Resetting the Personal Management Unit (Ha Ha!)

Oi. Another sleepless night. Not for any bad reason, really, so no worries. It’s just that I’ve been consistently staying up ’til way past bedtime. I blame the strike because I’ve been cooped up in this neighborhood for way too long (and because I can). As a result, I’ve been unable to stop myself from pulling those crazy all-nighter coding/studying/working sessions that I’m infamous for.

They’re really not healthy, and I know I should stop, but i just can’t. I even made it a personal rule a while back, and I’ve been good about it and every other rule ’til these past few days. Maybe it’s the fact that Sara’s away. I hate to sound corny (sometimes) but I really have nothing to look forward to at night anymore. Sleep isn’t really something I want to do when it means thirty minutes of feeling lonely each night. And I miss cuddling.

So I’ve been coding and studying and working late at night to make myself stay awake. It didn’t really matter since I couldn’t go anywhere anyway. I was planning to get several gifts, but the strike meant I couldn’t get to them. Enter the Internet (and my generous brother), stage left, which saved the day as far as gifts are concerned.

But there’s still one more gift I need to buy, and since it won’t ship on time, I now have a reason to get out of the house tomorrow. Of course, seeing as how it’s 5:40 in the morning right now, if I go to sleep then I’m going to wake up at 3 PM again, and that just won’t do. So I’m staying up this night in the hopes of resetting my sleep patterns yet again. Maybe I’ll even get more studying done. (I hope I’ll remember what I read.)

Oh, and all the late-night coding has led to some improvements around this site, such as several new WordPress plugins. The most notable of these is the Subscribe To Comments Plugin, which will send you an email alert whenever a comment that you’re subscribed to is replied to. In other words, when you leave a comment, check the “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail” option to be notified of followup comments to your comments via email (uh, duh).

Um, what else? Ah, yes, Maymay Media‘s contact page and several other sections got a minor upgrade too. The contact page was the biggest deal, because it was well past due for me to include additional information from the sender in the messages I get from it.

What surprised me, though, was that I spent more time deciding which options to add than I did coding them. This goes to show me how much I’ve learned since I first created the site. No longer do I question if I can do something, but rather how long it might take me.

I’m also studying quite a bit from the AppleCare Technician Training course, preparing for the ACDT exams and my upcoming Apple interview (the latter of which I’ll say very little about here). I’m learning more than I can remember in one go, but it still feels good. I learn best through hands-on experiences, not through reading coursebooks, so I’m going to make a very serious effort at getting my hands on some sick Macs to fix as soon as I can. This will probably take the form of launching the Mayday Tech Support web site ASAP.

Ah, and I almost forgot: I’ve been starting to take a close look at Microsoft’s .NET Framework and, more specifically, ASP.NET. There’s money there, and it would be extremely beneficial to know how to swim in the Microsoft waters. So a recent opportunity has afforded me the chance to get Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, and I’m using it as a learning tool for the time being.

I think that’s it. Now it’s time for breakfast.

7 replies on “Resetting the Personal Management Unit (Ha Ha!)”

  1. :) That is rather a nifty thing, isn’t it? And isn’t nice to be be notified someone, say for instance, me, posts a response to your comment such as, oh, this one right here. ;) You did subscribe to notifications on this thread, right?

  2. Why, yes I did!

    I have thought for a few months, now, that RSS should somehow incorporate updates to comments. It breaks the syndication model when you are forced to return to the original web page just to check on updates to comments.

    As for WordPress… isn’t it fun! I’ve been hacking away for a few months and loving what I can do with it. I’ve designed a few web sites with it that do not even act like a blog. Do you know about this site:
    http://www.alexking.org/software/wordpress/theme_browser.php

    I pick themes that have the overall feel that I want, then change the picture, remove features in the sidebar, or anything else that suits my fancy. So although I love the subscription model, I keep coming back to your site to see what changes you have made.

    Lastly, have you figured out how to include AdSense in your RSS feed?

  3. I have thought for a few months, now, that RSS should somehow incorporate updates to comments. It breaks the syndication model when you are forced to return to the original web page just to check on updates to comments.

    :) If I understand your question correctly, then I must ask if you are aware that WordPress includes several forms of comment RSS feeds, including all latest comments, or comments only on a specific entry. I sometimes grab a specific entry’s comment RSS feed if, for example, I’ve posted a comment and want to see followups (and there’s no subscribe-to-comments feature available).

    As for WordPress… isn’t it fun! I’ve been hacking away for a few months and loving what I can do with it. I’ve designed a few web sites with it that do not even act like a blog.

    Have you heard about all the new stuff in WordPress 2.0? I’m excited! Among other things, they have a built-in WYSIWYG editor for post creation. That’s going to score major brownie points with the non-geeks.

    Lastly, have you figured out how to include AdSense in your RSS feed?

    Honestly, I never tried. It doesn’t sound like it would be too difficult, though. I’d imagine all that needs to be done is to edit the RSS template. If it’s not just a cut-and-paste operation, then I’m sure you can ask that question on Google Groups somewhere and get a pretty good answer. Let me know if you do, by the way, because I’d be very interested in trying it (eventually).

  4. I was thinking that the RSS protocol itself should include the ability to automatically receive comments in the feed. That way you would not be dependent on the blogging software to include that feature. That’s great that WP includes it, but most blogs I subscribe to do not seem to have it.

    Mmmmm…. WordPress 2.0….

    I did a little more research and found that the AdSense for Feeds is a beta program and currently full. I don’t think I’ll mess with the code, I could just see Google cancelling my AdSense subscription if I do. But once they have it available for the rest of us, it looks like you simple select it as one of the Ad Unit options. Pretty simple.

  5. I was thinking that the RSS protocol itself should include the ability to automatically receive comments in the feed.

    Ah, I understand now. This can actually be done. What you need is a news reader with a threaded news item view, like Apple Mail’s or Mozilla Thunderbird’s threaded email view, and a single feed which includes both entries and comments. (You can make one using FeedBurner’s feed slicing ability.)

    At least, you could do that in theory. ^_^;;

    I did a little more research and found that the AdSense for Feeds is a beta program and currently full.

    Heh, that was exactly what I find out, ironically, through an AdSense ad placed on my news feeds page!

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