A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Yet another WP MU site

Filed under: — Carthik @ 7:47 am

Webloog.com has an interesting name, if nothing else, to it’s credit. Oh, and it is a service that provides users with a free hosted WordPress (WP-MU) blog.

So many hosted services now – you have no excuse not to try WordPress out, if you haven’t already ;)

Friday, August 26, 2005

University of Florida News Powered by WordPress

Filed under: — Carthik @ 3:40 am

The University of Florida News site is powered by WordPress now. There’s also a podcast of the news items.

Via: hyku.

Update: the University of Paris and Saint-Denis also has a WordPress blog powering the Department of Sociology news page. Thanks Baptiste.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Lust Journal, anyone? (NSFW)

Filed under: — Carthik @ 1:01 am

Get it here. Its a free WordPress blog, for what it is worth. Things people think up! Really.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Typative – Free WordPress Blogs

Filed under: — Carthik @ 10:44 pm

B’s Log informs us all of free WordPress blogs available at Typative. If you sign up, the URL for your blog will be something like example.typative.com. Let a million such free offers bloom!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Connect WordPress and Ubuntu…

Filed under: — Carthik @ 2:33 pm

Alright, it is a tenuous link, but it turns out that our dear mpt (Matthew Thomas) works for Canonical as a user interface designer. Canonical is the company that sponsors Ubuntu Linux. Matthew guest stars for the WordPress project, and has designed most of WP’s UI, and continues to help in improving it, and the documentation.

mpt’s usability review of Ubuntu
is a balanced look at what could be improved. He is right about the fact that Ubuntu is yet the most usable distribution of Linux yet. That explains why your’s truly has been using Ubuntu exclusively for the last few months. Ubuntu’s new release can be downloaded if you wish to try out the LiveCD, or go ahead and install it on your machines.

Friday, April 08, 2005

I worked for Amazon

Filed under: — Carthik @ 3:32 am

Technically, if Amazon uses a Product I helped in a very small way to develop and maintain, I worked for Amazon, right? (besides users like you and me)

So grant me the pleasure of saying I worked for Amazon…

Monday, March 21, 2005

Who says WordPress can’t be bought?

Filed under: — Carthik @ 12:20 pm

Buy WordPress here.

Did I scare you? ;)

Well, in any case, I think that the price is awesome right now for those who want to invest in WordPress at the Yahoo! Buzz Game.

That concludes the Monday morning fun session – back to work now.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

WordPress “sponsored result”

Filed under: — Carthik @ 6:29 am

Searching google for WordPress returns the usual results, and a Sponsored Link on the right, which points to the WordPress home page. Wonder who is paying for the ad.

Since http://wordpress.org is the first result returned for the search, it seems rather wasteful to have the sponsored result display on this search result page. It would be nice to have it turn up for searches for other terms (evil thoughts are blooming in my mind right now :) ).

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Interview with a link spammer

Filed under: — Carthik @ 10:50 am

The Register interviews a link spammer. Pretty ordinary and nothing new learned, but it might make for an interesting read. What amazes me is the amount of money these guys claim to be making.

Friday, January 21, 2005

WordPress 1.5 static Vs. dynamic benchmark

Filed under: — Carthik @ 4:01 pm

The benchmark results look interestingly the same, for the static and dynamic version. All I can tell is that the static version has a pronouncedly low “shortest response time” which stands for the time to honor repeated requests. I presume the author used the staticize plugin for the static version.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

WordPress MindMap (German)

Filed under: — Carthik @ 10:39 am

I ran into an interesting experiment at doku.wordpress.de, which is a German wiki documenting WordPress, called the WordPress MindMap.

You can see theMindMap, which is powered by Java. Click on the Image in the center to begin.

Neat, eh?

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Kill Referrer Spam

Filed under: — Carthik @ 3:39 pm

Referrer spam is when folks try to spam your referrers list in the server logs by trying to make it look like they linked to your site. This is not a big issue for most, since only you, the owner of the blog usually sees the referrers list, and so the spammer doesn’t gain any undue advantage, and yet, some people make their referrers list available publicly, and in this case, referrer spam works to the benefit of the spammer.

If you want to kill all referrer spam, or at least most of it, read Caveat Lector’s article on the topic.

While reading that topic, I came across Ann Elisabeth’s Blog, which looks like a mother-lode of information related to comment spammers, and how to trace, and kill them. I haven’t read even half of what’s on the blog, and I must it is a great resource for information.

Sunday, January 09, 2005


Filed under: — Carthik @ 1:20 pm

Now you can link a face to the users you find at #wordpress (on irc.freenode.net).

Check out the WordPress mugs gallery, if you want to know what some WordPress look like in the much-overhyped “real” world. As far as I am concerned, I have a mental image of what the characters I meet in the virtual world might look like — complete mental profiles and potraits stitched together from conversations and tidbits.

Should you be interested in contributing a mugshot of yours to the gallery, use the upload page, and name your image after your IRC nick, so Alex knows who’s picture it is.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

WP code in Lilina

Filed under: — Carthik @ 12:15 am

I installed Lilina after hearing about it from Skippy on #wordpress.

Lilina is a server-based feed aggregator powered by PHP and magpie. I was trying to dig into the code to see what’s going on, when I ran into a file called link-parse-opml.php, with the comment:

This file is based on link-parse-opml.php which is part of WordPress

blog uses WordPress.

It is good to see code being re-used.

Now that the WP core has the magpie library in it, how long will it be before someone writes a feed-reader plugin to display updates from blogs in a blog’s link-manager?

Monday, November 22, 2004

A list of Pingable URIs

Filed under: — Carthik @ 12:05 pm

Elliot Back’s list of RPC and RPC2 URIs to ping looks really long, with 41 different URIs in it! Pinging all of them should take him a while, I should say. It includes ping-o-matic, and so is redundant, to a certain extent.

I hope ping-o-matic grows to include at least a few of these. I don’t want to wait on my weblog — no thanks, I’d rather have pingomatic do the donkey work.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Welcome, Jimbo

Filed under: — Carthik @ 7:17 pm

Jimmy Wales, aka Jimbo is best known as the co-founder of WikiPedia.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Jimmy’s blog is powered by WordPress.


Monday, October 25, 2004

Welcome, Blogshares Users

Filed under: — Carthik @ 4:31 pm

BlogShares conducted a poll, and as a result of the poll, we now know that a number of those who were polled have expressed an interest to move to WordPress.

The latest raffle at blogshares was a giveaway of 5 free hosting accounts at ReviseMedia, who have a WordPress oriented service. I had seen a ReviseMedia giveaway at AlexKing.org
a few days ago. It is good to see hosts using WordPress as a selling proposition.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Interview with MooKitty

Filed under: — Carthik @ 5:56 pm

NuclearMoose does it again!

This time he interviews MooKitty.

MooKitty, or Kitten is a WordPress hacker, and a vital member of the WP community. While she is not helping out by squashing bugs, she runs GirlTech.net and she has some plans up here sleeve for the future!

Read the interview for more details.

I love it when the Moose interviews someone. It is, as yet, the best way of getting to know the people behind the product.

Of course, there already has been an interview with the interviewer. The Man Behind the Antlers is an old interview with Craig, aka NuclearMoose.

WordLog Mirrored!

Filed under: — Carthik @ 1:44 am

goLdroW : Now that’s what I meant. Cool.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

About Ryan

Filed under: — Carthik @ 4:40 am

Big Moose has interviewed Ryan Boren.

Ryan, or rboren, is probably the most elusive of the WP devs. His blog is a simple grey and brown affair with none of the bells and whistles that a wordpress blog can have. That it has comments disabled shows a little of how reserved he is. You will not find a link to his blog in a default WordPress blog’s index.php page, and it is quite possible that a lot of the users do not realize how prolific he is as a WordPress developer. For as long as I have been involved with WordPress, I have noticed Ryan tackling mundane, repetitive tasks, such as marking all of the source for the i18n and i10n effort – hours of boring, not-so-creative work. Ryan is also the resident rewrite guru, and along with Matt, generates a huge portion of the code commits in the CVS.
Thanks Ryan, for all the work, and for committing all our patches.

Read the interview for more details about what Cycling, Aerobics and WordPress have in common.

If you are wondering where he got the WordPress coffee mug from, you can get yours at the WordPress store. Oops! that was a typo! The store’s over here.


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