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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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