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Saturday, December 31st, 2005

Responses From GamerZ

I said I would lay out my concerns to the author of the UserOnline plugin, and he has responded favorably. The whole GPL issue was just something he didn’t know about, and he has given permission to release my modified version of his plugin, which I thought was most gracious. If you haven’t already figured it out, the files themselves are one level deeper in my online files. I don’t think I’m going to write a modified instruction file and package it all up because I’m not trying to put a competing version of UserOnline. I have different interests, and have received support for those interests, and any plugin I release will be mine.

Posted by Greg as Programming at 05:54 PST

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Thursday, December 29th, 2005

UserOnline Plugin

I thought it was only fair to present my beefs to the author of the UserOnline plugin. (Wow, wonder how that’s going to translate into Dutch!)

After all, the guy came up with the plugin that we all what. I don’t want to usurp his well-deserved position in the WordPress world. Perhaps we can draw him in to our discussion and end up with a better plugin for everyone.

Posted by Greg as Programming at 18:46 PST

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Elbow and Send – Definition

I’m sure many of you have wondered about the true meaning of the term “elbow and send”, and have been searching high and low for the definition. You’ve gone to Wikipedia and seen the absence, you’ve tried using define in Google, you’ve Googled the term and checked out all those links, with so many disappointments.

Well, I have, too. And I’m not giving out any links to my obscure references, so only people who really want to know, the ones who have gone through what I have gone through, will be interested, and they’ll be coming straight here from search engines. I’m going to post the count.

I have my own thoughts on what the phrase actually means… but I don’t want to prejudge anyone. I invite you to submit comments. [Update – see comments below for my submission]

It’s my conclusion that the phrase is a total insider joke. I’ve been a geek long enough that if it was true geek speak, I’d know it. If it was l33t – well, there have been plenty of dictionaries made for that moronic fad. Virtually all the references point back to the original source, with a couple of trying-to-sound cool imitators using it in what they hope is in context. It’s entirely possible that the entire blogging feud is a pretext for seeding the phrase out and seeing how far it spreads, you power-mad fiends!

Well, if I’ve been suckered in, I have to say that it’s all been worth it. The posts are hilarious, and the animation is teh boss.

[As promised, here’s my visitor report:]
Total: 30 – 1/9/06
Search engines:
Bloglines
Google Blog Search
Google
Google UK
Netscape
Blogger
Yahoo
Google Australia
Google Canada

Posted by Greg as People at 11:59 PST

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Problems with UserOnline 2.0

Based on a quick review of the new code:

To give him credit, GamerZ does ask for feedback to improve his plugin.

Posted by Greg as Programming at 11:40 PST

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Original UserOnline Rereleased for WP 2.0

GamerZ has announced that he has updated his UserOnline plugin for WordPress 2.0, so you should know that there may be an out-of-the-box solution for your needs. However, looking at his demo, it still doesn’t incorporate the functionality you’re asking for. I’ll download it and look at the code.

Posted by Greg as Programming at 05:45 PST

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

WordPress 2.0 Release Candidate

WordPress has put out a release candidate for 2.0 and is asking for beta testers. I found a good description of the new features and was very disappointed to see that OpenID integration wasn’t included.

This is going to have a big impact on my plugin – tentatively named displayonline. I still want to include the OpenID login recognition at the same level as a registered user. But this means I have to fall back on the openid plugin, which the author describes as “very, very messy and a little buggy.” So encouraging, but beggars can’t be choosers.

I’ve downloaded the plugin and taken a quick look at the code. Once again, no GPL, and in this case, profanity in the comments. No wonder it’s not at the official plugin repository. I’m a little hesitant to install it.

But I’ve also noticed problems with the whole system. I can sign in to LiveJournal just fine, but get errors over at Videntity.org. My delegated OpenID server explains that I need to “trust” a site in order to let it validate me, so the system is still apparently too complex. Oh – just got an email back from my OpenID server in response to my bug report. Says he no longer maintains the server. So I changed the tags on my website to reflect delegating to my alternate OpenID server. Now I’m having problems logging in to LiveJournal!

I guess I’ve have to backburner the OpenID aspect.

I have an outline written for the plugin code and have set up a database for the required fields, so I can start experimenting. I just need to find the time.

Posted by Greg as Programming at 12:27 PST

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Accepted to Aussie Blogs Webring

I got a note today that my site has been approved for inclusion in the Aussie Blogs webring. I’ve had the navigation code in place for a while, but someone finally got around to checking my site out and decided I met the criteria for joining, so the links actually work now.

Back in the days the webring concept was a good way to find similarly themed sites, but with search engines so much better and faster now, it will be interesting to see whether anyone actually still uses it.

Posted by Greg as My Website at 08:02 PST

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Monday, December 26th, 2005

I Haven’t Laughed So Hard…

since I can’t remember when. “The Internet is for Porn” movie is a must-see!! I couldn’t find the original source, supposedly the Argent Dawn faction at Worlds of Warcraft. Note that the movie is office-safe; no nudity or obscenity, and it’s got a hell of a catchy tune. The song, in fact, is not a parody – it’s a real-life piece from the Broadway musical Avenue Q.

Thanks to brni for tipping me off about it.

Posted by Greg as Family & Friends at 11:33 PST

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Sunday, December 25th, 2005

Credit Where It’s Due

In a couple of my posts about getting my wireless card to work in Fedora, I mentioned and linked to Mauriat Miranda’s Fedora Core 4 Installation Guide, but I didn’t specifically credit him for his work. I’ve gone back and edited my posts to do that.

I didn’t notice the oversight until I saw a comment on one of these posts saying, basically, “you’re welcome.” He must have seen inbound traffic from here and checked it out. I left the following message for him:

Thanks for the feedback, although it was a little embarrassing. I’ve amended my posts that reference your guide to credit you by name. I get at least 30 hits a day on the subject, so hopefully I’m steering a little traffic your way.

I found that documenting just the wireless card installation to be a tedious and relatively thankless task, so I have great respect for you and the amount of effort that must have gone into your document. I’m going to post this message on my site and hopefully send some more over to you. I know I found your advice to be invaluable.

Regards,

Greg R. Perry

If you had read between the lines in some of my posts, you would have seen the message “I’m a huge dummy for not reading this through completely and following its advice from the very beginning.” I installed Fedora at least four times while trying to get the card working, and a lot of the mysterious errors that I saw along the way – things that had nothing to do with the wireless card itself – could have been avoided, so I would highly recommend going over there and checking it out. I can’t imagine how much time Mauriat spent fiddling around with his system, making mistakes and having to reinstall again, and pausing after every tweak to take notes on what he did and what the results were, in order to obtain the knowledge that he presents. It’s a way more complete and practical guide than what RedHat hands you.

Myself, I feel like I’ve carved out a little niche for myself with my own work and writing about it, but it only makes me marvel more at the hardcore howto-writers like Mauriat. In a way, it’s an even tougher job than the dedicated people who write the open source software. Maybe I actually could code my way out of a wet paper bag, but one thing I’ve always hated is documenting how I did it, and figuring out how somebody else did it is even worse. My contribution to making Linux more accessible to the world is pretty puny, but every little acknowledgment is such a huge thrill to me – the comments on my own posts, the links from other sources, and the Google ranking – these things may seem small, but they so make up for those hours of frustration, the noticing that it’s 3:00 am and having to get up for work in just a couple of hours, and the time lost writing when I could have been playing with the fruits of my labor.

So do us all a favor and drop a note every now and again when you find useful information on someone’s website. Even more importantly, let us know when we steer you wrong – I know I go back and fix any error that I’m aware of. I take pride in what I do, and pride is the only payment I get. But this post isn’t supposed to be about me – it’s about Mauriat. Go there, use it, and drop him a note.

Posted by Greg as Hardware & Drivers, OS at 21:23 PST

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Saturday, December 24th, 2005

Aaaaaaaaaaaarrrgh!

Posted by Greg as Football at 13:20 PST

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