Thursday, June 14, 2007

Microsoft Wireless Mouse 8000

Stunning Creation
Before I start to associate every other great mouse with brands like Razer and Logitech, it would be prudent to hand some major credit over to Microsoft for its latest addition to its line of mice. It's hard to pass off the 8000's fine aluminum finish, ice-cool touch and ultra-tactile button presses and it looks very much like an IntelliMouse Explorer 3 with the rough edges rubbed off.
Filling out the core of the beige-lined and chrome buttons, the 2.4Ghz Bluetooth wireless mouse boasts a tracking speed of 6000 fps and a resolution of 1000 dpi, which translates into smooth, uninterrupted feedback and control that's only matched by other top-of-the-line mice like the Logitech G7 and Razer solutions, its hand grip also matches its build, and is comfortable to use for hours end.
Like the G7, the 8000 also has a battery-life indicator that accurately tells you how much juice is left. Its tilt wheel features a 4-way scroll control, which rolls nicely though maybe a tad rough when compared to the Logitech MX Revolution.
It's ambidextrous, however, so I'll give it a plus there, and if I were to really get cocky I'd even say that it might even have a slight advantage over the Revolution, although its function don't show the same flair.
It's hard to spot anything wrong with this work-of-art, but we have to point out that premium quality comes at a premium price, and if you're willing to fork out a hefty price, $459 will get you the whole Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 with a matching keyboard. I'm not reviewing the keyboard, but I'm confident to say that I trust the quality, although I'm not going to recommend it.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Calling out for Flickr API fans

If you think you enjoy playing around with API of different online
services, have you tried out Flickr's API?

I'm looking for a particular Flickr hack, to display slideshow on a website.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

WP List Pages - Seigey

This is a wordpress plugin, it's purpose is to create pages navigation using the wp_list_pages() function that includes dynamic menu highlighting of all parent pages. By simply adding "current_parent" into the css of all parent pages, it is hence possible to highlight the parent of the current page. While on current pages, a css tag of "current_page_item" will be added.
Click here for a simple example.

To install this plugin:

  1. Download this plugin.
  2. Upload this plugin to "wp-content/plugins" folder.
  3. Go to "Plugin Management" and activate it.

To uninstall this plugin:
  1. Go to "Plugin Management" and deactivate it.

Compatible with Wordpress 2.0 and above.

To run the plugin, insert the following code into "sidebar.php" or "header.php":
<?php if ( function_exists(wp_list_pages_seigey) ) wp_list_pages_seigey('sort_column=menu_order' ); ?>

Please note that all queries are the same as those in wp_list_pages(). For example: sort_column, exclude, depth, title_li,

Monday, November 13, 2006

Listing Page Management by menu order (Wordpress)

What does it do?

Changing the ID column into Page Order (menu_order) column in Page Management. Note: this is not a wordpress plugin although there are plans to make it so.

Why is this made?

The Wordpress Page Management list each page along with its ID, Title, Owner, Updated details and editing buttons. However more often that not I find there's a need to see the Page Order when sorting pages out and I feel that instead of listing the Page ID, the Page Order will be more useful.

How to change it?

There are three parts to change in two different pages:

  1. wp-admin/edit-pages.php

    Find this on line 34:
    <th scope="col"><?php _e('ID') ?></th>
    Replace with this:
    <th scope="col"><!-- 061114 Seige --><?php _e('Order') ?></th>

    Find this on line 47:
    <th scope="col"><?php echo $post->ID; ?></th>
    Replace with this:
    <th scope="col"><!-- 061114 Seige --><?php echo $post->menu_order; ?></th>
  2. wp-admin/admin-functions.php

    Find this on line 638:
    <th scope="col"><?php echo $post->ID; ></th>
    Replace with this:
    <th scope="col"><!-- 061114 Seige --><?php
    if ($post->post_status == 'static') {
    echo $post->menu_order;
    } else {
    echo $post->ID;
    ?><!-- 061114 Seige --></th>

And now you can easily make changes to page order whenever you want to add new pages.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Don't hide the truth, Blogdrive

I don't think that moving forum topics to the Romper Room is doing the members any justice. Although they are a little hot on fire but they are still serious topics talking about real issues that concerns the welfare of Blogdrive members. They don't deserve to be in the Romper Room because they are not ill-mannered or arguing for the sake of arguing.

Moving these topics away from the main branch (in this case Helpee's on Fire) is like China's media control policy. I think forum moderators should re-evaluate what they move away from the main branch. It feels like censorship to me.

Please reconsider this and move them back to where they really belong.