Apache mod_rewrite is incredibly powerful but it’s also a PITA if you’re trying to do something advanced. Luckily, you can log mod_rewrite’s activities and better understand why your rules aren’t working.
Just add RewriteLogLevel and RewriteLog to your Apache VirtualHost config:
This morning a friend forwarded me this email from Mockingbird.
Dear Mockingbird customers,
Mockingbird’s taking flight
We’re excited to announce that Mockingbird will launch on August 15, 2010 — with multi-user collaboration!
Details on the paid plans:
There will also be a free account available that allows 1 project with 3 pages.
You can archive finished projects, which won’t count toward your active project limit. You won’t be charged for months during which you have no projects active.
What you need to do
Projects made with beta accounts will be automatically archived and will not be accessible after August 15, 2010. Customers who choose to upgrade to a paid plan may re-activate beta projects, but free accounts will not be able to access old beta projects, so please make sure to log into your Mockingbird account to export PNG or PDF versions of any projects you need.
Your feedback has made Mockingbird better, and we’d like to thank you by offering a coupon for 25% off the first three months of any paid plan. Keep your eye out on your inbox for the coupon code when Mockingbird launches.
Questions or comments?
If you’ve got questions about the transition out of beta or want to get in touch with us for any other reason, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to continuing to help you make great wireframes.
– The Mockingbird Team
In a nut shell they are saying thanks for testing, all projects are now archived so export them. If you want your old projects back, pay us. Wow.. Awesome. Thanks!
I jumped on Twitter, first off I never use Twitter but I figured it might be worth a try.
Wow. Didn’t expect that.
I guess I just have to tweet a complaint to get my projects extended, so everyone else that is in the same boat as me has to ask? What’s the harm in letting your free beta testers to keep their current projects? Oh… right.. Mockingbird doesn’t want casual users that could see the benefits of a quick HTML5 mockup tool so they won’t eventually become paid users and tell friends and colleagues alike how great of an application it is.
My project is exported.. who knows what they will do in the future but don’t consider your projects safe with this startup.
Like me, you’ve probably read all sorts of great things about the public DNS service OpenDNS, but one thing you should find out for yourself is how it will impact the speed of your web browsing.
After using OpenDNS name servers for months at work I started to notice that page load times at home (on a much slower connection) were considerably more “snappy” with my ISP provided DNS servers. A quick Google brought up the comprehensive Open Source namebench DNS benchmark tool.
A run of namebench resulted in a pretty html file with numbers and graphs that confirmed my suspicions. My ISP’s (Comcast) DNS servers were 174.4% faster than OpenDNS on average, with Google’s Public DNS coming in a close second place.
It should be noted that namebench is rather smart and it rifles through your browser history in order to compile a personalized set of domains for its testing, so my results are potentially unique – and this is just one test (actually I did three, I also used Alexa top domains for a source to avoid DNS caching – and the results were all similar), at one location. Although once I switched to my ISP’s DNS servers I experienced a noticeable difference in page load times. Not to mention that my results may change in the future due to server load, poor caching, etc. But with OpenDNS, there was always a slight wait before a page would even start to load, and now that wait is gone. And that’s on a 36Mbps downstream connection.
My points are simple:
Switching to OpenDNS (or any other DNS service) may be a bad thing.
Woopra provides real time analytics via a cross-platform desktop app.
Woopra is free while in beta but will continue supporting most existing accounts when they go full release and start charging for the service.
Woopra’s real time capabilities provide insight into the results of social networking + marketing campaigns.
Woopra’s interface is snazzy!
Session: Matt Mullenweg – WordPress Q&A
Matt is a funny guy in person too!
Session: Unconference discussion of the WordPress Codex (I suggested this topic)
The Codex’s short comings are well known and being addressed!
A new “handbook” documentation system is in the works and volunteer help is needed.
The plan is to approach many help topics from multiple points of view such as Theme Designer, Core Developer, Plugin Developer, etc. as well as having “lessons” for particular tasks.
The new docs will be standardized, version controlled, community driven, and overseen by the WP team.
We can contribute to the current Codex (it’s MediaWiki driven) and our good stuff won’t be lost in the change over.
A jobs board for WordPress.org is in the works – community cred will be associated with contractors offering their services.
There is a passionate accessible open source community behind WordPress! It may be hard to find but it’s definitely there, and they need volunteer help from anyone involved in WordPress – even if you’re brand spanking new, they need your perspective! Some resources for contributing to WordPress:
#wordpress-dev IRC channel at irc.freenode.net (not sure on regular meeting dates/times)
On another note, there was an interesting mix of MacBooks and NetBooks at the con and from what I was seeing the WiFi was a little flaky (had some issues getting an IP).
If you would like to talk to me at the conference Sunday I will be wearing the below pictured yellow Kool-Aid Man Web 2.OH YEAAH!! t-shirt from Mule Design. I may appear to be derisive or zombie-like but I assure you it’s because I am trying to kick the energy beverage habit and suffering the side effects.
If you can’t read my badge on Sunday, my name is Sam.