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The blogged wandering of Robert W. Anderson

Upgrade to WordPress 2.7

Love the new administrative interface.  Much cleaner and more configurable.

And I’m happy to say that the OpenID plugin finally works for me.  I don’t know why it started working, but I’m not complaining.

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WordPress 2.6 should be 3.5

Version 2.6 of WordPress came out the other day.  From the announcement (WordPress › Blog » WordPress 2.6):

Version 2.6 “Tyner,” named for jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, contains a number of new features that make WordPress a more powerful CMS: you can now track changes to every post and page and easily post from wherever you are on the web, plus there are dozens of incremental improvements to the features introduced in version 2.5.

These feature changes are actually pretty big.  Revision tracking?  Support for Google Gears?  Full support of SSL (finally)?  Theme previews?  Really cool “Press This” button?  Big.

This feels to me like a major release.  Probably not as major as the 2.5 release, but still pretty major.

In my book, 2.5 should have been version 3.0 and this one should have been 3.5.

Does the version number matter?  Yeah, it does.  It isn’t just about marketing.  It signals something about the maturity of the product.

Disclaimer: I am not immune to such version number mistakes.  After all, the Digipede Network 2.1 should have been version 2.5.

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SSE to FeedSync; Spec released

Many of us our still waiting to see the positive impact from Ray Ozzie in his role at Microsoft.  Word is that is still coming, but last year we did get something: Microsoft’s Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE).  I wrote about it back then.  Well, SSE has been renamed FeedSync and a spec has been released.  Also, the Microsoft Synchronization framework supports it.

Cool extensions to RSS/Atom, though I wish they hadn’t chosen the “FeedSync” name.  That sounds like a product, not a specification.  I preferred SSE, and would have thought RSS-SE (RSS Sync Extensions) or to be more agnostic, FSE (Feed synchronization extensions) to be even better.

Jon Udell has more details here and links to Channel 9 videos, etc. 

So, who is going to support it?  For blogging applications, I’d like to see . . .

  • FeedBurner (Google)  support the history and tombstone feature right away.  Also, the ability to aggregate feeds with full synchronization would also be cool.
  • How about WordPress?   Support FeedSync directly?

Presumably Microsoft will be using this too in some new Live services.  Other applications?

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More blog changes

Upgraded to WordPress 2.3.1 with its new tagging support — very cool that they included an importer from Ultimate Tag Warrior.

Added my twitter feed to the sidebar.  You can follow me at http://www.twitter.com/rwandering

Added new phone-only templates:  both iPhone and Windows Mobile users should see a simplified version of my blog.

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Blog changes

I published a few changes to my blog template today. 

  1. Upgraded to WordPress 2.1.
  2. Added some plugins:
    1. Feedburner Feed Replacement
    2. Feed Locations 
    3. Sidebar Widgets
    4. Ultimate Tag Warrior Widget
  3. Whole new template with dual floating sidebars (from the image on the left to the one on the right).
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This post is mostly for me so I can remember when I have made a change, but comments are welcome.

Update: I can see that the sidebar padding is wrong in Firefox, but looks perfect in IE.  Why, why, why do we still have to deal with these incompatibilities?  Argh.

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Windows Live Writer

I was a bit late to checking out Windows Live Writer. The reason: the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin for WordPress. I didn’t see the point in authoring in a tool and then having to edit it in my browser.

Then I found the instructions for how to do the UTW tags from Live Writer: here.

Now I write and post all from Live Writer. Cool.

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Please, get off of Blogger

Most of the time I lose track of where people blog. I only view posts in my reader.

I’m constandly reminded that some are on Blogger because their feeds keep switching back and forth between full and partial: Dan Ciruli, Kim Greenlee, Dr. Chadblog. I’m sure many others.

I understand the switching cost (I’ve done it twice now), but please get off of Blogger. Use a tool that works. WordPress.com is free and it works. Use that.

Please.

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