WordPress Upgrade
Posted in Reviews
Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:14 am)

I upgraded to WordPress's new 3.0 release. In the first hour, they have over 15,000 downloads!

The upgrade was a piece of cake, as usual. They make it simple and easy. I always back up my database and files before the upgrade, and I've never had to go back. And let me tell you, I've been using WordPress for a very long time, since the early days. I upgraded from bb to WordPress on November 18, 2003.

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Twitter Tools!
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:27 pm)

I added Alex King's Twitter Tools to my blog. Updated the stylesheet accordingly. You can see a few of my most recent tweets on the sidebar now.

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Blog Changes
Posted in Code
First dog watch, 3 bells (5:59 pm)

I found out some interesting changes in my recent upgrade of WordPress. They've added drop-down controls for Archives and Categories, something I wrote widgets for quite a while back. They seem to work well with one exception—the Links still aren't XHTML 1.0 Strict compliant! Since those are the standards I hold my blog up to, I will be maintaining my strict_links widget as well.

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WordPress Upgrade
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:38 am)

Well WordPress just released their latest version, 2.5, to the public. I, being the generally techy guy that I am, instantly upgraded without fear. And I was justified. It took me under 2 minutes to back everything up by hand, unpack the new files, copy them, re-apply my comment spam patch, and now I'm up and running. Yay for upgrades!

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WordPress Plugin for Google Analytics
Posted in Code
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:42 am)

The WordPress plugin for Google Analytics by Rich Boakes works great except for one small part: it rewrites a link under comment_author_link and doesn't add a space between elements in the a tag, which causes a validation problem with XHTML.

It's simple to add a space on the proper line (272 in v0.68), but I created a diff file you can use to patch it. Hopefully the author updates the file and nobody else has to deal with this problem.

Get the diff file, copy it into your plugins directory where the googleanalytics.php file is, then run the following command:

patch -p1 < googleanalytics.diff

If this is too confusing for you, or you use Windows, change the line (272) from:

return $matches[1] . "\"" . $matches[2] . "\"" . $coolBit . $matches[3];

to

return $matches[1] . "\"" . $matches[2] . "\" " . $coolBit . $matches[3];
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WordPress 2.3 Upgrade
Posted in Tech
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:51 pm)

You may not have noticed, but I upgraded to WordPress v2.3 today. The upgrade was smooth and painless. Just like all my other WP upgrades have been. I now have native tagging support (yay!), as well as a host of other features I'll probably never abuse.

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