7 Reasons to Handle Free Downloads with Your WooCommerce Shopping Cart

Free downloads are a great way to  draw attention and traffic to your site. They also allow potential customers to sample what you have to offer, and hopefully gain an interest in your paid products. Rather than just providing a link for a free download, I much prefer to run those downloads through my WooCommerce shopping cart. There are a number of great reasons for doing this: Continue reading 7 Reasons to Handle Free Downloads with Your WooCommerce Shopping Cart

Global Warming at Walgreens?

It’s not unusual to see all sorts of problems and errors on the Walgreens lighted signs around here. But this one is the best with the temperature at 506 degrees F. I don’t know if it was intentional, but if it was, props to the employee who went with the fun and added the other slides between the temperature screen!

 

E-book Download Icons

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An example of the e-book icon set in use for a book available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobi formats.

I recently set up a web page for downloading an e-book that is available in multiple formats. I had already been using a small document icon to decorate PDF download links, and now I wanted matching icons for the mobi and EPUB format too.

A Google search didn’t turn up what I was looking for so I created my own based on the PDF icon from the Fugue Icons set by Yusuke Kamiyamane. He so kindly released his icons under a Creative Commons attribution license and now I’m doing the same with the extra two icons. Continue reading E-book Download Icons

iOS 5 Safari Now Has Native HTML5 Date and Time Pickers

This falls under the category of sometimes it’s the little mundane things that can get me excited…

I’ve been wanting mobile Safari to have native date pickers ever since I started creating Web apps for iPhone. Every time I dealt with date fields I had to create pickers with javascript that were just not as good as those for real iPhone apps. I had been checking to see if native pickers were included in each iOS release but forgot about checking iOS 5 until now. Continue reading iOS 5 Safari Now Has Native HTML5 Date and Time Pickers

Getting the Bad Behavior Extension to Work with MediaWiki 1.17

Update: This procedure should not be needed with current versions of MediaWiki. Just grab the current version of Bad Behavior and follow the Bad Behavior MediaWiki installation instructions.


I recently updated my robotic lawn mower site running an old version of MediaWiki to the current (as of this writing) version 1.17.0. The wiki had been filled with a bunch of spam users so after cleaning that up I thought I would add in the trusty Bad Behavior extension to keep some of the bad guys away. Long story short: it didn’t work and despite much Googling I couldn’t find a current solution.

So for my own future reference and to help anyone else dealing with this, here is how I made it go. Continue reading Getting the Bad Behavior Extension to Work with MediaWiki 1.17

Finding WordPress Custom Post Types and Taxonomies Already in Use

I’ve recently been evaluating WordPress shopping cart plugins to choose the best one for a project I’m working on. One of things I wanted to know is what database tables, custom post type, and custom taxonomies each plugin adds. The reason is that I favor plugins that don’t add extra tables because it’s easier, faster, and safer to use the well-tested functions already built into WordPress to customize the way I want the site to work. Continue reading Finding WordPress Custom Post Types and Taxonomies Already in Use

Illinois Pineapples

Why do I find so much humor at our local grocery store? I think it’s because they make it too easy!

I stopped by my local Highlander (Kroger) grocery store to pick up a few essential food items (that’s code for ice cream.) They’ve been pushing a locally grown message for a while now with posters and signs around the store. We’re in Northern Illinois and the store has stretched local to mean things like Michigan blueberries and Kentucky cucumbers. It’s within a long day’s drive, I guess. Continue reading Illinois Pineapples

I Don’t Want a Verizon iPhone

Rumors of a Verizon iPhone have been circulating for years. Even though none have materialized, the news ticker on our TV today showed that the mainstream media has picked up the topic…again. This new surge of rumors seems no more likely than previous batches. I suspect they are fueled only by wishful thinking, which I can’t completely relate to.

I may be in the minority, but I don’t want a Verizon iPhone. Continue reading I Don’t Want a Verizon iPhone

Gravatar, AppleScript, and the OS X Address Book Revisited

A while back I did a series of posts (part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4) on using Gravatars in AppleScript to update pictures in your Mac Address Book. Those address pictures then sync to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

I’ve learned a few things since then, plus the Gravatar service has a new option that removes the need for a workaround I had to come up with. So it’s time for an update to my now obsolete posts. Continue reading Gravatar, AppleScript, and the OS X Address Book Revisited