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Using, hacking and discussing software.

Workaround for when MAMP fails to stop or start

Last night there were several brownouts, which may or may not affected how my laptop slept. A rare sleep disorder causes problems when waking up: Right after opening my machine, it spontaneously reboots rather than, er, staying awake. This occurred only once or twice in the past year, but when it did, MAMP passed away […]

Macworld Expo 2008

It’s that time of the year for another Macworld convention in San Francisco. The Moscone South and West arrangement was confusing, though, with many visitors (such as ourselves) going between the two, trying to find registration and/or not realizing that both buildings contained exhibitors. Played with the MacBook Air. Oh, my, it felt thinner than […]

Hello Zenphoto, Goodbye Gallery2

After less than two years of using Gallery 2, I opted for change and have migrated my online photo gallery to Zenphoto. While powerful and feature-rich, Gallery became too cumbersome to maintain. Zenphoto, however, is easy to install, use and maintain. It looks and feels refreshingly streamlined. Whenever I work on or look at my […]

Poke tweak prod tweak

Happy New Year! 2008 starts off with…more hackery. I’ve spent more time working on backend site stuff, rather than, well, content. (Obviously.) I’ve found a WordPress plugin which has greatly eased the ongoing task of fixing broken links with redirects: Redirection, by John Godley of Urban Giraffe. If you’ve overhauled a website (such as my […]

Dustiness: Theme and taxonomy upgrades, oh my!

I’ve hunkered down and merged my WordPress theme changes with the latest version of veryplaintxt (now v4.0). It took me only about week of work, yet I’m still left with my strong wish for The Ultimate Merge Tool. I still use TextWrangler’s Find Differences tool (note to self: remember to ignore whitespace). The bottom line […]

Upgrade to Leopard

Last week I upgraded my laptop from Tiger to Leopard. The process went quite smoothly. Backed up to an external firewire drive using Carbon Copy Cloner. Restarted with Leopard disk, and selected Archive and Install. Customized the installation by deselecting X11, most of the languages, and all but the Canon and Lexmark printer drivers. (Sheez, […]

Dustiness: WordPress upgraded to 2.3.1

So. I’ve upgraded this site to WordPress 2.3.1, finally. A few dust flurries remain: No longer have the fanschy-schmancy archive Ajaxy thingie. Poor Extended Live Archives (ELA), its development has ground to a halt. (Hey, if anyone decides to work on it again, drop me a line. I might be keen to test it. I […]

Please hold…

Pardon the dust, or, more accurately, pardon any interruptions or interface oddity you might encounter. (Er, like the image thumbnail no longer appearing in the sidebar. Now fixed; bloody .htaccess issue again.) I’m currently testing various site upgrade and changes. WordPress has undergone a major update, and along with that several associated plugin changes. Wheee!

Seeking online gallery software

I’m looking for a flexible (if not powerful) online gallery package. What are the free, preferably open source choices for online galleries? There are quite a few! Wikipedia has a photo gallery comparison article. However, it’s not comprehensive since it’s a stub which needs cleanup (e.g., lists only basic features, and doesn’t mention other projects […]

OpenID for comments in

I have played with OpenID on my test site, and it’s about time to make it available on You may now use your OpenIDs here for your comments! Many thanks to Jed and Kathleen for helping me out with testing. 😀 How to use OpenID here 1. First of all, you need an OpenID. […]