Migrated to WordPress

Well, here is the new WordPress version of my blog!

So far, I’m pretty impressed with WordPress. The code is much cleaner than Blogger, its post editor is far superior too. I love the Categories, they work much easier than the Blogger + Delicious kludge I had at my old blog.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Dvorak keyboards

I prefer Dvorak keyboards to QWERTY, which confounds my work colleagues no end 🙂

I’ve been typing on Dvorak for about 3 years now. The main reason I use the Dvorak keyboard layout is because, after 15 years of six-finger typing on QWERTY, I decided to learn to touch-type, and Dvorak is very easy to learn (I learnt it in 2 weeks, back to my old typing speed after a month).

Continue reading

New blog stuff, and issues

[MJL20060330: UPDATE: — This is a blog entry about adding Categories to Blogger, and a problem I encountered. Since migrating to WordPress, I no longer need to do these crufty hacks, as this feature is built-in. Compare this post with it’s Blogger original if you’re interested]

I’ve recently added blogging tags to my blog, courtesy of Userscripts.org and Greasemonkey for Firefox.

Unfortunately, it (or the way I’ve put it in my template) appears to have a conflict with Flickr’s BlogThis feature, such that the image citations are hidden when the posting is viewed… not sure what’s causing it or how to fix yet.

So, if you’re the owner of some flickr photo’s that I’ve blogged and wonder where the citations are, then I’m sorry, they get hidden as soon as I tag my post, and I’m working on how to restore them. In the mean-time, clicking the picture does still take viewers to your page, so they can view the actual owner details from there.

Crashed Linux


Crashed Linux

Originally uploaded by milliped.

This is a pretty neat shot of the in-flight entertainment system on an Airbus A330 having a boot-up issue. Note, the kernel is Linux.

This photo has a big rant in the flickr comments about whether or not it’s a Linux crash. Well, what’s a Linux crash? Most of the public Windows crashes do not involve the Windows kernel (except for blue-screens) but they get called Windows crashes. So, to be fair, this is a Linux crash, even if it appears that the kernel itself is fine.

Shifting Interfaces

Once again, Microsoft have drastically changed their Office interface.

While the new interface is very nice eye-candy and probably has some new features that could help (arguably), it represents yet another need to re-train.

The old argument that OpenOffice is too different from MS-Office to be quickly useable has just vanished. OpenOffice is more like MS-Office 97 than MS-Office 2007 will be, and really, who has needed any of the features in Office XP or Office 2003? What were they, again…? Oh yeah, anoying interface changes, and removal of the stupid Paperclip.

I think I’ll be distributing my work documents in PDF, created by OOo now, except where I must absolutely use MSO documents for work. Everthing else will be OOo. Now I just need to convince my wife that it’s not worth continually purchasing MSO, or even having it on our home PC.

Using punctuation entity names in XHTML

You can use the following XHTML entity names to put propper punctuation symbols into your web pages.

The W3C maintains a complete list, though finding what you need can be a bit tricky. I'm working on a complete list that actually displays the characters together with the other detail from W3C's table, a lot neater coding than this Blogger post too, I hope…

In the mean-time, here's a short-list of common characters that I use quite a lot:

Double quotes: “ ” ⇒ use “ and ”
Single quotes: ‘ ’ ⇒ use ‘ and ’
Ellipsis: ⇒ use …
En-dash: ⇒ use –
Em-dash: ⇒ use —
Minus sign: ⇒ use −

Multiplication: × ⇒ use ×
Division: ÷ ⇒ use ÷
Approximately equal: ⇒ use ≈

Trade Mark: ™ ⇒ use ™
Copyright: © ⇒ use ©
Registered: ® ⇒ use ®

Right-arrow: ⇒ use ⇒