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Go version-control yourself.

So, Everybody can jump like this I was going to give a rant about the painful upgrade to WordPress 2.6, but I’ll leave it at that. Wait. Version control has been added to WordPress, which means that you can finally revert to your previous 42-word entry on your mission-critical blog. I can’t wait for blog software that supports branching and merging. Oh: and looking through the WordPress tables, it looks like complete copies of entries are stored in the wp_post table. Hello there, meet bloated tables 1.

On the good side, I’ve been out a lot shooting (apparent) random photos of city life. I found out that my favourite photos aren’t necessarily the ones that I have published online: the very best ones I shot, are actually portrait photos of people. For example, I truly despise making photos of high-action events: There’s always people walking in front, or, during the composition, you find out that the best part of the whole event just went by in a fraction of a metric microsecondFrog and that you just missed out on the World Press Photo of the Year Finals. This is of course different than making portraits, where you can juggle around and play around with the depth of field and lighting. Particularly, lighting.

The drawback of portraits is that you can’t publish them without particular consent from the photographed subjects. There’s privacy and there’s privacy. That is, unless the subject is an animal that can’t talk back. Consider yourself lucky, then.


Update: 1. The upgrade was terribly slow, which I think is because the update script probably had to add new columns to tables.

2. WordPress now adds captions to thumbnails, which completely destroys the existing CSS-stylesheet

3. More details on the excess waste after the fold.

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Are you using?

It seems like ‘Are you using FF3?’ has become the most important Internet question today. The general response falls in between ‘IE7 rocks/FF SUXORS’ and ‘I’ve been using Firefox since beta′. If you know what I mean. Yes, I’m using one of the betas too, but now, lets return to the regular schedule for today.

I finally discovered what this programmer does nowadays, that is, after he left AOL. Why, he’s been working on REAPER, which is a DAW that literally kicks Sony’s Acid Pro out of the water. The evaluation version is fully working: a non-commercial license is 50 USD.

People who do photography know that the software that helps you develop those raw digital images into more pleasurable photos is quite expensive. On the Windows platform, I’ve resorted to UFRaw and The GIMP. UFRaw does an excellent job if you’re looking for an open-source photo development work-flow program: it comes with the usual glitches like options that are there but you can’t find at the first glance (like rotation and cropping). Obviously, since UFRaw is (both) a GIMP plugin and a stand-alone application, you can send images directly to GIMP.