Keeping a low profile

I did a few more tweaks today, to two other plugins I use: Summary and Tag cloud. That took some spelunking in Habari's core code (and these plugins) to investigate how forms are built and modified, how content is added to a feed, and how to make the tag list sorted case-insensitive. That turned out to be quite instructive…

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Syntax highlighting with GeSHi

Since this blog's main subject is development it's unavoidable I'll show snippets of code in my posts. And I like my code to be syntax-highlighted, so it's natural that I noticed and downloaded the GeSHi plugin for Habari before I even installed it: I considered it that much of an essential part of my blogging toolbox. …

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Look ma, no brackets!

keyboard of the first HP-35 with a big enter button, and no brackets
Original: David G. Hicks

New Laconi.ca release

I was barely awake after a long night sleeping away most of my head cold, when Evan announced identi.ca was going down for a server update. When it came back, he mentioned people tagging and I immediately went to explore: just last week I had been wishing I could apply labels to my contacts to sort them into groups — and now I could? …

RPN

In-between all that someone mentioned he didn't like his new calculator with so many extra functions: he'd rather use his PC for the more complicated calculations. Which sent me right down memory lane, and I remarked:

I remember when a good calculator *was* a "PC". I was referring to the HP scientific calculators I worked with before PCs even existed. ;) I loved RPN.

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Amazing this feels so good!

my new mouseIt seems I wear out mice. While I use keyboard and mouse in combination, I still spend a lot of time behind my computer and that amounts to a lot of clicks. And both keyboards and mice are part-mechanical things — which can wear out before any of the electronics do.

Yesterday my mouse was acting strange. Sometimes a click just didn't register.

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Searching for Subversion

When I was running into errors in Habari because I started with the "old" (stable) version instead of the new 0.6 which is still being worked on, the immediate suggestion on #habari was not just to download 0.6 (you can download a zip of a recent build) but to pull in the current version from the repository with an svn command issued at the server. In fact, the Installation instructions also tell you how to do that. It sounded like a good idea.

Easier said than done, as it turned out.

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