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Linux Genuine Advantage

A nice spoof of Windows Genuine Advantage:

Linux Genuine Advantageâ„¢ is an exciting and mandatory new way for you to place your computer under the remote control of an untrusted third party!

…we have created a new program available as a required free download: Linux Genuine Advantageâ„¢!

Linux Genuine Advantage.

UPDATE: don’t actually download and install the software on that site, apparently it actually works and will lock you out of logging in in 30 days.

WPGet 0.7 Developer Preview 1

I’ve just released WPGet 0.7 Developer Preview 1. I’ve just taken the code in its current state and put it out here, so anyone interested can give the new features a try. In fact, it should in theory be fairly usable on a production site, but don’t trust me on that – I can’t guarantee it will work.

Here’s the changelog of things that are supposed to make it to the final release:

  • New support for WordPress author – you can see who published which post in WPGet’s output
  • Category support is now fully working, cleaned up massively and is now out of beta
  • Ajax comments system – have your comments available with one click from outside the actual WordPress page
  • Line breaks in WordPress posts are now honoured in WPGet’s output
  • Single post – output only one, static post from outside WordPress (but keeping it up-to-date with WP’s copy)
  • New query wrapper function for more centralisation
  • WPGet will surpress PHP’s errors if a query fails, and display its own (friendlier) message and email detailed error reports if that’s enabled
  • Style support – includes a new style engine making it easier to integrate WPGet with your site’s individual style
  • General speed enhancements and code cleanup
  • Brand new WPGet Installer (née Config Tool)

Not everything there is done in this copy, though, that’s just a list of stuff that will be confirmed to work by the time it goes final. The main thing missing from a feature perspective is styles (the ability is there but there are no styles yet) and not all the query infrastructure is updated to the new wrapper function. Oh, and it’s all not tested (not yet even tried with PHP 4 yet, so be warned).

Still, have a play around and tell me about bugs if you find them. 😀

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Your chance to stop the BBC using Microsoft-only technology

I’ve just completed an online consultation/questionnaire for the BBC Trust about the proposed upcoming BBC video-on-demand service, and there’s quite an important question posed if, like me, you want open standards and not to be locked in to Microsoft technology.

How important is it that the proposed seven-day catch-up service over the internet is available to consumers who are not using Microsoft software?

It’s vitally important that if you live in the UK (or otherwise pay the licence fee) and you don’t want MS lock-in, to go onto this questionnaire and submit your views. We need everyone possible to tell the BBC to not do it in a Microsoft locked-in way, so please go and complete this.

The more people that do this, the better chance of getting our way!

Take the consulation/questionnaire