Woot! Eight years of my blog

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Survive the Google Reader exodus with Tiny Tiny RSS

It’s no secret that Google Reader is a popular way to keep up with your RSS feeds, but it’s getting shelved later this year. Most folks suggested Feedly as a replacement but I found the UI quite clunky in a browser and on Android devices. Then someone suggested Tiny Tiny RSS. I couldn’t learn more about it on the day Google Reader’s shutdown was announced because the site was slammed. In a nutshell, Tiny Tiny RSS is a well-written web UI for managing feeds and a handy API for using it with mobile applications.
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Getting apache, PHP, and memcached working with SELinux

I’m using SELinux more often now on my Fedora 15 installations and I came up against a peculiar issue today on a new server. My PHP installation is configured to store its sessions in memcached and I brought over some working configurations from another server. However, each time I accessed a page which tried to initiate a session, the page load would hang for about a minute and I’d find this in my apache error logs:
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WordPress and PHP 5.3.x: update_comment_type_cache() expected to be a reference

I upgraded a Fedora 11 instance to Fedora 12 and found the following error at the top of one of my WordPress blogs: Parameter 1 to update_comment_type_cache() expected to be a reference, value given in wp-includes/plugin.php on line 166 The problem wasn’t in a plugin, actually. It was within my theme’s (R755-light) functions.php: function update_comment_type_cache(&$queried_posts) { The temporary fix is to remove the & from that line so it looks like this:
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Requiring SSL encryption for WordPress administration

I was digging around for WordPress plugins last night that would allow me to secure the administrative login page for my WordPress installations. Most of the plugins are only compatible with WordPress 2.7.x or earlier, so I was a little concerned about them working with WordPress 2.8.2. Then I stumbled upon the WordPress documentation that shows you how to require SSL with no plugins at all. If you’re using WordPress 2.
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