Plugins and code to block the Diggbar

Monday, 13 April, 2009

A swag of ways to block the DiggBar have been posted up at Daring Fireball over the last couple of days, and there are “fixes” for most of the widely used blog CMSs. There’s also some PHP you can add directly to your files should you feel so inclined.

But unlike normal URL shortening services, when you load these Digg URLs, rather than redirect you to the original URL, Digg loads a page which frames the content of the original site. As a user, what you see is that the URL in your browser’s location field remains, and the content of the destination site loads underneath a Digg-branded toolbar. This, of course, is total bullshit.

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And then in 2008 the blogosphere ate itself…

Wednesday, 24 December, 2008

I knew it was a mistake not learning more about a CMS called WordPress 1.0.1 back in 2004, and doing a Kottke sooner. In my wisdom I only wordpressed disassociated in 2007.

Then the blogosphere digested itself in 2008. I’ll be back in 2009, I’ve always regarded disassociated as a website not a blog anyway (totally evades the issue I know, but…).

Paul Boutin offered a fierce perspective. “Writing a weblog today isn’t the bright idea it was four years ago. The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis of folksy self-expression and clever thought, has been flooded by a tsunami of paid bilge. Cut-rate journalists and underground marketing campaigns now drown out the authentic voices of amateur wordsmiths. It’s almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.”

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Presenting Injader: content management for everyone

Tuesday, 30 September, 2008

Sydney IT manager and software developer Ben Barden is the creator of Injader, an open source content management system (CMS) for websites and blogs, and an Australian made alternative for the likes of WordPress or Movable Type.

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A complete history of, abridged

Friday, 6 June, 2008

Tomorrow, Saturday 7 June, marks the first anniversary of disassociated’s migration to the WordPress CMS. It’s been quite a ride, which incredibly, almost saw disassociated behave like a blog (though I still prefer to call it a website) for a time.

Three posts made (thanks Kurt :) the front page of Digg (subsequently melting down disassociated’s erstwhile web server), there was a change in web hosts after ten years with the same Australian host, and a recent post about a $175 hamburger draw some amazing comments (some NSFW).

What I’d forgotten though, was what I doing for many days and nights in May last year: preparing an upload file to import 600+ old posts – dating from 2002 – by cutting and pasting text from old static HTML files, into the new WP database.

A post at Zeldman the other day that bought that experience back to me.

I started my site in 1995. There weren’t blogging tools back then, hence there aren’t archives in the sense you are describing. I published via hand-coded HTML until around 2004, when I began using WordPress. All my pre-WordPress content is still online; you just have to keep hitting the “PREVIOUS” button to get to it. Sorry about that.

Zeldman referred to the pre CMS, blogging tools, days as a time when you “rolled your own”, using hand coded HTML and text editors such as NotePad to build websites with. And indeed, those were the days :)

Thanks to everyone for being here this last year (and the ten before that of course), for reading and commenting. I appreciate it. Have a great weekend. :)

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Here comes WordPress 2.6

Monday, 7 April, 2008

New admin UI on, 2.5.1, and 2.6

This might be the time for WP users, still kicking up a brouhaha over the controversial 2.5 release, to take another stress pill… WordPress 2.6 is on the way says WP lead developer, Ryan Boren.

I and the other WP devs will be focusing on fixing bugs for 2.5.1 and planning 2.6 features. After the lengthy 2.5 cycle, we’ll aim for a shorter feature list and quicker turn-around on 2.6.

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WordPress 2.5 Sneak Peek

Tuesday, 18 March, 2008

WordPress 2.5 Sneak Peek

Forget Moveable Type, the latest release of WordPress, WP 2.5, will feature the design genius of the Happy Cog Studios crew.

For the past few months, we’ve been working with our friends at Happy Cog – Jeffrey Zeldman, Jason Santa Maria, and Liz Danzico – to redesign WordPress from the ground-up. The result is a new way of interacting with WordPress that will remain familiar to seasoned users while improving the experience for everyone. This isn’t just a fresh coat of paint – we’ve re-thought the look of WordPress, as well as how it’s organized so that you can forget about the software and focus on your own creative pursuits.

Looks awesome just based on seeing the screen-shots :)

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Blog Fight! WordPress and Movable Type Square Off

Monday, 17 March, 2008

Blog Fight! WordPress and Movable Type Square Off

Missed this somehow. A molehill that became a mountain somehow. Not the intention, just the way it turned out I guess.

It’s the bloggers equivalent of the Mac vs. Windows flamewar – WordPress vs. Movable Type. The controversy kicked off earlier this week when Six Apart’s (Movable Type’s parent company) Anil Dash posted a note suggesting that WordPress users consider “upgrading” to Movable Type rather than the coming WordPress 2.5.

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WordPress 2.5 – MIA?

Tuesday, 11 March, 2008

According to one of my sources, an upgrade of the fine WordPress CMS was due for release on March 10.

March 10 has pretty much passed on all points of the globe by now, and so far WordPress 2.5 remains elusive…

Oh well.

I had been working on a small tweak to disassociated (just a few changes here and there) which I was going to roll out when I did the WP upgrade, but I’m splicing it into the works now, as we go, instead.

I had originally heard WP 2.5 was due on March 24, so maybe the March 10 date was a bit of a stroll up the garden path. ;)

Update: should have paid closer attention to my RSS subscriptions, but yes WP 2.5 was due for release on March 10, but has been delayed. (Thanks Lee)

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WordPress 2.3.3

Tuesday, 5 February, 2008

WordPress 2.3.3

I had pencilled in March 24 was the next big, or milestone, day for WordPress users, but another interim WP upgrade has been issued today.

WordPress 2.3.3 is an urgent security release. A flaw was found in our XML-RPC implementation such that a specially crafted request would allow any valid user to edit posts of any other user on that blog. In addition to fixing this security flaw, 2.3.3 fixes a few minor bugs. If you are interested only in the security fix, download the fixed version of xmlrpc.php and copy it over your existing xmlrpc.php. Otherwise, you can get the entire release here.

And a few more minor bug fixes can’t go amiss either.

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Joshua Davis does WordPress

Thursday, 10 January, 2008

The Flash maestro himself Joshua Davis has switched to WordPress.

But he hasn’t moved from the likes of Blogger, or Movable Type, he’s moved from Flash. I had to view source just to make sure.

Via resist.

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