WordPress 2.7 Coming Soon

Those with WordPress.com have already been upgraded, but those of us who host our own WordPress install will have to wait until later this month to upgrade :(

Version 2.7 brings a host of changes, with the biggest one being a complete overhaul of the blogging tool’s dashboard interface. Instead of having navigation elements on the top of the page, everything has now moved over to the left side of the screen, similar to most Web mail services.

I’m behind on upgrading some of my blogs, so I guess I’ll just wait until this new version comes out.

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New Firefox add-on for WordPress

This sounds so awesome!!

On my list of 14 extremely useful Firefox addons I included ScreenGrab for capturing web pages to PNG or JPG images.

Today, I replaced it with Screen Grab to WordPress. As you probably guessed, it’s got the same core functionality with one major addition: the ability to send images directly to your WordPress-powered blog.

Heading off to download it and give it a whirl.

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Switching from Bloglines

I’ve read a few people complaining about Bloglines recently and it seems that people are moving to Google Reader. I have tried Google Reader several times – and have looked at it recently and it’s still not what I want to use. For me it still seems inferior to Bloglines – even if Bloglines is having errors.

Personally I only had one blog not updating (or one that I noticed) and it’s back so I’ll just stick with Bloglines and I’ll keep telling my students that Bloglines is better than Google Reader.

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Furious with Disqus!!

I wrote a short while ago that I was trying Disqus. I decided that there wasn’t enough value for me to keep using it. I uninstalled it and thought I was done – yeah right!! I had a reader tell me today that I had a bunch of duplicate comments on a thread, so I did a bit of digging and found that Disqus put duplicates of each comment into my database!! So, I’ve spent the last 3 hours trying to write a script (yes, I’m out of practice) to find the duplicates and delete them from the database.

I’m sure this is part my fault for not reading the fine print well enough – but what the heck!! Why did they need to create crap data in my database??

Rant done, back to writing my script.

Playing with Disqus

Notice something different about my comments? I’m playing with Disqus and I’m not sure what the point is.

Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. The Disqus comment system can be plugged into any website, blog, or application. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.

I tried to format the display the way I wanted (no avatars) but it’s not quite working. Take a look and let me know what you think. Also, if you’re using it, share your experiences with me.

If you want to see my profile you can find it here.

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