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  • Joe 23:03 on April 9, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: ,   

    Microsummary plugin goes commercial? 

    Well, not.
    But the other day I got a Google Alert, which learned me that the Microsummary Plugin made it into a commercial WordPress bundle.

    I’m surprised that this business exists, because you will still have to upload and manage the whole shebang onto a PHP and MySQL enabled hosting account. And those of us who are able to do so, are surely capable of installing WordPress. Maybe the added value is in the selection of bundled plugins, I don’t know.

    Anyway, there’s not much of documentation (e.g. it’s not clear if all 100+ bundled plugins are enabled by default). Just noticed the plugin is part of their list.

    And their fair warning to their customers:

    […] For instance, many core WordPress files got changed in the course of the new WordPress release. The same can be said about all the bundled enhancements.

    This has one big, important consequence: you must upgrade carefully. Simply uploading the new files and replacing the old ones won’t cut it. You need to remove all old files before uploading the new ones; that will help you avoid lingering stale/old files, which could cause WordPress to malfunction. Oh, and don’t forget to back up any files you’ve changed.

    Hmm…

     
    • Rudd-O 03:44 on April 10, 2007 Permalink

      Hello, and thanks for noting Turbocharged in your blog. I’m the lead engineer and owner of the (admittedly still small) business. I want to let you in on a little secret: since one of the big hurdles is usually installation, besides supporting it, we’re buidling a remote WordPress/Turbocharged installer for customers. Once it’s done, feel free to ask for an account so you can test it.

  • Joe 10:06 on April 7, 2007 Permalink  

    Joost 0.9.1 – added stability 

    Without giving it much attention, Joost 0.9.1 has been released. This one seems to behave much better on my Mac. The only obvious functional change from 0.9.0 (release notes, OSX): you can now have the window always on top. Nice.

    Also in the release notes: how the Apple Remote keys are assigned. It appears that some extra possibilities exist by pressing and holding a key for some time (e.g. switching channels instead of programmes).

     
  • Joe 13:07 on April 6, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: social-web   

    Fleck 1.1 released 

    Fleck: annotate the web
    After a short beta period, the Fleck plugin for Firefox has been updated and released.

    Last month, I have been working on this plugin with the Fleck.com team, which was a very nice experience.

    If you don’t yet have heard about Fleck: it is kind of the Sticky Note for the web. You can add your annotations to existing web pages and share them with your friends and the Fleck community. Don’t worry, individual Flecks can be kept private if you want.

    This new release of the Firefox Extension adds a counter of flecks on the current page to the status bar, and a nice side bar, where the most recent annotations are linked to the actual Flecked page.

    Just install the add-on (from addons.mozilla.org) and see for yourself. Existing Fleck users will be prompted by Firefox’ auto update feature, if you did not disable that.

     
  • Joe 00:00 on April 5, 2007 Permalink  

    April 5th: CSS Naked Day again! 

    What happened to the design?

    To know more about why styles are disabled on this website visit the Annual CSS Naked Day website for more information.

    CSS Naked Day

    So, if you’re visiting this blog during April 5th (my local timezone), it will look like it is April 5th, 1996 again!

    Update: CSS Naked Day is over in my timezone, CSS is back to normal. This year the number of participants (1680) has been roughly twice the number of last year.

     
  • Joe 11:23 on April 4, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: , Yesterday Joost   

    Joost 0.9 released 

    Yesterday Joost beta 0.9 was releaed for the existing beta testers.

    First impressions are good, not much has been changed since RC4.
    All content channels now do have content. Yesterday evening, the network was not very stable, there were hickups and even freezes, but now the network seems to be much better again. Maybe there was a surge of all those beta users going to use the application at once. But as far as I understood, more usage should in fact make the network more stable, due to the p2p nature. Oh well, it is still in beta for a reason.

    Another serous gripe has to do with advertising. I don’t mind the ads per se, this is their business model and I understand that. But the ads are too disrupting the way they are inserted right now. The audio volume is higher than the programme, which irriates me. And what’s more: there is now a really nice “Classica Channel” with a couple of old live recordings of classical performances. Having a chewing gum ad interrupting Daphnis et Chloé somewhere in the middle, is just not acceptable. The Joost team really should fix this before going live!

     
  • Joe 11:02 on April 4, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: , Christian Heilmann, corporate software/intranet stuff, , semanic web, web techniques, , XSLT   

    Reasons for stripping down 

    Christian Heilmann won’t go naked tomorrow.

    His reasons not to do so are:

    • Most CSS naked sites are generated from templates, so what is the individual blog author’s effort?
    • The target audience is missed, it is merely preaching for already converted style purists
    • The target market is missed: those really crappy intranets within big corporations

    My reasons for still participating with my (slightly modified) WordPress blog…

    You definitely have a point with the generated code/templates based blogs. Last year, I adapted my site layout to have the content first and navigation and boilerplate stuff to the bottom in the HTML stream. That was fun and even sped up the apparent rendering of my site with CSS enabled. So I did learn something usefull in the process as well.

    That site structure is generated from templates as well, but all handcrafted XML/XSLT stuff (in Firefox, select the alternate style CSS Naked Day to see how it works).

    Now I’m using WordPress and, indeed, just installed a plugin for ‘Naked Day. OK, so my contribution was to adapt that plugin for WP 2.1.x.

    About the corporate software/intranet stuff: you are completely right. But here I feel that bottom-up advocacy does work in the longer term. In my former (large) organisation, I got quite a few corporate J2EE developers interested in standards compliant CSS web techniques, especially after they had a very bad time trying to meet the requirements from our User Interaction specialists. The advance of Ajax does the rest.

    In just another 5 years or so, even those big vendors might have “got it” (and then go wondering what that “semanic web” stuff is all about ;-))

     
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