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I bought this printer a long time ago and it was connected to my Mac until that box died. I tried to install it once but never tried again after I didn't get it to work in less than five minutes. Well, this time I did invest like ten minutes … more

recordMyDesktop is a great tool to make videos of what you're doing with your computer. This can be very useful to demonstrate software features or to document workflows. By default, recordMyDesktop produces Ogg-Theora-Vorbis. If you want to share your files or upload them to a video site you'll want to … more

Several places recommend to block the WordPress admin area with a password. While this certainly is a good idea, implementing it properly is non-trivial. One of the problems is that the WordPress Ajax handler script is located in the admin directory. So password-protecting the admin area will break all Ajax … more

The new navigation menus system in WordPress 3.0 looks promising, but in my opinion it's not very usable yet. Anyway, here's one way to add navigation menus to your theme while maintaining backward compatibility: In your theme's functions.php add something like the following code: <?php function mytheme_addmenus() { register_nav_menus( array( … more

I recently converted several simple WordPress installs into a single WPMU install. As I use all of the blogs myself I wanted a quick way to switch between the various backends. This is probably only useful if you don't have too many blogs and use all of them yourself. The … more

I recently installed my first WordPress network on lighttpd and was looking for rewrite rules. This post is correct except for the rewrite rule for files. I supposed it's a change that was introduced in 3.0, or maybe earlier. Anyway, here are updated rewrite rules: In your lighttpd.conf: $HTTP["host"] =~ … more

Sometimes it's useful to put a WordPress loop inside another loop. To do this you'll have to create a new WP_Query object, as in this example: <?php $my_query = new WP_Query( "cat=3" ); if ( $my_query->have_posts() ) { while ( $my_query->have_posts() ) { $my_query->the_post(); the_content(); } } $GLOBALS['post'] = $GLOBALS['wp_query']->post; … more

Did you ever want to know what exactly your visitors are doing on your site? Watch them! A client of mine wanted a plugin to log what users type into forms. I kind of didn't see the point at first. But a few days later I was a little annoyed … more

I like WordPress, but I don't like the WordPress page system at all. That's why I recently converted all my plugin pages to posts. My main reasons for doing so were: Pages can't be tagged Pages don't have categories Pages and posts don't mix too well in custom loops Pages … more

Update: Apparently this code is also necessary when you want to list the comments on the blog page, and probably on archive pages as well. There could be a better solution, if you really care check out the P2 theme (and leave a comment). Sometimes you want to access WordPress … more