Fundry is shutting down. Two weeks to withdraw your funds. Is that fair?

[UPDATE: Please take time to read the comment from Robert Barnes from Fundry, as they changed their policy and explained their choices!]

Fundry, a digital platform to finance software development, is shutting down.

Two days ago I wanted to give some funds to a WordPress plugin developer that maintains a great LightBox plugin, Dan Zappone, to encourage further development of this great tool. Continue reading

Embedding video in WordPress 2.9

No more plugins necessary! Pasting a full Youtube (and more…) URL will automatically embed the video. Great!

I think this is agreat addition to WP. Many people are interested in building video blogs and this small change will make their start much more flawless. I   see WP getting better everyday!

New Apple Mouse – The start of a new era?

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The Magic Mouse… Ok, this is not about WordPress plugins but might still change a lot our digital lifes – a multitouch mouse! It looks like finally Apple did a big step beyond the Mighty mouse, which proved to be unreliable in the long run (the scrolling ball dies really often).
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I will review it as soon as I receive it from the Apple Store! I’ve never been a fan of the apple mice, except the first ADB mouse which was a masterpiece IMHO…the small round one of the first iMac era was too small for my hands, and the Mighty mouse did never fully convince me. We’ll see soon….meanwhile, somebody else already tested it

Update – Apple Magic Mouse pros and cons

I got my new apple mouse – it’s very light and small compared to the Logitech MX300 I’ve been using for years. It is maybe a bit too small for my hands, but it is very comfortable. Clicking has a solid feedback, and the touch scroll weel is nice, even if I miss the usual clicking of traditional wheels. The mouse tracks very well but it can’t work on my glass desk without  a mouse pad.

In the end

The new Apple Magic mouse seems a solid product. The only thing that deceives is the swipe function,which I ended up turning off because it kept triggering too easily during my mouse “homing” (when you grab it, after working with two hands on the keyboard).

Double your Mac speed with an SSD drive!

SSD drives will be a great revolution in computer hardware in 2009….that’s what you will also think in a few minutes.

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Side by side a Late 2008 Macbook (2.4 ghz,  Fujitsu 5400 RPM traditional stock drive, 2 gb ram) with a First Generation Macbook Air (1.8Ghz, 64 Gb stock SSD Drive) doing some common tasks – the short story: Macbook Air is always faster in booting and launching applications. Continue reading

Google Search news: Google collecting user feedback

Just a quick note – Is this all new, isn’t it?

While performing some Google search, I just saw at the bottom of the SERP a “Add a result” link-wich shows when clicked a small form…and  even more links!

  • Add a page that you’d like to see the next time you search for
  • See all my SearchWiki notes
  • See all notes for this SearchWiki
  • Learn more

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Seems like Google is starting to more explicitly accept user feedback – it’s a very precious “user generated content” for Google, wich might lead to a better search experience.

I have some questions though…what if some black hat SEO starts to fool the system, maybe using some nasty proxies to simulate many users voting for his site?

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WP plugin: Notify author about publishing of his posts by administrator

Just activate this WordPress plugin, and it will send to the post author a notification email when the blog administrator will publish his post/draft (or edit article and republish).

A must for community wordpress-based websites! I wrote it since I couldn’t find any other suitable plugin to do this. Up and running on some pretty large   wp 2.6 – 2.6.3 installs. Should work on all recent wordpress installs. No configuration necessary.

DOWNLOAD THE PLUGIN.