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lftp 3.7.11 on Mac OS X

Fri, 03/27/2009 - 05:59 -- Kyle Skrinak
I enjoy using fink on mac for maintaining my X11/FLOSS packages. However, there are times when binary or package updates are slow to appear. One example is the most excellent ftp client "lftp." You can read more on my prior comments on lftp here.

Et tu, Wordpress?

Wed, 03/25/2009 - 10:04 -- Kyle Skrinak
FYI: Wordpress has a privacy setting that hides your web site from search engines, say, while you're setting it up. Makes sense, but I was unaware of this until I saw the meta tag "noindex,nofollow" in one of my customer's sites. You can review it at Settings > Privacy. Oddly, some of my sites had it disabled (meaning, come search me, google!) and others had it enabled -- without my explicitly doing so. Suffice to say they are all "exposed" to crawlers now. Ironically, the one site where Privacy was "enabled" was the one I had put the most effort into SEO-optimization. Feh!

Simple tip for speeding up working in a CMS admin panel

Tue, 03/24/2009 - 05:20 -- Kyle Skrinak
It's so simple that I occassionally forget to do this myself: set up multiple tabs, one each for the most commonly accessed functions. I do this whether I'm in Umbraco, Drupal or WordPress. For example, in WordPress, I'll have the appropriate "Edit Page" tab open, the rendered page in the second tab, and a related plugin settings in the third. The advantage is I can let one function perform it's update and switch to another tab while the other task completes.

New Site Launched!

Fri, 03/13/2009 - 05:23 -- Kyle Skrinak
We pleased to announce a new site (for a good cause, no less) "Pink Ribbon Racers" but check the site out to learn more about the cause. I've forked Shawn Cope's excellent blankSlate theme and plan to further develop this (and peek in on his changes) You can grab my mod fork from his site and you're free to curse my ignorance at either site.

What is the Wordpress equivalent for Drupal’s Zen theme?

Wed, 01/21/2009 - 07:44 -- Kyle Skrinak
I'm like "The Bachelor" here with two final contestants and one in the wings: WordPress, Drupal and Umbraco. I started with WP, I am using it for this blog, but we're only dating. I had another project, with greater scaling potential in the future, and felt limited by WP's blog-centric model, and choose Drupal. I keep Umbraco sidelined as I love LAMP systems and Umbraco isn't one of them but is a great solution for IIS/.NET CMS.

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