Upgrades can cause problems

Just upgraded to WordPress 2.5, and the K2 theme doesn’t play nicely with it. Specifically, the wp-admin section is completely broken.

I’ve reverted to the default theme until I figure something out. Bleh. I liked K2.

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Upgrades can cause problems

The Reg has the right idea

I found an article today in the Register about an unfortunate woman who was forced by the TSA to remove her nipple jewelry before being allowed to pass security. It closed with this most wonderful challenge:

In celebration of this attack of good sense, we at El Reg have had a quick whip-round and will offer a hearty night in our favourite hostelry to the first male reader who turns up at Lubbock bearing a “Prince Albert” and demands a visual inspection.

The Reg has the right idea

Safari: You’re Awesome, But You Could Be More Awesome

It’s been about a week and a half since Apple release the last batch of updates for OS X, including the latest version of Safari. In the interests of keeping up to date with security updates, I went ahead and updated. I did my research first, though, and uninstalled Saft before the attempt (there were some who had problems with InputManagers installed during the upgrade.)

I was happy to discover, this evening, that Saft had been updated to support the latest version of Safari. Despite my general revulsion for running InputManager-based hacks (let alone other system behavior modification software, like Haxies, that hook in even deeper to the system), Saft offers a subset of functionality that I simply don’t like doing without. A couple of the features, I feel, really should be integrated into Safari proper.

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Safari: You’re Awesome, But You Could Be More Awesome

.Mac syncing for iPhone

A few weeks ago, when Apple announced all the new features coming to the iPhone, and specifically mentioned ActiveSync, I was reminded of a thought I had a couple months back:

There really is no good reason why the iPhone should not be able to synchronize its data to a .Mac account instead of being restricted solely to syncing via iTunes on a computer. This would actually make the iPhone even stronger for people who need reliable access to the latest version of their data without having to remember to plug the phone in all the time.

And then, this evening, as I’m going through the various RSS feeds I didn’t look at all day in NetNewsWire, If find this post on TUAW mentioning .Mac syncing on iPhones. Okay, that means the feature is most likely going to come some time this year.

Amusingly, even though I have my personal Mac at home (a 1.5GHz G4 PowerBook 15″) and a Mac at work (2GHz Core2 Mini), I still haven’t gotten myself a .Mac account. As much as I would like to synchronize my data between the two machines, I can’t seem to justify $100 a year just to be able to keep my Safari bookmarks and Address Book contacts synchronized. I already keep all my calendar information on Google Calendar, which my wife and I both use, and sync it to my Mac with Spanning Sync. (Spanning Sync will eventually have Contact syncing between Address Book and Google Calendar/Gmail too, now that Google has finally announced a Contacts API.)

The iPhone being able to sync to .Mac, however, changes the game. .Mac syncing means that, for $100 a year, I can basically never have to remember to plug the iPhone into my computer just to make sure my calendar, contacts, bookmarks and notes (well, hopefully notes) are all current. I don’t have to worry that when I add a contact in my iPhone, I need to plug in to sync it back to my Mac. For someone like me, who simply prefers for the technology to Just Work and do so on a consistent and transparent basis, .Mac syncing would sell itself.

Heck, it’s hard enough for me to remember to sync my music to my current iPod, because it means I have to dig out my cable. It’ll be interesting to see what really does come of this rumor.

.Mac syncing for iPhone

Gradually getting my ducks in a row

I’m very slowly getting my ducks in a row with regards to my online presence. I’ve decided, for the time being, that it’s probably simplest for me to keep this site as a WordPress blog, as that reduces the work I need to do to keep the site updated. Now that I’ve finally made an infrastructure decision, I can start dressing it. I’m still thinking of carrying forward the theme I used on Method, but I’m not entirely sure yet.

I’ve got comments turned off, primarily because I haven’t had time to get them working while not getting spammed to death. It appears that there’s an anti-spam plugin already included in WordPress these days, so I’ll have to give that a go.

I am also thinking that this will be the end of method.unnerving.org, as well as public entries on my LiveJournal. I don’t like being too distracted. Spread too thin, if you like. It’s my hope that what I have to say will interest at least one other person in this world besides me, and so I’ll put it here, for reading and ridicule and all to see. Expect a mix of things, with periodic dry spells.

Oh, and I’m on Twitter, too (just like the rest of the free world, it would seem.)

Gradually getting my ducks in a row