Twitter Statuses Badge v0.6 Released

Just over a year ago (as my schedule seems to be) I released an update to my Twitter Statuses JavaScript Badge. Within two days I had further updates, including variables to override the name of the DIV element, hide the user’s icon, etc., ready to go, but I put it on the back burner as I was unhappy with the poor name-spacing.

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Reducing Authoring Time with Textpattern Bookmarklets

Posting around here has been sporadic, at best, lately. With little to no time to author full articles this time of year, I figured I’d better improve the efficiency of my quick linking to tidbits I’ve found elsewhere online. I’ve got a ‘hyper’ section in Textpattern (my CMS of choice) for just such a task, akin to and inspired by the Daring Fireball Linked List, but it’s actually more cumbersome to post to. I usually include a quote and the title from the target site, it’s URL, switch it to the ‘hyper’ section, add some tags and a little commentary. A bookmarklet that could pull in much of that data for me to just tweak and comment could drastically reduce the amount of tab switching and cutting & pasting required.

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Going Newton

Two weeks ago I commented that, “Sometimes I wonder just how ‘Newton’ I could go. Clear off my desk and leave only an eMate and Color StyleWriter 2200? Would love it.” Shortly there after I discovered that RetroChallenge would be kicking off their 2010 Winter Warm-Up at the start of January. How could I resist bringing a little extra green (I’d assume there will already be many a glow from green monochrome CRTs) to the challenge?

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Automating fixDAVsvn

I published my fixDAVsvn script seven months (and one day) ago to automate the process of fixing apache configuration files that have been manually modified to serve up Subversion repositories (per Nayan Hajratwala’s instructions) when they’re overwritten by Server Admin. This has made managing my apache install considerably easier, but upon rolling it out on a colleague’s server this afternoon I realized it was only ever a half solution. Sure, I had saved myself considerable time just by running fixDAVsvn, but others aren’t necessarily going to want to and there’s really no need. Time to add the second half.

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Automating Countdown Tweets with Bash

Modern Warfare 2 will be out in a few days, so I felt @cowardswayout should count down to the release day. I could spend a few minutes at some point during each of the next few days—assuming I can remember to—posting a nearly-the-same message to Twitter or I could automate it. Yeah, better automate.

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Multiple Twitter Statuses Badges

I’ve been getting an increasing number of questions about my JavaScript Twitter Statuses Badge as of late and this past week the most prominent questions have been regarding using multiple Twitter badges on the same page. Here’s an except from one of my answers via email:

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fixDAVsvn

Subversion, mod_dav, and mod_dav_svn are all pre-installed on Leopard Server, authentication via Open Directory is a piece of cake, and you can even mostly config & manage via Server Admin. Nayan Hajratwala has a good tutorial explaining the setup and the few lines you have to manually add to the apache config files, but there’s one problem: whenever you update any site using Server Admin, it replaces all occurrences of ‘DAV svn’ with ‘DAV Off’, completely defeating the purpose.

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Twitter Statuses Badge v0.4

I’ve got a new version of my JavaScript Twitter Statuses Badge out for you all.

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Automatic Delicious Backups Under Leopard

I’ve been using delicious.com, nee del.icio.us, for my bookmarks on and off since early 2006, but only recently have I decided to really keep all my bookmarks there. Yahoo!‘s future has been somewhat questionable as of late and I’m not entirely sure I like the idea of not having my data backed up in a place where I can get at if the service goes down. I don’t really have control over the former, but the latter I do.

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Another Twitter Statuses Badge Update

First I wait nearly two years for an update and then only a matter of days. I had actually intended to release this update nearly immediately after the last update, but twitter was having some issues when I was attempting to complete my testing. This weekend’s testing was successful, so here’s the latest update to my Twitter Statuses Badge.

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Updated Twitter Statuses Badge

I’ve updated my Twitter Statuses Badge to include Jon Aquino’s IE date parse fix, some function name changes to reduce the possibility of namespace clashes, and tweaked the CSS a tad.

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Apple redirects to Wikipedia!?

I just happened across a hyperlink to apple.com/hypercard that redirects to wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperCard. Yes, I confirmed that the source of the page contains both meta & JavaScript redirects to said Wikipedia page, so it’s for real.

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"Change Has Come to America"

Joseph Ellis on November 4th’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook:

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Side Project: Slotted Pig

This weekend I whipped up and launched a new side project: Slotted Pig.

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Sysmon Startup Item with Leopard Launchd Support

I’ve been sitting on, and tweaking infrequently, a launchd plist for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (and Server, of course) for launching the Sysmon daemon at boot and keeping it running. Well, it’s time to release it out into the wild, so without further ado:

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Testing the OS Version on Darwin/Mac OS X in bash

I’ve been updating an installer bash script that needs to install different files depending on the version of Mac OS X (and Darwin, for that matter) that the machine is running and so set out to find the easiest, most straightforward way to check the OS version.

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'Enable default host' Restored in AirPort 7.3.2 Firmware

Regarding my previous report that the “Enable default host” functionality for the AirPort Extreme and TimeCapsule was broken in firmware version 7.3.1: the issue been resolved in firmware version 7.3.2 which was released nearly a month ago (July 11th).

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Happy Bungie Day

Today being Bungie day, they’ve released a few freebies for us:

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Introducing the mta_sanitize Textpattern Plug-in

I was running into a small issue on a project that I’ve been developing with the Textpattern CMS: I couldn’t find a tag to convert a title to a “URL-only title” like the Write tab on the admin side does for you. Textpattern has a built-in function named sanitizeForUrl() which provides this functionality, but no way to get that from the template system.

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Unplanned Downtime; Tiger Server to Leopard Server Migration

I had planned the migration from Tiger Server to Leopard Server for this week, but hadn’t intended to do it today nor during daytime hours. Unfortunately, a DOS attack on UNNA prompted me to go ahead and upgrade so that I could work on alleviating that issue.

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Another mta_digg_it Textpattern Plug-in Release

Another year, another mta_digg_it Textpattern plug-in update. This time, version 0.3:

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Intel Express 530T Switch Documentation, Firmware, and Utilities

In which I release for download an archive of documentation, firmware, and utilities for the Intel Express 530T switch which Intel no longer even acknowledges on their support site.

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Connect360 Version 3.34

To follow up on Monday’s initial impressions of Connect360 version 3.31, specifically the following note I added after attempting to upgrade to version 3.33 which they released later that day:

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Connect360 Version 3.31

Also while I was out of town, Nullriver released version 3.31 of Connect360, their Xbox 360 media streaming app for Mac OS X, on April 24th. This new version has the following changes:

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'Enable default host' Broken in AirPort 7.3.1 Firmware

Unfortunately I’ve been out of town for the last two weeks due to the death of Emily’s father whom I’ve now known for the past six years. There have been many additional stresses tossed my way during this time, but the one that has affect others was that my AirPort Extreme (Gigabit) has been a bit flaky and requiring numerous reboots.

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