Category Archives: Blogging

Cheeky Times

Yay! The infamous cheeky blogger, whom original blogspot.com account was closed due to some “exposure”, is back!

Back as Cheeky Times, now we can look forward to one of the ultimate funniest, crappiest and hilarious blogger in Singapore.

You are missed, Cheeky!

I support Brown

In an unprecendented move in Singapore, Mr. Brown’s column is current suspended without a specified reason. Follow the story here:

Mr. Brown is the most popular blogger in Singapore

He wrote a satire targetted at the increased cost of living in Singapore.

The Ministry of Information, Communications and Arts wrote a strongly worded letter in response to his piece:

It is not the role of journalists or newspapers in Singapore to champion issues, or campaign for or against the Government. (…) If a columnist presents himself as a non-political observer, while exploiting his access to the mass media to undermine the government’s standing with the electorate, then he is no longer a constructive critic, but a partisan player in politics.

And then the news came that Mr. Brown is facing the said suspension.

Some of you have been asking, so here goes.

I have been informed that TODAY has suspended my column.

It has been a trying few days for me, my family, my mum and my friends. Thank you all for your emails, letters, calls, SMSes, blogs and comments, I don’t know what to say.

Thanks.

The suspension shocked the online blogger community, not only within Singapore, but on the international stage as well – BoingBoing.net and Reporters without Borders have picked up on the story.

I don’t necessarily agree with all that Mr. Brown has said, but why now, when IMF is so near?

WordPress Hack – Batch Categories

Finally I have successfully moved many posts from one category to another. The trick is to use this wonder “plugin” from Stephanie Booth.

This code essentially create an additional page in your control panel to allow you to add multiple posts into one category, remove multiple posts from one category, edit categories for multiple posts at the same time etc.

It’s truly wonderful! This is what you need to do:

1) Download the zipped file from here

2) Unzip the file, and upload the following files to the right folders where your WordPress blog resides:

batch-access.php goes in the plugins directory
batch-categories.php goes in the wp-admin directory

3) Go to your WP Panel > Plugins, activate “Batch Categories”

4) Once activated, you can click on the hyperlink to access your “batch-categories.php” page. Note that if you install your blog anywhere else other than your main folder, this hyperlink would not work. Your best bet is to access the page directly:

http://www.yourdomain.com/../wp-admin/batch-categories.php

with the “../” as whatever subfolders your blog resides in on your server

5) The “batch-categories.php” page is self explanatory. Play with it. However, you might need to note point (6) and (7), which I encountered

6) If you see nothing but a blank page when you try to load “batch-categories.php”, you need to edit this PHP file. Add in this line of code [ require_once(‘admin.php’); ] above this existing code line [ require_once(‘admin-header.php’); ]. Upload this edited file to overwrite the old one, and refresh that page. It should work now.

7) By default, “batch-categories.php” will only show 10 posts per page. If you want to show and edit more posts in one go, look for this line code in the PHP file [ $showposts=10; ]. Replace the number “10” with whatever number of posts you want, but be sensible and don’t hang your server!

Phew! Well, this is a documentation of my experience, and might not work for you. I am not a techie guy, so if you need support, please visit the following links:


Stephanie Booth’s Batch Categories Page

WordPress.org Support Forum
Useful information on GaryPaulson.net

Putfile Says Goodbye to Singapore

The recent execution of Van Nyugen has cause much furore in the blogosphere. I restrainted myself from making any comments on this – largely because I am not really interested, and it was too political for my taste.

But the recent ban on Singapore users on PutFile.com got me blogging:

At dawn on December 2nd 2005, Singapore hanged a citizen of Australia, despite a plea for clemency from the United Nations. Whilst Putfile is not a human rights campaigning organization, we believe that if a country must have the death penalty, there is no need for it be barbaric. It is enough of a punishment, and a deterrent, to take someone’s life in a painless manner, without having to be barbaric about it. Putfile prefers to not continue to provide our free uploading service to a country that executes prisoners by hanging, a method of execution which can take up to six minutes to painfully execute the victim.

For this reason, we are at this time terminating all service to users from Singapore. We shall be happy to restore service following any positive move from the government of Singapore towards abolition of hanging as an execution method.

My retaliation: This is a sign of protest against the whole nation of Singapore. I am not a PutFile user, so I am not affected in any way. But I couldn’t help thinking the owner of the site is doing the wrong thing to “punish” their Singaporean users because PutFile disagrees with the Singapore government’s action.

There is a discussion on their user forum.

I disagree with you, PutFile. Your action did little to make a stand against the Singapore law makers, and definitely out a bad taste among your users.

Another Blog Hack

Singapore Offical Porn Site (no, it’s not porn) was hacked!

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Unbelievable. First it was Xiaxue. Then it was Wonky Tong. Now it’s Zhi Yang.

Perhaps in between Wonky and Zhi Yang there were plenty of cases nobody noticed.

What’s wrong with these hackers?

Idle Days – Passed On

I do not know you well, except that you are part of the editor team of Tomorrow. Reading your last blog post and the one on Tomorrow had been… surreal. And sad.

Why am I writing this, when you won’t be able to reading it? Perhaps the next person who see this comment will feel what I felt (I read about this news from Popaghandi) and will leave a note for the next person to see.

Good bye.

Her last post on her blog, and eventually the her news on Tomorrow.

Via Popaghandi

20 Blog Topics

I am tempted.

Darren from ProBlogger.net has recently wrote a highly useful post on 20 blog topics that you can use whenever you are hit with “bloggers block”

And in his recent post, someone actually wrote to him to say she is taking up a challenge to write a post a day for 20 days based on the list he has created.

And I am tempted to take up that challenge too. Should I? :D

If I get around to write the very first post (type – informational), then okay, I’ll do it!

My Essential Daily Reads

I subscribed to many, many feeds for many reasons – be it for work, for knowledge, for leisure, to keep in touch with friends etc. But if I got too busy to actually clear my Bloglines, these are the few I will definitely check out on a daily basis:

Performancing
Of course! Possibly the best blogging resources I have ever come across. Though at times the amount of content published can be mind boggling.

Micro Persuasion
Steve is always on top of everything in the blogosphere. At first I didn’t know how to categorise his blog, but now I know (after reading this post) – social media

Websites Made Simple
A blog by a Malaysian web designer. Perhaps not as advanced as some other designers’ blogs, but Danny’s style of writing rings a bell with me. Perhaps he is from my part of the world where web trends always seems to lag behind.

Seth Godin
The guru of marketing. Loved his books and posts. One day I hope to work for him. Haha..

Blogs Malaysia
Sharp Bytes From Bolehland. The BoingBoing of Malaysia. More serious writing and politically focused

Tomorrow
Bulletin of Singapore Bloggers. The BoingBoing of Singapore. More light-hearted, social commentary kind of stuff

Cross posted to Performancing.com

Archived Blogs

This is actually my third personal blog. My previous two blogs, both powered by Blogger.com, are available in my archive section.

Memories are precious!

New Stuff On The Site

Recently I posted about the addition of blogrolls on the sidebar.

Today I have made further additions to the site to make it more… interesting. If you haven’t been clicking around, here are what I have installed:

Subscribe To Comments
This is a cool plugin! When you comment on any post on this blog, you can choose to subscribe to receive email alerts whenever someone made a comment after you did. That way, you can continue to follow the conversation that happens about a particular post. The nifty tool also allow you to come back to this blog and manage your subscriptions – to unsubscribe, to block alerts, to change email….

RSS Feeds
On the right sidebar you’ll see a new section. Yup, I have installed some new RSS icons to allow easy subscribe to blog visitors… alright, maybe I’ll not get many, but for those who wants it, at least it is available :) So if you are a RSS feed reader and have yet to subscribe to my feed, do so now!