Introducing WPMU.org

Here’s a fun project undertaken by Andrew and myself under good banner Incsub….. WPMU.org

The plan is to create a WordPress MU information blog – where you can catch up on the latest plugins, themes, SEO stuff, ‘how to”s and more.

A bit like a http://weblogtoolscollection.com/ for WordPress MU.

Here’s some more info about the launch (or, well, relaunch :) – we’d love to hear your thoughts on the project… and ideas / recommendations / suggestions!

And, just in case you can’t wait to get there, here’s the feed :D

http://feeds.feedburner.com/Wpmu-Wordpress-Mu-PluginsThemesAndNews

Keyboard woes

At the risk of turning this into JF’s tech issues blog I’m utterly stuck on this one and, in desperation, hand myself over to you – dear reader – for assistance for I is seriously stuck with the oddest keyboard issue you ever did come across.

Basically *something* has gotten into my keyboard operation that is playing havoc with my typing by not allowing me, in the middle of certain words, to enter double letters if I type them quickly. Or, more generally, just removing letters that have been typed in particularly quick succession, in certain contexts.

For example, green, comes out ‘gren’.

The reason, I have deduced, is that my tapping speed for the ‘e’ (and also for the ‘p’ in tapping) is much quicker than for othe letters (same happens for ‘letters’, becoming ‘leters’) – but here’s the odd thing, it’s only inside a word – I can just hit, for example, e at speed ‘eeeeeeeeeeee’ and then type ‘green’ and it works just fine… for a few times but then goes back to the same old behavior… for example: ‘green green gren  etc.’

It just ‘happened’ this week… very bizzare.

And it feels like something trying to make my life easier, perhaps by removing ‘bounce’ but OMG… I can tell you it isn’t.

Windows Vista Home Premium, A new Vaio CR laptop and this happens across all applications from firefox to editplus to safari.

Have used avast and Spybot-SD to clean absolutely everything (so it’s nothing malicious) have also checked keyboard accessibility settings in Vista and all keyboard settings in the Vaio control center.

Have googled my arse off on keyboard sensitivity, debouncing, double letters, typing speed and more and followed the weakest possibilities with no joy :(

I tried a system restore back to when this wasn’t a problem I’ve been so desperate, but that did no good at all.

And I can’t determine anything that might have caused it – and boy, have I had a lot of practice at testing to see what causes bugs.

So, after literally 4 days of trying to fix this on my own… I’m stuck as a stuck thing, and throw myself unto your helpful hands… pretty (or should I say prety) please!!!

Update 1: As far as I know it’s nothing to do with Texter – as it continues when it’s disabled… but it certainly feels like something that might be related to that.

Update 2: Thanks to Dave and Oscar but I’m afraid it doesn’t seem to be to do with “Filter Keys’ or any other Accessibility (or ‘ease’ for vista) feature :(

Update 3: Unbelievable – I just got home (have been away) and I do believe that it’s the Telstra 3G (Next G) wireless internet client that has been doing it!!!

I can’t find anything on the whirlpool forums but switching it of and going back to the home wireless connection has fixed everything… how annoying! Have to figure out a fix before my next trip anywhere!

Gmail errors today

Anyone else experiencing horrific gmail errors today – 502s, 100s, 728s and more… all day.

Makes me realise how much I rely on it! Possibly a touch *too* much (although surely their imperative to fix it up and keep it qworking great is greater than my imperative to go and try to recreate a gmail experience somewhere else… if that’s even possible!)

A combination of that and Optus cable internet being absolutely terribe (as usual) has been bugging the heck out of me today… roll on tomorrow, new telstra connection and iinet!

Google Calendar in gmail… or even notifier?

My one grumble with Firefox 3 is that I’ve lost my GCAL notifier that used to sit so sweetly next to my gmail one.

So I was kinda excited upon finding a few neat greasemonkey hacks to get round that… all of which were out of date, however, with the exception of Gmail Add Ons.

Which, while current, just isn’t working with FF3 :( At least as far as I can tell… and I’ve already spent a good 60 minutes trying to save myself time in future so I think it’s time to give up.

Anyone else have gcal working in their gmail sidebar (or even, sob, in a notifier)- by fair means or foul, in Firefox 3?

Teh

I’m an absolute loser, I can hardly get through a single email without writing ‘the’ as ‘teh’.

I reckon if you add it up, over a month or so I probably spend hours correcting myself after the fact.

So… I did a bit of searching and came up with this brilliant application called Texter.

It instantly (if so set) changes every typo back to its correct form, across all applications. Windows only though at the moment :)

gRSShopper

Congratulations to Stephen on the release of gRSShopper (ace name BTW :)

“a personal web environment that combines resource aggregation, a personal dataspace, and personal publishing. “

Here’s a demo and here’s the project page.

Great shame that the .com is a domain squatting page :(

To mac or not to mac?

Have been toying with getting a MacBook Pro to replace an increasingly clunky Vaio.

But being a M$ user since, well, forever… I’ve gotta weigh up a heap of stuff.

First up, as this is basically my business and livelihood (in a very literal sense) what will the cost to me in figuring everything out all over again.

I mean, I can fix pretty much anything on XP… am I gonna be wasting hours/days/more on a Mac?

And will the change in OS be inspiring or just a pain in the arse.

And what of my beloved EditPlus :(

Bizarrely it’s the ipod touch that got me thinking of making the switch, it’s just so much fun to use.

Also, what are the chances of something new coming out that’s, well, better in the next 6 months?

Anyway, just weighing this up myself as much as anything, but if anyone has any thoughts I’d love to hear them!

100 WordPress themes – that you don’t need to edit!

I released a new WordPress / WPMU theme pack yesterday with 100 themes, lots of them new and some old favorites (like Mandigo) reworked to allow for custom uploaded headers.

What’s really really cool about these themes though is that because they’re all set up to work on Edublogs, they require absolutely no code editing at all.

Every sidebar is widgetized, every big header can be replaced through the backend of WP and (hopefully almost) every bug has been squashed.

So with any luck it’ll be of a lot of use to regular WP folk as well as WPMU-ers.

Incidentally, did you know that ‘Farms’ theme packs have been downloaded over 20 thousand times!

Edublogs gets prettified!

Go check out our new makeover at Edublogs.

You can let us know what you think of it here.

I’m pretty happy we’ve been able to finally get it out, it’s been a while!

But if you really can’t be bothered to click above, then here’s a grab of it:

Although I reckon it looks much nicer in person!

I absolutely love this

I’ve gotta say, first looks at the new admin design made me freak out a bit but in actual use WordPress 2.5 is so very very nice it makes me smile. It’s like the iTouch of blogging aps, so full of beautiful detail that I’m, yet again, counting my blessings that I’ve build my entire professional life at the moment entirely around this gorgeous thing.

I mean yeh there are all the big new elements which rock (galleries etc.) but these other things really show some love …

  • I love the extra links next to log out
  • The extra level of tabs where Dashboard is (not to mention the new dashboard, how much are we gonna enjoy dashboard widgets!)
  • Splitting Manage / Options into Manage / Settings and putting settings over on the right is just plain sensible
  • Comments-in waiting (and the calendar icons) are just lovely
  • Making the uploader an optional click is about the best thing I could think of for so many many reasons
  • Tag suggestion is a nice touch

Cannae wait to implement this on Edublogs – people are gonna freak out!

Rubbish Optus Cable Internet

Well, Richard’s fix got over the ridiculous Optus cable internet issues we’ve been having accessing international sites… until this morning when, oops, it got turned off.

So, back to direct connections I went, and sure enough, come 12:30PM (for 30-40 minutes) pretty much every international site I’ve tried to access is unaccessible (including gmail – gah) and now the workaround isn’t getting me there either.

I’ve also now contacted them 3 times, and heard absolutely nothing through either their support or actual complaints lines (for which they guarantee a response!!!)

Each time I provided ping details, information and a cry for help… from a customer that uses them for 2 mobile, a landline and their most expensive residential net connection… but nothing seems to have come of it.

Anyway, I give up, iinet here I come and so should anyone else who actually wants to have a stable international net connection.

Update: If you’re having the same issue try switching your auto proxy config to http://webproxy.syd.optusnet.com.au/ (instead of http://webproxy02.syd.optusnet.com.au/) which might have fixed it for me. Still absolutely rubbish… let’s see if they bother to respond to my 3rd (or is it 4th?) support ticket.

Lulz

Oh, do come on, I thought I’d really reached the pinnacle of contrition on occasions over the last few years but this is just too funny :)

“We have learnt many valuable lessons during this process and would like to apologise for the way the transition period was handled.”

You’re not wrong – come on guys, a smiley wouldn’t have gone amiss :D

Not content with just creating new users?

Well, we’ve just added another feature to Edublogs that allows you to add up to 15 users at one time to your blog (and you can give them each a different roles too).

Neato huh :)

If you’re an Edublogs user go to Users > Add Users to have a play!

Funny names :)

How many of the following UK startups (as listed by TC) would you say have pretty silly names?

Groupspaces – Can forgive this one, just
Tioti – Surely there must be better 5 letter .coms around
Exabre – Erm
Coull – Sounds painful
Zogix – Yay, a Z
Byteplay – Hmmm.. not bad
Trampoline Systems – LOL, at least it’s funny
Hubdub – So Rubadub was taken,m right?
WAYN – And Waynetta ;)
TrustedPlaces – Not bad!
Slicethepie – Not to trashy either
Mydeo – Hmmmm
Skimbit – Iffy
Huddle – Finally a good ‘un
Rummble – Didn’t misspelling names go out a bit back?
Zebtab – Another Z :D
Silobreaker – Makes me feel a little queasy
Kwiqq – Um…
edocr – …
ShortFuze – Don’t get ’em angry!
Made me chortle, and yes, I know, Incsub isn’t exactly clear and simple but Edublogs is… isn’t it ;)

Um, ‘upgrade’ to MT :D

Heh, I worked with MT for a whole year at theage.com.au and basically the only thing they have going for themselves is static html… which of course Super Cache does for WP very nicely (so I really wishthey’d shut up about that bit – it makes our clients nervous and means we have t say bad things about MT ;)

So that aside, everyone needs plugins (we’re all different, right), stats in your dashboard are like, so, who cares (hardly a challenge with WP too)… and as for design and support… hmmm well that’s a bit subjective.

Seriously though, competition is good so I do with MT the best of success (and others), it’ll help WP improve, but as for being a competitive alternative, not by a long shot just yet guys.

Update: Hear hear… I forgot to mention that it’d be virtually impossible to build anything like Edublogs with MT.