Author: David Artiss

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Do WordPress users need Jetpack?

Automattic, the people behind WordPress have announced JetPack. In essence, it’s a plugin for self-hosted WordPress owners that adds functionality that WordPress.com bloggers have had for a while. That sounds a good thing, right? Well, most of the plugins (bar one) are available separately from Automattic and, this way, you can at least only install the components you actually need (reducing bulk and load on your installation). Here’s a run down of what Jetpack adds and where else, if possible,...

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So, what is EmbedPlus?

Yesterday I announced that my YouTube Embed WordPress plugin would include EmbedPlus. But what exactly is it? First of all, let me explain YouTube embedding. If you have your own website or blog chances are that you’ve uploaded or seen a video that you’d really like to add to your site. Well, YouTube, via an “Embed” button next to the video, provide the code you need to do this. You can also switch on and off different options to configure...

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LG E2360V monitor

23/24″ 1920×1080 pixel widescreen monitors are becoming pretty much “the norm” these days. What makes the LG E2360V stand-out however is its slimness and generally attractive looks – not necessarily a bad thing in a sea of quite plain alternatives. It maintains its slimness through a combination of factors – no extras (no USB hub or speakers), an external power supply and a back-lit LED screen. Not taking into account the stand, it’s just 31mm in depth! The box contains...

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Windows 7 and “No such interface supported” error

So, I connect my brand new monitor (details to follow) and attempt to look at the display settings in Windows (I’m running Windows 7 64-bit to be more precise). Except all I get is a pop-up boxed titled “explorer.exe” which states “No such interface supported”. I’d also noticed that links in the Control Panel were often not working as well. A Google of this error talked about repairing Internet Explorer 7 using the Windows installation disk (I don’t have one...

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Finding App APKs for Android Tablets

Most Android tablet devices come with their own, limited, app stores rather than the Google Marketplace. The easiest way around this is to install the apps you want manually – these are .APK files. Other than using Google and searching for each individually, there are a number of sites which allow you to download APK files. The most popular include AndAppStore, AndroidFreeware.org, Androlib, Brothersoft, Freeware Lovers, Get Jar and SlideME. In many cases they will ask you to select your...

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WordPress function get_the_shortlink

Many WordPress functions have a standard version which outputs the results directly and an additional version prefixed with get_ that returns the output – useful for adding to a string and manipulating before output. One such exclusion is the_shortlink, which returns a short link to any page or post – there is no get_the_shortlink, so many people have to resort to just outputting the result in a FORM field for people to cut & paste.  However, here is a quick...

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Creative WP-300 Bluetooth Headphones Review

A while ago I reviewed a pair of Sennheiser Bluetooth Headphones. The review conclusion was that they were, shall we say, average. I found them uncomfortable and, at £119 (best price), expensive. Today, I have Creative’s equivalent – the Creative WP-300. Again, these are “on ear” headphones boasting apt-X enhanced Bluetooth technology. This time, however, they have an RRP of £79.99 but can be found from as little as £66.34 (inc P&P) from Amazon – not far off half the...

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Creative ZiiO 7″ Tablet

Since the launch of the iPad the market has been saturated with tablets, the majority running on Android. Now, as much as I love Android, it was designed for phones and not tablets. As a result the user experience isn’t brilliant and the standard Market Place is out of bounds. Android 3.0 – Honeycomb – designed specifically for tablet should remedy this. Meantime, however, the tablet releases are not reducing. A recent release is the Creative ZiiO 7. This is...

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Integrating MantisBT with WordPress

Recently I mentioned how I was integrating MantisBT with my blog. Well, I thought I’d release the code for anybody else to use and tinker with. add_shortcode(‘mantis’,’show_mantis’); function show_mantis($paras=””,$content=””) { global $wpdb; // Get the ID for the current project $project_id=$wpdb->get_var($wpdb->prepare(“SELECT id FROM mantis_project_table WHERE name = ‘”.$content.”‘ “)); // Loop around twice, loading specific variables for each loop $output=””; $loop=1; while ($loop<3) { if ($loop==1) { $category=”b.name = ‘Bug'”; $title=”Known Bugs”; $scr_id=”bugs”; } else { $category=”(b.name = ‘Enhancement’ OR...

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Is Poker and Bingo the Future of Android apps?

My earlier post about the future of gaming got me thinking. For over a year now I’ve been earnestly intending to start developing Android Apps. That requires me to learn Java as a starter – and then onto the Android specifics. Unfortunately, time has been my enemy and I haven’t really got anywhere with it. None-the-less, I keep my eye on the market to see if there’s an obvious “hole” where an app could be desperately needed. At the moment,...

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