Upgraded WordPress to 2.8

I’ve updated WordPress to 2.8 last night. I haven’t seen any problems myself so far. But if you do notice something, please let me know.

Which reminds me, does the mail form still work after this update… I’ll go check that right now. 🙂

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It still works. 🙂

Latest iPhone WordPress app crashes a lot

While posting from the J-Spring conference with my iPhone I noticed the WordPress App (v.1.21) crashed a lot when trying to upload pictures. It worked wonderful at the last J-Fall. I sure hope they’ll fix this, cause I can not find a solution or workaround on the web at the moment. Perhaps re-installing the WordPress App might work?

Just a few notes…

Had a nice vacation the last three weeks. I’m in the process of picking up the pieces when I dropped everything three weeks ago. It basicly comes down to the familiar pile of e-mail.

I have done some software related updates to my blog. To my knowledge everything should be in working order again. If you do happen to run into a problem with my site, please let me know. I’ve checked that the contact form functionality is in working order. I also made sure to double check my rss feed is working properly for obvious reasons. The rest of the site should be ok, since I did a quick click around.

Next week I will start at a new project with a large Dutch bank. Something involving Maven 2 scripting as a build manager. I’ll be working with a lot of people including a few integrators. So I am hoping I’ll actually get to implement a new Maven 2 build infrastructure and manage the process of introducing my results instead of constantly caressing a build to completion. It’s going to be a big challenge to bring my assigned task to completion. The technical aspects should all work after a couple of problems and hick-ups. But besides the technical aspects I am expecting to do a lot of convincing, talking and reporting to get everybody on the same page concerning the new build mechanisms. Because I was told that I am going to be involved with a pilot scenario. Not to mention the number of people, departments, projects and external suppliers involved. Anyway, exciting stuff.

InfoSupport blogs migrated to Community Server 2.1

I just got back from a little vacation in France and am working through the e-mail and RSS feeds that have pilled up only 8 days. And then I come across a nice surprise… (I won’t mention the freakish time I’m typing this. 😉

My employer finally decided to migrate to a decent blog platform. Until recently they’ve been running an ancient .Text install. And let me tell you, it was not so pretty and lacked lots of handy blogging features like a decent comment spam filter, auto ping-back, track-back and tagging support.

InfoSupport blog Header

Make sure to take a peak. Right now I’m proud of the InfoSupport blogs. For those unfamiliar with the old look and feel, let’s just say I just tried not to mention our blogs, since they just that ugly to look at. The layout didn’t do justice to the actual content.

Also a few weeks back I gave a presentation to my co-workers about blogging in general. I also mentioned some handy features and things missing from the then current implementation. Although I’d like to think I caused this migration I just didn’t. But I do think that because of my presentation some people thought: “Well, to hell with .Text. Let’s do this migration from .Text to Community Server and be done with it.” From what I heard it was migration fraught with pitfalls and possible data-loss when done incorrectly. I’d say, well done and enjoy the new blogging environment.

Community Server LogoIf you’d like some more details about the platform the IS blogs are using… It’s Community Server. A Microsoft .Net based blogging solution. It’s one of the few serious blogging servers available. Unlike WordPress it supports multiple blogs straight out of the box. It’s comparable with SixApart’s Movable Type

Giving a presentation

Right now I am giving a presentation to my co-workers.

It’s about blogging at our company.

It involves a number of things:

  • Baking cookies
  • Mac programming
  • Me
  • Locks
  • Wildfires
  • Google
  • Seven of nine
  • BA Baracus
  • Agent Smith
  • Aragorn
  • Oh, lets not forget Naked Conversations

Curious? Let me know I’ll see what I can do for you. 😉

The problem with getting some input…

About three weeks ago I sent an e-mail to all my colleagues with a company blog. In the e-mail I asked for anything extraordinary caused by their blogs. So far I only received only a few responses. I let that settle a bit and I have come to the following possible reasons for the lack of response:

  • Nothing special happened.
  • People don’t care.
  • I ended up in a spam filter or got snowed under piles of other e-mail.

Lets review each of the items in the above list.

Nothing special happened
Well then that would be a shame. This could mean a few things:

  • Nobody is reading it because it’s just not interesting.
  • Nobody is finding it because it’s just not findable.

Both would be harsh conclusions if you ask me. Since the keyword count seems high at the blogs of my colleagues and I do believe that my company employes a lot of smart people. While I can not look into the server logs of the different blogs a few colleagues do have a stat counter on their page. Reviewing these shows that, while there is not a whole lot of activity, there are quite a few revisiting ip-s showing up. So my best guess would be that the blogs are just not indexed properly. Lets just put this on my TODO list for this week.

People don’t care
Another possible reason could be that people just don’t care about their blogs. “Nobody is reading my entries, so why would I care about my blog?” Let’s just say that I don’t think that’s the kind of people working at my employer, lets hope not. Then there is only one other alternative I think, people just didn’t care enough about my request. After-all it was a simple e-mail message. With about 14 addressees. The thought that someone else will have responded enough comes to mind. Luckily I got this cell phone here with all their numbers on it. So yet again, another one for next week. Let’s call some people, give them that little personal touch. Should work I think.

I ended up in a spam filter or got snowed under piles of other e-mail.
Spam filter? No way, it was an internal message to other internal accounts. Snowed under? Very likely. So like I said, my to-do list contains the following item: Haunt Query come colleagues about their blogs by phone.

I’m hoping to hear some statements like: “Oh yeah I read that, I must have missed it because I get heaps of other messages.” You know what I mean, the lame sounding excuses for someone not running their inbox to the best of their abilities. Perhaps I should do a blog entry on that too sometime. (Like nobody else did that before.)

The stage is set, pieces are moving… and I need pictures!

My Naked Conversations presentation is set. I always work better with a deadline. On the 2nd of August I will be presenting to my fellow co-workers. Now to actually start making the presentation. What is the plan:

  • The presentation should last 45 minutes, with an extra 20 minutes for questions at the end.
  • Motivate my co-workers to blog and to blog the right way (to my opinion offcource.
  • Provide a motivation for our company to blog. A lot of people wonder why we should actually do this.
  • Review the current blogging activity by comparing it to some empirical data. (Not sure what data yet though. 🙂 )
  • Gently point out what I think we should change in our current blogging activities. No reason to create animosity.

As you can see, that’s a lot to cram into a 45 minute talk. I think I’ll go for a sort of mash-up of things I’ve read in the book, found on the internet and my own experiences/opinions. Perhaps a high speed quote shoot-out with pretty pictures. The most important thing is to interest people in the first place. When they are interested I am hoping they will start asking questions.

There is one thing I still am a bit stifled about: What are good graphic representations of blogging? Anybody got ideas about that?

Testing with Ecto

Ecto Testing with Ecto… Besides MarsEdit I am also trying Ecto. Ecto does have Amazon posting. But image editing is way to complex for my taste.

I’ll give both tools a good spin, but I expect that I will actually like the WordPress web interface best. 😀 Both tools seem to have their own strengths and weaknesses. I wonder if there might be any other contenders.

Also Ecto has Growl support. I like Growl support.