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  • Joe 18:12 on April 3, 2007 Permalink  

    WordPress Security Update: 2.1.3 

    Quick note: if you’re running WordPress 2.x, there are security releases waiting for you: WordPress 2.1.3 and 2.0.10.

    This update is highly recommend for all users of both branches.

    These releases include fixes for several publicly known minor XSS issues, one major XML-RPC issue, and a proactive full sweep of the WordPress codebase to protect against future problems.

    Again, the Microsummaries Plugin for WordPress just keeps working, no need to deactivate it before upgrading.

  • Joe 00:34 on April 3, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: , web developers   

    Upcoming: CSS Naked Day 

    CSS Naked DayAnnouncement: April 5th will be the second CSS Naked Day.

    Just like last year, a lot of bloggers and web developers will have fun on this day by disabling the CSS for their sites and see what the raw content looks like.

    I just installed a plugin for WordPress which does CSS switching for me. Well, it did not quite work with the current 2.1x release of WordPress, so I made a slight modification.
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    • Paul Enderson 18:22 on April 3, 2007 Permalink

      Thanks! I’ve got it installed, primed and ready for the 5th!

      Paul @ GadgetBloke.com

    • Paul Enderson 01:39 on April 5, 2007 Permalink

      Your plugin failed I’m afraid. I had it installed, seen by WP, with my layout conforming to Guff’s original recommendations.

      Is it possible that it was geared up to something other than 12:01 GMT?

      Thanks for the effort anyway. I just had to strip of manually! ;¬)

      Paul @ GadgetBloke.com

    • Auke Visman 16:45 on April 5, 2007 Permalink

      It’s a shame I just found out that today is the ‘css naked day’. I’ve used the plug-in in my WP 2.1.3 and it works!
      So I’m ready for next year and I hope to get comments on it as well.

    • Joe 19:36 on April 5, 2007 Permalink

      @Paul: the plugin *should* take into account your local time zone. However, you need to have specified what the time zone offset is in the WordPress settings for that to work. Go to Options in the admin interface, look under Date and Time and specify the value for “Times in the weblog should differ by: xx”.

      I did not test this, though, as for me the time offset is very limited (ony two hours during daylight savings time).

  • Joe 15:57 on April 2, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: 200 OK;, , , Baltimore, community vigilance tools, Danny Ayers, Denny Vrandecic, Frank Zappa, front end web application, Green Genes, Hot Rats;, Maryland, Peaches;, , semantic web terminology, web applications   

    Freebase: Life, the Universe, and Everything 

    Just after my post Freebase as productive playground, I recieved an invite (thanks a lot, Ken!) and I have played around a little…

    Now, a lot of relevant things have been said around the ‘net (see my prevous post). And, there have been some in-depth reviews of the model of Freebase, related to the Semantic Web: Denny Vrandecic, Danny Ayers.

    I will not repeat these comments here, rathter give my first impressions as a curious explorer.

    First of all, the Freebase website is very heavy on Ajax, which seems to be almost essential for the functionality provided.
    As a novice user, you are launched at the “User Profile” page. While starting to fill out some profile fields, you are immediately confronted with the Metaweb Object Model (login needed).

    The Freebase Object Model

    The model roughly consists of:

    • Domain (the top level ontology, e.g. ‘music‘ or ‘business‘)
    • Type (a class within a domain, e.g. music/artist)
    • Topic (an individual object, let’s say Frank Zappa as musical artist)
    • Property (attributes, e.g. ‘name’ or ‘date of birth’, or a relation with another Topic)

    So when you start editing your User Profile, you are actually filling out a template of a User Type. Within this type, the attribute “Me as a Freebase Topic” links to an object of class (Type) ‘people/person‘. The distinction is somewhat like the difference between a real world (verifyable) person, and personas this person might use. From the Freebase documentation:

    A person topic is distinct from a user in Metaweb. Users have profiles that can only be edited by the users themselves. A person topic can be edited by anyone and is intended as a factual representation of details about a person.

    A couple of primitive Types exist (e.g. type/intor type/text), but in most cases more complex types are used for attributes. So Place of Birth is not just a text sctring, but an object of type ‘location/location‘. This ensures that all occurrences of ‘Baltimore, Maryland‘ refer to the same object.

    Following the link to this location, you can zoom in further and find that the object is not only of type ‘location/location‘, but also ‘location/citytown‘ and ‘location/us_county‘.

    Queries and results

    Freebase is called a database for a reason: you can run queries against it and get results back. Now being heavily rooted in the semantic web terminology, you might expect to use SPARQL as a query language, and results back in some RDF representation. But this is not the case.

    Both queries and results are expressed in plain JSON, which is becoming the data transport protocol of choice for most Ajax projects and frameworks.
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