WordPress 2.5 Release

WordPress 2.5 has been released and is available for download at the WordPress site. Read the release information for the new update.

A short list of things to do before upgrading to WordPress 2.5:
Check for plugin compatability w/ the new version — before you upgrade, identify any plugins your site depends on for functionality. The WordPress Plugin Directory is the central location to look for plugins and compatibility. Currently, even “featured” plugins such as podPress don’t claim to be ready for 2.5.
Determine your aversion to risk — WordPress does a good job patching up security issues, but when a new version comes out the software could have new vulnerabilities that have yet to be discovered. 2.5.1 will inevitably follow within the coming weeks or months as new potential issues become known.
Weigh the benefits — WordPress 2.5 comes with a number of new features and changes including a redesigned admin Dashboard and Dashboard widgets, customizable admin templates/stylesheets, improved tag management, better password security, a new Shortcode API, and more.

Tips
• If you’ve got a decent webhost, install WordPress 2.5 in a test directory or domain (beta.example.com), install any plugins you need, and see if they work. It’s better to break a test site than to break your real site.
• Wait a few weeks — other people will run into problems w/ WordPress 2.5 and blog, comment, and post to forums about the solutions they have. If you wait, you’ll be able to learn from their mistakes and solutions before using valuable time and resources on problems you don’t need to have.

Your Experience
If you have any thoughts or comments regarding your experience w/ WordPress 2.5, feel free to share.

Wireless Audio w/ Airport Express and Airfoil for Windows or Mac

I recently acquired an Apple Airport Express with the intent of wirelessly broadcasting music/audio from my computer (one side of the room) to my home stereo system (other side of the room) using the AirTunes functionality. This has been a good solution for me as it’s designed for iTunes and that’s what I primarily use to play music on my computer.

iTunes Preferences - AirTunesFirst, you need to install the Airport Express. This can be a difficult process depending on your level of experience with wireless networking; if you’re having trouble, visit the Apple Support page for the AirPort. To use the device, begin by running the installation software that comes with the device (or download it from Apple) on your computer. You will also need to connect the Airport Express to your stereo; for this, you can either use a 1/8″ to RCA connector or 1/8″ to Optical/Toslink connector and hook it to your stereo receiver or other audio input.

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SaturdayHouse Lifehack #1 – Using Subversion to Manage Your Home Dir

I’ve been attending SaturdayHouse consistently for the past three months. A brief description of SaturdayHouse:

Seattle Saturday House is a weekly gathering of several people who meet and do … whatever they want! People work on projects, people talk about ideas, people conspire and hatch plans, and people play games with each other.

Last Saturday, people held a session about “hacks that make life simpler.” I took notes, and I’ve cleaned them up here for your viewing. If you’ve got any additional ideas to share or if you were one of the presenters and want to correct something I’ve posted here, please let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me (cal /at/ calvinfreitas dot com).

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