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In an attempt to get loading times a little bit down, I changed my theme and I started kicking out plugins:

  • twitter is now done via the official twitter html badge
  • statistics are now handled by piwik
  • social bookmarking sites are now handeled by a sharethis.com button (js) in the template

Should help getting down some SQL queries and move the blog loading to a more asynchronous experience :)

Just a short heads up on a fun new mini-series/musical/whatever

"If all goes according to plan… which it will… because I hold a PHD in HORRIBLENESS!";

"Everything happens…";

"…Don't say for a reason!";

"No… I just wanted to say that everything happens";



I'd love to subsribe in itunes, but there are two problems atm:

  1. only available in the us store
  2. 1,99$ / ep

Available for free over the website though (using hulu)

Watch it! I COMMAND YOU TO!

Kai (or "der mögige Kai\" as most of you might know him) has recently written a blog post called "\"http://www.kaijaeger.com/java-swing-is-not-thread-safe.html">Java Swing is not thread safe".

To my surprise, the guys from the Java Posse discussed his blogpost in their recent episode #196

Listen to the part about Kai’s post:

java-posse-196-kais_blog_entry

UPDATE: And here is Kai’s answer

The Java Posse by The Java Posse is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License

If you have created your VM using the VMware Converter and now you're finding out that you chose the wrong target version, simply do this:

1. open your .vmx file

2. replace virtualHW.version = "6" with virtualHW.version = "4"

3. open your disk image (vmdk) (use a hexeditor… you're opening a gb+ file here)

4. replace ddb.virtualHWVersion = "6" with ddb.virtualHWVersion = "4"

Voila , it should work

I decided to switch from simply forwarding *@marc-seeger.de to my marc.seeger_at_gmail_dot_com address to actually using "";http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/index.html">google apps for domains".

As I didn't want to lose my existing mails, I searched for a way to migrate my old gmail account.

There are some pop based solutions, but they suck as they:


  1. Don't preserve tags (as in "read";/"unread";)

  2. Don't preserve folders (or as they are called in gmail: "labels";

There are basically two solutions atm:
Using imapsync
Using ruby

I don't really trust the imapsync solution. Won't import the sent mail folder and I don't really know what it does.

The ruby solution is pretty awesome and works fine on my dreamhost shell (my DSL is simply too slow to start uploading 10 MB attachments). There are a bunch of patches in the comments. It would be awesome if this modded version would work, but it seems as if tumblr markup destroyed the code :-/

Wordpress Plugins

As I switched back to wordpress, I had to go on a hunt for the niftiest plugins again. These are what I use:
Akismet
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.
My Comment: it works, nuff said

All in One Adsense and YPN
Inserts Adsense or YPN code in to your blog posts. Ad position can be random or pre-defined.
My Comment: allows me to keep my adsense ads even when I change templates. (At the moment the ads only show up on single posts)

All in One SEO Pack
Out-of-the-box SEO for your Wordpress blog. By Michael Torbert.
My comment: I might actually build this into the templates themselves… no need to burn extra CPU cycles

Extended Comment Options
This plugin allows you to switch comments and/or pings on or off for batches of existing posts.
My comment: I don't really know if I'll ever use this. It came with my default install and I might be deactivating it soon

FD Feedburner Plugin
Redirects all feeds to a Feedburner feed By John Watson.
My comment: Works fine, people can still subscribe to marc-seeger.de/feed and feedburner will give me the stats.

Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO.
My comment: Seems to work fine

OpenID Delegation
Adds OpenID delegation to a WordPress blog allowing users to authenticate/signin/signup to OpenID supported sites with their blog's URL.
My comment: Works fine, it would be nice if this could be combined with WP-OpenID into a single plugin

Random Tagline
Display a random tagline from a quotefile instead of your fixed tagline.
My comment: useless, but fun… maybe I'll deactivate it in favour of page loading times

Redirection
A redirection manager By John Godley.
My comment: seems to be pretty decent. I need this because of all the blogging engine switching :)

Semmelstatz
Besucher-Statistik fuer das Wordpress-Backend By Redunzl Semmelmann.
My comment: awesome!

Sociable
Automatically add links on your posts to popular social bookmarking sites. By Joost de Valk.
My comment: I might simply add this to the template or use ShareThis , no need to waste CPU cycles.

Subscribe To Comments
Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry.
My comment: that's what I usually missed on the other blogging engines

Twitter widget
Sidebar widget to display your Twitter timeline. The widget allows you to choose to display your twitter username in front of your updates. You can also choose whether to display the time before or after the twitter post. By Sarah Isaacson.
My comment: Yes, I sometimes use twitter!

Wordpress Automatic Upgrade
Wordpress Automatic Upgrade allows a user to automatically upgrade the wordpress installation to the latest one provided by wordpress.org using the 5 steps provided in the wordpress upgrade instructions. Go to Wordpress Automatic Upgrade to upgrade your installation Thanks to Ronald Huereca for making the plugin run in automatic mode.
My comment: I am lazy…

wp-cache
Very fast cache module. It's composed of several modules, this plugin can configure and manage the whole system.
My comment: should be worth it as soon as there is another heise backlink or something similar :)

WP-OpenID
Allows the use of OpenID for account registration, authentication, and commenting.
My comment: Would be nice to combine this with OpenID Delegation.

Und das Stöckchen geht testweise mal an Dirk and Michi, was nutzt ihr denn so?

If you happen to be a lazy bastard (like me) and you want to watch downloaded videos (like me) that are still packed in a rar archive (maybe even multipart) (like mine) you could try the following:
save the following file as something.sh

unrar p inul $1 | mplayer -
explenation:
p <- output extracted files to stdout
inul <- supress error messages… we don’t want to see them
$1 <— the input that is given to the script (e.g. the filename of the rar archive)
| <— a pipe
mplayer – <— tell mplayer to read from stdin

should also work with a “vlc -”;

As there basically are too many Applications coming out atm to keep track of in the itunes store. this RSS Feed might come in handy:
here you can see the recent additions to the Appstore.
The list contains the description, and the icon, the pricing and the apps official icon.

Iphone-App-Rss-3

Iphone-App-Rss-Details

via Martin Pittenauer @ twitter