Updated from Sociable 2.0 to Share This 1.4

I’ve just updated my social bookmark plugin from “Sociable 2.0” to “Share This 1.4”, why? well I think it just looks nicer, more compact, just the one icon instead of numerous icons.  See the Share This icon below.

From:

Sociable 2.0 Automatically add links on your posts to popular social bookmarking sites. Go to Options -> Sociable for setup. By Peter Harkins.

To:

Share This 1.4 Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites. Thanks to Thomas McMahon for footwork on the URLs. Questions on configuration, etc.? Make sure to read the README. By Alex King.

I especially like the ability to e-mail a link to a friend, I’ve just tested it for myself, and it seems to work quite nicely. 🙂

Updating WP-lightbox2 from 0.3 to 0.6.2

I’ve just updated WP-lightbox 2 from version 0.3 to version 0.6.2, heres some simple instructions on how to do just that.

  1. Download the updated plugin from the authors webite.
  2. Disable the plugin (see Fig: 2) in the WordPress Plugins control panel.
  3. Delete the directory wp-lightbox2 from the directory /wp-content/plugins/
  4. Unzip the wp-lightbox2.zip file that you downloaded in step 1, and copy the directory to the /wp-contents/plugins/ directory of you WordPress installation. See example below.

Fig: 1
Windows XP FTP Example

All you need to do now, is enable your new wp-lighbox2 plugin in the plugins section of your wordpress manager. It should now say that it is version 0.6.2 like the picture below (Fig: 2):

Fig: 2
wp-lightbox2 version 0.6.2 plugin picture

The Edinburgh Marathon 2007

I’ve ran the Edinburgh Marathon 3 weeks ago on Sunday 27th May, got to say I really enjoyed it in a preverse sort of way. The weather on the day was bloody awfull, windy and rainy the sort of weather that you can only get in Scotland (4 seasons in one day), the route itself I’ve ran partially a few times during my training runs, so I wasn’t expecting a great time. Neverthless I still manged to get a PB (Personal Best) so overall I’m well chuffed. You can check out other peoples times here, mine and young Chris’s are below, I do seem to be catching up to Chris’s times slowly but surely 😉

Position Name and (Number) Times Category
536 William Dickson (1332) 03:28:41 Male
297 Chris Dawson (388) 03:17:47 Male

Below are a couple of photos of me at the end, and a couple of my finishers medal:

Billy Dickson dsc00414.JPG

2007 - Edinburgh Marthon Finishers Medal 2007 - Edinburgh Marthon Finishers Medal

My Bebo account

Yep, I’ve given in and actually created some content on my bebo account, due mostly to boredom to be honest. I’ll probably just leave it at that, but you never know, I may actually try to keep it up to date for a little while anyway. 🙂

Have a look at my bebo badge below:

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Extract an El Torito boot image from an ISO file under linux

Make sure you have the package genisoimage installed on your system. If your running Ubuntu Feisty like myself, you should be able to get if from the universal repository.

[code lang=”bash”]

billy@linux:~/Microsoft/W2K3ENT$ geteltorito win2k3ent.iso > win2k3ent.img
Booting catalog starts at sector: 20
Manufacturer of CD: Arnes Boot Record
Image architecture: x86
Boot media type is: no emulation
El Torito image starts at sector 541 and has 4 sector(s) of 512 Bytes
Image has been written to stdout ….
[/code]

As you can see the image file is now present in the same directory as the original image file.

[code lang=”bash”]
billy@linux:~/Microsoft/W2K3ENT$ ls -l
total 603664
-rw-r–r– 1 billy billy 2048 2007-06-07 11:29 win2k3ent.img
-rw-r–r– 1 billy billy 617533440 2007-06-06 22:33 win2k3ent.iso
-rw-r–r– 1 billy billy 29 2007-06-06 22:33 win2k3ent_serial.txt
billy@linux:~/Microsoft/W2K3ENT$
[/code]

Desktop themes and Ubuntu

Ok I was a bit bored last night and the telly was frankly, rubbish. So I spent a bit of time and jazzed up the desktop on my Ubuntu Linux box. Screenshots below:

My Desktop My Desktop

Here’s what I used to get the desktop looking like this:

  1. Downloaded and installed the GTK 2.x OSX Aqua Theme from GNOME-Look.org.
  2. Downloaded and applied the nuoveXT Icon Theme to the OSX Aquax Theme.
  3. Downloaded the Parq desktop wallpaper and appied it to the background.

Voila, a nice OSX looking Ubuntu Desktop.