WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” – enhanced media features

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The unstoppable march of WordPress, ignoring tedious php-detractors and providing developers with a solid platform with huge extensibility. The  focus of web development has rightly shifted to the presentation layer, and this is an area of WordPress’s key strengths.

The presentation layer mainly translates data between the application layer and the network format. Data can be communicated in different formats via different sources. Thus, the presentation layer is responsible for integrating all formats into a standard format for efficient and effective communication.


WP Multisite Network Posts

Finally, a decent plugin that aggregates and displays feeds from all your WordPress sub-domain blogs.  Network Latest Posts plugin has many parameter option to customise your feed.  An example is below, which is aggregated list from 5 jaffamonkey.com sub-domain blogs. Hit and miss whether it picks up on images though – unfortunately, not all themes stick to WordPress standards.

[nlposts title=”Blog posts” blog_id=2,12,8 thumbnail=true thumbnail_url=attachment-thumbnail paginate=true posts_per_page=20 display_content=true excerpt_length=100 sort_by_date=true sort_by_blog=true full_meta=false display_type=block auto_excerpt=true]


Oh, I like this – a great tool for any web tester, and a better alternative to using CURL to manipulate POST/GET http data. TamperData is an Firefox extension to track and modify http/https requests. It is ideal to common more lightweight security issues, which are important to consider, given the amount of amateur hackers, and the software available to them. As an aside, if you want a serious stab at (snigger!) penetration testing, try the Backtrack linux distro. Use a few tools on this and, believe me, you will never do anything that requires security, across a wireless network.

And there goes another terabyte …

Occasionally I remember it seems like a small world on our PC’s and (bleugh!) MAC’s (Note to self: Must start cutting Apple users some slack!) .  However much we think we know there are millions of people out there hooked up to same place we are, it rarely registers – we are always “visiting”.    That is why we are  always downloading, as if frantically picking up as many souvenirs as we can before it “disappears”.   We are all one terminal amongst hundreds of millions are on the same network at the same time – so why bother trying to backing up the www on your pc?  This question has been in my head a thousand times. Even the paltry WAP open source I submitted in 2002 to a few php script sites are STILL easy to find.  After being on the web 15 years I have realised that nothing goes away (though I struggle to re-find things sometimes!). Continue reading

Operation Chokehold is coming

Christ, spare us all from whining iPhoners!  Interesting (but I am sure random) choice of picture, putting iPhone users in role of  evil Darth vader, and AT&T in role of lowly Empire “cannon fodder”.   I read this article, then read the associated stories and thought – well that makes total sense. Bandwidth is not unlimited, whatever mobile broadband sales/marketing says.  If you think about it, how can it be?  And the millions of Nathan barley iPhone users are clogging up the airwaves with trite shallow data.  So I say f*ck ’em, and go for it AT&T – iPhone users want to try and bring the mobile network down?  Get a life and protest against something that actually matters – this is just shallow, but in keeping with the average iPhone user profile.

Watch out AT&T: Operation Chokehold is coming

Twitter Micro-news Agency

There are now a lot of web apps using the Twitter API – the majority are repetivie search engines, but Microplaza is different.

MicroPlaza looks at your Twitter network and displays all the links shared by the people you follow with associated tweets. Simple, but useful for someone like me, who primarily uses Twitter netowrk for information/links. There must be a lot of Twitter users like this, if you are one, then this is recommended!

The Oldest Internet Website

symbolicsfullcolorlogo2I should have been more specific in last Post.

Symbolics.com, which was registered in 15 March 1985 – is the worlds oldest (not first) Internet site (rather than www website).

The Internet is a global network of interconnected computers, enabling users to share information along multiple channels. Typically, a computer that connects to the Internet can access information from a vast array of available servers and other computers by moving information from them to the computer’s local memory. The same connection allows that computer to send information to servers on the network; that information is in turn accessed and potentially modified by a variety of other interconnected computers.

www (World Wide Web) is a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. With a Web browser, one can view Web pages that may contain text, images, videos, and other multimedia and navigate between them using hyperlinks

Other companies that were in at the start of the Internet include HP, IBM, Sun and Intel who all registered in 1986. Apple waited until February 1987


PMOG is an infinite game built on individual network histories, transforming our web surfing into ongoing social play. With a game head-up display in Firefox, players can bomb each other, wage war over web sites, and lead other users on web missions. Ordinary web sites become caches for items and currency. PMOG fuses an MMO into our WWW. PMOG stands for Passively Multiplayer Online Game. Players play without playing; clicking around the internet turns into experience points and currency.
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Convergence Coming for Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is yet another one of those old realities repackaged as a new idea, with a fancy new buzzword. The Internet has long been represented in network diagrams as a cloud, to indicate that users and applications don’t have a precise picture of what lies out there, nor do they need one … The idea of cloud computing is that even more traditionally controlled applications can evolve into Internet applications — supplied by an indeterminate and constantly changing service environment.

Convergence Coming for Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a general concept that incorporates software as a service, and as such is very semantic web friendly.  SOA fits into this category also, as does web 2.0 (in more basic manner).  After all, web 2.0  was about providing specific enabling services to aggregate and syndicate data (content).  This has matured to the point where original services now integrate with others, or have been extended by users themselves.

In some ways one could think of the Semantic Web as “the world wide database” – it does for the meaning of data records what the Web did for the formatting documents. But that’s just the beginning. It actually turns documents into richer data records. It turns unstructured data into structured data. All data becomes structured data in fact. The structure is not merely defined structurally, but it is defined semantically.

In other words, it’s not merely that for example, a data record or document can be defined in such a way as to specify that it contains a certain field of data with a certain label at a certain location – it defines what that field of data actually means in an unambiguous, machine understandable way. If all you want is a Web of data, XML is good enough. But if you want to make that data interoperable and machine understandable then you need RDF and OWL – the Semantic Web.