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Sun, 17 Aug 2008 11:01 PM

Bluetrait Board Dev Update

Michael Dale

I've had a chance to work on Bluetrait Board today. I'm hoping to have the next version out in a few weeks.

Version 0.6 should include the following updates:

  • All new interface (thanks to Matthew)
  • Full login system
  • Pie chart break down for money spent
  • Full Installer (I hope)

Yah should be cool. The program has been really useful in tracking what we spend. Maybe I should setup a full hosted version that people can sign up and use...I do have some spare web hosting.


Wed, 02 Jan 2008 10:38 AM

PHP 5.3

Michael Dale

I had a play around with PHP 5.3. The main new feature is namespaces. I am looking forward to using this in future.

Unfortunately PHP 5.2 isn't very common so using namespaces in my code will need to wait.

This is a good website if you want to learn about how namespaces will work in PHP 5.3


PHP

Sat, 17 Nov 2007 5:07 PM

Bluetrait Search 1.0

Michael Dale

I've made public the search plugin I wrote for this site.

It can be downloaded from here and is under the "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License".

The plugin requires Bluetrait 2 and MySQL.

It probably won't be any use to anyone as Bluetrait 2 isn't even in Beta yet ;)


Sat, 27 Oct 2007 4:42 PM

How to enable PHP on Mac OS Leopard

Michael Dale

To enable php:

  1. open terminal
  2. cd /etc/
  3. sudo cp php.ini.default php.ini
  4. cd /private/etc/apache2/
  5. sudo nano httpd.conf
  6. uncomment the two modules: php5_module and fastcgi_module. They were at line 114 and 115 for me.
  7. Use ctrl and o to save
  8. reload apache (can be done from system preferences).

Sun, 14 Oct 2007 12:10 AM

ipod touch running Bluetrait 2

Michael Dale

After hacking my ipod, I installed Apache and PHP. I was successfully able to install the sqlite version of Bluetrait 2 onto my ipod!

There were some small bugs, I haven't yet pin-pointed them down yet but I believe it may have been due to the setup of PHP.

So yeah that was pretty cool, pointless but cool :)


Thu, 17 May 2007 4:06 PM

Dashboard Lite - WordPress 2.2 Plugin

Michael Dale

Josh created a custom index.php way back in WordPress 1.5 days that removed the RSS feeds on the WordPress dashboard.

Up until now it wasn't really possible to this with a plugin nicely. WordPress 2.2 has added an API hook that although not relevant to the Dashboard it is in the right place!

So I've created a simple plugin, which you can download here, that removes the RSS feeds. Please note it requires WordPress 2.2.


Mon, 14 May 2007 2:52 PM

What data is being sent to Akismet?

Michael Dale

I just read an interesting post here about what data is sent to the Akismet servers. A surprising amount, including the whole $_SERVER array!

I wouldn't be too happy with that myself. Bluetrait's implementation of the Akismet client sends the following information:

Comment Author
Comment Author Email Address
Comment Author Website Address
Content of Comment
Author's IP Address
Type of Comment (i.e Trackback, Comment etc)

Bluetrait's implementation sends the following information:

Comment Author
Comment Author Email Address
Comment Author Website Address
Content of Comment
Author's IP Address
Type of Comment (i.e Trackback, Comment etc)

Plus the $_SERVER array with the following information removed:

'HTTP_COOKIE',
'HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR',
'HTTP_X_FORWARDED_HOST',
'HTTP_MAX_FORWARDS',
'HTTP_X_FORWARDED_SERVER',
'REDIRECT_STATUS',
'SERVER_PORT',
'PATH',
'DOCUMENT_ROOT',
'SERVER_ADMIN',
'QUERY_STRING',
'PHP_SELF' ;

Unfortunately this is more than I first stated, I'm going to review the data being sent. It shouldn't contain any extra data that is personal.

EDIT: Some more info here. Looks like Akismet sends the all cookies that are from that domain. i.e anything the client (the person posting the comment) is logged into. The post is a bit old (2005) so this behavior may have changed.

EDIT2: I just checked the source code from WordPress 2.1.2 it looks like cookies are no longer sent, everything else still is.