brand new bag

Mon Mar-31st-2008 // Filed under: Random Crap

Well, progress just keeps on progressing. I went and installed WordPress 2.5, like a good boy. Usually it takes me a while to get around to upgrading, but this time around I was on that bandwagon almost immediately.

It’s a pretty big upgrade; the user interface has gone through a serious revamp. Apparently there are enough new features to choke a horse. Dashboard widgets. A password strength meter. Multi-file uploads. I dunno, it seems pretty much meaningless to me. The older I get, the more the geek seems to leak out of me (leaving me an empty shell of a man, because let’s face it, what the hell else did I ever have in there?); I just don’t get into that stuff. I don’t care.

If you’ll forgive an inaccurate blanket statement with some truth to it, I seem to use just about two features — the one that publishes the article and the one that that saves a draft of it. A little comment management thrown in for good measure. Like a Luddite, I upload any images I use by FTP and type the picture links in by hand. I don’t really need or want anything else, I just want to rant in peace or go off on a tangent on comics and games, stuff like that. I probably didn’t need the upgrade.

Honestly, and it pains me to admit this, looking at the new interface makes me feel a little lost — I mean, what am I now, a baby? “The buttons aren’t where they used to be.” So much for that good old “let me get into the guts of this computer” thing. Like an old man who can’t figure out how to set the time on his VCR, I find that more and more, I just want things to work. I’m not like that all the time, but the time in my evolution as a geek when I looked forward to getting my hands dirty is long gone. Looking back, I don’t think I was ever all that interested; it was something guys like me did at the time, an intrinsic part of the geek experience, but it was a fairly half-hearted effort in my part. That’s why I never became a coder; probably why I didn’t last that long in the IT industry, either. I’m just not interested enough in the nuts and bolts, just what the thing can do for me once it’s put together.

Which is probably why I like using WordPress. I know it’s not a universally loved piece of software, but I have never had any problems installing or upgrading it. I’m enough of a control freak — and, yeah, a geek, I suppose — to not feel comfortable relying on a service provided by one of the blog publishing sites out there, but beyond that, I want to experience a minimum amount of hassle. Messing with the layout is about the level of complexity I still feel comfortable with; beyond that, I just don’t care.


  1. And I thought I was bad. FTPing and hard-coding images? The “upload image” thingy in your editor works the way it should be. :)

    Can’t be bothered with an update, though. My layout would be borked again, I wasted a good couple of days the last time. And since nothing is bothering me, why would I upgrade? I don’t get the kind of satisfaction out of upgrading I used to. Where did my life go?

    Comment by Joonas — April 1, 2008 @ 1207012634

  2. “I’m just not interested in enough in the nuts and bolts”

    I believe one ‘in’ (the latter) would be enough.

    About the story… I think I know what you mean. A little while ago I actually contacted support. Me! I used to be one of those ‘manuals are for old people and losers’ guys. It seems I am finally getting old too.

    Comment by Scully — April 1, 2008 @ 1207035836

  3. I don’t think upgrading WordPress has ever affected my layout in the least, actually. I have never noticed a single difference in how the site looks after upgrading… no, wait, I lie. Now that I think of it, I have. I think that after one upgrade, the “It’s just words, really” thing in the upper right-hand corner was suddenly a little lower on the screen than it used to be, and it has remained there ever since. It didn’t really make any difference to me, so I didn’t even bother to fix it. Then again, my layout is pretty simple.

    As for the extra “in”, Scully, I was just seeing if you were paying attention. I certainly didn’t make any kind of a mistake!

    Comment by Mikki — April 1, 2008 @ 1207036842

  4. Speaking of mistakes, my favourite scene from the movie ‘Dogma’:

    Cardinal Glick: The Catholic Church does not make mistakes.

    Rufus: Please. What about the Church’s silent consent to the slave trade?

    Bethany: And its platform of noninvolvement during the Holocaust?

    Cardinal Glick: All right, mistakes were made.

    Comment by Scully — April 1, 2008 @ 1207052271

  5. Hatin’ on the Catholic Church. Good times. Good times.

    Comment by Mikki — April 1, 2008 @ 1207059528

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