I started cataloguing my links, and I have a blogs section. This created a problem: how do I list people here? Do I do it chronologically? Alphabetically? What? I decided to list people based on how well I knew them, and how close a friend they were. I guess that sucks if you’re down the bottom of the list, and I’m very sorry about this, but *someone* had to be on the bottom of the list. I don’t want people to feel unloved, so I’ve set up some ranking guidelines, and they are like this:
- If I’ve slept with you, then, ranked on how recently I’ve slept with you, then alphabetically by username. No-one is in this category, yet.
- If I’ve lived with you, then, ranked on how recently I’ve lived with you, then alphabetically by username. No-one is in this category, yet.
- If I’ve been to your wedding, or your buck’s party, then alphabetically by username.
- If we’ve been on holiday together, then alphabetically by username.
- If I’ve been to your birthday party, then alphabetically by username.
- If we’ve drunk beer together, then, ranked on how much beer we have drunk together.
- If I’ve met you in person, then, ranked on how many times I’ve met you in person.
- If you are a ProgClub member, then alphabetically by username.
- If you’ve helped me, then ranked according to how much you’ve helped me.
- If I’ve worked with you, then alphabetically by username.
- Otherwise, alphabetically by username.
Of course, if I don’t really like you, I will chose a username of yours that is ranked lowest, alphabetically. :)
p.s. If you’re on my blog roll, I am your friend!
The famous five minute quick installation, my ass!
Firstly, I’ve just discovered FileZilla, and now I don’t have to upload my files one by one! When I didn’t know about FileZilla and FTP, I used my hosting provider’s web-based interface to upload HTML files to my web-site one-by-one. I’m glad those days are gone!
In the beginning days when I just wrote my own HTML files that was cool, because I only had about 10 files. But now that I’m learning to be a WordPress master I need FTP, and FileZilla rocks! (Thanks to jj5 for the recommendation!)
In the five minute install it said do you have a MySQL server, and I was like “yeah”, but then when I uploaded WordPress it said that my version of MySQL wasn’t high enough! They didn’t tell me *that* in the five minute install instructions!
And now on another one of my WordPress web-sites I have a random error with a stray < character in the wp-settings.php config file and the whole site is broken. I don’t even know who to blame for that!
In conclusion I take my hat off to people who have WordPress sites, because it’s not as easy to get it set up as it says in the manual. You still have to know computers to get it going I guess.
A pretty nifty feature of MediaWiki tables is the class=”wikitable sortable” specification. Adding the ‘sortable’ class automatically makes the table sortable. Handy!
I’ve updated our Members table as well as a few other tables on the wiki to use the ‘sortable’ feature.
I was doing some research about free software licenses as a part of developing ProgClub’s terms and conditions, and found this list of free software licenses from the FSF, and the same list of FSF approved software licenses on Wikipedia. I noticed the cool table sorting facility they have on the Wikipedia page, and wonder if that’s built in to MediaWiki..? It would be cool if it only required a class specification to have it work like that.
I’m working through Zed Shaw’s Learn Python The Hard Way, and I’m up to exercise 5. Doing the extra credit 3 involved searching online for Python format strings, and I found that there is the old way, which is presumably what Shaw wanted me to find, and also the new way in which a new scheme for string formatting is provided.
Was helping Teejay with his Cock n Bull web-site the other night, and we needed to setup a ‘page’ link in the top main navigation as a ‘link’ to the blog feed. Anyway, we found a WordPress plugin that does that: Page Links To. Pretty handy!
After spending the afternoon investigating MediaWiki templates, I’ve decided that for the most part they are more trouble than they’re worth for any of my applications. I tried to create a ‘done’ template, that took username, user initials, date and ‘done note’ parameters, but really the code to call the template was just as long as not using the template, and the template broke when the ‘done note’ included a link that included an equals sign, which is just too shoddy. I’m giving up on templates until I find I actually have a use for them where the technology solves a problem that I actually have. At the moment that’s nothing.
Today, after a long time, I am finally ready to learn about MediaWiki templates. After having put that off for weeks since I’d first heard of them, I found that it only took about five minutes to learn just about everything there is to know about them from the MediaWiki templates documentation. I think there are a few areas of the ProgClub wiki that could do with the use of templates, might go and see to that now.
Found the doco for MediaWiki’s email settings and now my config looks a little like this:
$wgEnableEmail = true;
$wgEnableUserEmail = true; # UPO
$wgEmergencyContact = "firstname.lastname@example.org";
$wgPasswordSender = "email@example.com";
$wgNoReplyAddress = $wgEmergencyContact;
$wgPasswordSenderName = "ProgClub wiki";