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Just read: Wil Wheatons «Just a geek»

Wil Wheaton: Just a geekLast weekend I finished Just a geek by Wil Wheaton. As a Star Trek fan I always enjoy reading literature about the backgrounds and the people behind Star Trek, but this book wasn’t just interesting, I found it also quite educational about life, the universe and everything. Wil wrote a very open book about his life journey after leaving Star Trek – The Next Generation (TNG) and his search for happiness. It seems he didn’t skip the bad parts and decisions he made, but on the other hand is quite entertaining about it.

What I for example didn’t knew before, is that he left Star Trek on his own to pursue his movie career. Since there was a big Anti Wesley Crusher Campaign during TNG, I always assumed that he was written out of the show. I have to admit, I wasn’t a Wesley fan either and wasn’t that unhappy that he left the show, even though I never would have written him a fan hate letter or something like that. But I never really thought about the fact, that it wasn’t his fault: A 16 year old boy has not that much influence with writers/directors/whatever, he had to do what the script told him.

If you are interested in a bit Star Trek history from a unique point of view or perhaps follow Wils blog, this book is surely a good read, I enjoyed it very much.

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Installation via USB

I just got some new hardware for my new (or overhauled) vdr. (More on that later…) I wanted to try out yavdr and needed a cd drive for the installation. I looked in my basement for an old drive, finally found one in an old IBM Intellistation and got it out of there. Then I burned the cd, very sloooowly, so the old drive can read it, found a PATA cable to connect the drive and booted. Half through the boot process the drive couldn’t read the cd anymore… All that hassle, just because I seem to be too oldschool to think of usb drives. Since I already got the iso image on my computer, it took around 3 minutes to use usb-creator to create a bootable usb drive. Too easy for me I suppose…

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Widget support for Reaction Buttons

I just uploaded a new version of Reaction Buttons, which features a widget now. In that widget you can show the top x posts with the most clicks for each button.

Coding took less time than putting the new version online, since there are a lot of places where you can set a version and they are parsed directly out of svn by some wordpress magic script. 🙂 I tagged the new release properly in the svn repository and added the version nubmer as stable in the parsed readme.txt. But I forgot to change the version in the main .php file, which seems to be important too. Thanks to #wordpress on irc.freenode.net for pointing that out. 🙂

Download from wordpress.org or directly through the install/update function of wordpress.

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Can’t download files from Dokuwiki

Recently I found out, that the user documentation videos my colleague made, weren’t shown anymore in our dokuwiki installation and I couldn’t find out why. Everything worked well, pages were shown, but only downloadable media wasn’t. I added a .htaccess for a different project a while ago and allowed them in the apache configuration. But even though I deactivated the new .htaccess file again to test if some of my settings messed with dokuwiki, I still got the following error:

[Tue Mar 02 12:34:14 2010] [error] [client 134.x.y.z] client denied by server configuration: /opt/wiki/data/media/win/printersetup.ogv

What I didn’t knew was, that dokuwiki has some restrictive .htaccess files for file downloads. Just modify them or deactivate .htaccess overrides for dokuwiki again, like I did.

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New Reaction Buttons version

Yesterday I finally found some time to include cookies into reaction buttons, so that you could push every button only once. Sure, It’s quite easy to circumvent, but without authentication it’s not possible to prevent that. And authenticating before using the buttons would be against their primary idea. 🙂

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Samba+Cups with 64bit Windows clients

The new Dell desktops we get at work, don’t come with an Windows XP license anymore. And I guess it’s kinda time to exchange the old XP installations, at least on the new desktops. But now we had the problem, that the current windows cups driver doesn’t support 64bit windows. Solution: Check out the current driver from the subversion repository. (Source)

So, that problem seems solved, but now I need a newer samba version to push the drivers to the clients. I’ve got the current Ubuntu 8.04 LTS version (3.0.28) and as far as I understand, I need a 3.4.x. Now I wait for the new LTS version of Ubuntu, which should arrive in April. Further information:

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Mozilla Weave: Why?

I read a blog post about Mozilla Weave a few days ago and I’m happy Mozilla developed such a tool. But a few years too late, I’m now hooked completely on XMarks (formerly Foxmarks) and completely satisfied. Does anyone perhaps know, why I should or shouldn’t use Weave instead?

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Emacs keybindings in gnome and firefox

For those who love their readline/emacs keybindings, you can have firefox and all gtk applications behave a little bit like that. This article describes how easy you can activate it and what keybindings there are. I recently created a new user profile for myself and missed the keybindings I got used to. To activate it under gnome, it’s enough to run the following command and have shortcuts like C-a, C-e or C-k work again. 🙂

gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme Emacs --type string
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Reaction Buttons on the wordpress plugin site

My Reaction Buttons plugin got accepted on the wordpress plugin site. Yeah! I guess thats not too hard, but I’m happy about it anyways. 🙂 Now you can install Reaction Buttons right out of your wordpress blog, without the hassle of downloading and uploading it to your blog.

Next hing to do is make some colors configurable through the admin menu. Or is CSS enough? Not sure yet. 🙂

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WordPress Plugin: Reaction Buttons

I finally found time last weekend to try to build my first wordpress plugin. I stumbled across a Blog at bloggers with an interesting little feature: There were a couple of buttons below the post to express your reactions to the post, like „interesting“ or „cool“. Since I always like to interact with my readers, especially on my blogs which cover a certain topic, it’s always nice to find ways to make it easier for your readers.

But I couldn’t find a plugin which does that on wordpress and well, long story short, here it is: Reaction Buttons. You can check it out on this very blog and on the screenshot of a clean german wordpress installation below.

Reaction Buttons Screenshot

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