Archive for the 'General' Category

WordPress URIs, etc.

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Well, I just burned a Sunday night playing around with WordPress URIs and the .htaccess file. Bottom line, if you adjust your permalink structure in Options>Permalinks, lines are added to the .htaccess file.

The problem I thought I was trying to solve was how to redirect my podcasts feed to a new permalink structure….after much playing around and figuring I’d go through my .htaccess file line by line I eventually deleted a few lines that determined a permalink behavior which I wanted to control.

So, now my old feed links work, but my category links give 404s, which isn’t bothering me all that much. I should really look into getting a tagging structure going on here anyway.

Update: the podcasts feed at the old URL structure is broken http://cleverhack.com/archives/category/podcasts/feed/ and any redirect for it is currently failing. However, the new podcasts feed at http://cleverhack.com/category/podcasts/feed/ works just fine.

Update 2: Upgraded to the newest version of podpress 6.3, which seems to have improved the situation and most importantly changed my itunes feed URL. Still working on redirecting the old feed URL - I’m trying all sorts of things and getting myriad 404s, etc.

Update 3: For cryin’ out loud, the following redirectmatch works and gives the desired 301, but only after way too much messing around…what I missed in a way too obvious “your missing glasses are sitting on your head” kind of way was that I needed the ?$ wildcards after the initial file declaration. And now my podcasts feeds are redirected.

RedirectMatch permanent ^/archives/category/podcasts/feed/?$ http://cleverhack.com/category/podcasts/feed/

a podcast delay

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

The sunday podcast is going a little slow because of some technical difficulties involving hard drives and backup hardrives clicking loudly. :-( I’m hoping to get something up within the next few hours.

[tags]site info, hardware[/tags]

Devi

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

There’s a nice review of Devi, a vegetarian Indian restaurant and one of my favorites in the Philadelphia Inquirer today, although I’d probably rate the place three stars rather than just two. Also, it’s relatively unknown as the place is busy but not crowded during a weekend night - while there will be hour long waits at every other restaurant in Exton.

I have only eaten at the restaurant during dinner and usually go for the buffet, because I can’t make up my mind from the menu offerings. As was noted in the review the menu is dominated by lentil and rice based dishes such as the dosas, which was a shock the first time I went there. The last time I was at the restaurant, they had a vegetable curry (it wasn’t the tomato based one with the cheese mentioned in the review) which was great…and their mango ice cream is definitely worth saving a little room for dessert. Also, the waitstaff is understanding when one might order a dish by it’s northern Indian name.

[tags] Restaurants, Philly area dining, Chester county restaurants [/tags]

live blogging from the philly blogger meeting

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

lots of people, great company, nice to finally match blogs to faces.

Update: Or faces to blogs, whichever you prefer.

oh my Bonnaroo on XM 47

Friday, June 16th, 2006

I am listening to the XM live feed of the bonnaroo main stage on XM right now, and uh, Ben Folds had many a missed note.

And now Ben Folds is doing a piano reinterpretation of a Dr. Dre song which I won’t mention on this family blog. It’s hilarious (if you don’t have little ears around). The audience is singing the chorus at the moment.

Later tonight, Bright Eyes and Death Cab For Cutie!

Update: Apparently, the feed isn’t live - so no other bands tonight. That stinks.

Update 2: It seemed that the feed was live on Saturday and Sunday…but they had non-main stage acts. Which was all well and good…if you’re that into the Disco Biscuits or something. Otherwise, I’m not impressed with the XM’s coverage.
[tags]XM, XM Radio, Bonnaroo, Bonnaroo 2006 Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie [/tags]

Siphoning traffic from SERPS to track for what?

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

So, the other night I was searching on Google and let’s just say that I could have been searching for dentists in Champaign, Illinois. And since I misspelled the state, I got some very, very curious SERPS such as the ones below.

Live Google Search and an image of the Google SERP I saw.

Being curious about the results from the .info domains, I went ahead and clicked on one and there was a page that sorta kinda looked like a Google results page without the Google logo.

Even better, I took a minute and scrolled down to the bottom of this particular .info page which had apparently mirrored Google results page for “Champaign Illinois dentist”. It was this mirroring which made the bogus .info pages appear high in Google searches.

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cleverhack on iTunes

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

It’s official, the first (of many more to come) cleverhack podcast is now on iTunes. I should probably think of some cover art.
[tags]Apple, iTunes, podcasting, cleverhack [/tags]

Sunday morning user generated content

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Suffice it to say, I think the Internet survived without me for the past few days. So here’s a Sunday link post.

-I have discovered that Dunkin Donuts offers shots of espresso. Funnily enough, espresso is not listed under Featured Products under the Dunkin Donuts corporate Web site. Since I’m not a fan of Dunkin Donuts regular coffee (too mellow), I decided to take a try with a double espresso this morning. When I ordered it, the overly busy counter guy (well, it was a Sunday), made a face when I asked for it. From what I could tell, all he did to make it was put in a few espresso pods into the store’s coffee machine, pressed a few buttons and then walked away. He wasn’t “pulling shots” by any means.

The verdict: Not bad at all, I’m adequately caffeinated but I would get it only if I found myself at a Dunkin Donuts. Also, I think the pricing ($1.07 for the first shot, $0.69 for the additional shot) is a little bit more than Starbucks double espresso, but I will check on that.

-Is it wrong to read the NY Times Wedding & Celebrations page for the amusement factor?

-Apparently, the Philly Radiohead shows were sweltering and a “mixed bag”.

-Talking about Philly area shows this summer, these guys have compiled a comprehensive listing — and why oh why are so many of them on week nights?

[tags]Sunday, coffee, donuts, newspaper, music, Philly, Philly music, still annoyed to have missed Radiohead[/tags]

friends don’t let friends use

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

stock photography on their Web sites.

So, sorry, I was reviewing a not well done Web site earlier today, and it could have done without a few of the image types shown above.

Also related: Are secure site seals needed? This article suggests so, although personally (and what I’ve heard from other Web designers), I am not a fan of them at all.

[tags] Web design, Marketing [/tags]

Music Geekery

Monday, May 29th, 2006

One of my accomplishments this weekend was installing an AirPort Express module on my wireless network. Let me tell you, my life has significantly improved because of this development. Now I can listen to music from my PowerBook on my stereo system. To boot, I’ve even snagged an optical cable to connect the AirPort Express to my reciever. Oooh digital music enjoyment - and my neighbors definitely are aware of this development.

I shall note, however, that the initial AirPort Express install wasn’t completely enjoyable, mainly because I hadn’t thought to download the latest and greatest software update before attempting install and I spent a good half an hour messing around with old software. But after grabbing the update, everything went smoothly. For the moment the AirPort Express is set up as a client on my network.

Oh, and I do have one suggestion for the technical writers of the AirPort Express manual - it might be a good idea to note in the instruction book that the unit takes a good couple of minutes to boot up and finally get to a solid green indicator light. One of the frustrating things about the initial install process was the fact I was unsure if the AirPort Express was just taking a long time to boot or if I had not installed it correctly.

To celebrate this newfound musical playback capability, I just had to update my music collection. My latest acquisitions include:

-Death Cab for Cutie: Forbidden Love EP, iTunes Originals - Death Cab for Cutie, You Can Play These Songs With Chords, This Temporary Life from The Future Soundtrack for America

-The Postal Service: Assorted singles from The District Sleeps Alone Tonight - EP and We Will Become Silhouettes - EP

-Dntel: Life Is Full of Possibilities, Your Hill from (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan

-Iron & Wine: The Creek Drank The Cradle, Our Endless Numbered Days, The Trapeze Swinger - Single

-Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene

-School of Fish: School of Fish

Out of the latest additions, I’m most definitely enjoying the Iron & Wine. Most perfect for a laid back afternoon.

This is a lifestyle post

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

How happy am I that this weekend is a three day weekend for those of us in the United States? Oh so very happy. Not only have temps finally risen to the low 80s with low humidity, but this is my first three day weekend since New Year’s. I’m greatly looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow morning.

NY Times - Where’s the Petite Department? Going the Way of the Petticoat

The premise: That department stores are discontinuing their petite clothing lines for women because department store petite shoppers are really old and stodgy.

My take: These petite lines are getting discontinued because American women are getting fatter and there aren’t as many petite women to cater to any more. Let me say you’d think that being petite (technically I’m an inch and a half taller than a traditional 5′4″ petite woman) would be easy to shop for, but it’s not. For professional clothing, I can either fit in a size 2 or a petite - depending on the manufacturer. Like for example, at Ann Taylor, I’m a regular size 2 in pants, while fitting into an extra-small shirt size. If I go into a department store, I usually have better luck in the petite department, especially for dresses. However, it seems that if I was a larger size shopping would be easier for me. So there you go.

Update: A messageboard thread about petite sized women trying to find clothes. In addition, a Boston Globe article about 0 being the new 8.

Awe inducing weather imagery from the Midwest.

Finally, a Washington Post article to reflect on during this somber holiday, Marriages tested by scars of war.

[tags]Memorial Day, links [/tags]

Apple Store Fifth Avenue Grand Opening Roundup

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

My dear loyal readers, here’s my official Apple Store Fifth Avenue Grand Opening Roundup. Just because some of you were asking for it.

First things first, the official Quicktime slideshow can be found by clicking on the image below.

Fifth Ave Apple Store logo
The images begin when my accomplice and I emerge from the 59th Street Subway station just before 9pm, walk around the cube in awe (notice the backwards Apple logo), try to find the end of the line going into the store and literally refused to believe that the line stretched from the store entrance, past the south side of FAO Schwartz all the way around the block to 59th and Madison. The hired security guards couldn’t believe that the line stretched that far, and we overheard one guard exclaiming to another at 59th & Madison. “It ends here?!?”

We then decided to walk around the neighborhood to find a deli or something like that rather than brave the line since getting a t-shirt was out of the question. After our walk, we traveled back to the Apple Store and found that the line was only halfway down the block, so we decided to get in line at about 10:20pm. We really were only in line for maybe 40 minutes (it seemed faster, the weather was nice and people were friendly and yes, we are in the time lapse video) until we actually got inside the store. You can see our progression in the pics. Also check out the Apple Store employees cheering folks going in and out of the store. As we walked in, one employee called out, “Welcome to Apple!”

The store, as I wrote before, was a madhouse as you can see in the pictures. We stayed for about an hour and forty five minutes and aside from seeing celebrities (see the Quicktime for Chappelle), I got to talk to a few Mac-owning folks, tried out a MacBook Pro and a MacBook (check out the MacBook pic) and oh yes went up on the elevator when we were leaving. While I managed to get an Airport Express, I did dissuade the accomplice from getting a MacBook Pro that night, if anything because of the premium of the NYC sales tax and the need for a cab ride back to the 33rd Street PATH Station.

Anyway, one very tired and fun filled evening. Didn’t get back home until 5:30am.

[tags]Apple, Apple Store, Cult of Mac, All the cool kids, black plastic framed glasses[/tags]