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Directing Mistyped Domains

Today I wondered what would occur if someone visited my domain, but mistyped the sub-domain name (i.e. erik.forsbergville.com, instead of eric.forsbergville.com). There are a couple ways to account for this type of user error: The Specific Method If you want to be specific, you can create A Record‘s with your DNS provider that logically direct to the intended sub domain (so in my example above, I would create a new A Record that points “erik.forsbergville.com to eric.forsbergville.com. The Catchall (Wildcard) Method To create an all powerful sub-domain catchall, you simply need to create a wildcard DNS record.  So with my domain host, GoDaddy, I use the Zone Editor to create a new A Record with “*” for the name field and my server IP address for the IP field.

… and I can see I need to style my h classes

So I just checked that last post and can see that the <h> class tags haven’t seen styled. Here is an example of what I am seeing now: That’s obviously my fault as I recently changed over to the new theme, however I shall do more than fix this with simple CSS styling, I will also install a server app that shall render my h classes as customized Flash content (yet in the html code, will remain as <h> tags thereby not decreasing SEO friendliness, for improper formatting when viewed off-site (think RSS). To accomplish this feat, I will be using sifr.  The only concerns I have about it are that: I do not believe Flash will be in the future.  I do not see it as a foreward-facing technology and believe it to be one-day completely abandoned.  Apple is justtaking the lead on thsi assumptive concern now, but I believe the rest of the world shall follow. I do not like the load times I am seeing for it on a site that uses sifr, as evidenced by this measurement I took using www.psfollies.com (pictured below).  While I could rest [ ... ]

Converting Multiple WordPress Blogs into a WordPress 3.0 Multisite, part 1 of 1

I am about to embark upon the task of converting my various, separate WordPress installations into one central WordPress Multisite.  So, same separate blogs with their same separate domains, themes, customizations, plug-ins, and (most importantly) content … into one unified back end.  This was previously possible using WordPress MU, a sort of break-out from the primary WordPress project.  While I played around with MU a bit, I ultimately decided to go with separate installs as too many plug-in’s were incompatible with WordPress MU. Fortunately, the WordPress 3.0 upgrade adds what MU did, but into the official WordPress project.  Plug-in’s can be re-written to take advantage of global variables, but all plug-in’s and themes are un-effected by the transition as they still operate independently among the various blogs.  This is what I have been waiting for.  Finally, I can have what MU did, but can have it the way I always wanted it – practically seamless and certainly allowing for less work by me (as the admin) on separate back-ends. Therefore, this post shall document the transition from my multiple WordPress blogs into a WordPress 3.0 Multisite. First thing’s first – the WordPress Codex: Migrating Multiple Blogs into WordPress 3.0 Multisite WordPress 3.0 includes new [ ... ]

Pushing Contacts and Calendars with Google Apps

Pushing Contacts & Calendars to Computer and iPhone for FREE with my Domain using Google Apps.

Enabling Jabber Federated Chat to my Domain

I would like to have integrated chat services on my domain. Users can connect via any Jabber-able client and interact with friends on other messaging networks (AIM, Yahoo, MSN, IRC, etc.). How? Well, I have already married a number of sub-domains to my Google Apps account (calendar, email, etc.) and that’s working awesome. Now for chat.forsbergville.com. At first I thought I would install a Jabber server on my host. Then I realized that Google Talk may be able to do the leg-work for me. I can marry chat to Google Talk now, but Google Talk is under-populated and I want those other networks. Enter the process of federation. Google Apps Admin Help tells me that: From: How can my users chat outside the Google network? – Google Apps Help How can my users chat outside the Google network? Print Google makes it possible for your users to chat with people using other messaging services through a process known as federation. Go to Google Talk and open communications to learn more about federation and who we’re federating with. While we’re federating with a number of other services, some services aren’t currently accessible through [ ... ]

Installing Plugins for WordPress

Busy installing and testing plug-in’s for the blog today. The list is quite large, but I am satisfied that, despite the amount of plug-in’s, I have the bare essentials for my design and usability desires. I snatched a few ideas from this wonderful article as well: From: The 13 Most Essential Plugins for WordPress – NETTUTS WordPress is a very powerful and flexible blog/content management system, but the thousands of plugins really help to extend the basic functionality. Here are 13 essential plugins that you should immediately install after finishing the WordPress installation.

Trying Out MarsEdit

I am testing out Mars Edit to blog with. Instead of waiting on my server, this lets me compose from a nice and slim OSX app. I really like it so far – especially the Flickr integration and great big drop zone for uploading photos (not sure if it will do that over FTP as it didn’t ask for ftp info, just a Blog Author which makes me think it probably will upload over the blog’s API connection – cool!). I have thrown in a couple images and gotta say, as I write this gets easier and more exciting. As a web author, I dig that I can just code html on the fly in this composition window while seeing a live preview of my completed work (sans a lot of CSS styling, but that’s assumed and actually – part of the fun is the anticipation of waiting for the post to publish and have that pretty veiner that magazine writers no doubt feel upon seeing their work in print). Yeah, I feel that I am sold [ ... ]
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I Love Led Zeppelin, Will Wheaton Nailed it, I can embed posts inline!

So as this post title states, this post is really threefold: The first two points now, the last geek point at the end (scroll down). I have been a massive Led Zeppelin fan since I was weened off breast feeding.&nbsp; I love to get the Led out, have all albums, collect rare vintage live recordings (FLAC or other lossless only please), run an oldschool Carracho server for said live recordings, and damn near cried when they had the reunion show in London and I didn’t have the money to make that epic journey that would, for me, have been akin to an Islamic person returning to Mecca.&nbsp; In short: I’m a big Led Zeppelin fanatic.&nbsp; In a recent tweet, Will Wheaton wrote: I’m currently up to Physical Graffiti, and have just discovered that I don’t have the sound system, ’69 Nova, or long hair needed to really do this album justice. I completely got what he was saying and twittered him back to please elaborate.&nbsp; He was already on it, shortly after my reply he had already posted this and I thank the gods for another Zeppelin soul such as this.&nbsp; Very elegant… From: WWdN: In Exile: getting the [ ... ]

Quoting Another Blog Post

Often, I want to quote (embedded/inline/via a blockquote) all or part of another author’s post.  In fact, in an ironic twist, I will quote regarding quoting in this post to both show off how I think it ought to be accomplished and to pose my question(s) (see end of this post). Tantek Çelik wrote: Additional Thoughts / Improvements “Wrote” is bad link text. It violates WCAG 1.0 guideline 13.1 that “link text should be meaningful enough to make sense when read out of context”. Imagine the page being presented as a list of links, as many audio browsers, and some visual browsers can (e.g. Opera, Amaya) – a page with a lot of quotes would have lots of links labelled “wrote”, “wrote”, “wrote”. Including the title of quoted article gives more meaningful link text. Also, WCAG 1.0 guideline 10.5 offers a hint for improvement: “until user agents (including assistive technologies) render adjacent links distinctly, include non-link, printable characters (surrounded by spaces) between adjacent links”.

What is a Gravatar?

In constructing my blog, I came across an important couple of features I know I need to enable on my blog. Firstly, we have Gravatars: Gravatars are Globally Recognized Avatars. An avatar or gravatar is an icon, or representation, of a user in a shared virtual reality, such as a forum, chat, website, or any other form of online community in which the user(s) wish to have something to distinguish themselves from other users. Created by Tom Werner, gravatars make it possible for a person to have one avatar across the entire web. Avatars are usually an 80px by 80px image that the user will create themselves. from: http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Gravatars So I am enabling the WP-Gravatar plugin so that this blog is up to spec socially. Neat! Next is OpenID: OpenID eliminates the need for multiple usernames across different websites, simplifying your online experience. You get to choose the OpenID Provider that best meets your needs and most importantly that you trust. At the same time, your OpenID can stay with you, no matter which Provider you move to. And best of all, the OpenID technology is not proprietary and is completely free. from: http://openid.net/what/ So I am enabling the OpenID [ ... ]