Feed your blog into space

This site is proving a free service to send your blog to the outer space so that maybe your blog can be captured by other possible lifes in the outer space. An interesting idea! And it’s free. I am thinking if there are outer space lifes and they are able to understand our languages, they could have studied us very extensively and deeply. Maybe they are just staring at us, but we cannot see them. :)

Blog software comparison chart

I think this chart is useful for those who are hunting for the most suitable blog software for them. I ever did a simple comparison of three blogwares I am familiar with but definitely this one is more comprehensive and clear.

A cool CSS place

This web site demonstrates many cool stuffs can be done by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

stu nicholls | the CSS playground

Comments on “Pinyin converter”

http://www.urbangiraffe.com/2005/07/11/pinyin-converter/

Sounds great! I tried the Chinese localization and it works fine. But I think there’s still something to polish in the Chinese localization. For example, under the “Localizaiton” tab, the text on the button is now “搜寻”, but I think maybe “确定” would be better. And “trackback” is widely accepted as “反向链接”, etc. Anyway, it’s not a big deal.

About the pinyin converter, it’s really a good idea. According to what I remember, someone ever suggested to use some letter combination to express the tone. For example, to express the four tones, they use Guo Guor Guoo Guoh, Tang Tarng Taang Tahng, etc. You can find the method is pretty simple that is to do some modifications to the vowel letters. In this way, we can input pinyin with tone quickly. :)

(This is my first try to use trackback to see if everything works well.)

Google toolbar for Firefox

Google Toolbar for Firefox is out and this is what I am waiting for. I uninstalled the old one developed by Mozilla and installed this new one and it looks good (maybe just “familiar” because I have been using Google Toolbar for IE all the time.) Actually only the search form, spelling check and up directory are what I need the most badly.

WordPress database backup and restore

I heard from a Chinese blog that it seems blogs hosted by weblogs.us were blocked by China’s “Great Fire Wall”. I am a little bit astonished because weblogs.us is not a large scale BSP at all. Anyway, it happens.

I ever considered to buy web hosting space and domain name to build my own homepage as well as blog. Now I have to consider it again, though the service offered by weblogs.us is unbeatable at this price ($0, thanks JD!). So I just tried to backup the database at weblogs.us and restore it on my local server as a rehearsal. It works well. With phpmyadmin, I can backup the whole database or any of the tables, then restore it by phpmyadmin on my local server. After restore, I need to browse the “options” table and modify the wordpress URI manually. Then I can access http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin/. A theme needs to be selected if the theme used on weblogs.us is not installed on localhost yet, otherwise the blog will turns out to be empty. After that I have a mirror site of my blog on local.

Ref: Backing Up Your Database at WordPress.org Codex

Hideout

A radio blog.

Hideout

Integrate Gallery and WordPress

I finally integrated Gallery with the Blix theme by taking the following link as a reference. It’s not a simple mission to do that, I really hope there will be such a plugin out soon.

Scattered » Gallery Integration with Kubrick and WordPress 1.2

Pixelpost link

The archive of addons and templates for pixelpost.

PIXELPOST – Small Photoblog Software

Test drive of Gallery2 beta3

I tried Gallery2 beta3 today, though I learned that it’s developed about three years ago. The biggest difference, IMHO, comparing with Gallery1 is it needs database e.g. MySQL to run. The interface also changes quite a lot. I have not tried all the features yet but I feel it’s more powerful than Gallery1 (for sure). But I do feel it’s noticeably slower than Gallery1! I tried both on my localhost so the interference of net traffic can be ignored. I don’t know if it’s caused by the data retrieve from database or not. Anyway, its speed is not satisfactory.