Recommendations has yet again changed the default editor, upsetting many users.

The new editor

The new editor.

I use my redirect script to get back to the classic core editor (the best editor) instead of using the new one, but I figured I might as well make the new one more useful for anyone who wants to use it.

See the hack →’s new editor was updated on November 16 and it broke redirecting for private and Jetpack-enabled blogs. Specifically, the fallback link to the old editor was removed, so the script could not scrape it and redirect to it.

Those of you who are using the script already and have automatic updates enabled (it’s probably enabled by default) should get an update to v1.4.0 soon. Otherwise, head over to Greasy Fork and install the script manually.

As a result of the update, redirection for Jetpack-enabled blogs whose site root and installation root differ fails again. Until someone figures out how to hijack the API proxy that the editor uses, this will stay broken.

Please report any issues you come across and I will try to fix them as soon as possible.

Technical details →

Dactylonomy: “the use of one’s fingers to express numbers.” (Wiktionary). We have all encountered finger-counting at some point; most of us have even been able to count to 10 since we were very young. Counting to 10 on one’s fingers is likely even the origin of the base 10 system. However, only being able to count to 10 is not very useful when you want to express numbers greater than 10, of which there are infinitely many. Has it ever occurred to you that you’re not limited to counting to 10?

A hand counting to 5

How Americans count to 5 on one hand. Europeans start with the thumb and move towards the little finger instead.

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The Beast stumbled in the dark for it could no longer see the path. It started to fracture and weaken, trying to reshape itself into the form of metal.
Even the witches would no longer lay eyes upon it, for it had become hideous and twisted.

The soul of the Beast seemed lost forever.

Then, by the full moon‘s light, a child was born; a child with the unbridled soul of the Beast that would make all others pale in comparison.

from the Chronicles of the Pale Moon, 24:2


Mozilla has made too many mistakes. It all started with putting tabs on top and getting rid of the status bar in Firefox 4. It wasn’t much of a big deal back then because the functionality could be brought back with an option and a recommended add-on, respectively. Things all changed when Mozilla announced that a new look, called Australis, had landed in Firefox Nightly.

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A sample Pidgin conversation window.

Instant messaging (Pidgin)

It’s quite likely that if you have some sort of social account that you’ve instant messaged with before. I’d describe it as online chatting, like email with the immediacy of “txting“.

Y!Messenger logo


I started instant messaging when Yahoo! first integrated Y!Messenger into its so-called All-new Yahoo! Mail in 2007 (I really miss that version). It was really useful as I didn’t have to wait for people to email a reply and to make sure I refreshed my inbox so that I got it. It also wouldn’t clutter my inbox with multiple emails of the same conversation. A sound played whenever the other party sent a message, ensuring that I wouldn’t miss it.

Of course, everyone else seemed to have the Microsoft counterpart, MSN/Windows Live. That wasn’t much of a problem as Y!Messenger was able to communicate with Windows Live contacts, so long as both parties had the other added to their online lists. It worked fairly well, although features were limited.

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My friend just gave me a 2011 Unicomp Ultra Classic Black Buckling Spring USB keyboard!

A head-on view of a Unicomp Ultra Classic Black Buckling Spring USB keyboard

A Unicomp Ultra Classic Black Buckling Spring USB keyboard

Some people ask what the big deal is about mechanical keyboards and why I’m so excited. Perhaps it’s just a geek thing, but here is an excerpt from Unicomp’s keyboard page:

Your fingers will feel the difference with a buckling spring keyboard. Your typing accuracy will improve. The buckling spring key switch is design to record your keystroke at the precise instant that you feel the tactile change.

Standard rubberdome keyboards record the keystroke well after the tactile change is felt by your fingers. If you miss characters as you type and you know you pressed the key, that’s why. If you’ve tried to enter a shifted character but it came out lower case, that’s why. In fact most rubberdome keyboards require you to press the key all the way to the bottom. To compensate, many rubberdome users end up pounding the keys as they type. Ouch!

With the instantaneous nature of the buckling spring, your fingers can stop before the key hits bottom. Yes, the force required to press a buckling spring is a little higher than a rubberdome, but the low force over-travel period designed into the buckling spring allows your fingers to comfortably decelerate before hitting the key bottom. Ahhh!

Part of it is also just the thrill of having a mechanical keyboard and hearing that “click” every time you press a key.

Oh, am I ever going to have lots of fun with this thing!

Everyone has been asked to provide an email address at least once, whether it’s for using that coupon you used at a restaurant, to comment on a blog, or for signing up for an account on a website[1]. Of course, for various reasons, you don’t want to give away your primary address. How do you solve it? What you’re looking for is a disposable email address.

“Disposable Email Address systems cut waaaaaaaaay down on email spam”

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