So much more me than me

Jul 04, 2011 in Technology

Those who know me, know that I’m all over any technological gadget you can find. Here’s a recent Dilbert strip that some would say describes me to the letter. Seriously.

Dilbert - New smartphone: poor reception--but it's got Apps!

View the original Dilbert June 30, 2011 strip. © Scott Adams Inc.

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WordPress: How to show a specific post or page

Jun 04, 2010 in Technology

I have a lot of fun playing with content management systems. Last week I wrote about some of the fun stuff I’m doing with MediaWiki. This time I’ll be looking at a specific task common to WordPress template creation: How to retrieve the contents of a specific post or page using the get_post() function.

My first attempts using get_post() returned empty values. After hours of searching and plugging away at the task, things started to click. I figured I should record this keep track of the solution for future reference, and to help out anyone else with the same problem.

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Bang my head against the MediaWiki wall

May 28, 2010 in Productivity

One of my really cool projects is to harness the collaborative CMS features of MediaWiki as a means to store comments within an HTML-based help system. I thought I’d start by implementing a forms-based entry that created wiki pages when first loaded, but after getting so far I’ve been banging my head against the wall.

Let me explain what I’ve done so far, with the hope that someone out there on teh Interweb would be able to help me out. I’ll post an update when I get it sorted out. (Sorry, I’m not posting screen shots to save time.

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MS Word has a Replace() VBA function?

Apr 13, 2009 in Technology

It astounds me that a company as large as Microsoft can’t develop better help systems to accompany their products. While most people complain that Microsoft merely releases lousy products, I am one of the faithful who believe that the products are fine, but badly, poorly, confusingly, terribly supported.

Case in point: MS Word’s string Replace() function, not discussed in any official VBA reference.

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For want of an MX record…

Apr 04, 2009 in Technology

If you’ve tried sending me email at anytime on April 4, 2009, there is a great chance that I didn’t receive it. I screwed up. Badly. I was trying to be smart, by modifying my DNS record and Host (A) settings to increase my privacy. However, I forgot to set up the MX record. To fix this will take more trouble than it’s worth, so I have restored my original DNS settings.

While the new settings are happily propagating the Internet, if you need to reach me, use the phone, facebook, or twitter. I will test the server settings later tonight, but I probably won’t be checking email at least until Monday.

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How to write spam that sticks

Feb 25, 2009 in Productivity

Since last week I’ve been receiving upwards of 300 spam comments a day. I somehow made it onto the Internet radar, which is proving to be a mixed blessing. A pet peeve of mine is seeing well known, high profile blogs with spam comments, as if the owner doesn’t care about the quality of their community, only the amount of comments against their posts. For this reason alone I will continue to moderate comments against my blog. Readers who comment regularly will have their comments approved automatically from their third comment onward, unless their comment matches other triggers.

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WHY I haven’t blogged

Dec 02, 2008 in Personality, Productivity, Technology

So I says to my wife, “you know, I’d really like to work as an independent contractor for awhile and really get to see the world.” The following day, my manager told me that they’d lost my contract as a technical writer. I wanted to say, “Would you like me to help you find it?” Instead I played it cool. “Great! Lots of time for blogging.” As I wrote my last full post on November 6, obviously I didn’t spend as much time blogging as I thought. What did I do instead? It couldn’t have been because I ran out of things to say.

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