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Missing Backslashes

February 14, 2013

I just realized that a number of posts that were imported to this site from my old blog are missing backslash characters. After doing some investigation, I found out that there’s an associated WordPress bug (Ticket #21007) against the importer utility. Apparently, backslashes aren’t preserved as they should be.

I’m working to fix all of the relevant posts and comments. When I’ve completed this task, I’ll update this post.

Update: I believe I have fixed all of the relevant posts. If you spot a problem somewhere, let me know!

WordPress 2.8 = FAIL

June 17, 2009

If you use WordPress, I advise against upgrading to version 2.8. I attempted to do so to this site this evening (via Subversion), and everything appeared to go smoothly. Unfortunately, upon logging in to my admin panel, I noted that everything was broken. The external site still performed as expected, but I couldn’t get around in the admin area.

Zero steps forward, twenty steps back.

Maybe others will have better luck than I did. I have since reverted back to 2.7.1 for the time being, though my database may now be corrupt. If you notice anything funky around this site, please, please, please let me know.

WordPress 2.7

December 11, 2008

I have just updated my various WordPress installations to the new 2.7 release. I really like the new admin interface. It’s sleek, simple, and doesn’t get in the way. The new dashboard is much cleaner as well, and provides some nice new options. I particularly like the ability to hide certain screen elements that you aren’t interested in (this is particularly useful on the “Write Post” page).

Version 2.7 now includes an auto-updating feature, which is interesting. I still think that updating via Subversion is super easy, though an auto-update feature is a great step forward for this platform. WordPress is becoming more and more robust, and I’m oh-so-glad I chose to use it.

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Queue Sidebar Updates and a Fix

October 22, 2008

I’ve updated the Netflix queue listing here at the site to show what I’m currently watching. The handy Wordpress Netflix Plugin made the change very easy, and I again recommend it.

I’ve also fixed a validation problem here at the site. My last post included the first YouTube video ever embedded at Year of the Code Monkey. It turns out that XHTML strict, which happens to be the doctype I use, doesn’t like the embed element. YouTube gave me this:

<object width="425" height="344">
  <param name="movie"
  <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param>
  <embed src=""
    type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"
    width="425" height="344"></embed>

And I had to change it to this:

<object width="425" height="344"
  <param name="movie" value="" />
  <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" />

Not only is it now compliant, it looks better too. I’ll just have to remember to make this kind of change each time I post a video.

Netflix Queue Plugin

October 13, 2008

I signed up for Netflix today, and I’m starting to populate my queue with stuff I’ve been meaning to either see for the first time, or rewatch becaues it’s been such a long time. Thanks to the very handy Wordpress Netflix Plugin, I’m able to share my latest queue picks here on this site. Over in the sidebar are the cover images for the next 6 titles in my queue. Each one is a link to the movie listing, and if you hover over the image, you’ll see the movie title. I’m really looking forward to catching up on all the stuff I’ve missed over the years. So long cable TV!

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WordPress 2.7 Sneak Peek

September 4, 2008

There’s an interesting article offering a preview of the next major release of the WordPress blogging platform. It looks like the old administration look and feel will be returning, especially on the write panel. I’m looking forward to having more vertical screen space when writing, but these changes will (yet again) take some getting used to. There’s lots more changes in store, so 2.7 should be an interesting release.

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Displaying Recent Comments

June 5, 2008

I have added a new section to the sidebar of this site, showing the most recent comments posted here. Hopefully, this will help foster further discussion on older topics (which occasionally get comments). This new feature comes via the aptly named Recent Comments WordPress plug-in. I’m quite impressed with the customization options available, and installation was a snap.

Does anyone have any recommendations for how the recent comments list should appear? Plenty of options are available, including an excerpt preview of each comment. I tried several options out, but I’m not sure what visitors would find most useful.

Your suggestions would be appreciated.

An Official WordPress Contributor

April 17, 2008

I am now an official WordPress contributor! While converting Born Geek to WordPress, I noted that the Movable Type importer did not obey the WordPress database case constraints. Movable Type posts export themselves as “Published” while WordPress expects the value to be lower case (“published”). After finding and verifying this bug, I wrote it up and submitted a simple patch, which was then accepted. The fix will be included in 2.5.1!

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WordPress 2.5 Upgrade Complete

April 2, 2008

I have now migrated this website to WordPress 2.5. Better yet, my installs are now managed with Subversion, which will make future updates as easy as issuing a single command from my web-server command line. This all comes thanks to a handy article in the WordPress Codex that gives step-by-step instructions.

This new install was done in a virgin folder (for subversion’s sake), and I had to copy existing files over to the new location. If you spot any breakage, please let me know and I’ll fix it.

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