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No, the inevitable is a little different. For background, I love to read and always have done. As a child, if I didn’t have a book, I would read the back of the cornflake packet. And that is not an exaggeration. As a result, despite losing/giving away/selling/etc many many books over the years, I have more than 700 of them at home. And there is no sign that this number will reduce. Serendipitously, I read something that meant that this could change…
Amazon have finally brought the Kindle to the UK. In fact, if you go to the Amazon UK homepage, there’s an announcement stretching down the centre of the page. We can finally read books on a book sized device that isn’t a book! In fact, there are two models on offer – the all-singing, all-dancing 3G/Wifi version and the Wifi only version. I have gone for Wifi only as I can only imagine needing to download books via a wifi connection and not when I am out of range. Also, I am cynical about the “Free 3G Wireless” offer – in this country it usually means for a time or as long as you don’t use it more than we like.
So, with a capacity of 3,500 books, from late next month, I can stop clogging up our house with dead-tree media and can also carry loads of books with me. The only problem will be “which one do I read first?”
everything in this post has been written by me as a personal post. I am not being paid by Amazon or any of their businesses to write this. though if Amazon do want to give me money and gadgets so that I’ll write about them, I will not complain or stop them.
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This site is still on v2.92, but I will be upgrading when 3 is released. So, what do we blog owners need to do:
- Check out the new features in 3.0 – there are some major changes to the dashboard coming up
- Check that the plugins you use are compatible (or at least won’t break anything major) and look for compatible alternatives where necessary
- Check that your theme is still compatible after the switch
- Warn your readers that the upgrade is nearing and get them to tell you if things break
- Start reading the Alpha/Beta sub-forum of the WordPress.org Support Forum to see if your problems have been found and fixed already
- Be prepared to have to delve deep to fix odd little errors that may crop up
- Contact your host (where applicable) to find out when (or if) they plan to make the upgrade happen
- Write about your experience on your blog!
I recall a lot of people having issues that could have been avoided when the last major release took place, so try not to get caught out.
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I use Zemanta every time I write a post. The artwork normally to the top left of any post is usually picked from a selection suggested by Zemanta. The tags I pick are, again, from a selection suggested by Zemanta. And that little “reblog” icon at the bottom right of every post? Yep, that’s from Zemanta too. Zemanta is a very useful tool in a blooger’s tool kit and I hope that this will persuade you to try it out on your own site.
Let’s take a look at what it does. From the Zemanta Learn page:
Zemanta is a tool that looks over your shoulder while you blog and gives you tips and advice, suggests related content and pictures and makes sure your posts get promoted as they deserve to be. We at Zemanta are thinking hard to help make blogging easier for you. We’re engineering better creative tools to help you get the most out of your blogging time.
This is only really of interest to Linux users and especially to KDE users. Gnome and non-Linux users can switch off now. Rekonq is a webkit based browser that users of Google Chrome will find somewhat familiar.
This is of special interest to me as it seems that the next version of Kubuntu (codename Maverick Meerkat), the distro I use, will have Rekonq as the default browser. Rekonq will entirely replace Konqueror as the inbuilt browser (Firefox is currently not pre-installed, you have to run an installer to get it) and as Dolphin is the default file browser this must mean that Konqueror will not be installed at all in Kubuntu 10.10 – though I would guess that die-hard fans can still install it via
aptitude. Rekonq is also planned to be HTML5 ready, which means that you will be able to play any videos in that format out of the box.
I have said this many times before: UPGRADE WORDPRESS WHEN PROMPTED. This one is in the style of “beating you about the head and body and then caning you across the eyeballs“. Why? Because a hack has been discovered that makes your older, more stable, more comfortable WordPress.org install very insecure and really you may as well make the password
Pa55w0rd – because your older version can and will be pwned.
Now that I have your attention…. Go to Lorelle‘s site, Robert Scoble‘s site and the WordPress Dev Blog to see details of this new exploit. If you have version 2.8.4 (like what I do), you are more secure. As well as upgrading, remove the default admin account and create a new one (reverse order, is good on that one), check for phantom admin accounts and make sure you are using a strong password. There are other things to do, but that will keep you going for now.
I regularly get comments such as “if I upgrade it breaks all my plugins”, “my theme doesn’t work if I upgrade now” and so on. You now get to make a value judgment: if you don’t upgrade you could end up no longer owning your blog vs giving up or changing a few plugins or a theme. Which of these is the worst case scenario for you?
Upgrade now. You know it makes sense.
Just a quick post here. I had been having real issues with the RSS feeds over the last few weeks. In short, they weren’t working. See the issues I was having over here. As a good forum goer, I hit Google and also searched the forums for a solution. To no avail.
So if you see this:
PROBLEM: FeedMedic Alert for http://feeds2.feedburner.com/<blog name>/EaHL
FeedBurner had trouble retrieving your Source Feed: http://www.<blog name>.org/feed/
The error message is:
Error on line 2: The processing instruction target matching "[xX][mM][lL]" is not allowed.
I am posting this in case anyone else has the problem and also in case a future upgrade of WordPress brings back the problem.