Windows XP SP2 Days Are Numbered

The sooner Microsoft gets everyone to run Windows 7, the better. Windows XP SP2 will retire soon. July 13, 2010 to be exact. You can still use Windows XP SP2 as long as you want, but you won’t get any support or updates. That’s fine with a lot of people, but if you want support, you can always update to Windows XP SP3 which will be supported until April 2014.

Short URLs Lead To Dead Ends

What happens when you click on a failed short URL? You can’t go anywhere. You are stuck on an island. You can’t browse the main index page since the domain you are given is the domain of the URL shortener service. One way of finding the true URL is to check if the URL short service has a lookup function.

If it doesn’t, you’re pretty much dead on the water. That’s dilemma for short URLs. It works great when it does, but if it doesn’t, it’s useless. One more thing, clicking on a shortened URL sometimes requires a leap of faith since you don’t know what page you’ll be landing. This is especially troublesome for pages that contain malware and viruses.

If you are giving out short URLs, it always good practice to check if the short URL works. If you don’t trust other services, you can always start your own.

Domain Mapping in WordPress 3.0

I’ve been waiting for this plugin or feature to surface to self-hosted WordPress sites. It’s a feature that has been available to WordPress.com users as long as I can remember. With this plugin, you will be able to add a network of blogs with different domains.

For example. Your primary domain is ‘example.com.’ You can create several blogs in a multi-site install of WordPress 3.0 using a different domains like ‘sample.com’ or ‘widgets.com.’

Download the plugin.

WordPress 3.0 Upgrade Complete

I was able to perform a WordPress 3.0 upgrade yesterday. It went without a hitch. Making a single blog into a multi-site blog was a bit more involved. It wasn’t entirely a smooth transition because WordPress somehow detected that I already had a network running, which was simply not true. I ended up cutting and pasting several pieces of code to configure wp-config.php and .htaccess. In the end, the upgrade was a success.

Just a couple of minor things that I want to mention. The current version of of the Google Sitemaps plugin no longer works with WordPress 3.0. I’m not sure why. I also ended up removing the ‘blog’ slug from the permalink, so that it didn’t break my old permalinks. I also had to reconfigure the plugin called ‘Download Manager’ because it didn’t work after the upgrade.

This is probably the most involved WordPress upgrade I have done. It’s was involved because there were a large amount of features and enhancements in this version as well as merging WordPress and WordPress Mu. Congratulations to the WordPress Development team for making this release a huge success.

Cala Boca Galvao is Trending at Twitter

‘Cala Boca Galvao’ is a Portuguese phrase that has been on Twitter’s Top Ten Trending Topics the last three days. Why is it so popular? What’s the meaning of it? Some say it’s the latest videoclip of Lady Gaga. Others say it’s a campaign to save a rare bird species in Brazil. To many Brazilians who use Twitter, it became a joke, a play of words so to speak.

Galvao Bueno is a well known sports commentator in Brazil. The joke started at the opening ceremony of the World Cup when Galvao Bueno would not stop talking during the live transmission. Brazilians started tweeting ‘Cala Boca, Galvao’ which means ‘shut your mouth, Galvao.’

In reality ‘Cala Boca Galvao’ is really about this…

So, every time you tweet ‘Cala Boca Galvao’, 10 cents is donated to the Galvao Foundation to save the Galvao birds. Help spread the word around.

It’s not known at the moment if the ‘Cala Boca Galvao’ birds are causing Twitter’s Fail Whale to come out this morning as well as the last several days.