Shin

Ping fail

Dear Apple, your Ping service would be slightly more useful if it actually knew any of my music, instead of accepting only ‘likes’ for the music you sell in your store.

Hello Kitty?

Hello Kitty is big here in the Netherlands. You can walk into any random store and there’s a big chance there’ll at least be some products with Hello Kitty on it. Sanrio seems to hand out licenses to use the character to anyone for anything. Good for them, they must be loaded. But just maybe they should do a little quality control every now and again. When we went into C&A last week to look for some clothes for the kids we saw a whole line of clothing using the above image. Now I don’t know about you, but to me it looks like Hello Kitty giving the finger. Which is funny, but not too appropriate for toddler clothing.

Chewbacca Defense

Chewbacca Defense. South Park is awesome.

Stephen Fry proof

Stephen Fry can give your site a hammering like Digg. Funny.

Apple set to become largest computer manufacturer in 2012

Wow, hell must have frozen over. I remember being called crazy for years when I said Apple would be big. They’re apparently already the number 2, and set to take over HP next year as the largest global computer manufacturer. It’s a crazy world.

World of Warcraft – Starter Edition

Starter Edition? More like the Don’t Start Edition:

  • Can’t use the Auction House for buying or selling.
  • Can’t trade items.
  • Can’t send or receive mail using the mailbox.
  • 10G gold cap.
  • Level 20 cap.
  • Can only pick races from the original Warcraft and the Burning Crusade expansion.
  • Can’t start a group party.
  • Can’t start or join a guild.
  • Can’t start a duel.
  • A profession cap of 100. This is for professions like skinning and leatherworking. All the supporting professions like First Aid and Cooking seem uncapped, although you will eventually run into the 10G cap when you want to upgrade them all the way.
  • Can’t whisper anyone unless they’re in your friend list and you’re in theirs.
  • Can’t use trade or general chat or any of the others.

Oddly enough it also makes this Free to Play version of Warcraft more interesting.
In the past, if you knew what you were doing it was dead easy to make enough gold right from the start to buy the best items, gear and what not. Now you actually have to work for it, and grind for the items as you can no longer buy them outright. I like.
My character name? Ontsa. Oh not this shit again.

Nintendo on mobile gaming and selling downloadable content

“But what we’re unwilling to do is sell a piece of a game upfront and, if you will, force a consumer to buy more later.”
Thank you Nintendo. Read the rest here.

Improve your WordPress search

WordPress’ standard search isn’t all that good. One could say it sucks.
It sucks for several reasons; results come back in reverse date order, which makes sense for a blog but doesn’t exactly use any relevance. There’s no indication in the search results which words matched. The search just takes all the terms and does a basic sql query for any of them, so if you search for ‘i like cheese’ you get posts with the word like and then posts with the word cheese. You have no idea how many results you got.

Enter Relevanssi, a WordPress plugin which I just added and now;
Search results are ranked based on relevance.
Instead of an excerpt showing the first x characters of the post your get a relevant excerpt showing the part of the text that contains the search terms you used, and they’re highlighted in the text.
You see the search score which tells you which words were found in the text and how many time they were found.

A list of Relevanssi features:

  • Search results sorted in the order of relevance, not by date.
  • Fuzzy matching: match partial words, if complete words don’t match.
  • Find documents matching either just one search term (OR query) or require all words to appear (AND query).
  • Search for phrases with quotes, for example “search phrase”.
  • Create custom excerpts that show where the hit was made, with the search terms highlighted.
  • Highlight search terms in the documents when user clicks through search results.
  • Search comments, tags, categories and custom fields.
  • Adjust the weighting for titles, tags and comments.
  • Log queries, show most popular queries and recent queries with no hits.
  • Restrict searches to categories and tags using a hidden variable or plugin settings.
  • Index custom post types and custom taxonomies.
  • Index the contents of shortcodes.
  • Google-style “Did you mean?” suggestions based on successful user searches.
  • Advanced filtering to help hacking the search results the way you want.

The plugin comes in 2 flavors, free and premium. I’m half tempted to buy the premium just to support the free one as it is already quite feature complete. It’s also rather flexible and offers a lot of tweaking if that’s your cup of tea.

Autumn leaves


These things are found in just about every street around here, containers for people to throw leaves in. Must be a new budget cut. Given the fact that we have the most trees of any city in the Netherlands the pavements are swamped with leaves. In previous years these would be cleared by the city. Apparently it’s now DIY time.

Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.