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Author: Rowan Rodrik

New theme

After upgrading to WordPress 2.5.x, I had to fall back on a stock theme because my old customization of the Sandbox theme no longer worked with the upgrade. But, then, it was time to redo my theme anyway. So here you're looking at the first version of my new theme. I might have let it stabilize some more before putting it on-line, but who cares? My reader maybe? Let's just hope he or she doesn't use IE. ;-) Read More »

The joys of being well-known to Google

The "Places" system in the new Firefox 3 is great. I'm still getting more effective usage out of just the location bar every day. But, sometimes I'm on a different computer, or I haven't been to one of my web pages for a very long time. Read More »

Purging a MySQL database without losing meta data

When I clone a production database to a development database, I always need to empty the development database first. I could never find an SQL command to completely purge a database, bur, recently, I learned something about MySQL that surprised me: MySQL doesn't lose the user rights for a database when you drop it. So, purging a MySQL database (without losing any access data meta data about that DB) is as simple as issuing the following statements: Read More »

Separate development/production environments for WordPress

When you're out Googling on how to maintain a separate development environment for a WordPress installation, you will only stumble across information about how to install all kinds of WAMPP packages. Well, I don't care about WAMP (or WAMPP). I want to be able to edit my theme, change my plugins, mess with my database locally and then deploy my changes when they're ready and well-tested (as if I ever...) Read More »

Converting Monkey Audio to WAV in Gentoo

I had the bad luck that a CD image I acquired from the Internet consisted of a .ape file for the audio and a .cue file for the track offsets. cdrdao has no problem with .cue files but .ape is the file extension for Monkey Audio files. Monkey Audio is the awkwardly licensed monkey brother of Flac. (They're both lossless audio encoding formats.) Read More »

Using diff and patch to upgrade web application installations

Update (July 30, 2008): I added information about making sure that the patch was successful. Read More »

Moved from Mnemosyne to FlashcardDB

When I was studying Spanish last year, I had to choose a flashcard program to memorize new words. At the time, I couldn't find any on-line program that just did the job and did it well. In a comment on my blog post from last year, however, I was pointed by Jeff to his amazing FlashcardDB. Read More »

Upgraded WordPress from 2.1 to 2.3.1

I'm now on WordPress 2.3.1. It was about time too; I was still on 2.1. Importing the tags from Ultimate Tag Warrior worked fine. Before upgrading and importing, I quickly patched my local version of WP with a little help from Subversion: Read More »

BigSmoke.US is no longer mine

Since my three previous posts [1, 2, 3], I've made over 7 phone calls to the US, alternating between Wild West Domains and NeuStar. And it turned out that, no, I'm not allowed to have a dot-US domain. So I gave it away. Read More »

Linde has learned to smile, and how!

Linde not only knows how to fly. She has learned to smile too. And, clearly, she's been getting a lot of practice lately: :-D Read More »