robinadr

Posted in August, 2007

Looks like comments aren’t working. I’ll try to see what’s going on and try to fix it, soon, hopefully.

Update: Looks like they’re working again. Apparently I renamed wp-comments-post.php a while back, which messed a few things up. Oops.

Funny, but some most of those statistics are pretty scary.

This was, of course, in response to Miss South Carolina’s idiotic response on national TV.

I saw this little list at the end of the September 2007 issue of the Seattle Metropolitan and just broke out in laughter at some of the items. To give this list a little context, keep in mind that the majority of Seattle are Democrats, and Portland is an insult.

“Top 10 lines to start a bar fight in Seattle”

  1. Is that the Space Needle in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
  2. So, you grew up in Portland?
  3. I’ll bet you can tell me where to score some crack.
  4. M’s suck. [Note: M’s are the Mariners]
  5. Nice shirt. Looks even better on my mother’s hairdresser.
  6. That Bill O’Reilly makes a lot of sense if you stop and listen to him.
  7. Hey, do me a favor — tell your girlfriend not to call after 11.
  8. You know what would hide that bald spot?
  9. I wish people would stop picking on President Bush. He’s doing the best he can.
  10. Let’s fight.

This has been floating around in my mind for a long time, but I think it’s time to finalize it. As of right now, I am completely leaving WordPress behind, at least development-wise. I will still continue using it for at least a while because I still think it’s good software, but I won’t be active in the mailing lists or the Trac system. My reasons are numerous, and I won’t list them here, but I think it’s time for me to move on.

It’s been an honor working with you guys, and I wish you all the best.

I’ve been the happy owner of a Nokia E65 slider smartphone since the beginning of this month, and one of the features I’ve begun to use a lot is the built-in wifi. For me, the wifi is necessary because I’m too cheap to shell out for a data plan (I don’t really need 24/7 connectivity, to be honest), and I’ve been using the mobile version of many sites now, to much satisfaction.

Flickr

While I don’t use Flickr much at all, I recalled Flickr announced a mobile site a while back, so I figured I would try it. Everything worked great, even uploading photos I took with the phone (finally, true “moblogging”!), except for one thing — apparently you can’t delete photos from the mobile site, once you upload them. I had to go into the regular Flickr site to do that, which kind of defeats the purpose.

Facebook

Facebook’s mobile site is the site I’ve been spending the most time at. You can do everything you need to (well, that I need to) — write on walls, receive and send messages, poke people, etc. I don’t use the applications much, but that’s one part that the mobile site has no access to. I think this is mostly the fault of the applications’ developers, not Facebook, though.

Slashdot

I can’t remember how I found Slashdot’s mobile version (apparently made for Palm devices judging by the URL), but there’s no link to it on the front page, that I could see. It works, though, and you get the latest headlines and the top five comments for each story. I never used to read Slashdot much, but the mobile version has helped me kill many hours.

Google & Co.

Out of all the web companies offering mobile services, I think Google’s the king. When you navigate to the Google homepage, it automatically redirects you to the mobile version, from which you can search the web, and it also has links to other Google services with mobile versions. I’ve been using Google Reader quite a bit, and the Gmail application, but there’s also Blogger, Google News, and a host of other mobile services.

Now, if only the US (namely, T-Mobile, my service provider) would get with the times and set up a 3G network, that would be great. GPRS just doesn’t really cut it.