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Troubleshooting: SoftException in Application.cpp:544

When I had problem with WordPress , it was about WordPress Admin Area (Dashboard) Redirect Loop, I got the solution. Today, I experienced different problem. Still related to .
Okey, I’m not going to tell you that the problem only happens for WordPress. It might happen for other platforms or applications. Read on the details, you’ll know what I mean.
When I enter WordPress (admin area), I got 404 page. It seems that the wp-admin folder does not exist. But, it’s there. I told¬†Lala about this, and she reminds me that I’m not the one who got this problem. (see WordPress Support Forum thread for details).
So, I checked the error log. If you’re using cPanel for your hosting , you should find the error log there. And, I got this:

[Tue Dec 30 09:20:18 2008] [error] [client ip.address.here] SoftException in Application.cpp:544: Directory "/home/username/public_html/somefolder" is writeable by group

Okey, it’s about SoftException in .cpp:544. I searched for answer using Google, and I found a useful answer.

As the message says, the specified foldername has been made writable by group.
That suggests that your ’s doesn’t allow you to make folders writable by group.
ie: you’ve got the wrong permissions set on one or more folders.
Check with your hosting company to find out what permissions you’re allowed to set.

The answer is not related to WordPress issue, but it’s a solution for the same problem. So, I checked the wp-admin folder permission again. It was 777. Okey, I changed it into 755… and voila! Problem solved.
Okey, everything is working great now. It’s a new lesson for me :)

WordPress will be much better with your help

As WordPress users, we can contribute to its in many ways. But, if you do not involve actively in the development, you can get involved by participating in a survey.
This survey will help developers to determine which should be on the top priority for WordPress 2.8 (and/or 2.9 and beyond) . If you’re WordPress users, it’s recommended that you’re using WordPress latest stable : WordPress 2.7. As a WordPress user, here few things I want to have (not in a particular order)

  • Sort by column on list-type screens. It will be useful!
  • Bulk edit on other screens. If it’s similar to bulk edit for entries, that would be great.
  • Choose number of items to display on list-type screens (20/50/100). When doing a batch edit, I can edit more posts at a time.
  • OpenID in core. Even I’m not using it for my blog, I think it will be useful for those who want to have an OpenID-enabled blog.
  • closed/maintenance mode. When working on the , or something is broken, I want to have my blog displays a maintenance screen. Just a simple page, but can be handled from the .
  • Improve category management. Mmm… can I have built-in category thumbnail? :D
  • User permissions based on categories. Hey, this should be great for blogs with multiple users!
  • Bundle DB backup plugin. Backup is important, so I want to have this. Also, some other DB-related management features e.g. to optimize overhead tables?
  • Better custom fields management
  • Option to delete inactive .
  • More built-in plugins for special purposes like videoblogging or . Can we have podcast plugin like Podpress built-in shipped in the core?
  • Built-in search and replace for posts. Actually, there is a plugin for this purpose.
  • Additional user profile fields.
  • More settings managed from dashboard (web-based). For example to disable/enable Post Revisions. So, the wp-config. should not need to be edited.

I don’t use widget extensively so I’m fine with widget-related features. Oops.. it’s a long list. I know, those list is based on my personal preferences. You can have different wishlist. :)

Ecofont

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Ecofont is a type that encourages ink-saving print. This font is developed by SPRANQ. Using Ecofont, some parts of the letter is omitted — so you should see some white dots there. It is said that this font works great for OpenOffice, AppleWorks and MS Office 2007.¬†Ecofont is available for free and supports both PC and .
(hat tip: akuinginhijau.org)

Opera 9.63 is available

Opera 9.63 is available now. This addresses some issues and it’s recommended to from the previous version. Download now. Changelogs for Windows, Mac and Linux are available.

New design for this blog

I have been very busy in the last few weeks, many things to do. I needed to recharge my energy. And this is the result: a new for my blog. I created this for , at least to keep my mood in balance, to bring my mood back to the other design work.
After upgrading to WordPress 2.7 few days ago, I wanted to have some changes here, especially by taking advantages from new introduced in the latest , e.g. built-in threaded comment. Here are some notes on my new blog design.

Template tags

Still related to tags, I try to take advantage from the way WordPress produces selectors. Here is an example. Open index. in default theme folder, you should see this for the entry loop:

id="post-">

The code above will produce something like this:


Do you see the pattern? It will produce some post classes on the entry data (categories and tags). This function is called post_class(). By this, we can customize how each entry (inside the loop) should be displayed, just work with the stylesheet.
If you want to make you theme compatible well with WordPress 2.7, just head to Migrating Plugins and Themes to 2.7 article at WordPress Codex. There are some other useful information for theme designers — and also for you as bloggers.

Turunnya Harga BBM

Harga BBM untuk jenis premium turun menjadi Rp 5.000,00 dan menjadi Rp. 4.800,00 mulai hari Senin, 15 Desember 2008. Tentu saja ini kabar yang baik. Intinya adalah harga BBM turun.

Yang menggelikan justru komentar-komentar tentang turunnya harga BBM ini, terutama di kalangan elit politik. Ada yang bilang kalau harga masih bisa turun lagi. Ada yang bilang (dalam hal ini pemerintahan Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) menipu rakyat lah, karena harga masih bisa lebih rendah lagi. Dan, siapa yang mengeluarkan statement bahwa “pemerintah” (bukan hanya pemerintahan sekarang, tapi siapapun pemerintahan yang sedang berjalan) itu selalu salah. Ah, politis sekali…

Semuanya selalu bilang demi rakyat kecil, demi wong cilik, untuk kepentingan rakyat. Tapi, ketika pemerintah tersebut pernah berkuasa misalnya, keadaan atau faktanya juga tidak jauh lebih baik dari yang sekarang. Saya tidak terlalu peduli dengan siapa presidennya. Saya cuma pengen negara ini diurusi oleh orang-orang yang memang mudeng, pinter, paham tentang masalah-masalah global yang berpengaruh nyata ke bangsa ini. Bukan hanya orang-orang yang bisanya selalu ingin memenuhi hasrat ingin berkuasa dengan mengatasnamakan kepentingan wong cilik dan sok ngerti. Itu saja.

Short URLs to Social Services Using Own Domain and .htaccess Redirection

These days, there are many social we use. I use some of them. Bloggers or also provide some links on their blogs/websites to those social . If links to our profile is easy to remember, that should be great. For example, it’s easy to remember my photostream using http://flickr.com/orangescale, or Twitter (http://twitter.com/thomasarie).
But, what about Facebook, Technorati, or ? My Facebook profile page is located here: http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Arie-Setiawan/695771665. There is a Facebook application to create more memorable Facebook profile, page or group. They will be something like profile.to/thomasarie or groups.to/AnyGroupName.
Few days ago, @mahadewa and @huda mentioned about this. Anyway, there is for redirection. So, why not using it to produce more memorable URLs for our profile? It’s easy. Now, I can have https://thomasarie.com/facebook (Facebook profile), https://thomasarie.com/linkedin (LinkedIn profile), and more.
Since [added later: I have my own name,] my uses and supports .htaccess, it’s very easy to do it. I just put these lines in my .htaccess (in the root folder).

Redirect 301 /facebook http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Arie-Setiawan/695771665
Redirect 301 /flickr http://flickr.com/orangescale
Redirect 301 /linkedin http://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasarie
Redirect 301 /openid http://openid.orangescale.com/thomasarie
Redirect 301 /technorati http://technorati.com/people/technorati/thomasarie

“Redirect 301” means permanent redirection. You can add as many redirection rules there. Just see the patterns there, pretty easy to understand, right? And, I think it’s easier to remember. It also nice if we use it for our business card :)

WordPress 2.7, Upgrade, Plugins and Some Other Notes

I just my blog to WordPres 2.7 stable release, code name “Coltrane”. Since I have been using WordPress 2.7 branch — I only upgraded from WordPress 2.7-RC2 released yesterday. And, the built-in core updater is VERY useful. I took only less than 10 seconds to upgrade. Nice!
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So, if you’re using for your blog/, it is time to upgrade. You’ll love it. :) As usual, if you do not want to take risk, backup your first. Just in case you want to go back to your “current” WordPress version. After that, get WordPress 2.7. Anyway, related to this new version, if you have time, there are some notes. At least, these are for me. It might work for you too.

Iron Flickr Man

Iron Man, before and after
I watched Iron Man. I think it’s a good . But, I will not talk about this movie, or make a of it.
I’m interested in the story behind this movie related to… Flickr! If you see the , just look closer to the two images inside. Looks similar, right?
The picture is from Jeremy Keith‘s Flickr album, and it was used in the movie! For me, the most interesting thing about this is about “how” his image can be used (in this movie).
Jeremy Keith has a detailed story about this. You should read the full story. Read about the communication between Jeremy and Ashley Kravitz.

Once I finally made it to Austin, I settled into a comfortable routine of geeking out, having and generally over-indulging. As I was making my way to the conference centre one morning, my rang. It was Ashley.
“Sorry I didn’t manage to get the form to you”, I said. “My died on me. I know it’s too late now.”
“Actually, there’s still time”, she responded.
“Look”, I said. “Let’s cut out the computers completely. Can you fax the form to my hotel? I can sign it and fax it back to you straight away.”
And that’s exactly what we did.

Interesting!

Videoblogging, anyone?

I decided to start a videoblogging now. When I am with my digital, sometime I capture videos and photos. So, why not bring the videos online? I know it is probably not popular — especially in . But, why not?
After doing steps among some hosting providers like Vimeo, YouTube, blip.tv, Yahoo! Video, Google Video, etc, I decided to host all my videos to Vimeo and embed to my . I capture all videos using both camera digital and my phone . Just in case you find a low-quality videos, you know the reasons. :)
My videoblog is built using WordPress and Viper’s Video Quicktag plugin with modifications — also some other . Right now, not every video has a story/descrption, but I will add some later. Okey, here is my videoblog : http://video.orangescale.com

The Grid System

The Grid System is an ultimate resource in system. If you are a grid lover, like me. You should visit this page.

EchoPic

EchoPic is another and that lets you easily upload and share your images on your , blog, or MySpace.

Trojan for Firefox: Trojan.PWS.ChromeInject.A

Here are a news about trojan from — a . It is identified by BitDefender.

BitDefender has identified this new bit of holiday cheer as Trojan.PWS.ChromeInject.A” (the ChromeInject suffix refers to the Chrome component of Firefox). The trojan installs itself into Firefox’s add-on directory, registers itself as Greasemonkey, and begins searching your hard drive for passwords, login details, your World of WarCraft information, and your library card number.
Please note, this trojan is not actually the Greasemonkey add-on, and only identifies itself as such. has confirmed that the official Greasemonkey contained within Mozilla’s own extension repository (and available here) is malware-free. If you’re currently using Greasemonkey or are interested in doing so, there’s no reason to avoid the legitimate add-on at this time, so long as you it from Mozilla’s page or an equally trusted source.
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What does this trojan do?

Once installed, the trojan is capable of identifying over 100 web sites. When an infected user visits a the trojan recognizes, the parasite comes to life and records the login/ details being transmitted. Presumably it then goes back to sleep, quietly keeping an eye on further system activity.

WordPress 2.7 Admin Color Scheme

2.5 already provide two types of color schemes for . They are “Classic” and “Fresh“. By default, you will have the “Fresh” color scheme. It’s light shades of blue. If you like the darker blue, you can switch to it by choosing the “Classic” style. If you haven’t touch this area, this setting can be found on your profile page. Just click your name on the top right navigation.
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In WordPress 2.7, we can do the same. The color schemes available to choose are “Blue” and “Gray” (default).
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Right now, I choose the “Blue” scheme. Look at these picture for color scheme .