April 11th, 2009 by electricbob

Why I use Twitter Tools to backup my tweets on my blog (and future plans)

I’ve been retweeting (RT) with the #brilliant hashtag so I could keep a record of things I want to remember.  Twitter only keeps tweets for between one and three months.  That means I’ll loose the things I want to remember if I don’t back the tweets up myself. Twitter Tools is a WordPress plugin that […]

January 29th, 2009 by electricbob

Why I set up my WordPress blog like this

Now that I’m following a bunch of people on Twitter, I’m getting a lot of article links.  A lot of them recommend this or that WordPress plugin, or more likely, “The 50 WordPress Plugins Most Likely to Curl Your Hair and Shave Inches Off Your ….” So, I thought I’d just explain what I’ve done […]

January 9th, 2009 by electricbob

Trying out the PingpressFM plugin

I’m getting more and more good stuff from folks I’m following on Twitter, and this is one. PingpressFM is a WordPress plugin that publishes new posts to publishes to whatever social networks you want, in three categories of post: Status Microblog Blog I’ve been using it for ages because I just don’t have […]

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October 22nd, 2008 by electricbob

When media file upload won’t prompt for files in WordPress

A couple days ago, I tried to use the web interface to my blog to upload some media files, mostly pictures I had taken. I clicked the upload button and nothing happened. I had to do some serious digging but finally found the culprit – Flash 10. It turns out that file selector is powered […]

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October 18th, 2008 by electricbob

Added the Simile Timeline plugin to my blog

While getting the paging navigation working in my theme, I found the Simile Timeline plugin.  It took some real effort (the plugin is, as the author admits, in alpha state – ya gotta start someplace afterall), but now I’ve got a timeline for my administrivia posts.  You can find it as one of the tabs […]

October 17th, 2008 by electricbob

Fixed another problem with the blog

It turns out the template I’m using (and have modified quite a bit) depends on a plugin to display the additional pages for archives.  I’ve added that plugin, customized its look a bit to more closely match the blog look, and voila, we have archives that work much better now. I’m going to look into […]

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October 11th, 2008 by electricbob

I finally fixed my web site home page!

I added an “ad” for the Metra schedule tools I’ve built, and it offset the main image map that’s the menu to my site; I wanted that image centered, and it was offset by the size of the ad. Well, now I understand the interaction of z-index, absolute and relative positioning much better.  I needed […]

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July 10th, 2008 by electricbob

Added a “Ping this!” button to posts

I was invited into the beta program for They provide a service that give you one place to create microblog, status and blog posts which can be directed to any of a number of social networking sites. Since I’m a member of a number of social networking sites, and since I don’t have time […]

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July 9th, 2008 by electricbob

Added Ligit search

Just added Ligit search thanks to Kaplak’s blog. Ligit indexes and searches content that you create and link to; you indicate what you want indexed and Ligit goes and does it.  When done, you get a widget you can add to your web site or blog (in my case its WordPress script code you can […]

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June 14th, 2008 by electricbob

My first spambot registration!

Since this is not a highly publicized blog, I see when people register or drop comments (can’t miss it really). So when I saw a new registration email I thought I should check it out. Its a spambot apparently; when I googled the email address I found this post. Since I don’t think you can […]

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