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Live Comment Previewing

Check out the live comment previewing I just installed. Not only was this the easiest Wordpres Plugin I have ever installed, it is also one of the coolest!

I highly suggest it to users of WordPress, to avoid whoopsie’s like half on my comment disappearing over at Passive Digressive, and shots in the dark like my recent comment at Bernie Zimmermann’s blog (even though that one worked).

Gallery2: Great Featureset, Poor Execution

This weekend, I took a real stab at Gallery2. It has an immense yet well-managed feature set, it is spectacularly modular, and it is highly configurable. Unfortunately, underneath its glossy exterior, it is depressingly slow, and, if I dare demean a feat that I in no way consider myself capable of accomplishing, the software is very poorly done under the hood.
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The Big Move

I have been on a upgrading streak as of late, and my Blog was the most recent target. I have now officially – and finally – upgraded to WordPress 1.5.

Upgrading while maintaining the same look took a little bit of work, but it was not over the top. My favorite new feature is the paging system, which replaces my partial post hack.

Of course, this means that my other main WordPress hack – the “I am Human” comment checkbox – is also gone. We shall see if the auto-whitelisting system works out. If not, you may see me hacking away once again. In fact, I already hacked WP 1.5 once already – to remove the annoying <h2>’s surrounding the link categories.

If anyone discovers any strangeness after this move, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do to fix it.

Future plans include an upgrade to Gallery2 along with the WPG2 plugin which combines WordPress and Gallery 2. However, so far, my experiences with Gallery 2 have been less than stellar. For example, I hate the sidebar and want it to die, but haven’t found that option yet, if it exists. Also, I have been unable to find where to change the name of the main Gallery. Stupid, but vastly annoying. If anyone can point me in the right direction, that would be great.


I returned a 19″ LCD screen to Fry’s today and ended up picking up a gigabit Ethernet PCI card and a gigabit Cardbus card. The PCI card is now in oasis, so now I can load really really really fast. Actually, the reason behind the move is primarily that I moved my 100gb hard drive from an external enclosure connected by firewire (which enclosure I believe was beginning to fail) to an internal slot in oasis. So now the data is always available 24/7 and I don’t have any of the annoying startup issues I as seeing where the drive wouldn’t be recognized for several minutes. And its super duper faaaast.

Upgrades now run on oasis.

This means:

  • Intel Pentium III 500 MHz -> AMD Athlon 600 MHz
  • 128 MB RAM -> 640 MB RAM
  • CD-ROM drive -> DVD-ROM drive
  • 43 GB total storage -> 143 GB total storage

Among other things. Long live the new host of!

Appropriate pages will eventually be updated. This project took most of my weekend, due to technical difficulties that I might get around to describing some day.


Props to whoever discovers and identifies the recent changes to the ‘blog. I’m looking for two items.

Seamless PHP 5

Unfortunately as I learned about a week ago, PHP 4 and PHP 5 don’t happily co-habitate. However, the switch between the two is about as seemless as possible. Compiling PHP 5 with the same config string as I used for PHP 4, I was able to switch over by simply changing a comment in my httpd.conf file from:

LoadModule php4_module modules/
# LoadModule php5_module modules/


#LoadModule php4_module modules/
LoadModule php5_module modules/

Linux isn’t always great, but sometimes it sure rocks my socks.