Author: David Artiss

WordPress 2.9 and my pages! 0

WordPress 2.9 and my pages!

I updated to WordPress 2.9 yesterday. All appeared fine. That is, until I went to update a page today and found the Edit button didn’t work any more. Neither was the URL shortening for the page. And then I noticed that all the comments were missing. It appeared that the URL for the page was not being returned correctly. At first I thought this to be a potential WordPress fault but after installing the default page.php into my theme it...

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Beeb See Me 2

I missed this at the time – I also got a mention (and more links) on the BBC Internet Blog weekly round-up. …blogger David Artiss was pleasantly surprised that he had some BBC bods commenting on his Wii post and more so that we’d linked to him from the blog

Plugin error “cannot yet handle MBCS in html_entity_decode” 0

Plugin error “cannot yet handle MBCS in html_entity_decode”

Today I’ve had reported to me that one of my plugins (Simple Twitter Link – but I’m sure this equally occur in others) is generating the error “cannot yet handle MBCS in html_entity_decode”. In fact, it generates it about 200 times. The problem? Well, it’s a bug in version 4 of PHP, so there’s not much I can do about it (sorry!). It’s fixed in PHP 5, though. One suggested solution is to force your server to use PHP 5...

Microsoft Update – 0x8002802B Error 0

Microsoft Update – 0x8002802B Error

On a couple of my PCs now I’ve had a problem where Microsoft Update stopped working, reporting the error code 0x8002802B. Looking this up in the Microsoft knowledge base yielded no results, but a quick Google and I found a “Fix it” utility from Microsoft. Sadly, that didn’t fix the problem. After much trawling I found an answer – and this worked for both instances (both of which occurred months apart). Either, open up the command prompt (click on Start,...

Speed up your internet with the Google Public DNS 0

Speed up your internet with the Google Public DNS

Google have released details of a public, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service that they’ve created. Simply replace your default DNS server settings with their own and you could – potentially – see a speed improvement in your surfing. I’ve already done this and can already see a noticeable improvement, with no issues (yet) experienced. You can either change these settings on a per-computer basis or on your router (I’ve done the latter). The new DNS servers are

Add Twitter links to your WordPress posts 0

Add Twitter links to your WordPress posts

Want an easier way to add links to Twitter user pages? Here’s a quick solution. Add the following code to your functions.php file within your theme folder… add_filter(‘the_content’, ‘link_to_twitter’); function link_to_twitter($content) { $start=strpos($content,”[@”); while ($start!=0) { $code=substr($content,$start+2,strpos($content,”]”,$start)-$start-2); $content=str_replace(“[@”.$code.”]”,'<a href=”’.$code.'” target=”_blank”>@’.$code.'</a>’,$content); $start=strpos($content,”[@”,$end); } return $content; } Now, you simply need to simply specify a Twitter username within square brackets and it will be replaced with the same username, but now with a link to Twitter. For example, add [@dartiss] to your...

The mobile phone search goes on… 0

The mobile phone search goes on…

Ok, quick catch up. My phone contract expires in a little over 2 months. My supplier – Carphone Warehouse – will be contacting me in a couple of weeks to get out of my contract early if I stick with them and my network (O2). The problem is that I’m after an HTC Hero, which is not available from O2 at Carphone Warehouse. My plan was to leave it for the contact to expire, then I’ll have my pick of...

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Google Chromium OS

Details of the Google Chromium operating system have been sloshed around the internet since they were announced yesterday. And, you’ll be happy to hear, I’m not going to repeat them. However, watch the video below (taken from the Chromium website) and, in particular, the last few seconds. Do you see that boot time? And they’re looking at how to get it better. Superb.   One last thing to note – if you haven’t noticed already from some of the press...

Beeb See Me 0

Beeb See Me

After yesterdays post about the iPlayer on the Wii, I was surprised to have a couple of BBC techie people commenting on it. I was, however, even more surprised to come in this morning and find that the same post had been referenced on the BBC website!1 I suspect they’ve not seen my update though, where I had constant problems with bandwidth problems and the resultant pausing of playback. Oh well, 15 minutes of minor fame… in case you’re wondering...

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BBC iPlayer on Nintendo Wii

Last night, or rather at midnight, the BBC iPlayer channel was released for the Nintendo Wii. The iPlayer has been usable in the past using the Opera-powered browser channel, but has been of limited quality and, well, not very easy to use. Now we have a very specific channel just for iPlayer. And it’s been a long time coming – the BBC have been talking about it for a year and a half. However, I can only assume they’ve spent...