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Archive for May, 2008

social bookmarking for wordpress.com blogs

Posted by lazybit on May 28, 2008

I recently found this nice button (see the bottom of the post) on a wordpress.com powered site. I thought that’s a nice and clean idea to allow to add the page to some web2.0 sites or, how oldschool, your bookmarks. Ok I guess thats only for people who don’t know how to bookmark. But I’ve heared there are still some out there.

So after a quick google search I found these pieces of information: how to get addthis button to work with wordpress.com and the GetSocial tool.

The short answer is, you will not get the AddThis button to work properly on your wordpress.com blog due to technical (I guess mostly because of safety concerns) limitations ( in what you’re allowed to do) without some manual editing. It will work, don’t worry.

Becuse I’m not a big fan of doing things manually over and over again this led me to the part where I stumpled upon GetSocial. This tool fixes this issue for you by conquering the problem off site. Ok basically you do all the work and it comes back with a string for you to paste in your blog where all the links are included. This turned out to be even more work. Also with the drawback of running a random .exe file on your pc which needs to be one with a .NET 2.0 framework. And it actually doesn’t work on all wordpress templates, so that you’ll end up with space in between the individual icons. No, not a solution either.

So the quick and dirty version is to manipulate the AddThis button manually to make it work. It’s described on shongjog. Basically it’s just setting the parameters according to the post to get a single blog entry committed. It taks about 30 seconds per blog entry, and that’s ok. At least for people like me who only blog every once in a while.

http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?&url=http://EXAMPLE.wordpress.com&title=BLOG_TITLE

You just need to replace url and title with the appropriate values. Thats it. See below πŸ™‚

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jazz is different

Posted by lazybit on May 24, 2008

It’s good to see that even the “best band in the world” has some trouble when performing live too.

It was my first time seeing Die Γ„rzte live, and I must say it was a very nice concert. They’re just pure fun.

Being not a major fan I was little disappointed that they played a few songs from the past I’ve never heard. Also I didn’t like it too much when Rod switched over to guitar and more metal like playing style. But that have been the only minor drawbacks of the conert.

They had fun on stage and it transfered to the audience pretty good. Ok it’s only their third gig on tour, but it was quite funny when Farin and Rod started out a song in two different tunes and Farin had to walk over to Rod to get things straightend out. At another song they switched to Steinberg headless guitar and bass, but Farins 6 string was so out ouf tune he had to switch back, after telling Bela to cover while he was trying to tune the guitar. And of course, the pulled some Sahni jokes.

So if you get the chance to see the tour, it’s worth the entry fee.

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I moved, again – the page, not me :-p

Posted by lazybit on May 1, 2008

Ok, after my hopefully final experience with vServers I moved my blog again. But this was my ultimate move.

After a more or less usual update on my vServer hosting lazy-bit.ch, the server it decided to not let me log in any more. The server was still up and running, and apache/mysql did response. After mailing support they said, there’s nothing they could do, because I changed the default configuration. And of course I’m not willing to pay 100 EUR/h to get it fixed or to reinstall again. Which also means losing all recent data.

So, I took my latest database backup and looked for alternatives. I’ve been running wordpress for while now, being a drupal user originally. So I decided to give wordpress.com another shot. And I must say, it does satisfy my needs. So blogging did move to this site, obviously πŸ™‚

As for my pictures, I decided to get a FlickrPro account. So if you want to browse them, go ahead.

So welcome again, to the new site πŸ™‚

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