20
Mar

Fixed Admin Menus — The Plugin Expanded

   Posted by: BJ Johnson in plugin, WordPress

Short time between initial plugin release and the first update but it had to be done... and quick. Downloads of the first Admin Menus Fixed version were chugging along nicely for a number of days, with no reports of bugs, etc. Then, while researching why Popular Posts was suddenly returning no results by deactivating recently updated plugins, one-by-one, to try to sort out if there were a

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6
Mar

Fixed Admin Menus — The Plugin

   Posted by: BJ Johnson in plugin, WordPress

The Story of the Admin Menus Fixed WordPress Plugin

It all started as a hack. I use a really cool plugin authored by Ozh—his Admin Drop Down Menu. It puts a thin horizontal bar across the top of the Admin screens with drop-down menus, so you can turn off the wide column of standard menus that runs down the left side and

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1
Mar

WordPress 3.1 Admin Menus — Fixed!

   Posted by: BJ Johnson in hacks, WordPress

Admin Menus Fixed — THe HaCk

Not that they were necessarily broken... well, there is room for improvement, but I mean "fixed" in the sense of the word meaning not moving. I have long used a most excellent plugin designed to make WordPress Admin's lives easier by consolidating the backend Admin Menu that normally runs down a column on the left side of the

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19
Feb

Your Own Personal Time Machine

   Posted by: BJ Johnson in philosophy, writing

Keeping with the Time Travel theme, here's a really cool philosophical exercise that I have often posed to colleagues and friends over the years. It tells you a lot about yourself; especially, like any good broth, after you have let it simmer for a while:

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18
Feb

Sometimes, Foresight Is 20/20

   Posted by: BJ Johnson in philosophy, writing

In keeping with the Time Machine thread from the previous post, the philosophical question for you today is:

If you could travel back in time 10 years and sit down with yourself for 5 minutes, what would you say?

I know what I'd say. I would remind myself of a conversation I had 14 years prior with a friend in his Los Angeles living room one afternoon during one of my Shuttle Mission assignments for NASA Headquarters,

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7
Aug

Taming The WordPress Time Machine: WP-Cron

   Posted by: BJ Johnson in hacks, WordPress

While dealing with server slowdowns, I'm getting into a relatively little known function in WordPress: wp-cron and what it is doing behind the scenes. A cron is a subroutine that performs future tasks according to a schedule, so it's necessary to make sure it is running and running well. It's also good to lighten the load on your server to ensure the best experience for your visitors. There are

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25
Jul

Worlds In Collision – A Creativity Mashup

   Posted by: BJ Johnson in jewelry

Pelagia ImaGem

It had to happen sooner or later and I'm now surprised that it hadn't already happened. In an effort to make our imagery and our glass work as accessible to as many fans as we can, Joy has developed a new glass jewelry line called

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