Multilanguage WordPress Installation

WordPress is great, it’s easy to use and it does what it’s supposed to. Except for multilingual support. I already have a blog in Dutch: www.golb.be, and now I started another one in English (you’re looking at it). One way I could do this was to set up a sub domain and to install another WordPress installation in there.

Wouldn’t it be nice if WordPress would support this in the standard installation? I’m not looking for software or a plugin to translate each and every blogpost I make, but I would appreciate it if it would be possible to administrate both blogs from the same admin panel. If you have two separate installations, and two separate databases, you can’t easily reuse your media in your content folder and you have to upgrade your installations separately. Although the last part could be solved by making the config.php file sub domain aware. This option I still have to experiment with.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply indicate the sub domain you would like the post to show up? I configured my server in such a way that all sub domains are pointing to www, but without losing the sub domain name in the URL. If the WordPress software would be smart enough to see which sub domain is used and to show only the posts related to that subdomain, that would be great.

I don’t think this is difficult to implement, and I could do this myself, but then I have to alter the WordPress database and I’m not sure it will survive future upgrades.

What do we need to change? Three things: a piece op php code to query only the posts for the relevant sub domain, a piece of php code to make the option available to save a post for a specific subdomain and the MySQL db to keep track which posts belong to which subdomain. Can’t be that difficult.

So why isn’t this not yet implemented? Probably because not everybody has full control over his web server and probably because not many people are asking for it. But can you imagine the benefit of it? Not only for multilingual websites, but also for people who want to make separate blogs per type of interest. Maybe even on different domains…

Extreme Cola Vending Machine Hacking

I noticed a lot of people are looking to get things for free. Free in “not paying for it”. You’ll see there are plenty of video’s of Youtube proving this. Everybody is trying to hack a Coca Cola vending machine. So I tought, let’s make a parody on this and I published my own video on YouTube. I gave it the title: “Extreme Cola Vending Machine Hacking”.

The extreme part of it was to show I was popping a can out of a soda machine using the ultimate trick: putting some money in it. It’s fun to see some people like the joke, but it’s even more fun to see all those angry people shouting it’s not a hack, that I’m a fool or a stupid fuck or a gay.

The video is even flagged with “misleading title” and “not suitable for all ages”. Strange how you can make people upset by telling how things should work…

Portable Wood Stove II – DIY

Like I mentioned yesterday, my portable wood stove wasn’t burning that well. I used an extra piece of chicken mesh to (theoretically) improve it.

Below you can see my extended woodstove, placed on a solid surface and already filled with tinder.
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Filled with wood, ready to ignite.
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The goal of the evening was to boil a liter of water in my mess tin, and to make some tea. In order to save as much energy as possible I used my big mess tin as a lid on top of the small one. Let it burn! As it was pretty cold, and I didn’t use a windshield, I had to add lots of wood.
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Only after 40 minutes the water was almost boiling…
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The tea I made had a strong taste of mess tin and thermos. In other words: yak! Before you will like this, you’ll have to hike another 40 km. Sitting on the freezing soil for 40 minutes was not enough to appreciate it.

So what went wrong? To much heat got lost because of the lack of a windshield and because the mess tin stood to high above the fire. The opening in the wood stove was not big enough for easy refueling. So I had to use a windshield and probably also a lot less water. The wood stove is being recycled now and I’m already looking for a new container to build another one.

Portable Wood Stove – DIY

It’s cold outside and I’m bored of sitting inside. I want to go for a hike! But no hike without a nice warm cup of tea. And therefore I need a portable cooker. This time I tried to make a portable wood stove.

You can find lots of DIY wood stoves at Zen Backpacking Stoves. From very simple to very ingenious models complete with solar panels and micro waves.

What I wanted to do was to make a very simple wood stove from materials that can be found everywhere. Here you can see the result:

In the bottom I made small ventilation holes. I also inserted a piece of chicken mesh to prevent the wood to fall on to bottom. This way there is plenty of ventilation, something you need for having a good fire.

At the top I’ve cut out two big rectangles, those are needed to add extra wood and also for good ventilation. The pot or cup can be place right on top of the burner. When testing this setup I noticed that the holes are not big enough, and that I need something to make a spacing between the can and the cup. That can be a bigger can, or some nails.

Back to the drawing table πŸ™‚

Barack Obama Visiting Belgium

This must be the first official visit of the president of the United States of America – Barack Obama – to Belgium.

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I have to admit, paper craft is addictive. It’s big fun to create those little paper creatures. You can find lots of simple paper craft models on Cubeecraft.com. But he who wants to have a bigger challenge must certainly try to create Yamaha’s MT-01: http://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/global/entertainment/papercraft/ultra/index.html

So far the fun part. It seems Barack Obama is going to visit Belgium in October 2009 to celebrate the Canonization of Father Damien (Pater Damiaan – Jozef De Veuster).

Staff Meeting (Seattle Office – Rm 1180)

Panic! There is a meeting showing up in my HTC’s Today screen, but I was not expecting it. It seems to be a staff meeting. Room 1180 it says, but there is no room 1180 in this building and I’m not in Seattle at all!

But what’s that meeting room doing in my calendar? I didn’t put it in there. Let’s google:Staff Meeting (Seattle Office – Rm 1180).

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Some people say you should do a hard reset, but according to me this makes no sense. The first thing I did when I got the phone was updating the firmware with a new official ROM. This meeting must be present in that ROM and a hard reset won’t make it disappear. Apparently there is also another phantom meeting, but I haven’t seen that one yet.

I think I’m not going to do anything about it. After a day I disappears by itself. I can live with that.

Hello world!

Hello world! Welcome to Golb in Flemish Business English. Most of the things here were already posted on http://www.golb.be, but in Dutch. As some of the things I’m writing might interest more people than only the Dutch speaking community I decided to create an English blog as well.

I’m used to speak an write English, but most of the time with people who are not native speakers. That’s why I used the term “Flemish Business English”. It might not sound like English, but if you would like to do just a little effort you should be able to understand what I’m trying to tell you.

In most cases my Flemish Business English is easier to understand than the Dutch to English translation of Google Translate, so why shouldn’t I give it a try?