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wp_publisher: desktop posting tool for WordPress

Filed under: My software by Hari
Posted on Fri, Dec 1, 2006 at 13:08 IST (last updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2008 @ 23:01 IST)

I've written a Python GUI application to publish to a WordPress blog from the desktop. It has a simple interface and is not really a full "client" for WordPress. However, I think it would be useful to many people who simply want to post to their blog after composing their post offline (in a text file). It supports most of the post publishing options in WordPress including adding multiple categories and the option to turn off/on comments and pingbacks.

To run it, simply download the tar.gz file, extract it and run the wp_publisher.py program from the command line.

Download: wp_publisher.tar.gz (5.2 kB)

Dependencies: python, libglade, python-gtk, python-glade (GTK 2.0)

Screenshot: wp_publisher
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Test post

Filed under: Site management by Hari
Posted on Fri, Dec 1, 2006 at 10:03 IST (last updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2007 @ 15:29 IST)

This is a test post created using my new desktop WordPress posting tool, wp_publisher. If this works, you should see this message in the blog.

Update: Yay, it works
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Experimenting with a new layout

Filed under: Site management by Hari
Posted on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 13:38 IST (last updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2007 @ 15:30 IST)

I'm experimenting with a new layout and a new colour theme. Please feel free to leave your feedback here. Some of the XHTML was changed and the CSS was modified heavily. In particular I thought I'd try and see how a left-side bar would work with the blog. Although this theme looks a lot like the old "grey" theme I used a while back, this is a completely new one.

The earlier gold-brown theme still exists, so I can always revert to that, but I wanted a change. :)
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How Team India can avoid losing

Filed under: Humour and Nonsense by Hari
Posted on Thu, Nov 23, 2006 at 10:13 IST (last updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2008 @ 20:36 IST)

With the run of poor form that the Indian Cricket team has been going through in recent times it's obvious to the most optimistic Indian Cricket fan that the dream of becoming the next world champions is fading out rather quickly.

Rather than talk and analyze cricket, here are some suggestions as to how India can avoid the losing streak.

If you think my suggestions are outrageous or unworthy of consideration, just read the title again -- all I talked was about not losing... there is not a word about winning. I might be optimistic but I'm not really that unrealistic! :P
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Papa Hari shows the way

Filed under: Humour and Nonsense by Hari
Posted on Wed, Nov 22, 2006 at 12:44 IST (last updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2008 @ 08:08 IST)

Papa Hari has started a new agony column to solve all your troubles! Every week I receive dozens of e-mails and phone calls from desperate people who are looking for a way to solve their intricate personal problems. Here are a few typical questions and their responses.

Question from A.Boi Dear Papa Hari, I have a question. I have been going to school for nearly ten years and I still haven't managed to pass out successfully. I am in the local football team as well. Last Sunday night I had chocolates for dinner and fell ill. I was named this season's most talented player by the school. So should I buy a new iPod?

Papa Hari Responds Dear A.Boi, You should certainly consider the costs of eating chocolates exclusively for dinner. There are other nutritious foods available. On the other hand, I see no problem with buying an iPod so long as it is within your budget. Best of luck with your studies and I hope you manage to pass out of school! By the way, you haven't mentioned your age in your question.

Question from Mr. Golfman Hi, I am the fabulously stinking rich executive of a multi-billion dollar corporation and I own a golf course, a yacht and several farms and apartments all over the country. Last week I was playing with a few friends and I missed an easy par 4 on hole 16. I later found that the course staff had not cut the grass properly on the edge of the fairway. Should I sue? And if so, who should I sue?

Papa Hari Responds Dear Mr. Golfman, I am not sure of the answer to your question, but I'm pretty certain that I should sue you for wasting my time. Care to give me the address of your legal advisor?

Question from J.A. Dear Papa Hari, I work hard for a living and I plan on going on a holiday. I found that my banker owes me $100,000 since last September and I haven't calculated interest on it yet. Luckily a close friend of mine guaranteed that he would pay that amount on my behalf and settle my debt. I feel that going to a lawyer at this stage is not good, but my wife insists on going to the Maldives. So what do you think I should do about my sick dog? Shoot it or take it to the vet?

Papa Hari Responds Dear J.A., First you should take some strong medication to clear your hangover. After that you might want to consider rephrasing your question. About your dog, I think he/she would prefer to be shot than to continue living with you. A holiday is highly recommended and I would not venture to contradict your wife's suggestion.

That's all this week, folks. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me and don't forget the $250 cheque as well. Have a nice day. :P
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Random Linux games for your enjoyment

Filed under: Software and Technology by Hari
Posted on Mon, Nov 20, 2006 at 20:43 IST (last updated: Thu, May 7, 2009 @ 21:15 IST)

Ok, I'm writing a column at LinuxQuestions.org about Random Linux apps and games, but I decided that I'd share them here as well for your benefit, since the LQ.org articles section is kind of hidden and out of the way.

First of all, who says Linux doesn't have great games? Some of the most addictive games I've played are on Linux and not all of them are graphics-rich either. Enjoyable games don't need to be heavily loaded with rich 3d graphics and sound -- they just need to have fairly easy control mechanisms and involved gameplay. Here are some of my discoveries featuring a few lesser known but very enjoyable Linux arcade games.


Website: www.wormux.org

A FOSS game along the lines of the classic Team17 game, Worms, Wormux recreates some of the fun and enjoyment of tiny creatures blasting each other on a 2d map. Although far from complete and lacking the polish of the originals, it looks promising to fans of this genre.


Website: ri-li.sourceforge.net

A toy train game where you have to collect all the wagons on the map with a concept very similar to Snake Race, it is an easy to play, yet extremely addictive game. While it's controls are very simple, it is deceptively engrossing and has nice music as well.


Website: supertuxkart.berlios.de

A very nice Kart racing game featuring many tracks and players to choose from. Fun and addictive for fans of cartoonish racing games.


Website: none (?)

Part of the KDE games package, it is a very involved running and digging action/puzzle game which involves collecting all the gold pieces in a level and escaping the enemies who relentlessly pursue you. This is a very addictive game and can vary from very easy to extraordinarily challenging, based on the level design. Also comes with an integrated editor which allows you to create new level sets.

I will be covering more FOSS apps/games in the future, both here (in the blog) as well as in my column at LinuxQuestions.org! In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for apps/games to be featured in my column, please post a comment here or send me an e-mail.
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