This weekend’s DVD was Kinky Boots. I enjoyed it despite (or perhaps even because of) the predictable plot – it was a typical modern British comedy with a happy ending. I particularly enjoyed the many images showing the how a shoe/boot is manufactured, and the final scene at the Milan shoe fair was great. I can’t see myself wearing any of their new products, though!
November 27th, 2006
I thought it might be a good idea to say something about choosing and installing WordPress.
I decided early on that I didn’t want a hosted blog, using Blogger or Typepad. This meant that I needed to choose software that I could instal on a server. My approach was pragmatic, and perhaps a bit lazy. I started paying attention to the software used on the various blogs I read regularly, and soon found that most of the ones I liked the look of used WordPress. Interestingly, these also tended to be the ones written by the more ‘geeky’ bloggers.
When I looked into WordPress, I was pleased to find that it is released under the GPL, which meant that it met my unwritten criterion to be open source. I also liked the fact that it supported themes, making it easy to choose a look I was comfortable with.
I decided to install it on my iBook first, to get a feeling for the administrative interface. This was mostly straightforward. I used Matt Willmore’s Installing WordPress on Tiger, which was excellent. There was just one problem: after completing the installation, I got the ““Error establishing a database connection! This probably means that the connection information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect. Double check it and try again.” message mentioned in his comments. I eventually got everything to work by following the instructions for configuring Mac OS X Server to use MySQL at http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301457. I used the option that changes where PHP looks for MySQL.
After making sure I was comfortable with the basic software and testing a few changes (see the Colophon above for details), I installed it on a web server. This was easy and fast, and a great demonstration of what it can be like to use open source software!
November 22nd, 2006
I’ve finally managed to install WordPress and start blogging, after talking about it for months. It’s been lots of fun choosing a theme and tweaking it. For more information about what I’ve changed, see the ‘Colophon’ page.
‘Hello world!’ seems like an appropriate title for my first post. I’ve set up this blog for several reasons. First, it will give me a place to document parts of my life, and reflect on what’s going on (hence the blog name). I am also interested in having a place to keep track of key events in my PhD project, and to let participants in the project keep up with my progress.
November 17th, 2006