Feb 292012

A while ago I decided to drop out of social networks as the amount of information was just overwhelming and checking facebook, google+, following on twitter did take up more and more time of a day and became quite distracting. Then there were also those other reasons such as I didn’t like that the UI constantly changed so that I didn’t find the information or needed to reconfigure views; in addition the Facebook privacy policy really turned me off. For now I focus on direct contacts in real life, IM or mail and when I think I have something interesting to share I put it on my blog. Less noise, more valuable communication.

Yesterday I found a pretty funny comic here, basically outlining what I felt all along.


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Feb 222010

A while ago I read on one of my favorite german blogs about the cute profiles plugin for wordpress. I installed and instantly loved it. Unfortunately there are a few networks which aren’t supported out of the box. I wanted to change this and started playing around – I didn’t bother to check if there is a documentation, as it is a fairly easy modification. Be warned, you won’t find a concept of ‘pluggable’ networks.

What I have done … to add a link to my tungle profile.

  • Download the plugin and extract the archive somewhere. I got it from wordpress.org/plugin
  • Open the file cute-profiles/cute-profiles.php. I simply duplicated all entries for ‘identi’ and renamed the new ones to ‘tungle’, so in function activate_cute_profiles() I modified $cute_profiles_opts2. I also added it in the array in $cute_profiles_networks2.
  • Now the stylesheet configuration need to be changed. You will find one stylesheet for each size and style. Again I recommend to duplicate an existing entry. For now I just set the image configuration to the default image in one of the css files:
    div.cute_profiles_sprite a.cute_profiles_tungle{background-position:0 0;}
    div.cute_profiles_sprite a.cute_profiles_tungle:hover{background-position:0 -16px;}
  • Copy the modified version of the plugin into the wordpress plugins folder. When you open the Admin Dashboard > Settings > Cute Profiles in your preferred browser you will find an additional field like this one:
  • Now enter a value. The new button will appear on your cute profiles list.

Same I repeated for JasperForge, xFire and IUseThis.

Getting the icons placed

That’s a bit more tricky. Apparently all icons are stored in a single file containing a matrix for the normal and hover view. Instead of adding icons to all 6 variants (3 sizes multiplied by 2 styles) I just changed the one size and style combination I am using. As I am newbie on any graphics tool, playing around with gimp took some minutes. I downloaded the favicons from the mentioned services and copied it into the a new image file. Then I copied the section and increased the brightness. Then I modified the matching stylesheet and uploaded the new files to my blog. After adding the new profile links they are now visible :)

(This is the modified file I am using right now.)

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Nov 162009

I just took some time to play with google wave. it is quite nice, impressive when you think it is just an alpha version released a few weeks ago. It is not really useful for IM’ing, but I like its asynchronous group chat features. I am curious where it is going and how it is changing the way of communication. I haven’t discovered most of the available extensions… It will be fun to play with.

There were a few annoying things .. there is no undo, today I accidentally added a contact instead of aunt rosie, unfortunately i couldn’t remove the contact. There is nothing like an admin role to remove members of a wave. I also couldn’t delete entries – deleting a comment still let appear again in the replay. I want to be able to remove entries permanently! Anyways, sorry, Ian!

More gadgets I have installed Waver (found here) and Waveboard as Mac desktop clients – so far I don’t see an advantage to the browser view. Also installed the firefox google wave addon (found here). It appears as icon in the status bar i am not entirely sure if it works at all – the notifications I should see don’t appear. I also connected google wave to twitter there should be every now and again a notification.

I also used aunt rosie for translation – the German to English and English to German translation didn’t really convince me: “lust auf ein bier irgendwann mal nach der arbeit?” got to “lust for a beer at some time after the operation?” – brrh.

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