out. Reading feeds on my flight from IND to PHX this afternoon I ran
across the WordPress Automatic Upgrade
(shouldn’t that be the Automattic?). Nice, but I’d like to plug my
approach to managing WordPress upgrades, which I think is even easier,
assuming you’re OK with minimal command-line interaction.
First, install WordPress from a Subversion checkout; do:
“ $ svn co http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.6/“
instead of downloading the .zip or .tar.gz file. Configure as directed.
Then, when a new version is available, log into your webhost and run:
“ $ svn switch http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.6.1/“
from your install directory.
Note that you can also do something similar (but an order of magnitude
more complex, at least for my brain) using
if you want to version your local settings as well. Perhaps one day
Asheesh or I will get that written up.
|tags:||git, subversion, upgrade, version control, wordpres
I’ve owned my MacBook for
about 18 months now, which is coming close to a record for me. I was
looking at replacing it with a new laptop — preferably something running
Ubuntu that doesn’t totally look like ass. I
started looking and saw things I liked from both Dell and System
76 (I really wanted to like
Zareason, especially given that they’re local,
but System 76 kills them on pricing).
But then I looked closer at the Wikipedia article on MacBooks, the
System Profiler on my machine and just what I was paying for. It was
then I realized that my MacBook already has a Core 2 Duo T7200,
as well as 802.11n support. With most of the economical Dell options
still using T5xxx series processors (with it’s 2MB L2 cache, compared
to the T7200’s 4MB), it became clear I was mostly investing in more
RAM and a larger hard drive. A quick look showed I could take my
system from 1.5GB RAM to 4GB for $50_ and could go from the 120GB
stock hard drive to a 320GB model for $100. And with the extra drive
space I could comfortably run Ubuntu as my primary operating system,
retaining the Mac OS X partition until I have all the apps replaced.
So that was my task for yesterday. Unfortunately things didn’t go quite
as well as planned. When I put the new hard drive in and tried to power
things back on… nothing. No chime, no video, no spin up. Nothing. Sigh.
I managed to get an 8 AM appointment at the Apple Genius Bar, but I was
pretty bummed about it last night. This morning, however, things turned
out OK. Not fantastic but OK.
Brian, my assigned Genius,
suggested that the problem might be the “top case” — literally the top
of the case, containing the keyboard and power switch. After pulling it
off and putting on a new one, things fired right up. So another $150
later, all is well.
Brian was actually really nice and helpful about the whole situation
(almost making me regret calling Apple the “corporate asshole du jour”
on Saturday, but not quite). As I write this I realize how strange it is
that I consider this a surprising exception. Next up: Ubuntu
installation and configuration.
|tags:||apple, macbook, service
I’m late with this (typical these days), but at OSCON a couple weeks ago
Microsoft announced they’re supporting the Apache
Bruce Perens has an
in Datamation about what the angle may be. Bruce posits that the primary
motivation is publicity. That Microsoft has realized open source is here
to stay and sees the Apache license as the lesser of a crowd of evils.
That all makes perfect sense to me.
I have to admit, however, that my first thought to hearing the news
was “who cares?” I’ve realized lately that Microsoft has become
completely irrelevant to my day to day life_. We don’t use Windows
on our servers at work. I don’t run Windows on my work (Ubuntu) or
personal (Mac OS X) laptop. I don’t use Microsoft Office on either
machine. The people at work who use Windows (a minority) are pretty
much on their own. And when I heard Microsoft had released a new
version of their Office CC licensing plugin (as noted in the CC blog) my response was an
enthusiastic “Eh, ok; good for them.” So from my [probably myopic]
perspective, Microsoft is last year’s news, a has been, and Apple is
the corporate asshole du jour.
So while I’d like to think I’m right and that this is just a corporate
behemoth in its death throes, Bruce is probably right; it’s probably too
early to count them out.
UPDATE Another perspective on
the announcements from Michael Tiemann of the OSI board.
|tags:||apache, license, microsoft, open source
What were they thinking? I bet VB is far easier than this.
— “Exercises In Masochism 1: Writing OpenOffice.org
two years ago. And all I can say is “plus one, my friend; plus one.”