WordPress consolidation: There can be only one

I’ve imported the posts and comments from my retired blogs: Andrew-Biss.com, ISVsurvival.com, PaaSTalk.com, SellToCamera.com and StoryComplete.com. This avoids maintaining multiple WordPress installations.

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Andrew-Biss.com retired: My personal blog

Andrew-Biss.com was my personal blog where I posted on technical and business issues outside current projects for ISVfocus.com. I never posted very often so it’s better to call it a day and retire my personal blog.

Update June 2012 — For ease of maintenance I’ve imported the posts from the retired blog. You can find them in category Andrew-Biss.

StoryComplete.com retired: A blog for ISVs on marketing by storytelling

StoryComplete.com was a blog about helping ISVs sidelined by innovation and new players entering the game to acquire the new strategy and marketing skills they need to get back onto the field, re-enter the game and win.

Writing StoryComplete.com helped me understand my success in diverse roles in the international software industry is due to my ability to help people facing complex business challenges to discover what they need to say, and then finding the best way to say it.

This blog was an opportunity to deepen my WordPress knowledge, in particular on how the different types of object embedding work.

Update June 2012 — For ease of maintenance I’ve imported the posts from the retired blog. You can find them in category StoryComplete.com.

Gmail attachments: Big game hunting

This was becoming an issue as I keep a local backup of my Gmail account using IMAP Backup. And while you can find attachments in Gmail using search modifiers has:attachment and filename:zip, you can’t search or sort on attachment size.

The solution: the IMAPsize freeware Windows IMAP utility found via this blog post from Amit Agarwal. IMAPsize’s speciality is searching your Gmail account for folders (Gmail labels) and messages based on attachment size.

I quickly found and deleted my large attachments using IMAPsize. Backup problem solved. Recommended.

WordPress 3.0: Ahead of the game

One of my hosting accounts limits PHP memory, so for these blogs I need to deactivate all plugins before running the automatic update. My other hosting service has enough PHP RAM to not have to do this, which is nice.

All my blogs have now been running WordPress 3.0 in production for a few days and so far I’ve not met any problems with the core product.

One minor issue has been with the CSS minification in the W3 Total Cache plugin. I’m using the latest development version of W3TC but it has an issue with CSS so I’ve disabled minification until I’ve time to look into this further.

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Developer relations: True lies

Your stories must be true. Developers can spot lies and it’s easier than ever to spread bad news, such as on Facebook. Not to pick on Facebook, but they serve as an example of conflict between a platform vendor and developers.

Facebook is a platform for third-party applications. And not just for games; you’ll find a range of business and marketing applications as well. After all, with Facebook’s massive user base there’s money to be made.

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