Is WordPress 2.0 that sluggish?

ThinkLemon in AlphaDirectly after upgrading this weblog, little over a week ago, I felt it was a little bit sluggish. Compared to the 1.5 version I was running before. Maybe it could be just the webserver as I’m running on a shared hosting solution. Therefore one of the neighbours could be having a party… again. 🙁

But finding it slow on and off I decided to see how slow or fast WordPress 2.0 really is. This new incarnation of everyone’s favorite weblog tool supports ‘object caching’. Caching generally is a good thing. The results? Hmmm not good…

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Learning 101 – IKEA style

Don’t ask me how I got subscribed to Will’s Weblogg-ed. But reading today’s post on ‘Learning 101‘ leaves me with an ‘IKEA‘-feel to it. Especially:

  • Use visuals!
  • Use the filmaker (and novelist) principle of SHOW-don’t-TELL.
  • Use “chunking” to reduce cognitive overhead.
  • Don’t rob the learner of the opportunity to think!
  • Context matters.

To name a few. This makes you wonder why so many people are still figuring out how they will ever finish their newly bought ‘Billy‘… Hold on:

  • Emotion matters!
  • Since stress/anxiety can reduce focus and memory, do everything possible to make the learner feel relaxed and confident.

Maybe it’s time to replace the paper instructions with something else… *Surpressing the how-to-bolt-together-your-IKEA-furniture.blogspot.com-thought* *REAL HARD*

WordPress 2.0

Oh no, another upgrade. Now I’ve got one more thing to add to my to-do-list this holiday. 🙁 🙂
Download WordPress 2.0

*Add to to-do: Call bosses to ask for another week off. 😉

Update: Although there have been some reviews/critiques up, Matt himself has posted a lengthy post highlighting the … ehr … highlights in WordPress 2.0. Personally I find WP2 despite its new caching feature(s) a lot slower presenting pages. I haven’t figured out whether that is WPs fault or the servers.

Other december 9 surprises

Besides the release leakage of GE for Mac.

Del.icio.us take-over
Like Yahoo! taking hold of del.icio.us. Just as LookSmart did with Furl.
Update: The take-over sounds a little strange to me as Yahoo! was working on it’s own del.icio.us/Furl with their My Web 2.0 BETA. Which can save ‘personal’ pages and tag them. We’ll see where this goes…

Portable Firefox
Portable Firefox is ‘dead’, long live PortableApps.com. Great initiative John! 🙂
Now if you ever did care to walk around with your browser, office suite, media player, image editor, OS, *whatever you want*, on a USB Stick? take a look at this site. Most of it is *geek* stuff, but it’s an interesting development nonetheless.
BTW @John, did you ever have a chat with Bart Lagerweij? It seems to me you are both working in the same direction.

Google Earth Mac Beta

Google Earth Beta After an evening of trying out the non-public beta of Google Earth for Mac OS X I must say… YES! Finally. 🙂
I, and a lot of Mac owners, have been eager to run this piece of software on a Mac. And now we can. Not officially, because the download page at earth.google.com still mentions Apple Macintosh computers are not supported at this time (but we are working on it).

And they definitely are working on it. See the screenshot below.

Google Earth on Mac OS X

All I can say right now, is:

  1. It works. On my iBook 12″ (Tiger inSideTM) I can spin and zoom the Globe quite happily without resorting to *hacks*, Virtual Desktop, Remote Desktops, etc.
  2. It’s buggy. It froze on me a couple o’ times. With all the options turned up, it hampers. A DirectX option on OS X???? Polygons are garbled. The app icons look like s… Images in popups don’t seem to work. And there’s probably more.
  3. It’s NOT finished. So it is not expected to work YET! DO NOT COMPLAIN it is a non-public beta that happened to leak. Otherwise Google would’ve made publicly available.
  4. It’s great. If you get motion-sickness too easily, don’t mess with the scroll-pad. 😉
  5. This apps Useragent is ‘GoogleEarthMac/LT3.1.0371.0’. So the ‘network link’ people know now.
  6. It’s a first for Google! As in: A first major software ‘leak’. A first major application on OS X (GMail Notifier was an excercise).
  7. Compatibility? You’ll probably need a current (hefty) Apple product with the latest OS (X) and patches. But we’ll know for sure once they release it.

So how do YOU obtain a working version?

You’ll have to wait a little longer! Google is working on it. How long? Maybe a few days or months.

Update: It’s here. Go get it from Google!

Sidenote: If you manage to install GE on a Mac. You may want to look at some spectacular impact craters on Earth’s surface. Download the kmz’s and open them in GE. Enjoy! 🙂

Update: Stefan from go.ogleearth.com has been asked nicely by the Google people to take down the download links. He also has a more in-depth review of GE on Mac OS X. I haven’t gotten any comment from Google, yet.

Google Earth for Mac OS X around the corner…

Or is it??? I’ve blogged about it before. Well, it was more a kind of ‘wishing out loud‘. But just yet the Google Earth fairy brought me a package. It looks, smells and tastes like a Mac app. Unfortunately I’m at work and my Mac is at home. So I cannot be sure.

A quick look around the package which bears the version number 3.1.0371.0 looks genuine enough. Whether somebody is pulling a prank, tries to make my Mac a bot or gave me an early Christmas gift I cannot tell at this point. Still have to finish off half a days work, rush home, eat and then, only then, start her up. 🙁
Think I’ll fake an upcoming flu. *cough* 😉

AppleInsider has the scoop (and the screenshot) to back this up. All I can say: “I’ll get back on this…” Can’t wait to get home.

Note: No official word from Google yet.

Update (23:00 GMT+1): Well, it works! 🙂

Firefox 1.5 released

YES!!! The long awaited sequel is here. Get the official update of Firefox. It’s available on Windows, OS X, Linux and some 20 odd language versions. 20 times 3 makes 60, not? See all versions.

This release comes with a revamped preference panel, tabbed browsing enhancements, loads of bugfixes, faster back- and forward, … in short it just got better. How much, you’ll have to find out yourself.

BUT If you plan to upgrade, please make sure none of your critical extensions break. If they do, persuade the original extension creator to fix his/her extension ASAP. Or take a look at the Mozilla Quality post: “Some help testing Extensions for Firefox 1.5“.
Personally, the only extension that hasn’t been updated for me, are the Furl Tools.

And as of this release the new mozilla.com site is live as well. (As opposed to the former .org one)

On a sidenote: I expect the Portable Firefox version to be released very soon.

Go Get It!

Update: This final release seems to have the same timestamp of FF RC3. Which some of us have been running since November 11th. I must admit, I have not run into issues since. Some extensions reserved.
And it seems mozilla.com is favoured over mozilla.org. I see former links pointing to .org redirected to the .com.

Exploring the earth from your couch, part 2

Imagine yourself sitting down on your couch in front of your television, as usual. A drink in one hand, the TV remote in the other. Don’t worry, the chips are within reach. Within the press of a button, or two. You spin up a three dimensional globe and with the directional buttons on your remote you ‘cruise’ around the earth. Occasionally zooming in to street-level (provided a plane taking off from O’Hare isn’t blocking your view.) and back up again.

Maybe check out the beach of your next vacation spot? Or the surf? Maybe find out where ‘Moldavia’ is located, if it really exists…? Show your holiday photos from Florida superimposed on a map, to your inlaws? Brag about how you developed altitude sickness going up ‘this’ mountain? Or take a look at some impact craters? Or…

Virtual Earth on a Media Center PC (Sean McLeod)

Well, Sean McLeod pulled it off, sort off. If you own a Media Center PC and are willing to do so some ‘hackery’ stuff. You could be viewing the earth in its full satelite glory from your couch for real. (Judging from the pic above.)

Now, I don’t own a Media Center PC, Front Row capable Mac, TV-Set Top box nor any other TV-enabled device. (Yes a laptop could be attached to a tv, but where’s the remote…) But if you think about it. Wouldn’t that be ‘swell’…
Maybe Google should consider porting Google Earth to XBox or Playstation?

IMHO, we won’t be seeing the last of this!
Internet on a TV sucked, big time, because TV’s aren’t meant to be read off. They’re meant to be viewing pictures at a rate of 25 or 30 frames a second. Thus, viewing satelite images of your neighbourhood, on your TV, with you in control of the view… Excellent!

Thanks to James @ Spatially Adjusted. (Part 1 is over here)

Google Analytics… *Big Yawn*

So 48 hours after launch the site is at least reachable. But still no data to analyse. Thus no comparison. A vague memory begins to boil up, I have never, ever, seen any Urchin report before. Although previously encountered hostingproviders offered them…
(I’m starting to see a trend here…)

It’s beginning to look like, as we say in The Netherlands: “Doodgemaakt met een blije mus.” I won’t translate, because the finesse will be lost. And to the Dutch: Yes it’s spelled wrong.

I’ll leave the smart comments to Steve Rubel and Technorati. *signing off*

Update (16-11 11:00 GMT+1): The data is up! Finally 🙂 Let’s see how it fares…

Update 2 (16-11 17:15 GMT+1): It’s only ‘old’ data from 1.5 day of measurements. No new data has been added this afternoon. So much for the hourly update. 🙁
BTW: The launch of Google Base today does not seem to be a problem. 🙄

Update 3 (17-11 13:15 GMT+1): And it gets even better, I ‘Can not sign in‘.

Update 4 (18-11 13:00 GMT+1): Finally some confirmation: I have installed Google Analytics, but all or some of my data is missing from my reports.

Currently, report updating for Google Analytics is experiencing delays. As a result, you may not be seeing any data in your reports even after implementing the Analytics tracking code.

Update 5 (24-11 14:00 GMT+1): Registered users received an official e-mail from Google confirming all the trouble. I must say, things are working a little better these days.

Happy Birthday Firefox

A year ago, to the day, Firefox 1.0 was launched. So I guess a ‘happy birthday’ is in order. 😎

Logo Firefox 1.0In the past year this little app shook up the browser world. Among some of the things accomplished are, in no particular order:

  • Grab a larger than 10% marketshare. Exceeding the ‘promise’ made at launch.
  • Wake up that other browser development team, in Redmond.
  • Change the way I work on, code and debug my websites/applications.
  • Make companies big or small aware they have to support web-standards a.k.a. not only support IE.
  • Inspire Opera to also deliver a fine browser for free.
  • Setting a few download records. The current score is more than 106 million downloaded copies (spread over 7 iterations).
  • Prove that Feature Creep is bad and Open Source Software doesn’t have to come with a ‘Nerd Alert’.

You also may want to take a look at:

All that is left is the wait for Firefox 1.5

Update: Next part is adult only!!! So if you are not of legal age in your corner of the world, try Disney. For Tarantino afficionados: Kill Bill’s Browser LOL 😀 And for some Firefox Ooh Lala. Firefox, definitely the cutest and sexiest browser in the world! 😉