Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Week in Review - 2013-09

  • I came across BackBox Linux - although it's not my area of expertise, I always find different distributions of Linux interesting. On the website it is described as follows:
 "BackBox is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. It has been developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. Designed to be fast, easy to use and provide a minimal yet complete desktop environment, thanks to its own software repositories, always being updated to the latest stable version of the most used and best known ethical hacking tools."
  • I love listening to podcasts, and PocketCasts is an Android podcatcher that looks great! It supports variable speed playback, which if you haven't realised, you can easily play some podcasts at up to 1.5x without missing anything. Not sure if it does pitch correction to compensate, but I'll have to try it out.
  • I have to admit to being a big Google+ fan. Whenever I scroll down my stream, I just find HEAPS of very cool interesting stuff. This is mostly because I found some circles (of scientists, photographers etc) that were shared by other people and now I'm following a bunch of interesting people. Too many to keep up with, but whenever I go look at Google+, I've got to time-box it.
  • I've also got to admit to loving the FireFox profile manager. This easily lets me fire up a browser that is isolated from other profile settings - useful if someone (family members, friends) wants to quickly do something on your computer. I normally use chrome for all my day to day activities, but to test things out as someone who is not logged in as me, or to let my wife check her email or Facebook account, I'll bring up FireFox which has profiles set up for these things. This can also be very useful at work, instead of clearing your cache or using incognito (another good alternative if you don't want history/settings to be persisted).
  •  I tried writing a Chrome app a few months ago, but ultimately it didn't quite have the access to the local system that I needed to make my application effective. This paradigm is VERY interesting to me though, and if the restrictions were loosened up somewhat, then this could be an extremely effective platform (it already is, but I just need an app that suits). 

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Moving from Wordpress to Blogger

I recently moved from Wordpress to Blogger. It just seemed to make sense to me, less maintenance (I was running Wordpress on a Linux VPS) and no infrastructure to worry about.

It hasn't been seamless though - I used the Wordpress2Blogger script to transfer my content to Blogger but it appears there have been some issues:

Firstly, managing comments is totally broken - If I try to access the comments from the management screen, all I get is:

We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.
When reporting this error to Blogger Support or on the Blogger Help Group, please:
Describe what you were doing when you got this error.
Provide the following error code.
This information will help us to track down your specific problem and fix it! We apologise for the inconvenience.

Try googling for that error code and you get nothing. I've sent the Blogger team an email using the online help but I've heard nothing back.

Secondly, some of my posts don't work - they give a similar error, and I thinking it may be related to comments. Meaning, maybe that post has comments. For an example, see - the error code there is bX-pi8lav which again has no search results.

Thirdly, some minor formatting issues exist, the permalinks have changed (blogger urls end with .html whereas wordpress urls just ended with / and it doesn't seem possible to change the permalink on old posts), and traffic to this blog has dropped off significantly (according to Google analytics, I used to get about 2000 visits per month mostly from search traffic - now I'm only getting a fraction of that). Google seems to have only indexed the blogger monthly archive pages, and haven't removed the old wordpress links. I was hoping that by now (I think I switched a couple of weeks ago) the index would be up to date and accurate!

Anyway, I've bitten the bullet, hopefully I can keep blogging and get more readers!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Upgrading Griffon plugins

I've written one Griffon application, and now I'm on to another. Its a great learning experience because I've never really worked much on desktop applications or with swing.

While working on vsPhotoSorter I encountered a problem with the Installer plugin, one that was resolved in a recent update - but how do I upgrade the plugin? There are no upgrade-plugins scripts, but it is as simple as installing the plugin again, and specifying the version.

You can use griffon list-plugin-updates to find out which plugins can be upgraded:

Plugins with available updates are listed below:
<Plugin>            <Current>           <Available>         <From>
datasource          0.4                 1.1.0               griffon-central
gsql                1.0                 1.1.1               griffon-central
installer           0.7                 0.8                 griffon-central
miglayout           0.4                 1.0.0               griffon-central
swing               1.0.0               1.2.0               griffon-local

And now, you can simply use griffon install-plugin installer 0.8 to upgrade the plugin.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

vsConsole 2.0.6 available

vsConsole 2.0.6 has been released. This has a couple of bug fixes and feature enhancements added, see for more information.

vsConsole is a tool for developers and testers which lets you easily tail log files on remote servers, monitor the status and version of applications deployed to your environments, and stay informed with broadcast messaging.  Read more.

Monday, 4 February 2013