Silence is killing me

Either it is a very quite Sunday, or using Akregator is so much more effecient. I can’t figure which one of these two, or if it is a combination… But I have nothing to read. All my almost three hundred feeds are read and have no new items. Even items marked for later reading are read. Silence. Is. Killing. Me. I am not used to this sort of thing. I am hitting Ctrl-L (fetch all feeds) as fast as I can. This’ll get me banned soon.

Fast! Please! Let me know of any good feeds to read! Call 911. Or 199. Or whatever the number is.

All is fixed. Finally.

It’s been more than a month since my upgrade to WordPress 2.0.2. The upgrade went just fine, but it broke one important piece of functionality. I used to have a few pages that used PHP Exec plugin (things like the Archives and Blogroll).

Unfortunately, PHP Exec plugin does not work in the newer WordPress. A few alternative solutions are available, but I was waiting for this one to get fixed, as I didn’t want to change anything myself.

I got tired of waiting and fixed everything today myself. I used a somewhat hacky workaround. One of the useful features of WordPress is that it allows templates for pages. It is possible to have one page look and feel very different from another page. So, I simply created page templates for all my stuff that used PHP Exec, and copied things over.

All is finally back. My apologies for the long delay.

Flickr badge

Those of you who missed random images from my photo albums since I moved away from Gallery2, here you go – now there is a Flickr badge at the top of the frontpage of this blog.

Currently, it shows five random pictures from my Flickr account. All thumbnails are squared (I specifically chose it to be that way), so you might be missing part of the picture. If you wish to see the full version of the image, then click on the thumbnail and you will be redirected to the appropriate Flickr page. While at Flickr, you can also leave a comment for the picture, see it in different resolution, browse similar pictures (by tag), or see the relevant photo album (“set” in Flickr terms).

If you want to have a Flickr badge for your site, this page will get you started. You can have it in Flash or HTML, vertical, horizontal, or totally in your style, with 1, 3, 5, and 10 images from all your images, tagged by a certain tag, from a specific set, or from other people or groups altogether. It is very easy to setup and you can make it look exactly the way you want it.

Let me know if you like it or not, or if you’d better have it somehow or somewhere else.

Blogging baby

If you are a parent, planning to become one, have one, or … just interested in all the child-parent business, I have an interesting blog for you – Blogging Baby.

This is one of the best blogs out there. It’s very balanced (posts by mothers and fathers), frequently updated (several authors, several posts a day), interesting, informative, kind, and all that.

Recently, a Flickr pool has been created for sharing pictures of the Blogging Baby audience. There’s a constant best picture contest. Some pictures are even featured on the blog’s main page.

I wish there were more communities like this.

Why do they even ask?

I’ve got an email the other day from some PR guy, who was asking if I’d be interesting in getting press releases from his company. They are a technical company and he realized that I often have technology related posts on this blog.

I didn’t reply immediately. I needed some time to think it over. I’m surely not going to post any press releases on this blog. But I’ve been getting similar offers quite often recently. So I was considering the possibility of starting a new blog with all those press releases, and hopefully making some money out of it.

Before I made any decisions and before I replied to him, he started sending me the press releases all by himself. I got two for starters. A couple of hours later he sent me another one. And then another two.

Why did he even bothered to ask?

Needless to say, he has been added to my SPAM filter. Along with a few other people who behave in the same way. No coverage for you guys. Not even black PR. I am not mentioning your names, your companies, and I am not linking to your sites. You are gone.