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  • New Project: TweetUpdater

    I’m still a Design Engineer, but now I’m also a WordPress plugin Developer! Twitter will stop accepting basic authentication (username+password) for its API fully on 31st August 2010, with reduced service from 16th August. The TwitterUpdater plugin I altered to automatically tweet about new posts uses basic authenication, and will...

  • Auto-tweet from Wordpress with Petite URLs

    I wanted to automatically update the @DefProc twitter feed whenever I publish a post from this blog, and I suddenly found I was a WordPress plugin developer! A quick search at WordPress.org’s plugins found a fair few that would send a tweet when a post was published or updated, and...

  • Publishing Schedule

    I’m quite excited to have Def-Proc online and have a huge temptation to just post everything I’ve written, as soon as I’ve typed it! However, I’m aware that the internet prefers new material to old, and that posts need time at their top of the list to have a chance...

  • Combating Link Rot on short URLs

    Link rot is when the address you use no longer points to a page. It could be that the site has been shudown, the page has moved or the content has been lost. But if you use a URL shortening service then there’s additional possibility–the shortening service is no longer...

  • Aerodynamic Efficiency

    Atomic Duck will not be the most aerodynamically efficient velomobile available; though it will be much more efficient than a bicycle. Yes, it’s traditional to claim that what you’ll produce will automatically be better in every way than all the others on the market, but here, it’s a little bit...

  • MODx Picture Ticker

    I wanted to be able to display links on the Deferred Procrastination homepage in a way that didn’t interfere with either the layout or the navigation, and be able to update those links as simply as possible. In MODx, this meant making a document driven slideshow. Looking around online didn’t...

  • Shared Hosting or VPS

    I realise that for most people, there isn’t a choice for them between having a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or Shared Hosting for a new site. Shared hosting is the easiest way to get a self hosted site, all the standard configuration is set up; some packages even come with...

  • Choosing a Blog Platform

    If you want to self host a blog, there are two main contenders: WordPress Moveable Type Now, I’d already decided to not use MODx, as used in the main site, as the blog engine. MODx can function as a blog, and the demo site includes one, but it don’t have...

  • Hello World

    Welcome to Deferred Procrastination: We’re a small company with some big ideas about making engineering better and more accessible. I’ve spent time as a university researcher, where openness about processes and results is what helps make the system work. It means people don’t spend their time endlessly re-doing things that...

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