Justine's new site is live. Whew. Lotta work went into that one. … [Read more...] about Big job done!
I've set up a lot of new WordPress sites lately, and I've come up with my own homebrew installation package. All but one of these are admin tools; I don't have a standard list of theme additions because every site is so different. Akismet is the only spam blocker I've ever … [Read more...] about Essential WordPress plugins
So my host had a rather catastrophic disk failure on Wednesday. After much thrashing around, they've restored us using an old file backup. The databases are fine (otherwise you wouldn't be seeing this), but files and email were restored from May 15. They might be able to recover … [Read more...] about Hobbling
Major work project #1: 90% done. Major work project #2: … yeah, I should get started on that. Seekrit project #1: 99% done. Waiting on other people1 and, predictably, a bugfix for IE6. Seekrit project #2: 80% done. Seekrit project #3: at best 5% done, but got a jump start … [Read more...] about Status
For the last few versions, WordPress has allowed you to specify a page as the site's home page, rather than the usual list of recent posts. However, in the list of pages, it doesn't indicate which one is the home page. This annoys me. So I wrote a plugin. Since it relies on CSS … [Read more...] about New WordPress plugin: No Place Like Home
The lost data was not recovered, but MAMP was persuaded to cough up its database connections, and Time Machine is now ticking merrily along — although, since it has over a month's worth of stuff to back up, it's taking a rather long time. If your Time Machine gets stuck … [Read more...] about Better.
For some time now, the laptop has been in the habit of shutting itself off without warning when the battery gets low. The meter will say it still has 20 or 30 minutes, and then ZAP: blackness. Various support technicians have assured me that this is normal behavior with Intel … [Read more...] about Argh.
If you don't want your thumbnails to get distorted, you need to change WordPress 2.5′s default setting before you upload your photos into the media manager. Go to Settings > Miscellaneous and UNcheck the "Crop thumbnail to exact dimensions (normally thumbnails are … [Read more...] about Important note about the WordPress 2.5 media manager
If you hate the new Write area in WordPress 2.5, check out this mod. It works beautifully with Fluency, which itself fixes a lot of things I didn't like. As soon as Fluency supports drop-down menus, my world will be a happy, happy place. … [Read more...] about Fixing WordPress 2.5
I've written a WordPress plugin for my critique group. It gives you a new template tag, , that generates a list of registered users with the names of those who have commented on the post (as well as the post's author) crossed off. See the plugin page for more details1. This is … [Read more...] about WordPress plugin: Comment Author Checklist