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Upgraded to WordPress 2.5

After some reluctance to work on my blog again, I gave into the nag at the top of my admin screen and went ahead and upgraded to WordPress 2.5. I am happy to say I had no problems at all, and most of my plugins worked fine, I only had a problem activating one that had to do with comments, but its nothing important and I just left it disabled. Otherwise, my upgrade experience was good. I like the new admin interface and the new feature set. Go WordPress!!

Home media management

I came across this software over the weekend: Media Center 12

Its a really nice media management package that has all the features I was looking for.  It can catalog my media including pictures, audio and video.  It can create various types of playlists, and even has a theatre mode for easy use on the PC or a TV.  You can even run a media web server and use it as a remote control for the media center and play audio/video or slideshows by clicking links on the web interface, what you select starts playing on the display connected to the server.  I really like this package, its got some good plugins and skins and is the best one I’ve tried yet. 

Problems with Category Access

I’ve been running 0.8.2 of the category-access plugin by David Coppit for a few weeks now and its been working fine on the web interface of WordPress.  I’ve been busy lately and haven’t had a chance to post anything to my blog in a while, so I hadn’t used any of my windows apps to post to WordPress.  Upon trying I found that I got some error messages relating to XML parsing. 

w.bloggar and blogdesk would generate this error:

“Unable to parse the XML response.  Parser Reason: Only one top level element is allowed in an XML document.”

BlogJet would generate this error:

Invalid payload received from xml-rpc server.  Please check your host and page settings for this account.  Server said: “,br/> <b>Fatal Error<b>: Call to a member function on a non-object in <b>/home/myaccountname/public_html/mybloglocation/wp-content/plugins/category-access.php</b> on line <b>373</b><br/>…”

Disabling the category-access plugin corrected the issue and I was then able to blog with my windows apps.  I sent the information to David via e-mail and also made a post on the wordpress forums to help anyone else that might be using category-access.  Its a great plugin and does exactly what I want, with only a few minor things lacking.  For now I’ve left the plugin disabled, but plan to re-enable if David comes up with a fix. 

Category access 0.8.2 beta

I got an e-mail from David Coppit who created the Category Access plugin for WordPress. I’m happy to report he has or is in the process of updating his plugin for WordPress 2.3. I got a copy of the beta from him and it works great! So keep an eye out on the WordPress Codex site and David’s site if you use or may want to use this plugin. Make sure if you are running WP 2.3 that you get the latest version once he releases it.

A good stats plugin for WordPress

I finally found a basic plugin for WordPress to give me clear and simple stats for my blog. Its called StatPress and it works very well. This gives a lot of good information in a tab on the dashboard. Its easy to install, works with WP 2.3 and there is no configuration necessary, just install and go.

Web Template Goof

I learned an important lesson recently regarding WordPress plugins! READ THE DOCUMENTATION! I was installing the Alex King plugin “WordPress Mobile Edition” and even though I’ve installed this before and use it on more than one site, I completely neglected to copy over the mobile theme folder to the proper location in WP-CONTENTTHEMES. This caused my site to revert to the default WP theme each time I would hit my site from a mobile web browser. I couldn’t figure this out for a while, and finally after removing and re-installing and researching in forums, I found the answer. I had missed that stop of copying the theme folder. Once I did that, things were good and now my themes work great.

Update to TILT review

Ok, I did more testing this weekend and have found the following relating to the TILT by at&t. 

 1. I thought the camera was pretty bad, but found that if you give the room proper lighting, it actually works well and takes ok pictures for a phone.  Same goes for video, the video was choppy and really bad with the frame rates, until I discovered that if I had good lighting in the room I was recording in, the video also looked pretty good. 

2. The HTC Home plugin was causing my phone to switch to vibrate on its own at what I thought was a random schedule, however it turns out that any time I had a calendar items that marked me as busy, it would set the device to vibrate even if the “auto” setting wasn’t being used.  This was very annoying, and I was able to find a different build of the HTC home plugin in the xda developers forums to get rid of this issue.  Only now the plugin seems a little hesitant to start up after a reboot, I have to go into my today settings and tap ok again to make the plugin appear.  Minor complaint, since the vibrate issue is fixed.

 3. I highly recommend the Kaiser Tweak app from xda, it quickly lets you apply many tweaks to the phone.

4. The HHC Home plugin customizer is a must!  It makes configuring the home plugin much easier and quickly helps you customise your icons and other options. 

HTC Home Plugin and random vibrate

Well sadly I discovered today that my beloved HTC Home plugin for my ATT Tilt is the cause of a minor issue. It seems to randomly switch my phone to vibrate. Obviously this is a problem, and the only solution so far is to uninstall the 6 button home plugin and install the more limited 3 button home plugin. I really don’t want to do that downgrade, as I love having the favorite people button and quick ringer type change options. I am going to keep digging for a solution but I’m not sure if it will get fixed anytime soon. So far I have found very few instances of people with the TILT having this issue, I guess most of them found the 3 button plugin easier or happen to find it first. It did take me some time to locate the 6 button plugin, since I had to dig pretty deep in some forums to find it.

New blog design

I’ve been experimenting with new blog templates lately. I’ve been using the vistered-little theme for some time now and really like it, but its kinda bulky and with the plugins I used, it was taking too long to load my blog page. I’m using a new template now and optomized my plugin usage so the page loads faster. I narrowed down the templates to 3, and I may go back and forth now and then, but the one thats up now looks pretty good to me, I still have some customizing to do, but overall I’m happy with it.

As a note, you can click the page at the top titled “my Plug-in usage” to see a list of all my active plugins and even the inactive ones.

My Today Screen

I really like my new Tilt from at&t. I’ve added some plugins and tweaks which make this an awesome device. I’ll post more of a thorough review later, but I really love the HTC home plugin. I also have GPS and various other apps that definately make this the most reliable, stable, usable, and fun phone I’ve used to date.

TodayScreen