How to: Automatically add a default set of Custom Fields to each post in WordPress

One of the neat things about WordPress is how easy it is to add custom metadata to a given page or post that you can then use in a template to display structured information. I’ve been using this technique for a while now to extend the basic WordPress elements of title, body, excerpt, etc and […]

Why you should upgrade your WordPress installation to version 2.6 (just released) today

First, the good news: Matt & his brave crew of WordPress coders have just released version 2.6 of the Open Source award-winningly awesome content management system called WordPress (download it here). I’ve been using it since it was called b2, and love it. I recommend it for most of my clients, and they love the […]

How to connect to a VNC machine that is behind a firewall using SSH tunneling, OS X and Chicken of the VNC

VNC is a very useful program for accessing a computer remotely. These are instructions for accessing a remote machine using OS X, Chicken of the VNC, and Vine Server when there is a firewall in the way. Normally it is a fairly straightforward process to connect from a VNC client to a VNC server running […]

New site design is live (also upgraded to the latest version of WordPress – 2.5)

In preparation for upgrading a whole mess of sites to using the latest version of WordPress I decided it was time to finally upgrade my own site and to implement the new design I’d been working on for a while (for over a year now). Check it out: www.gabrielserafini.com

How to fix PEAR installation of XML_RSS / XML_Tree invalid package.xml file problem

As part of getting an upgraded server set up and transferring sites from the older server, I had to re-install PEAR XML_RSS. One of its dependencies is XML_Tree. Normally, this command should have worked with no problems: pear install XML_RSS It downloaded XML_RSS just fine, but then choked on XML_Tree, which was a required dependency. […]

How to sync audio and video for DVD playback using your remote speakers, AirPort Express, Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil and VLC

I’ve been enjoying using my Apple AirPort Express to stream music from my laptop to our living room speakers using iTunes. The other evening I wanted to watch a DVD and use the good speakers to get the best sound, but you can’t do that without using a helper program. I found a program that […]

WP-Cache 2.0 – useful for surviving the digg/reddit effect for your WordPress blog

Found this useful plugin from this site while working on a site that was in the middle of getting dugg/reddited: WP-Cache is an extremely efficient WordPress page caching system to make your site much faster and responsive. It works by caching Worpress pages and storing them in a static file for serving future requests directly […]

Some excellent WordPress plugins I found recently – Breadcrumbs and better Links page management

I’m working on a new site relating to Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act compliance (it will replace the useless site that is currently up at grammleachblileyact.com) and was looking for breadcrumb functionality and a better way to manage outputting links from the Blogroll on the links.php page. I had searched for a good WordPress breadcrumbs plugin a while […]

DiddleBug Extractor 2.1 – Palm DiddleBug image extractor script for OS X, Windows, Linux (Replaces Didcon 2.0)

DiddleBug Extractor 2.1 Drawing pictures on your Palm I use an excellent free Open Source program called DiddleBug on my Palm Treo 700p for doing small black and white drawings. The latest version of DiddleBug creates 320×320 pixel size drawings. These are referred to on their site as “high-res” pictures instead of the 160×160 pixel […]

Chickenfoot – Firefox extension to automate web tasks with Javascript in your browser

This looks pretty neato. Chickenfoot is a Firefox extension that puts a programming environment in the browser’s sidebar so you can write scripts to manipulate web pages and automate web browsing. In Chickenfoot, scripts are written in a superset of Javascript that includes special functions specific to web tasks. Check it out: Chickenfoot (Via the […]