How to disable WordPress AutoSave, Post Revisions and Auto Draft

Over the past five years, there have been three “helpful” auto-saving and revision features added to WordPress that have driven me up the wall. I can’t stand them because my workflow does not benefit from the database clutter they create—and further, because I have a possibly unhealthy obsession with tidy databases.
I have been self-hosting [...]

Read more »

 

WordPress 2.8.1 (and Flickr, fonts, AJAX, Eudora)

Today I updated spiral::notepad to WordPress 2.8.1, which is the first maintenance release for 2.8.
Flickr and Creative Commons images
Earlier today on Twitter I also noted that I am trying to deal with social media overload. I should probably evaluate how I use Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, FriendFeed, etc. What I really want is [...]

Read more »

 

365 Days photo project on Flickr

Last week I started a “365 Days” photo project on Flickr. It’s a personal experiment that will span July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. My rule is that I must take at least one photo every day and post it to Flickr. Stockpiling photos to post on uninspiring days is not allowed.
Here is a [...]

Read more »

 

Google Wave, Microsoft Bing and Big Brother

It seems like the more I use Twitter, the less I feel like actually bothering to write blog posts. Is this blog dying? I don’t know, but this post is about a few new web services and technologies. Many articles are about a week old at this point, because I didn’t get around to posting [...]

Read more »

 

Map projection, technology, street art, Auto-Tune

As has become the norm with this blog, here are about nine days worth of links I’ve stored up.
Cartography and fonts
These are very cool maps: Here & There: a horizonless projection in Manhattan. Also see the following blog post for some map inspiration: Here & There influences.
Font Fight is all-out typeface-off. It’s CollegeHumor’s sequel [...]

Read more »

 

WordPress 2.7.1 upgrade (and cool art)

Today I got around to upgrading spiral::notepad to WordPress 2.7.1, which is the first maintenance release for 2.7. It’s a bug-fix version that was two months in the making. Keeps getting better.
Now, to help fill out this post, I will share some cool art and technology, with assistance from Gizmodo.
With the Academy Awards happening [...]

Read more »

 

Super Bowl, CrackBerry, network neutrality, resveratrol

On the edge of a weekend that includes the Super Bowl, the finals of the Australian Open and the men’s basketball Civil War (starring Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson, who is Barack Obama’s brother-in-law), I have a bunch of random things to share.
It’s interesting how Obama ultimately got to keep his CrackBerry, I [...]

Read more »

 

WordPress 2.6.1 upgrade (and Paul McCarthy)

Today spiral::notepad was upgraded to WordPress 2.6.1 (released yesterday). Everything basically looks the same, but now I’m current again with bug fixes, security patches and enhancements. Except I had to disable post revision in Wordpress 2.6 (and disable/delay autosave), because all of that version tracking-related database clutter/bloat drives me crazy. Of course I still haven’t [...]

Read more »

 

Miniature disasters and the Democratic nomination

Today this blog turned six years old. I’ll take a cake with marzipan icing, please (but hold the marzipan babies). Mmm . . . sugar-almond paste.
Yesterday was a weird day of accidents in Corvallis. Driving to work in the morning, I was forced to stop because the westbound lanes of Philomath Boulevard had [...]

Read more »

 

WebVisions 2008 in review: Part one

On Thursday and Friday, May 22-23, I am attending the WebVisions 2008 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. (Also see my review from WebVisions 2007. I didn’t compose a write-up when I attended in 2005 and 2006.)
Below is a quick (read: marginally coherent) overview of all five sessions I attended on [...]

Read more »