Archive for May, 2010
I typically edit PHP and Python using VI over SSH in multiple Putty windows. Arranging the windows is a pain, you lose all of your open shells if your connection hiccups, none of the machines I connect to provide color terminals, and I’m often fight VI’s indenting (and am too lazy to fix it on every machine).
I’ve now switched over to editing files on the server using Eclipse and the Repose System Explorer add-on. It solves all of the problems mentioned above.
- From Eclipse: Help -> Install New Software. “Work with: -All available sites-”. In the search box type “remote system”. Check “Remote System Explorer End-User Runtime”, click Next to proceed with the install.
- After the wizard completed, click Window -> Open Perspective -> Remote System Explorer. Right-click in Remote Systems, choose New Connection, type in your details. After you connect, expand “Sftp Files” and you’ll be able to open remote files in the editor.
Thanks Ikool’s Blogbed.
I tried several different desktop clients, Facebook apps, WordPress plug-ins, and status relay services. This is system I ended up using:
- Sign up for a Ping.fm account. Add your Facebook account, fan pages, and Twitter account.
- From WordPress: Download, install, and activate the Shorten2ping plug-in. In Shorten2ping’s settings page, set “Send Notification to Ping.fm”.
- Go to the Ping.fm Dashboard, click “Application Keys”, copy your API key, go to and paste it into Shorten2ping’s settings page and paste it into “Ping.fm API Key”.
WordPress now cross-posts to Facebook and Twitter, but you’re also free to do smaller status updates that bypass WordPress by initiating it on the Ping.fm site or directly on a particular service.
If you run WordPress on Pair Networks, automatic installations probably prompt you for FTP connection info. The problem is that WP wants to modify files as the owner of the WP directory. Follow Pair’s instructions to set up php-cgiwrap, and WordPress automatic installations will work.
cp /usr/www/cgi-bin/php5.cgi ~/public_html/cgi-bin/
chmod 755 ~/public_html/cgi-bin/php5.cgi
Edit .htaccess in your WordPress directory:
Action application/x-pair-sphp5 /cgi-sys/php-cgiwrap/USERNAME/php5.cgi
AddType application/x-pair-sphp5 .php
+ Speakers are good compared to the horrendous Dell Studio 15 speakers.
+ Solid feel compared to the creaky Studio 15.
- Significantly wider than the Studio 15 (speakers are on the sides of the keyboard).
- The painted faux-metal on the edges is already chipping. Looks cheap.
- The Studio 15′s rubberized top and matte hand rests are better than everything glossy on the XPS 16.
= The capacitive touch buttons are lit even when keyboard backlighting is off. This compares to the Studio 15′s equally stupid “capacitive buttons are always unlit even if the keyboard backlight is on”.
This site has used Mediawiki since 2004. Ease-of-updating is by far the most important feature to me, so I’m experimenting with WordPress because it’s the best supported by publishing tools. If it goes well, maybe I’ll roll it out to the StepMania and Pump It Up Pro sites.