The Saga Continues

August 28, 2007 – 21:53

I have removed ActiveLinks as I decided I don’t like the curly brace linking style, and I can’t quite fathom how to modify it so that it hides the mark-up in my style. It is in part a failing in the style that I have used as it picks some odd places to use templating functions and in part an oversight of the plugin authors (of both WikiLinks and ActiveLink in not adding actions that strip out links in certain circumstances.

I gave WikiLinks a try and it generated a large number of errors, although works on my local test blog I will have a play over the next few days if I get a chance. We have friends coming to stay so updates may be few and far between (as if anyone actually notices I posted twice in one day). I have put a load of the annoyances I have with the blog on the Annoyances page, hopefully I will get a chance to work through them.

Style Change Log:

Current Revision 11

  • index.php – Changed from summaries to full text for posts
  • single.php – Added Post MetaData bar at base of Single Post
  • archive.php – Adjusted spacing on Archive Pages
  • style.css – Changed entrys to be justified
  • rsidebar.php – Halved the number of recent comments to 5

Wikipedia Plugins for WordPress

August 28, 2007 – 12:53

I have great faith that Wikipedia can make a great day to day resource for personal reasearch, and be a starting point for academic research (not that I would recomend using Wikipedia as a reference for anything remotely important). As I tend to like linking to Wikipedia from blog posts I am looking for a plugin that allows me to do so quickly. I have found two plugins that seem to contain the features I want.

ActiveLink – Found this one through the Official WordPress plugins database it seemed to do more than I needed (i.e. Multi-Language) however I seem to of discovered a bug in either my style or in the plugin itself as pages on the front page show the markup rather than the link.

WP-WikiLinks – Again this does more than I need, as it also does Amazon, ISBN numbers and more. It also has the advantage of being more “Wiki-Like” than ActiveLink. Not having tried this one yet I don’t know if there are any pitfalls.

I am going to experement with WP-WikiLinks later in the day to see if it is an improvement or if it suffers the same issues as ActiveLink.


After taking a look at this it appears that neither ActiveLink or WP-WikiLinks process the text output through the_content_rss(), however strangely enough no markup or anchor is output on the RSS pages.

Ooops! I Did It Again

August 27, 2007 – 23:20

Yes, it has come to that time of the year again that I remember that I was meant to be blogging more, in fact I made it a New Year’s resolution to blog more often, and that came to absolutely nothing and here we are almost 9 months later.

It has been a busy day, I have installed WordPress 2.2 both on here and on I Married You and removed almost all of the old site for storage space reasons, the only part of my website that is still there is my CS335 – Dissertation which several people link to, so I thought it only fair not to move that one. I will look through my University Stuff and see if any of it is worth bringing across to WordPress.

Work is going well, getting really stuck in to some cool stuff this year, commissioned a couple of new servers over the summer break which whilst mundane to most, to Systems Administrators it marks a progression in your environment, think of it as something akin to building another floor on your house or office block.

Now I remember why I don’t blog, I can’t think of what to say! Well, not at the moment at least hopefully WordPress will make it easier to blog more regularly as I have the tools to do so without having to worry about phpBB and my hacked together blog script… oh and look RSS!

Well now that is cool!

October 3, 2006 – 8:54

A friend of mine from EVE, Planetside and OcPS has managed to get some of his photo graphs on his local BBC website, you can see the gallery here and more photographs on his website here

Welcome Back Old Friend

February 24, 2006 – 8:12

I have recently rediscovered a old friend, Digiguide I used to use it all the time before I went to university to remind me of when stuff I want to watch is on TV, however lack of TV meant that I wasn’t quite so enthralled by the possability of having it back. However if you want an electronic TV guide that reminds you of what you want to watch then it is about as good as it gets.

Seriously tempted to re-subscribe to this service, and just in case you were wondering yes you can have support for Video+ in digiguide, here’s a link :

Crash Reporting Crashed

January 27, 2006 – 18:09

Yeah you got to love it, when you are reporting a crash to Sun because crashed, the crash reporting program crashed!

Crash Report Crashing

Our Purpose?

September 8, 2005 – 8:42

Today I start a course of sunday meetings, weekly house groups and daily readings centered arround God’s purpose for our lives, Rick Warren wrote it, God designed it.

Todays topic is It all starts with God, and the point of todays reading was it’s not about me, I would say that this could also be read as It’s all about God which reminds me of a song by Delerious called The Heart Of Worship, google the Lyrics they are quite something.

At the end of each days reading Rick asks us to think upon a question, today this question is In spite of all the advertising arround me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God not myself?

– Turn to God in everything, not just when you are thankful or when you are in need.
– Say hello to God in the morning, say good night before you go to sleep. You would say hello to your husband or wife in the morning, isn’t God there more often than they are?
– Read God’s word… more importantly understand it!

Todays memory verse is “Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him” Colossians 1:16b (Msg)

– “all things were created by him and for him.” (NIV)
– “all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.” (AMP)

New Computer

September 2, 2005 – 9:18

Looking at getting myself a new computer so I have come up with a setup which looks good, we will have to see if I can afford it however.

1x Abit AN8 SLi nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) £102.17
Reasons: SATAII RAID for future proofing, SLI for future expansion
1x ThermalRight XP-120 £39.89
Reasons: Never faulted previous models
1x Vantec SF12025L Stealth 120mm fan £9.34
Reasons: Quiet yet fairly high (59) CFM
1x AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 90nm (Socket 939) £149.17
Reasons: Good “bang for your buck”
2x Corsair 1GB DDR XMS3200C2PT £187.88
Reasons: 2GB for MMOGs, overclockable
1x Lian-Li PC-60 PLUS Silver Aluminium Midi-Tower Case £93.94
Reasons: Looks Good (dumb reason)
1x Tagan TG430-U15 430W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Compliant Modular Silent PSU £56.34
Reasons: Pleanty of power for future proofing, detachable cables
1x Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 NCQ 160GB ST3160827AS SATA 8MB Cache £62.22
Reasons: Seagate’s quiet and fast in my experence, NCQ
1x Leadtek WinFast GeForce 6800 256MB DDR TV-Out/DVI £146.82
Reasons: Good “bang for your buck”

Total: £847.77

Any comments appreciated

Fogot to Blog

September 2, 2005 – 9:17

All the mad hat stuff going on arround here and I have been forgetting to blog, that said before this weekend there was virtualy nothing to blog about!

OK… will start from last Thursday, headed off to RiverCamp at about 10:30. For those that don’t know I am a Christian, I go to a church and count myself as part of an church organisation called Elim (Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance technicaly) and RiverCamp is our yearly prayer, worship and teaching event. Jon and Carol Arnott were doing most of the teaching this year, which was great for the most part, even though I missed the teaching that you would get at Spring Harvest or similar. All in all it was a really great weekend I feel that RiverCamp is still very young and very much in its infancy but it is growning up fast, huge future ahead of us I am sure.

It seems to be all change season in Radio land, Hitch has left EVE-Radio, it wasn’t a huge surprise as Hitch is one of the more mature (as in responsable) DJs and it seems that there are certain members of E-R management and community who do not agree with his point of view, to the point of totaly annialating his farewell posts and banning his account. All is not lost however as Hitch is going to be creating some more THH Pod Casts, which is much better, because I can listen to them when I have time rather than having to stop listening half way through because I have to do some work or get some much needed sleep. In local radio land Juice FM‘s Brooksy is leaving the morning slot and moving up ‘t north, according to the Argus he is being suceeded by Terry Garagan… do do doo doo do do doo do, do do doo do doo da da, do do do doo do doo doo doo, Last Bus To Whitehawk.

Resetting TCP/IP under Windows XP

August 3, 2005 – 8:05

I have done this a couple of times at the request of BT and NTL engineers when internet connections haven’t been working as expected:

netsh int ip reset [log_file_name]

Very useful if you a struggling to figure out why you can’t even ping