September 1, 2008

WP bugs

Filed under: wp — SiKing @ 7:59 pm

I have been with WP for four months now; seems like much longer. Right from the start there were a few bugs that have been bothering me, and they still are today. Here they are, starting with the most annoying at the top.

  1. When you are entering text in the WP HTML editor, for every Enter that you press (or in my case, copy-paste from OOo) you get a silent <br /> – you do not get to see them as you are entering the text, you only get to see them after you Save (possibly View your post, go WTF?) and go back to Edit your entry. How is that HTML or even XML? According to the standard, white space characters, including newlines, should be collapsed to a single space. Transforming them into a <br /> is definitely a very creative interpretation. I work around this in vi with %j (join all lines), but what a pain: an entirely separate tool to work around one bug!
  2. The text box widget (mine is labeled “Flare” on the right) has an upwards compatibility bug with the img tag (note that mine has only images). Image is normally entered as <img src="...">. Since it is an empty element (meaning there is no </img>) it can be entered as <img src="..." />, which is correct XML. However, if you enter it as <img src="..."/> (note the missing space before the closing slash), which is still valid XML, the WP parser does not get it and looses the entire src attribute.
  3. This one is not really a WP bug, at least not solely. is a place where I often listen to music, as it runs on all OSes that I use. They also generate a widget for your WP blog. Go ahead, and try it … I dare ya. Just go right ahead and paste that mess into either a post or a text widget. 😕

May 21, 2008

Moving Y!360 to WP

Filed under: wp,yahoo — SiKing @ 3:29 pm

Well I started moving posts from my old blog to here. Being a geek, and a lazy one at that, I obviously first looked to some form of automation to do this for me. I found everything from “here just use this tool“, through “maybe this will work“, down to “can’t be done“. I had something like 50 posts on my old blog, half dozen of which were just crap. I often link a lot of my posts to stuff all over the Internet, and about 20% of the links were dead or pointing back to my own blog – no automation is going to fix that. In the end, moving and updating everything manually seemed to be the least troublesome way of doing this.

WP has one very nice feature, where you can change the date of your post. You are able to schedule posts in the future this way, but it also helps with moving old stuff. So, anything that has a date before May 1, 2008 is relocated. I realize that in some places the links are still dead – if you really need to know where a link used to go, feel free to leave a comment under the appropriate post, and I will find it for you. At least I will know that someone gives a rat’s ass.

May 15, 2008

Tell me I’m wrong

Filed under: google,windows,wp,yahoo — SiKing @ 10:52 pm

There are people who would describe me as a Microsoft-hater. I don’t actually hate their technology, and I believe there’s even a place for it. I am a software tester by trade, and all software is flawed and buggy, it’s only a matter of degrees. What I don’t like about MS is their marketing strategy and their stance on many other things that matter. Right from the start little Bill let the world know that he is in it for the money! MS has had its share of dumb luck over the years. But when they realized that the free-loading, commie loving, open sourcie guys actually had something, they opted for all out war. They used some down right evil strategies over the years and are still doing it today, and in doing so they made the world a worse place to be. In the end, when they finally discover they can’t beat them they decide to join them? Gimme a break!

So why a WP blog, why not a Yahoo! 360 blog? I mean I have been a long-time user of Y! Whenever I needed anything, I would usually turn to Y! as my first choice. My first blog was a 360 blog. I have been a fan of Y! search, even when everyone else around me was using HotBot and AltaVista. I have had GeoCities websites before (and after) the buyout. I was the first in line to sign up for Y! e-mail. And there were other services that I tried and even actively used over the years. The problem is that Y!, IMHO, has a nasty habit of taking a good idea and totally crippling it to the point of uselessness. Are you allowed to have non-Y! friends? What about something slightly simpler, like any visitor (even a non-Y! one) being able to leave a comment on your 360 blog? Once they realize the execution of the idea is shit they completely abandon the product and just let it bit-rot. Has anyone today heard of Y! briefcase? Unfortunately, the most useful (and still documented) feature is now turned off and has been for a very long time. How long has Y! 360 been in beta? The list is endless. I’m not even going to get into the recent public affair between Y! and MS. The one single thing that speaks for itself though, is the Yodel Anecdotal: the Yahoo! Corporate blog. Once the page loads up, check the source (somewhere under the View menu of your browser), and look at line 9 – the one that starts with <meta name="generator". Hey, what’s good enough for Jerry is good enough for me! 🙂

Blogger is in a different category … for now. I will admit that my choice between Blogger and WordPress was based solely on this Slashdot article – admittely, not a very informed choice. I already use some of the Google’s other services (mail, search), and there are some that I am afraid suffer from bit-rot (browser sync). But overall, I get the impression that Google is everything the above two are not.

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