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Category Archives: Software

Using, hacking and discussing software.

Site updates, slowly, slowly

Indeed, my beloved theme veryplaintxt is too old for the latest version of WordPress. It’s one of several WP tasks to investigate. Moreover, many of the plugins are either no longer supported or no longer working under WP 6 or later. Because of the upgrade from PHP 7 to PHP 8, I’ve deactivated the following […]

Turned off gallery access

I’ve disabled access to my Zenphoto gallery for the time being. Alas, I haven’t had the time to keep the gallery software properly maintained. Hope to switch to another gallery tool that’s easier to use and well integrated into WordPress, but that likely won’t happen until late this year at the earliest.

Goodbye OpenID

I’ve decided to stop using OpenID on this website for several reasons: The OpenID plugin for WordPress was last updated in 2012. I have stopped following its development, and I have also stopped trying to get past/possible issues to work properly with my site and theme. I just have not had the time for the […]

Turning on text-to-speech in iBooks

I finally learned how to turn my books in iBooks into audiobooks, by using either VoiceOver or through the Selection menu. This feature has been around for a while, but it took articles from TUAW and Mac OS X Hints to clarify the steps for me. I prefer the VoiceOver method, but both work fine […]

Installed Live Comment Preview

Sadly, one of my favorite WordPress plugins, FiloSofo Comments Previews, appears to be broken and orphaned (last updated in 2008, with no response from the developer on its issues since then, afaict). It no longer works with recent versions of WordPress. Thus, I’ve replaced it with another similar tool, Live Comment Preview, which will display […]

Gallery RSS feed URL has changed

It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded images to my (food) gallery, so allow me to say that a few more have trickled in. O:-) I should also mention with the latest version of Zenphoto, the RSS feed —if you view my photos that way— has been changed. The new RSS feed URL is now […]

iPhone note-taking apps (Part 2)

I’m still using Evernote as my note-taking app on the iPhone, but I have become increasingly disgruntled with it. Sadly, I’ve yet to find a significantly better note-taking solution, although Simplenote and Take A Note might have potential in the future. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I need only a note-taking application. Having […]

Plugin setbacks with WordPress 2.7.1 upgrade

As usual, the WordPress upgrade to v2.7.1 went well. But (and should I not get too surprised?) there were a couple hitches with plugins. One of the issues is similar to last time, involving Comments Preview and (somehow) OpenID. But now it keeps insisting on entering something for the Name and Email fields. Even when […]

iPhone apps I use (2008 edition)

Dealing with the productivity iPhone apps sure makes me look like a wet blanket. But, as much fun complaining can be, I have had fun with the iPhone software. To keep my enthusiasm in check, I’m limiting this entry to the apps I had found in 2008, and continue to use. But a couple of […]

Macworld Expo SF 2009

I went to this year’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco with low expectations. None of the Apple hardware or software announcements were things I had been waiting for. Not to downplay them, of course. I’m simply not a large laptop user, for example. While I do use applications from iLife and iWork, I do not […]