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Archive for Software

Success!! A Flickr -> WordPress Photo Plugin! Photo Dropper!

photo credit: ¥§•ªˆ¨ˇ© LOVE © ˇ¨ˆª•§¥ A while back Michael Gray posted some suggestions about how to improve the Yahoo Shortcuts WordPress Plugin, I’ve been posting about some tools I liked for getting Flickr images into WordPress – and how I’d love a plugin to do this (and discussing it with Anne). I was overjoyed today to see a post by Michael about Photo Dropper. This plugin does exactly what I need I think! I would make a few minor improvements – but they are few and far between. The image at the top was inserted via a quik search for “celebration”. And just because I can, let’s have a picture of a hamster! photo credit: annia316 ღ

by Keiron on February 21st, 2008 | Wordpress | 5 Comments » |

Using Photo’s in WordPress Posts – Plugin Required?

Photo by jimmyroq My blog posts used to look a little boring, or at least in some people’s eyes – in my eyes they were a thing of glory, a product of my creativity, a……. bunch of text in web browser I guess! I needed some pictures to illustrate the posts, and I wasn’t about to (in the previous post) rush out and buy a hamster just for a blog post! Then I read a post over at SkellieWag, about using Flickr images licensed under the Creative Commons license to find great images to illustrate my posts. Check it out before going any further as it will make a great deal more sense if you do… I started out with… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 12th, 2008 | Wordpress | 2 Comments » |

User Agreements – Reading the “Small Print”

Do you read them? Be honest with me now…. Or do you hit that next button, just as fast as I do? Well now you need never wonder what was really in the EULA (End User License Agreement) with EULAlyzer. Simply run the program whenever you’re installing a new software, point it at the license agreement, and EULAlyzer will analyze and flag the most questionable sections of the agreement. See, now you can be honest and tell me exactly how many of them you do read?!

by Keiron on December 14th, 2007 | Software | 2 Comments » |

Upgrade to WordPress 2.3 and Tag Support

I’ve held off from this for a while but I’ve got a few blogs I need to do it with so I’m writing this guide more for myself than anything. Install the “Maintenance Mode” plugin – it really is quite good, activate it and put the blog into maintenance mode. As my database is probably quite large I’m not going to use PHPMyAdmin to back it up, I shall use ssh.mysqldump –add-drop-table -h mysqlhostserver -u mysqlusername -p databasename And then entering my MySQL password, I was correct my database is almost 13MB. WordPress always recommend you deactivate plugins, as they may not be compatible after the upgrade. I’ve never done this for a single upgrade, but it appears there is… Continue reading »

by Keiron on November 27th, 2007 | Wordpress | No Comments » |

CSS Style overload – Remove unused CSS Styles

I design sites (not well most of the time!) and often pinch bits and bobs from the various CSS stylesheets I’ve created over the years, generally I normally end up coming up with something that looks at least half decent! However, all that cutting and pasting leaves my stylesheets in a mess – with tonnes of unused CSS styles! I spotted a reference to Dust-Me Selectors today on San Baldo, and using this fantastic Firefox Extension I have managed, in the space of minutes to reduce on stylesheet from an unmanageable 600 lines to a mere 200! It extracts all the selectors from all the stylesheets on the page you’re viewing, then analyzes that page to see which of those… Continue reading »

by Keiron on October 23rd, 2007 | Browsers, Programming | 20 Comments » |

Neomail and mbox -> maildir

As far as webmail goes, I’m a Neomail user, have been for a long while. I don’t know what it is about it – it’s clean interface and quick loading speed maybe? But the time has come for change as cPanel are deprecating the mbox format, why I hear you ask? Reasons for Deprecating mbox The new system has several benefits, – It’s the way forward – Better performance – Improved mailbox locking; – Simultaneous IMAP account access – Use of open source code. Is it Necessary? It is expected that cPanel will continue to support mbox, but will switch to maildir as the default soon. As such I feel I’m probably going to have to take the plunge. We… Continue reading »

by Keiron on October 9th, 2007 | Linux | No Comments » |

Pinnacle Studio 10.5 – Crashes – Blue Screen of Death

I’m trying to edit some video, and on a recommendation I’m having a play with Pinnacle Studio with a view to buying it. I’ve installed the trial version 10.5, but it keeps crashing, I can only do so much before it bombs out with a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death for the uninitiated!). If anyone has any ideas/recommendation/whinges – please shout. I love the interface, but stability is abysmal!! I’ve done some reading, and version 11 seems to be more stable for some people – but can I really warrant £60-£90 on a product that some people rave about and others hate?

by Keiron on October 1st, 2007 | Software | 6 Comments » |