More Hall documents

Yesterday I received from my dad the following copies of transcripts:

Building WordPress assets

Today I was just finally getting around to (maybe) updating my WordPress theme, and couldn’t for the life of me remember what the deal was with the new Node-based build system. So I went looking, only to find this posted on the Core blog today:

In May 2018 we’ve introduced a build step to WordPress core development as preparation to WordPress 5.0. While these changes never ended up in 5.0, the idea was to reorganize the way the JavaScript in WordPress is managed and structured so that it would be easier to include Gutenberg.

Since then, it was no longer possible to run WordPress from the src folder. This gave some issues, especially with developing WordPress core PHP. Today, @atimmer committed a patch which allows developers to build into src again.

So I do still have to build the assets, but it seems that PHP development can once again happen from the normal directory.

Maybe it’s a good thing that I’ve neglected WP development this last year or so?

Checksums for Flickr photos

I’ve been working a bit on PhpFlickr CLI lately, which is my little tool for interacting with Flickr. So far, it only adds checksums to photos (as machine tags), as a precursor to making a duplicate-finder for Flickr. I also want to use the checksums for adding links to and from Wikimedia Commons (so that photos I’ve uploaded there are linked to their versions on Flickr, and on Flickr they’re linked to Commons).

Another non-hacking hack

Hacking has nothing to do with it. One of the definitions of hacking is to “gain unauthorized access to data in a system or computer”. What actually happened is someone, somewhere, edited the article, which everyone is able and authorized to do. Editing is a feature, and its the main action that happens on Wikipedia.

Hacking vs Editing, Wikipedia & Declan Donnelly by addshore, 2018-11-22

Flickr to reduce their free plan to 1000 photos

I’m pleased to see Flickr is going do away with their massive free storage:

Beginning January 8, 2019, Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. If you need unlimited storage, you’ll need to upgrade to Flickr Pro.

This is annoying for people who rely on it, but if a service is good then it’s worth paying for.

That said, and even though I do have a paid Flickr account, I think I’m going to stick to using my own Piwigo installation from now on.

One of the things people like most about social media I think is the feedback that one gets when people like a post. That doesn’t happen on one’s own blog (or at least, very much less often), and actually I find it massively relaxing. I’m probably talking into a silent void here, and no one’s listening, but at least I’m not worried that people don’t like what I’m writing.