Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 21, 2013

Flickr revamp offers up to one terabyte of free storage

Ms Mayer told a New York press conference that the effort was intended to make the service “awesome again” – a reference to Sean Bonner, a tech writer who used the same phrase last year in a blog that pleaded with the chief executive to save the service.

The Somali pirates jailed in paradise

There are more than 1,000 convicted Somali pirates in prisons around the world. Some of them end up in a UN-funded jail on the tiny island nation of Seychelles.

Alan Cole, who works on the UN’s Counter Piracy Programme, tells me that most Somalis are happy to be sent home to escape the prison diet of rice and tuna.

But he cites the story of one Somali who opted to stay on – to finish studying for a certificate in English.

Most Popular Tags 3.1.0, now with shortcode support

Version 3.1.0 of the Most Popular Tags plugin has been uploaded to the WordPress plugin directory. This release adds an often-requested feature: the ability to embed a tag cloud in a post or page.

To embed a tag cloud, simply use the shortcode [tagcloud]. You can customise the appearance of the cloud using the following parameters:

smallest
largest
unit
number
format
separator
orderby
order
exclude
include
link
taxonomy

All of the aforementioned parameters are optional — omit one and it is assigned a default value. For a list of accepted values for each parameters, please refer to the WordPress documentation on wp_tag_cloud(). If you run into any issues, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Examples

Cloud with the top 20 tags

[tagcloud number="20"]

Cloud with the top 20 tags, sorted by count and ordered randomly

[tagcloud number="20" orderby="count" order="RAND"]

Cloud with the top 20 tags, sorted by count, ordered randomly and separated with the “/” character

[tagcloud number="20" orderby="count" order="RAND" separator=" / "]

Here’s a live demo of the last example shortcode (please note that its appearance may vary depending on your stylesheets):

[tagcloud number=”20″ orderby=”count” order=”RAND” separator=” / “]

Adding support in the Most Popular Tags plugin for embedding tag clouds in posts and pages. It’s a feature that has been requested numerous times.

Apple "among largest tax avoiders in US"

Apple sought the Holy Grail of tax avoidance. It has created offshore entities holding tens of billions of dollars, while claiming to be tax resident nowhere.

Nothing illegal, as far as I can tell.

May 20, 2013

Pixel Press Kickstarter

Pixel Press is an iOS & Android app that lets you draw your own video game (no code required!) and share it with others.

Print the PDF, draw a level, take a photo of it with your iOS or Android device and—presumably with the help of some OCR—the level can be tested, played and shared with others.

I love this kind of stuff, marrying software with tangible objects.