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X11 probs with os x 10.5 Leopard

Posted on 30 October 2007 by Demian Turner

In a word, Leopard is amazing and makes the Mac even more fun to use. And probably more productive too, but I guess that comes after you have fun with it. But there is one small issue to do with x11 not working properly. A bit of googling brings up this post:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=5666206

But the relevant info is here, about 10k words down the page 😉

I reinstall X11 form the original leopard image. All the package X11User.pkg (hidden in /Volumes/Mac OS X Install DVD/System/Installation/Packages), X11Documentation.pkg and X11SDK.pkg from /Volumes/Mac OS X Install DVD/Optional Installs/Xcode Tools/Packages.

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Using WordPress

Posted on 01 October 2007 by Demian Turner

Quite an interesting thread on the PHP London mailing list about folks’ experience using WordPress. The final comment seemed to be the most indepth and informative, and confirms previous comments I’ve heard.

We did http://ftalphaville.ft.com using WordPress, and speaking as someone who’s actually had to wade through pretty much the whole codebase, let me tell you it seriously sucks. A few highlights:

1. It tries to detect magic_quotes_gpc, un-quotes the superglobal arrays and then re-quotes them so it’s impossible to get access to the raw querystring or post data

2. I’ve had function chains up to eight calls long with each function in a different file.

3. I still have nightmares about a function called wpautop(). If you ever think about editing it… don’t.

4. I’ve lost count of the number of code blocks that have comments such as “This probably isn’t needed anymore”. Probably!?

And yes, my own blog runs WordPress. It’s just so damned easy to install 🙂

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