WordTwit finally works

I was finally able to fix my WordTwit plugin problems. I haven’t been able to get my new posts sent to twitter for a while but that’s fixed now.

If you’re trying and nothing appears to happen when you’re clicking the “Add Account” button in the WordTwit accounts area, you need to set a callback url in your Twitter Application settings. Just make it the url of your blog homepage and then you will be able to add an account.

Let’s see if this post gets tweeted right away and what happens after that.  I’ve been experimenting with IFTTT to get around the “add account” problem but now that WordTwit’s working, I think I can go back to my regular workflow.

  1. Email photo to Flickr (post-to-blog address)
  2. Flickr creates blog post
  3. WordTwit tweets about post
  4. Twitter posts to Facebook

This keeps my blog posts being double posted because of the IFTTT tweet-my-post recipe and the WordTwit plugin.


Watching the live NASAtv coverage of Curiosity landing on Mars last night was really awesome, however something was missing. If you didn’t know everything that needed to happen during those last few moments then you might have been a little lost watching just the control room. If you watched NASA’s “Seven Minutes of Terror” video then you knew what was supposed to happen and could follow along.

This short video intercuts clips from the control room with computer renderings of what was happening on Mars to show what was happening at both places at approximately the same time.

PS – If the video player doesn’t show up the first time, just reload the page.

Shameless Self Promotion

An article on Tom’s Hardware that I helped with was posted yesterday. It’s about Wi-Fi, it’s problems, why your Wi-Fi sucks and what can be done about it. If you’re interested go ahead and read it. Please suffer through the format as it’s actually a pretty good read, but if you glaze over tech stuff just go look at the images I did for the article. I’m quite pleased with a couple of them. There’s 27 pages in the article, each with a picture (see why I said to suffer through the format?). Specifically, I did the images for pages 1, 21, and 23-26. tip: most have a “zoom” option if you hover over the image

Page 1 and 26 I think are my favorites. Page 1 (shown above) because of how it turned out and page 26 is an homage to XKCD. Page 21 has been dubbed the FrankenAP. I’m not thrilled with page 25 (the two iPads in different orientations) but there were time constraints and limitations in the room setup, and that was even the second time I shot that particular concept. Funny behind-the-scenes note about page 25. I was using a mini-bagel between the stand and the iPad to keep the iPad from leaning back and catching a glare from the overhead fluorescent lights.

OSX Passenger prefpane tip

I recently undid all my MacPorts and started using Homebrew for some software on my Macs. That meant uninstalling the Apache MacPort and switching back to the default Snow Leopard version of Apache. Everything went relatively smoothly but today a noticed that my Passenger prefpane wasn’t listing all the Rails sites it had previously been managing.

Turns out it was because in my original install of the prefpane I had used the “ports” version of a required ruby file, per instructions, since I was using the MacPort version of Apache. The easy fix is to just reinstall the prefpane. All of my sites now show up in the site listing and I can add the new site I’m currently developing.

How to fix the Windows desktop context menu after installing Samsung MagicRotation

With the new computer setup I have at work, I needed to have one of my monitors rotated 90° so it would fit until a better solution was attempted. The desktop wasn’t rotating though because I hadn’t installed Samsung’s MagicRotation software. So I did.

After doing so, I noticed that the context menu on my desktop was way screwed up. All the text had shifted over to the right and was unreadable.

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