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Posted by Dave on

Custom WordPress Plugins

It seems that the wordpress plugin page lists those plugins held in the ./wp-content/plugins folder.

The article, What, Why, and How-To’s of Creating a Site-Specific WordPress Plugin shows how to create a container. They advise that it is located in its own directory. Doing this creates an entry in a the Plugins, installed plugins page on the dashboard.

This page at stackoverflow documents how to put a posts tag list into the article.

And this is wordpress’s documentation on the Read More functions.

Posted by Dave on

Testing Interactive World Map

Hmm, there is only one map per dashboard, that’s not so good and it seems based on the Risk Map. It doesn’t seem as flexible as I hoped. It’s called Interactive World Map and is available as a plugin here. The plugin comes from a company Fla-shop and is  an on-ramp to chargeable content. Their sales and marketing page for wordpress is here. It works quite nicely as a sales portal entry point, but doesn’t do what I need.

I question whether this is functional enough to genuinely act as a try-before-buy. It’s a good looking widget though. Haven’t quite got it working on wptouch.

There’s probably the opportunity to rehash the jokes about US political geography, particularly over the widget’s treatment of the Russian Federation and maybe even Turkey.

I wonder if the HTML usermap feature would work with this.

In August 2015, the vendor upgraded the plugin, significantly. The map above is the new one.

Posted by Dave on

Denmark and Copenhagen

Denmark and Copenhagen

Last weekend we made a quick trip to Copenhagen to visit people and the city. We flew from Heathrow since sadly there were no flights from LCY.

We crossed the Bridge by train, to Malmo and saw signs to the Airport. It seems that Flybe go there from Southampton.

Posted by Dave on

Launching unindexed programs in W8.1

Launching unindexed programs in W8.1

With windows 8.1, my usual desktop metaphor for calling programs and the optimal alternative are less easy to implement; this is especially true for programs that are only occasionally used. I have historically created a folder called “More” and placed favourite’s to the program into the folder. (This is in order to keep my desktop and wallpaper clean.) This doesn’t work so well on smaller screens when you want the whole screen to display the working program.

Posted by Dave on

Shellshock & Apple Macs

For various reasons they’re slow to act, rumour has it that bash is now GPL 3.0 and Apple won’t use that, for various reasons. This shows how to get and compile and install bash

I needed to run a sudo xcodebuild -license. NB Unlike COBOL, there’s no British spelling option.

This article from askunbuntu also documents the code to test the bug.

Posted by Dave on

Mac Appstore won’t upgrade

I hit the problem with my Mac Book Mavericks build that the App Store wouldn’t run an Xcode Upgrade. It offers me the terms and conditions but there’s no continue button. A, now disappeared thread on the Mac support forums offers a very complex diagnostic process or proposes that you download a free application to ‘blow it through’. Having done this, ask for the Xcode upgrade using the App Store. It seems that it sets an environment variable or writes a cookie so that it knows you’ve signed in and agreed the new ToS and doesn’t offer the revised terms and conditions when you press the update button. Worked for me.