WordPress Weekly – Usability with Jane Wells

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This past Friday I joined Jeffro for another episode of [WordPress Weekly](http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=34224&cmd=tc).  This week we had the good fortune to interview Automattic's usability maven Jane Wells. Jane is one of the minds behind some of the dramatic new changes to the admin interface for WordPress 2.7.  Recently Jane also [posted a poll and a survey](http://wordpress.org/development/2008/11/whats-your-favorite-thing-about-the-27-beta/) to garner some feedback on the new [WordPress Beta](http://wordpress.org/development/2008/11/wordpress-27-beta-1/) that was released on Halowe'en night. Give this week's show a [listen](http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=34224&cmd=tc) and check out some of the great answers to the questions that we came up with.
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Command Line 101 – Windows: Backup, Remote Desktop and More

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I've been working on some things for work recently which have me deeply buried in the Windows command line again, both writing applications and scripting/automating actions against various systems on our network. **Backup your Files to a Remote Computer** One of the things we all need to do is keep backups of our data.  It's easy enough to re-install your OS and all your apps, but if your system dies and you lose your data, the results can be heartbreaking to say the least.  So be proactive and schedule yourself a backup using xcopy. **xcopy "c:documents and settings<username>My Documents" "f:<username>" /C /D /E /H /Y** So lets examine what this does.  Normally the copy command can only copy single files, and doesn't handle large file structures very gracefully. This is…
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A Geek’s Tour of Boston & Cambridge

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************NEED TO FIND THE PHOTOS FOR THIS POST************** On my recent trip to Boston I had a day all to myself thanks to my lovely wife being stuck in a conference (which was the catalyst for the trip in the first place).  I took the opportunity to do a bit of a Geek's Tour of the area, some of which I've already blogged about. The day started off in the hotel room poaching free wi-fi off a local hospital.  It's damn decent of them to offer a wi-fi hotspot free to patients and their families (and geeks who are willing to sit at an odd angle near the hotel window).  I was completing a draft of an email that I was planning to send to the mayors of Burnaby and…
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Technological Dependence

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At what point did I become completely dependent on my technology?  I mean, I can remember a time when I didn't carry  a cell phone.  Sure my life was simpler back then, but even doing some simple tasks today seems all to difficult without the phone. As these devices have made their way into our lives, the concept of convergence has helped them stick.  Two hundred years ago, the only way to communicate with someone was either in person, or by post.  Then came the invention of the [telegraph](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telegraph).  This would allow someone to send a text-message to someone in another city by way of an electrical current.  Really, this was the predecessor to email, fax and text messaging. Seventy years later, Alexander Graham Bell was busy working on a…
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Emailing the Mayors from Boston’s Free Wi-Fi

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As I promised in last night's post, I'm using Boston's free Wi-Fi network to drop a quick email to the Mayors of both Burnaby and Vancouver.  The gist: Free Wi-Fi in urban centres is a great thing.  I decided to include a copy of the email on the blog for anyone who might be interested. > Good morning Your Worships, > > I'm writing this letter to you from the city of Boston where I'm currently on vacation.  The subject of this letter is also the service which is allowing me to send it; Boston's first open-Wi-Fi project.  The city has partnered with local companies to provide free Wi-Fi access to residents and visitors of the city's Faneuil Marketplace. > > I would like to promote the idea of starting…
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No More Ads!

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Until such time as I can find a viable (read: worthwhile) ad service to help offset the costs of the blog, I will no longer be subjecting readers to ads on the blog. After nearly 9 months of Google Adsense, I've managed $3.56.  Since Google requires $100 in your account before they will pay out, I'm on schedule to be paid out in Late 2028.  A bit too late to cover costs of blogging (though it would make a nice almost 50th birthday present.  :razz: ) The Amazon and TTZMedia affiliate programs have also had similar results with a payout from TTZ media due sometime in 2048... and that's only a $25 payout. In short, I don't get enough traffic, and my readers on average aren't the type to click on…
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Advertising on Blogs

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This is a topic I've been considering for some time now. Many of you (who don't use an ad-blocker) will have noticed that late last year I began experimenting with placing ads on the blog. The idea behind this was the "get-the-blog-to-pay-for-itself" mentality that most of us go through when we realize that there _are_ costs associated with maintaining a presence online if it's done using your own domain... and what self-respecting geek wouldn't want full control over their site?? So that led me to ads. There are four different kinds of ads on the site: the Firefox referal link (via Google), Google Adsense ads, TTZ Media ads on each post, and most recently an Amazon referal ad (left-side near the bottom). When you let an advertising company into your…
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WordPress Woes: Read the Damned Instructions!

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Recently some of you may have noticed some instability with the theme on this blog. The theme on the blog seemed to reset to the WordPress default without any rhyme or reason. I assumed it was one of the many plugins I had installed to try to provide additional content or functionality on the site. I tried enabling and disabling all of the plugins but to no avail, there didn't seem to be anything that would correct the problem outright. After several hours of frustration, I came across [an article on coderemedy.com](http://www.coderemedy.com/2007/07/27/wordpress-theme-resets-to-default/) which provided an explanation, and pointed me at [Scott Burkett's blog for a solution](http://www.scottburkett.com/index.php/misc/2006-11-15/wordpress-theme-resetting-problem-solved.html). What it boils down to is this: I use [Alex King's WP-Mobile](http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress) plugin to permit the blog to be viewed on small mobile devices…
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Dave Brubeck, Take Five

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Thank you Wil Wheaton. For several years now I've wondered what the name of this song is.  It's been used in countless soundtracks, commercials, movies, well the list goes on.  And I've never been able to find anyone who knows who wrote it, performed it or what the name of it was... until now. I found this post through my RSS reader tonight (I'm a bit behind on some of my blog reading....).  As I was catching up on the latest from "[wwdn: in exile](http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/)" I found a post entitled [joe morello  is a god](http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/2008/01/joe-morello-is.html). [youtube:http://youtube.com/watch?v=DDOgYw5-pNs&feature=related] Now I know that the song is called [_Take Five_](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UBPS60?ie=UTF8&tag=kdmunetkswebl-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000UBPS60), from an album called _Time Out_. The YouTube clip pictured above is the [Dave Brubeck Quartet](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Brubeck_Quartet) from 1961.  I was trying to find different…
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Sun Acquires MySQL

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Sun CEO [Jonathan Schwartz announced](https://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/winds_of_change_are_blowing) yesterday that they have acquired the Open-Source database platform [MySQL](https://mysql.com/). This is a huge purchase and one of the largest acquisitions of an Open Source entity that we've ever seen. [![](https://farm1.static.flickr.com/49/134222791_86b066ce41_d.jpg)](http://flickr.com/photos/tidewatermuse/134222791/ "Photo Credit: Tidewater Muse on Flickr")The goal, says Schwartz, is to put a Fortune 500 vendor behind the innovative technology powering many next generation web-based services. To accomplish that goal Sun is "putting a billion dollars behind the M in [LAMP](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAMP_(software_bundle))" (and [MAMP](https://sourceforge.net/projects/mamp), [WAMP](https://sourceforge.net/projects/wampserver/), and of course Sun's own [SAMP](https://developers.sun.com/solaris/tools/samp/index.jsp)...). Support of open source projects is nothing new for Sun. They have been a positive force behind several other projects in the past including [Java](https://java.sun.com/), [ZFS](https://opensolaris.org/os/community/zfs/), [NetBeans](https://www.netbeans.org/) and [OpenOffice.org](https://www.openoffice.org/). This bodes very well for the future of MySQL and companies offering other higher-priced options…
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