Daily Archives: Tuesday, 9th Sep 2008


Last night, my good friend Aaron and I moved the last couple of items from my flat into the storage unit. And here’s a view of what that unit looks like:

Too much stuff

Too much stuff

Quite nicely filled, really. Full marks to Storage King for suggesting the right size!

Sony eBook Reader – Err, Maybe

Just a few days ago, I had a mutter about the newly released Sony Reader thingy. I’d decided that thanks to the excessive price of eBooks from Waterstone’s, the device was most unlikely to be added to my toy collection. But as sometimes happens, a little more information has reached me, and I’m beginning to dither a bit. The key is that the device, in addition to its own DRM format, also supports the standard epub book format. Now epub books can be DRM-infested, but they can also be freely available and unrestricted. Most books of that kind will be either old and therefore out of copyright, or released that way because the authors want to do that.

A bit of gooogling yesterday led me to ePub Books, which has useful links to sites where you can download more eBooks, both paid-for and free. So, this whole thing is looking a lot more attractive now.

But what’s really making me get the “new toys” twitch is the fact that I’ve now had the chance to play with one. Waterstone’s in Newcastle have one set up on a stand, loaded with some sample chapters. I looked at it, and at first I thought it was a mock-up, with a printed label where the display should be. I was wrong. It was a real one, in full working order. The eInk display really is that clear and sharp. I played for a bit, found the interface nice and simple and quite obvious – which is good. If devices like this are going to become a partial replacement for real books, they need to be really simple to use, and as much like a book as possible.

So, at this point, I’m definitely tempted. More news if I ever make up my mind…

WordPress 2.6.2 is out

WordPress 2.6.2 is a security release that fixes a recently discovered vulnerability. If you allow open registration on your site[1], you need this update. It also fixes some lesser bugs.

Full details from the WordPress Development Blog, download from the usual place.

As usual, Brian Layman’s EasyWPUpdate
script made this a quick and easy update for me.

Big changes are coming in the next version of WordPress, by the way. There’s another new admin interface, and this one looks like it’ll be much better for me than the 2.5/2.6 version. It’ll have a sidebar for navigation (for which I currently use the excellent Fluency plugin, and in a huge step forward that takes us back a good few versions, the posting page will have draggable and droppable elements – yes, customisation will be back! :bouncy:

I had a good moan about the changed UI that came in with 2.5, and I still find it sufficiently unusable that I need two plugins – Fluency, as I’ve mentioned, and the excellent Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menus. When 2.7 goes live later in the year, I may not need those…

Also coming soon in WordPress, possibly in 2.7, but only if it’s ready – built in core upgrades. We can already update plugins direct form the admin panel, and 2.7 allows installation of plugins, too. But the target is for users to be able to update their WordPress site with a few clicks from their admin panel, which (provided it works as intended) will make life a lot easier for people who don’t want to fuss with FTP or anything like that.

Update: Oh, the irony. For some reason, this post, in which I mentioned not wanting to make people register to comment, is getting hammered by spambots trying to leave comments in Russian. As I can’t be bothered adding any more IP addresses to the blacklist, comments are now turned off for this post.

[1] I don’t, other sites do for a variety of reasons[2]
[2] Including requiring visitors to register before they can leave comments, which I find too annoying to bother with