Like a YoYo

Like a YoYo

Articles
I bought a ticket. The steam liner is in dry dock. Sometimes you have a good idea. An idea that will, in the long run at least, save you time. That idea makes so much sense you can explain it to other people and they shout "Yes! I get it! You should totally build a steam liner!" But you shouldn't. There are ways to get across the ocean. You can buy a boat. You can build a boat. You can even design your own boat from scratch, smelt all the metal for the hull and concoct a bespoke engine out of recycled lawn mower parts you got for cheap on Craigslist from some guy named Sal who said they fell off the back of a truck. Or you can buy…
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WordPress Weekly – Usability with Jane Wells

Podcasts
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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WordPress Woes: Read the Damned Instructions!

Articles
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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WordPress Plugin: Admin Links Widget

Projects
I've just launched the first version of a new Wordpress widget, the [Admin Links Widget](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-links-sidebar-widget/). This very simple widget does as the name suggests. It provides links to administrative functions from the sidebar of your Wordpress installation. The catch is, only administrators will be able to see the links so the general public won't have their view cluttered up with links they can't use. Give it a try! 1. [Download the Plugin](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-links-sidebar-widget/) 2. Unzip into your Wordpress plugins folder 3. Activate the plugin 4. Add the widget to your site! If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to post below.
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WordPress Plugin: Random Image Selector

Projects
**UPDATE**: December 9, 2007: The Random Image Plugin has been updated! Please see [the new post](http://kdmurray.net/2007/12/09/random-image-selector-120-released/) for updates on features, or to comment.     Have you ever wanted to display a random image from a folder on your site? Maybe for a background or banner for your blog? Now there's a quick and easy way to do it: the Random Image Selector plugin for wordpress! The initial release, version 1.0.2 is available from the Wordpress.org plugins site. The download location is [http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/random-image-selector/](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/random-image-selector/) The premise of the plugin is quite simple, create a folder on your website where you want to store your randomly selected files. The plugin will select from all the files in that folder, and choose one at random to display. This is a great way to…
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