General articles and random thoughts that don’t fit into the knowledgebase.

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📖 Posts | 📎 General, Linux, Networking | 🔖 dns, ssh, vps

SSH Error: "ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host"

Fixing up an SSH login error after moving to a new ISP. “ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host” is caused by the lack of a reverse DNS entry.

📖 Posts | 📎 Blogging, Development | 🔖 configuration, vps, wordpress

Site updated – Faster and better!

The upgrade of this blog from WordPress 3.3 to 3.4 on Dreamhost didn’t go as smoothly as planned. In fact it failed fairly spectacularly – unable to complete the required database upgrade. However, many clouds have silver linings. In this case it meant that I brought forward my plans to ditch the horribly slow hosting provided by Dreamhost in the USA and switch over to the new VPS provided by BHost in the UK.

📖 Posts | 📎 Diigo | 🔖None

Diigo Bookmarks 01/14/2012

XDIORG – Infrastructure for accountable networks <p class="diigo-description"> &#8220;XDI.ORG is an international non-profit public trust organization governing open public XRI and XDI infrastructure. XRI (Extensible Resource Identifier) and XDI (XRI Data Interchange) are open standards for digital identity addressing and trusted data sharing developed at OASIS, the leading XML e-business standards body. XRI and XDI infrastructure enables individuals and organizations to establish persistent, privacy-protected Internet identities and form long-term, trusted peer-to-peer data sharing relationships.

📖 Posts | 📎 Blogging, Development | 🔖 html, php, wordpress

WordPress tweak to manage posts admin, filter and show custom field

This tweak will change the “All Posts” page in the administration section of a WordPress site.

It adds the ability to filter the post list based on a custom field that has been used in any of the posts at any time.

Low-cost Information Management, Communications and Collaberation Tools

Although much of the work I do is for very large organisations and extremely costly projects, being an adopted Yorkshire-man, I’ve always an eye open for a bargain! More seriously, there are many small to medium sized businesses and charities that cannot afford big IT budgets but that still are crying out for good information management, communications and collaboration tools. In this article, I’ve tried to highlight a few tools that I think are worth looking at. I’ve not included anything in this article that requires a monthly or annual cost. All the tools here are available for free at least with limited features. The feature lists given are for the free versions with paid-for key features noted where appropriate. I also note if any of the web sites are blocked by typical enterprise firewalls. There is a lot more than what I’ve shared here, I’ll try to update this article from time-to-time.

📖 Posts | 📎 Development | 🔖 wordpress

Make the WordPress visual editor content look more like the finished output

Content in the visual post editor (TinyMCE) in WordPress doesn’t look that much like the finished article by default. Thankfully WordPress includes a style sheet that we can use to make things better.

📖 Posts | 📎 General | 🔖None

HTML Semantic Markup – What should I use?

Please note that this article may be unfinished.

Over the years, HTML has gradually been pushed towards a place where machine-readable, meta-data vocabularies are given increased value and importance. This article takes a quick look at what vocabularies are available and which ones are worth using in a web application right now.

📖 Posts | 📎 Microsoft | 🔖 office, word

Microsoft Word Wildcard and Regular Expression Search and Replace

One often missed aspect of the Find dialog in Microsoft Word is the ability to use wild cards. In fact, Word not only has the simple wild cards (* and ?) but uses simplified Regular Expression (REGEX) searching. In this article, I’ve put together a number of examples of advanced finds and replaces that I’ve found useful. I’ll update it from time to time.

📖 Posts | 📎 General | 🔖None

REL attribute reference for HTML links

NOTE: This table may be incomplete Relation Name Description Reference Notes alternate Designates a substitute for the link’s context. [W3C.REC-html401-19991224] appendix Refers to an appendix. [W3C.REC-html401-19991224] bookmark Refers to a bookmark or entry point. [W3C.REC-html401-19991224] chapter Refers to a chapter in a collection of resources.

📖 Posts | 📎 General | 🔖None

New page added to blog: Privacy & Disclosure

Finally got round to properly publishing this page that declares the site’s privacy policies and disclosure of intent. This is also linked to from every page as per EU “Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003” and Google requirements. Also added an HTML 5 logo.

Enterprise System Design and Accessibility

It isn’t just web pages that are required to meet accessibility standards and laws. All applications have to. This short article is a reminder to application designers and builders regarding the standards and legal obligations they have to meet.

📖 Posts | 📎 Blogging, General | 🔖 atom, google, rss

Coping With Google Reader Changes

If you are a Google Reader user, you will have noticed the latest design change and probably been amazed at how poor the new layout is. What you may not have immediately noticed is just what you’ve lost. In this article I look at what has been lost and what you might be able to do about it, at least in the short term.

📖 Posts | 📎 General | 🔖None

New Blog Design Page

I’ve added a new page to this blog explaining the design of the site.

Apple iOS 5 and iCloud, The verdict

So I’ve been using iOS 5 on both iPad 1 and iPhone 4 for a couple of days now and I thought I’d follow up on my previous post about what I thought would impact me.

Apple iOS 5, What does it change for me?

There are some really nice looking changes on the way for Apple mobile users lucky enough to have a device that can be upgraded to iOS 5. I thought I’d throw together a quick look at how this will change things on a practical level for me as I use an iPhone and an iPad for work and personal use. Update: 2011-10-13. I’ve added some more details.