Web: Google Reader send to Springpad

Awhile back I decided to start using Springpad for bookmarking and notes. It’s worked out pretty well so far (but it’s a bit slow).

Springpad has various ways of saving stuff; e.g. browser extensions, a bookmark-let, email but I was looking a way to feed stuff from Reader (which I love); i.e. without opening a new window, waiting for the page to load and then finally using either the extension or bookmark-let to save it to Springpad. It’s just so… slow.

So I extracted the URL from their bookmarklet, and I found that it works well w/ a custom Reader’s “Send to” option. There are a bunch of defaults (e.g. Blogger {of course}, Delicious, Instapaper) but none for Springpad. Fortunately, it is possible to manually setup a custom link. 3 fields are required: Name, URL and Icon URL, plus there’s some documentation about field mapping. If all this sounds a bit alien, that’s ok, here’s what you want for each field:

Name: Springpad
URL: https://springpad.com/clip.action?url=${url}&title=${title}
Icon URL: https://springpad.com/favicon.ico


Web: WordPress bug, not!

About a week ago I thought I’d discovered a bug in WordPress. After logging out, I found that the feed continued to show posts marked as private. This turned out to be a hit on a stale browser cache. Meh. But it also goes to show that all the warnings about “clearing browser cache” are truth, after all.

I also thought it was a bit funny how/why feeds reflect private posts even though there is just one feed URL (unlike some other web apps; e.g. Springpad). It turns out that WordPress content (e.g. feeds) is served up based on the permissions of the logged-in user. So there may be three versions of content. One for anonymous users, one for logged in users (w/ access) and one for logged-in users (w/o access).

So there you go, mystery solved. Heh

Show, don’t tell

Recently, I read a blog post. The idea stuck w/ me a bit, so here it is. “Show, don’t tell” is from a English enrichment brochure. So instead of saying that John is smart, show how smart he is: John asks thoughtful and insightful questions, solves problems others take awhile to delve into, and so on and so forth.

It’s a bit inefficient, but I suppose, it gets the work done. The blogger extended it to everyday life (pretty apt). As GRRM’s characters say (quite a fair bit) “words are wind”. So… show, don’t tell.