Archive for March, 2011

Publishing shared google reader items to twitter.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Seems Feedburner by google which I’ve been using up until now is unreliable with posting to twitter, so this is a half post on what I’ve done to try getting it working, and half a post trying to test if it works with my wordpress at least 😛

Because Google reader’s rss feed of shared items is formatted a little strangely I made a short php script to parse it into a nicer format. OK, mainly getting rid of the annoying ‘Shared by <username> ‘ bit.

&lt;?php

$username = "Psykar";

$url = "http://www.google.com/reader/public/atom/user/10440293858886564202/state/com.google/broadcast";
$page = file_get_contents($url);

echo preg_replace('/Shared +by +'.$username.'/',null,$page);

?&gt;

To find your shared items url, just open reader, get the url which gets replaced, and remove the html entities %2F either side of the ID
eg for mine:

http://www.google.com/reader/view/#stream/user%2F10440293858886564202%2Fstate%2Fcom.google%2Freading-list

is 10440293858886564202

Plug this ID into the URL above

http://www.google.com/reader/public/atom/user/&lt;userid&gt;/state/com.google/broadcast

I then used feedburner to import this php script (hosted on my server) and activated the ‘socialize’ feature, which should be publishing all my shared items to twitter now, in a nice format.

Replacing notepad on Vista

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Having fun today trying to replace notepad on vista with my favourite text editor of late – Notepad++

I followed most of the instructions here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/12617/how-to-replace-notepad-in-windows-7/

and got the replacment notepad.exe file from here:

http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/commun/misc/NppLauncher.bin.zip

But found that upon trying to run it, I would get a very annoying warning:

Despite my efforts, unchecking this box would still produce the same error, even running as administrator.

Even going into the properties of the file and ‘unblocking’ it wouldn’t stick.

 

I found this blog post:

http://blogs.xntrix.com/2007/09/replacing-notepad-on-windows-vista-with.html

But the links in it are dead!

 

My solution in the end: Copy the notepad.exe file I had downloaded somewhere else, unblock it there then copy it into the directories mentioned.

Silly me for not doing that to start with – because obviously it’s not the same executable you find in the notepad++ program files directory.