Goals, Week 2

Since I managed to complete the four goals I set out to do last week, I’m creating the list again for this week.

  1. Complete custom post type support in Breadcrumb NavXT. The testbed and cases are ready, the initial code it there. I just need to finish it up. This may be a two week goal due to the amount of work required. (done)
  2. Create a screencast that demonstrates the work flow of WP Lynx. Last week this didn’t make the list, but was something I wanted to get done. (Can’t seem to get audio to work correctly.)
  3. Clean up the code to Quick Key NavXT and submit it to the WordPress.org plugins database. This was something I wrote a long time ago and never released. It was inspired by an idea from Charles Stricklin when he was still doing the WordPress community podcast.(Cleaned up, available here)
  4. Run at least 3 times this week. Last week I did it, time to repeat. (done)

-John Havlik

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This Week’s Goals

Since this year has been very bad for me keeping promises, and achieving short term goals, I’m going to lay out what I need to get done this week. I’ve always found having a task list has made it easier for me to complete tasks and accomplish goals.

  1. Submit WP Lynx to the WP.org plugins repository. Well the cat’s out of the bag now. I have hinted at it a few times before, and it has been tested under great scrutiny by JD. By tomorrow evening there will be more information on this. (done)
  2. Fix some visual bugs in Berry 2. In many circumstances there are visual bugs in Berry 2. There are a few issues in the Android browser, and some in Firefox for Linux that I’m going to concentrate on fixing. Additionally, I found that the gallery image spacing is not quite what I want. (done)
  3. Work on Breadcrumb NavXT’s custom post type support. I’ve already begun diving into this. By the end of this week the SVN trunk will be volatile again. At the moment I need to write code that uses the new custom post type API so that I can write and test code for Breadcrumb NavXT (previously I used WP trainer for this, and maybe it will show up someday). (started)
  4. Run at least 3 times this week. Last summer I really slacked off when it came to running. After graduation, I’ve managed to run on average twice a week. I’d like to get this up to a minimum of 3 times a week, ideally 6 times a week. (done)

-John Havlik

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(Web) Standards: Apple is Doing it Wrong

Standards are not about vendor lock in (or in the case of Apple, vendor lock out), they are about interoperability. Apple’s recent HTML5 showcase, more appropriately named Safari Showcase, reveals Apple does not understand standards. Locking out browsers, as Apple does in their showcase, is not a best practice or in any W3C specification. Apple’s quest against Adobe and flash is not noble—don’t get me wrong, I hate flash. They are not embracing standards, they are embracing something they can control.

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Quick Tip: Windows 7 Doesn’t Like Looking into the Future

Over the last week or so, my Windows 7 desktop has intermittently had problems connecting to atomtux. While accessing atomtux via Firefox worked, the Windows file sharing component refused to connect. Occasionally, performing a system restore would fix the issue. However, sometimes it did not help. After a little searching, it looks like the problem was that atomtux’s clock was ahead of my desktop’s (by about 10 minutes). After getting my desktop’s clock back on track (it was falling behind as atomtux synchronizes daily) it once again could access network shares from atomtux.

The moral of the story, if Windows won’t connect to a network share, check your clocks.

-John Havlik

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After Graduation Dinner at OM Minneapolis

Last night, after attending the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology graduation ceremony–which took place before finals begin, by the way–we headed to OM, a restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. OM serves Indian cuisine in a really unique atmosphere. Even though you are in a restaurant, it feels as if your table is the only one in the room. The food is even better. Below are a few pictures that I took with my Motorola Droid (its color balance is not very good when using the flash).

OM Minneapolis - Menu

OM Minneapolis – Menu http://www.omminneapolis.com/menu.htmlBegin your journey here. From the ancient streets of Mumbai to the elegant palaces of Kashmir, these dishes are a sampling of the many regional flavors of India.

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