 exposures and was using the tracking version of autofocus to drive a 300 and 80-200 lens most of the time. It's rare that I pull that much juice from the batteries but they lasted the day which I was quite happy about. I'd like to see a better battery meter in the camera though to get a better idea of how much juice I have left. The meter on my camera has just three readings it can show: Full charge, partial charge and basically dead. I'm not sure at what point the camera decides to move from full to partial, it seemed to make that jump about 1/3 of the way through the day. This made me quite nervous since I wasn't sure if that meant that I only had 1/2 of a charge left. I slowed down on the shooting at that point and did a lot more manual focusing to try to save the battery. I'd like to see a meter that gives you an estimation of the percentage left to, say, the nearest ten. This would make it a lot easier to pace the shooting to make sure you can last as long as you need if you don't have spare batteries with you.


Converting from Blogger to WordPress

November 06, 2005

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A script called import-blogger.php came along with the default install of version 1.5.2 of WordPress. This didn't work on my system (which I'll explain in a sec), but after searching around I found a solution for importing blogger.com entries along with their comments. I recommend you use that process if you want to do the same thing. I wouldn't be at all surprised if that becomes the next official version of the script. For those of you who want to use the one that comes with the default install you may run into a problem with a PHP setting called "register_globals". A lot of hosting companies turn that setting off for security reasons, but the import script expects it to be on. You should be able to change line 21 From this: switch ($action) { to this: switch ($_GET['action']) { in order to get the script to work in an environment with register_globals turned off. Once again, I would really recommend using the updated version.

It is setup correctly for register_globals and pulls comments as well.


Starting WordPress Notes

November 06, 2005

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As I mentioned before, I've moved over to my own copy of WordPress for the back end for my blog. This not only give me more control over the software, but make sure that the content is in my possession as well. (Okay, so it's really sitting on someone else's server, but you get the point.) I'm going to keep some notes about WordPress in the blog itself as a reference and in case anyone else is interested. The install is very simple. Just upload and unpack the individual files and then create an empty database that WordPress can connect to. This should be really simple to do in just about any hosting package. So far, I'm liking WordPress. Stay tuned for updates.


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