Thoughts and opinions of a technology enthusiast.

Mango Day for Windows Phone 7

LG Optimus 7Today Windows Phone handsets around the world begin to receive their official Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” software updates. If you have a WP7 device check the Where’s my Update? page to see if your carrier is delivering “Mango”.

At this point it’s unclear whether the accelerated update process that worked for many of us when the “NoDo” update was released will be effective with “Mango”.

UPDATE 13:00: It appears that the old disconnect from the Internet trick still works!

Admin Links Plugin Updated to 1.4.0

It’s been a good long while since I’ve had the time to make any changes to the two WordPress plugins I’m supporting. In fact if WP 3.0 hadn’t broken one of my plugins there’s a good chance I wouldn’t have made this change either.

That said, there’s a fresh version of the Admin Links plugin available and this one is compatible with WP 3.0.

In case you’re not familiar with the plugin, it provides access to common admin features from the public side of the site. Visible to logged-in admins, and completely invisible to the great unwashed masses of the interwebs.

Download it directly from WordPress.org.

Apple OS X 10.5.6 BSOD?

Apple BSODIt looks like Apple may have helped some of their users join the coveted Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) club this week with the latest update to Mac OS X.

This update has caused a great number of problems for Mac users, something that isn’t typical of updates to the Apple OS.  For the few who read this notice prior to installing the update, there was a clue on the Apple support website in the article discussing the update which indicated that this update may cause problems:

You may experience unexpected results if you have third-party system software modifications installed, or if you have modified the operating system through other means, or if you have moved Apple applications from their default locations (the /Applications or /Applications/Utilities folders). (This does not apply to normal application software installation.)

This kind of warning isn’t typical and has led some to speculate that maybe this update wasn’t truly ready for prime time.

The rather hefty software update, much like a Windows service pack, weighs in at 190MB containing fixes for a number of known, and unknown, OS X issues.  The problem is with the problems that have arisen since the update became available.

The majority of sites are reporting problems with the update installation process itself citing extremely long load times and installations not completing, these are leading to people trying to reboot their machines part-way through the install process which is always a recipe for disaster.

Ars Technica is also reporting that there are a number of other hidden <ahem> “gems” in the 10.5.6 update not the least of which is some code to prevent the jailbreaking of 3G iPhones and iPod touches.  Nice, Apple. And thanks for leaving that little detail out on the list of features/additions etc.  Jerks.

Thanks to MacOS Ken, IT Wire, Ars Technica, and others.

WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane” Released

I really don’t have any time to do a nice full-length post on the release of WordPress 2.7 tonight. So I’ll provide a whole bunch of links for you to get your 2.7 fix.

If you’ve not tried 2.7 yet, read over the new info then give it a shot.  The super-new-and-improved admin interface is well worth the upgrade!

One Year Anniversary: Random Image Selector 1.2.0

I can’t believe it’s been one year since the last major release of the random image selector.  Since the plugin’s initial inception last summer it has received a fair amount of attention garnering nearly 11,000 downloads.

Random Image Selector - Downloads Per Day

Random Image Selector - Downloads Per Day

I’m glad that it’s proven useful for people and there will be a major update coming out over the Christmas break to coincide with the WordPress 2.7 release.  This update will include a few bug fixes, a couple of minor feature changes and one significant addition.

Thanks to everyone who has downloaded the plugin, and to those who have left feedback on the blog!

PageRank Experiment Update

Well the one week deadline to try and get the site ranked in Google has come and gone, and not to anyone’s surprise the site still doesn’t carry a PageRank.  But, not to fear, I’ll be continuing to write content for the site reviewing everything from software to hardware in hopes of landing the odd paid gig some time in the future.

If you’re interested in some background you can check out the original post I wrote explaining the experiment.  The key lesson with all of this however is that Content is King (or at very least a Duke) and you need to respect that above pretty much all else if you ever expect to get ranked.