ScribeFire, Zemanta, and a hidden tracking image

Yesterday’s post was created using a is a great add-on for Firefox, ScribeFire, which:

is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog.

However, in making a minor edit to the post, I noticed some code at the bottom:

<div class="zemanta-pixie"><img src="http://img.zemanta.com/pixy.gif?x-id=[long tracking number here]" class="zemanta-pixie-img" /></div>

Where had that come from!? At no point had I consciously selected an option to add it there!

So a quick search later, I’d learnt that Zemanta is a service built into ScribeFire, providing additional related content to “enrich your blog posts”.

A comment on Brent’s blog explained how to deselect this “option” in the ScribeFire settings, under the ‘Publishing’ tab, look for ‘Automatically insert invisible tracking pixel for statistics gathering’.

Bad boys, ScribeFire and Zemanta, for not being open about things, and  enabling this option by default. At least provide a link to an explanation as to what “statistics” are being gathered, and for what means!

So, did anyone notice the redesign!?

Considering the lack of love I’ve been showing to my own blog, I can’t really expect otherwise!

I’d been meaning to do quite a bit of house-keeping for some time. I actually also had a blog over at malapata.com, which I have now imported and redirected here. WordPress made that easy enough. Does anyone have any recommendations on setting up link redirects to specific posts? Do I ned to bother?

Getting a more personal theme was also something I wanted to do, and so having looked into the fantastic K2 theme, thought I’d have a go at reusing my old malapata.com design and applying it here. K2 made it pretty easy to do, and now I guess I’ll just be tyweaking as and when I can!

Oh, and I guess it’d be a mistake to commit to getting back into the blogging habit!? Hang on, not sure I ever did!

WordPress upgraded to 2.6

Last night I managed to find the 5 minutes I needed to upgrade four WordPress blogs to the newly released version 2.6.

Possible thanks to the excellent “one-click” install setup provided by Dreamhost.

Very quick and entirely painless, just how upgrades should be!

So unfortunately I can’t go into details on how I upgraded, there really is nothing more to tell!

For anyone who hasn’t already seen the video demo’ing the new version, here it is.

Now to learn about all the new features!

Just for posterity

I just updated my about page, and cut this section out, as it didn’t feel relevant anymore, though I thought it’d be nice to keep as a reminder of why this all started!

Objectives

The main aim of this blog – apart from finally registering my domain name – is to give me some focus in my thoughts and opinions on what I see, hear and read relating to the IT industry generally, and my areas of special interest in particular. I enjoy writing, but am largely out of practice and it is something I would like to improve.

I don’t pretend to gain much of a voice, particularly as part of the vocal Lotus blogging community, where I have been a long-time lurker. I have gained much from the incredible depth and breadth of experience to be found out there, and while it would be nice to be able to give something back one day, I’m making no promises!

Going through a rough patch

It happens to all of us from time to time. Relationships suffer their ups and downs, their moments of frustration and happiness.

Well here at casa Scullion, we’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch. I seem to be in a bit of a rut, and that is having knock-on effects and taking its toll. I have also been very busy lately and haven’t been able to dedicate enough time, and to be honest, haven’t felt much of a need to either.

This cannot continue, its a road to separation. We must work this out somehow!

Hey, wait a minute, I think you’re getting the wrong end of the stick!! Things on the wife front are fine and dandy, thanks!! No, the strained relationship is that with my blog!

You see, I have been rather absent here for a while now, and my blog hasn’t had much love. Time to change that, and mix up those boring link and tweet posts with some other equally boring content! 😉

WordPress upgraded

I got around last night to upgrading WordPress last night to version 2.3.

I survived a mild scare when Vitor Pereira contacted me to say the blog was giving errors! It turned out the tagging plugin I had installed wasn’t compatible with the new version. As I hadn’t bothered reading the upgrade instructions, plugins weren’t disabled! Deleting the plugin got things back on track, and things appear to be working smoothly. I do need to reapply the CSS changes I had made.

Tags are now managed natively with WordPress 2.3 and includes some nice functionality to migrate from other tagging solutions. This worked nicely without any issues, and I have included a tagcloud in the sidebar. This has caused me a housekeeping task to sort out all those currently tagged “uncategorised”! I’ll get there!

I have also added the ShareThis plugin. Not sure whether I like it or not yet, I’ll leave it for a while and see whether it adds any value to the blog.

As always, comments are welcome, let me know if you spot any glitches!

Many thanks to Vitor for his help when I messed up!

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Moved feeds to Feedburner

Finally got around to signing up to Feedburner, and moving my feeds, it was something I had been meaning to do for a while.

In the end it was a painful process, with a plugin doing the magic on the WordPress end.

So, to my faithful reader, please feel free to re-syndicate my content again via the new feed!

Here are the links:

Many thanks, and apologies for the inconvenience!

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