Monthly Archives: August 2008

Restricting access to a WordPress post or page

A recent post on WordPress support forums asked if it were possible to restrict access to a WordPress post or page. I replied saying yes and suggested that the problem could be solved with a plugin. Well, it turned out … Continue reading

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Freakonomics wonders about American sports

Justin Wolfers writes: the real puzzle from the 2008 Olympics is why the United States is so terrible at transforming raw talent — the millions of Americans born every year — into world champion material. Moreover, the puzzle deepens once … Continue reading

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Firefox 3: a giant leap backward?

A few days ago, I upgraded to Firefox 3 and almost immediately regretted it. I don’t know what kind of usability testing folks at Mozilla do, but assuming they did some, I must be in the minority of Web users. … Continue reading

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Including vs. direct access

Note to self: you can tell whether a PHP script is being called from another script using include() or is being accessed directly using this simple function: function is_included () { if (strpos(‘[Root]’ . __FILE__, $_SERVER[‘PHP_SELF’]) > 4) { return … Continue reading

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Murat Iyigun ponders trends in war and conflict

Murat Iyigun writes: The graph below shows a 10-year moving average of the number of wars and domestic conflict in continental Europe for the half millennium between 1450 and 1950. It depicts various intriguing facts, some of which have been … Continue reading

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Why the 3,000-mile salad may be here to stay

Lately, I seem to be reading a lot about the inevitable demise of the “3,000-mile salad”. The logic goes like this. Because of rising fuel prices, it will no longer be economical to truck California produce to the East Coast, … Continue reading

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Alternative engines?

A question from Askville: Are real viable alternatives to the combustion engine being paid off/covered up by the oil industry for obvious reasons? No. And please define “viable”… There are Wankel engines, but so far, only Mazda figured out how … Continue reading

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Linking to an existing forum from WordPress

A question from WordPress support forums: i built a forum, located here: www.mysite.com/forum, i want to display the forum button along side with home and about pages buttons, and have it linked to the above url, how do i do … Continue reading

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ROR: is the jury finally in?

A while ago, Joel Spolsky called Ruby on Rails a platform “where The Jury Is Not In, So Why Take The Risk When Your Job Is On The Line?” Since then, it seems that the jury’s in and the verdict … Continue reading

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