The day after the Apple news comes TUAW asking WordPress: Most Mac-like Blogging Tool?. The comments are interesting too, someone points out another Apple weblog using WordPress that I had never heard about before.
The new Web Standards DOM Scripting Task Force is using WordPress for their site.
Drew from the Dawn & Drew Show wrote in: “hi matt, i just wanted to drop you a line letting you know how much i enjoy using wordpress. i went from blogger to movabletype to wordpress and i’m digging it very much. i’m half of the dawn and drew podcast and wasn’t sure if you know about podcasting or not, but all of adam curry’s podshow affiliates are using wordpress across the network. i’m in the process of redoing adam’s site in wordpress now.”
Apple have updated their student blog to say “Powered by WordPress.” Thanks!
J. Michael thinks WordPress is WordPress-ive. “And their website’s Installing and Upgrading WordPress wikis are the sort of Help pages most every open source app I’ve ever used was lacking. They’re simply a pleasure to use. […] WordPress fills a specific need I’ve had since my very first website back in the mid-late nineties, and I simply can’t believe it’s free.”
The new version of Movable Type sounds very nice, and they’re doing a good job telling its story through a series of entries. I recommend people read what they’re adding and if anything particularly strikes your fancy let us know so we can consider it for WordPress. Inspiration for WordPress has always come from many places, from 37signals or Adaptive Path to other weblogging platforms or content management systems.
Is anyone doing anything to replace or update the Blog Census? It still doesn’t count WordPress blogs, two years later, and that there are only 3 Textpattern blogs. Right now at Ping-O-Matic we have a database of over 5.6 million blogs, if anyone has a smart crawler I could throw at that list it’d be great to get a more realistic view of the State of the Blogosphere.
A few people have written in to point out WordPress is in MacAddict this month as well. Last time I went to Border’s to pick up Linux Journal they didn’t have it so I’ll try again today and pick up both. When it’s all done I’ll try to post pictures.
Since 1.5 has been out for a few months now it occured to me to check how the translation efforts have been going. We had a ton of requests from our localization community that we addressed in the bugfix releases for 1.5 and we use the gettext translation framework, which (I’m told) makes localization a pleasure. Of course the place to go is the Codex, which has a page detailing over 35 language packs as well as about a dozen foreign-language sites from Hebrew to Turkish to Japanese dedicated entirely to that country’s WordPress community. Also my copy of the German WordPress book came in the mail today and judging from the screenshots it looks pretty comprehensive.
WordPress Database Backup plugin, can save to file or email it to you. Can combine with the WP-Cron plugin to run at specified intervals.
“Dear Mr Matthew Mullenweg, Our records show that you haven’t yet registered for the benefits of AARP membership, even though you are fully eligible.” Only $12.50/yr!
Niall scoops Yahoo RSS Search, which I played around with a bit this morning thanks to a ping from him. I got very good results with it. They seemed to spider permalink page HTML, so I would get results from people mentioning me in comments to an entry, but I didn’t get blogroll noise like I do from Technorati. Should be interesting to see where it goes. Should also be interesting to see the spin from Technorati, Feedster, Icerocket, Pubsub, etc in response to one of the giants knocking on their door.
The source code to Google’s new toolbar for Firefox has some entertaining details and reveals their new spell checker web service, which I think is really nice. Who’ll be the first to rewrite the AJAX spell checker for WordPress to use this web service instead of the PHP pspell extension?
Cacti server monitor, to check out later.
“We don’t need the GPL anymore. It’s based on the belief that open source software is weak and needs to be protected. Open source would be succeeding faster if the GPL didn’t make lots of people nervous about adopting it.” — ESR. Some interesting arguments. I don’t agree with it all but it’s a good read nonetheless.