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Does Digital Kaleidoscope look just a little odd, but you can’t pick what it is? Don’t worry, it’s not just you! I’ve made the content column 45 px wider (now 500 px wide) so that it’s easier for me to post Flickr photos in blog entries. And if you’re still playing Spot the Difference, it now displays 6 of my latest featured Flickr images at the top (up from 5). This means that some older posts featuring images and embedded videos may look slightly odd — sorry. If I can be bothered, I’ll fix them someday. add



I’ve finally upgraded to Ultimate Tag Warrior 3.1, so you can browse things by tags again. Sorry it took so long, but it took a bit of time to upgrade and get the formatting right. A small complaint — when you install UTW, the directory you put it in is case-sensitive and it has to be ‘UltimateTagWarrior’ to work! add


At Last… WordPress 2.0

Months after the release of WordPress 2.0, I’ve finally bit the bullet and upgraded (from 1.5 to 2.0.2). I must admit it wasn’t nearly as painful as I thought it would be.

You need to deactivate all your existing plugins before you upgrade, but thankfully I’ve always taken pains to ensure that any code in the templates for displaying output from plugins tests whether that plugin is activated first, so nothing broke. Also, the theme I’m currently using luckily seems to work flawlessly in 2.0 as well.

A lot of the plugins had to be upgraded, and some I haven’t found a replacement for yet. Anyone know of a good character map plugin? What about a spell checker (that doesn’t require pspell to be installed on the server)?

So what’s left to do? Ultimate Tag Warrior still hasn’t been upgraded, as I’m out of energy for tonight and I suspect that will be a huge effort. (Sorry for the lack of tag functionality for the time being!) Then after that? Time to stop using Mint 1.14… ;)

3 comments 13 years, 5 months ago

Reports of my Death have been Exaggerated

Hello everyone, I’m really sorry for my extended hiatus… I know I promised I’d be back in full-force in January, but alas. It’s not that I don’t love you, it’s just that work (have to avoid bankruptcy, you know), holiday time with my family and my girlfriend Lucy, and taking on the Presidency at the COFA Students’ Association have all led to a much more hectic January than I expected!

I’ve decided that this year I’m going to focus less on the long-written, over-edited essays I’ve been writing and more on just letting you know what I’ve been up to and what interesting things I’ve come across recently.

In the mean time though, I’m going to post a serious of ‘Recent Adventures in…’ posts to catch up with the months of blogging that I should have got around to earlier. So, without further ado…

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I’m off on holidays with the Digital Media crew up in Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast (the Queensland, Australia version)! I’ll be back on 13 Dec 2005. Enjoy the start of your summer, and I’ll see you all in a bit over a week! (Sorry, but all the pending updates will have to wait. ) add


Howto: Comment Email Authentication

Digital Kaleidoscope readers who have posted a comment will know that I have a system in place where your email address must be verified before comments get posted. Hopefully you only found it a small inconvenience since you only ever need to do it once (per email address).

What Does It Do? Why?

The benefit of this system is that it helps stops comment spam from appearing on the site. When a comment is posted here, an email is sent out to the email address given and you need to visit a link in the email before the comment will show up here on the blog. In the meantime, the comment sits in a moderation queue.

Spammers (whether real people or automated) who post comment spam usually use fake email addresses and thus those comments will remain in the moderation queue and not show up at all. I regularly check the moderation queue to delete those comments (or approve other comments). This is still a bit of a hassle as it requires work from me, but at least it means readers never have to see unsightly and often obscene comment spam.

There is also a chance of them figuring out their spam comments aren’t posting, so they’ll stop trying to post comment spam here in the future. I’m sure this is just wishful thinking, but hey it’s good to be optimistic! :D

How To Set It Up

Today, I received a message from a reader who left a comment on my blog earlier this year, wanting to know how to implement something similar on his blog. I’ve decided to post a guide here so that anybody who is interested in doing this can learn from my experiences.

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Behind the Scenes #1 — Guessing Game

For those who care, I’ll let you know how I’m running this blog.

I’ve decided to use WordPress to power my blog as it appears to be powerful, yet simple to use. I’ve also heard that it’s quite fast and doesn’t require rebuilding of pages, which sounds great. The theme you’re seeing is a modified version of Blix by Sebastian Schmieg. Any comments about the layout?

I’ve only just scratched the surface with all the plugins available for WordPress, but at the moment I’m using Ultimate Tag Warrior to feed my metadata obsession, Comment Authorization to check people are who they say they are and Smart Update Pinger to only send out pings when I post new entries (not when I edit). Anyone have any suggestions on some ‘must-have’ plugins for WordPress?

Thus far, I’m very happy with WordPress and the plug-ins – it’s been extremely easy to customise everything and keep it all looking coherent. Hopefully it stays that way, but I’ll certainly keep you posted with my experiences.

Now, how about a guessing game? There are two background images in the title (apart from my cheesy face) – the orange one on the left side, and the green one on the right. For the first person to correctly guess what the images show, I’ll uh… send out a packet of your favourite Starbursts! (To guess, just leave a comment.)

1 comment 14 years, 1 month ago

Hello World!

World, meet Digital Kaleidoscope!

If you’ve stumbled across this, then the secret is out. Yes, it’s true! After all these years, I’ve finally found the motivation to set up a blog on my site and start blogging!

First, a bit of background (for those of you who don’t already know me). I’m a student currently studying Digital Media at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia. My interests in this field include both web authoring and film production.

When I’m not slaving away with uni work (pretty often actually – my procrastination skills are unrivalled!), I help keep things together at the COFA Students’ Association, where I’m the Vice-President/Education Officer this year.

In my other free time I’m usually lusting after the latest gadgets, whining about transport in Sydney, watching movies or eating out. (If you’re not already familiar with who I am, then that should give some clues.) Oh, and I sleep a lot!

I’ll be writing about the whole gamut of things that I encounter in my brilliant and mind-bogglingly exciting existence, but it’s likely I’ll often end up focusing on one of the above-mentioned topics.

If any of that sounds remotely interesting to you, then welcome aboard! Enjoy Digital Kaleidoscope.

6 comments 14 years, 1 month ago


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