MobHealth 5.3.2

MobHealth 5.3.2 is now out and available for download.

This release contains Fixes for compatibility with Bukkit release 1.4.5 RB1.0.

Use this version only if Running 1.4.5 RB1.0 (Build 2543+)

ChangeLog

  • Updated Entity Name lookup for 1.4.5.
  • Updated Metrics.
  • Replaced depreciated async task with new run task method.
  • Updated to use ComplexEntityPart rather than CraftBukkit entitiy.

 

MobHealth (685 downloads)

 

MobHealth 5.3.1

Wow – 2 updates in one day 😉
MobHealth 5.3.1 is now out and available for download
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Wow – 2 updates in one day 😉

MobHealth 5.3.1 is now out and available for download

ChangeLog

  • Fixed player names not showing sometimes.

 

MobHealth (755 downloads)

 

MobHealth 5.3.0

MobHealth 5.3.0 is now out and available for download..
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MobHealth 5.3.0 is now out and available for download

ChangeLog

  • Fixed Endermen and WithSkelly names.
  • Update to support LikeAboss 1.6.6
  • Update to support Bloodmoon 0.19
  • NEW Support for EpicBoss 2.3.8

 

MobHealth (544 downloads)

 

How the Web works, information flow.

For a long time people have known that information flow has value. Also, that preventing its flow gives power to ‘those in the know’.

After reading an interesting article in the Irish Times that, reading between the lines, was complaining about their information flowing without their permission, I got to thinking.

T J McIntyre wrote a good account of the duplicity that these papers have when dealing with Google and their ilk.  At first glance, it seems that the Print Media Moguls don’t understand the internet.  In fact at the top of the chain they probably don’t, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t armed themselves with a team of people who do. I think far from failing to understand the new social news revolution, they understand it enough to fear it.

For a long time people have known that information flow has value. Also, that preventing its flow gives power to ‘those in the know’.

Since the 18th century, newspapers have been a major source of news for the average person. Selling these papers was an effective way of taxing information flow.  There was a good chance that your “news” was, well “new”, and the quickest way to read this new information was to buy the paper.

Therefore, the concept of owning a story took deep root and those with the information had the power.  But mistakenly they started to see the story as the item with value – forgetting that their money comes from taxing the flow of information.

Fast forward to the internet age.  Now there are far better ways for information to flow.  And this information flows freely.

As T J McIntyre wrote, Media companies are not rejecting this. They actively build their sites to encourage their stories to flow.  But they have now realised that the story is not where they make their money.  Now, by the time the press’ roll, their story is already circulating the globe.  So they look towards taxing the distribution.

Worryingly, even some governments like France and Ireland think that Google and its brethren should pay a fee for information it has found on other sites, information that I once again stress has been freely offered up for use.

A little nagging voice might now be in the back of your mind asking, well why shouldn’t they?

If history teaches us nothing else, it should teach us that when information flows, when ideas are circulated and discussions happen, civilization advances.  Writing is heralded as mankind’s biggest leap, the ability to record information for transmission to other people at a different time.  Stopping the flow, or worse, destroying information leads to things like the Dark Ages.

So how should media companies be making their money?

The answer is not from the traditional ways of charging to read, but by offering an opinion.

Facts should always flow free – but opinions ARE a valuable commodity.  The trick comes in how you (to use an evil word here)  “monetize” them.

The best way to do this is to get a following, people who respect your opinion and want to hear it.  Once you have that, you can charge others to sponsor, advertise, etc.  In other words – charge to be associated with your opinion.

Ironically it is the blogger, often ridiculed by the media, who understands this shift in the land of information flow best.  You can see evidence of this in the many bloggers who now make their living via their opinion alone.

 

In summary, the Media Giants are trying to force governments to maintain the old system of information tax, and governments DO like maintaining old systems.  By dressing this tax up as preventing property theft and screaming “pirate”, or “hacker”, they play to common fears.  All the while they forget that it is not the information itself, or access to the information, that is a sustainable way to make money. It is by offering a valued opinion that garners a following that others want to be associated with.

 

WordPress Developer Debug.

When developing themes and plugins for WordPress I often find myself with the dreaded white page – or just half a page with no useful error information.

You may already know about the WP_DEBUG constant, if you don’t its found in your wp_config.php file and you just change it to…

define('WP_DEBUG', true);

to turn it on debugging.
Chances are that with this turned on your WordPress will start spewing out a load of warnings you never even knew were happening!

This ‘error noise’ is fine for a development site. But what about if your site is live and need to code a new feature?

I came up with this little trick so I can turn on debug mode in the page request.

$debugmodeon = false;
if (isset($_GET['debug'])) {
	if ($_GET['debug'] != "") { 
		$debugmodeon = true;
	}
}
define('WP_DEBUG', $debugmodeon);

Just add ?debug=true and voilà – debugging info only when you need it 😉

Once your done – you’ll want to swap back to define('WP_DEBUG', false); so your ‘debug mode’ can’t be triggered by accident..

Gmail issues on Mac OS X. [Nonexistent]

When moving over from using Gmail via MS Outlook to OS X a little know error sometimes occurs with labels and folders.

If Apple Mail reports “Mailbox Does Not exist”, or Thunderbird gives “[Nonexistent] Unknown Mailbox” then all you need to do is rename your labels.
Folders created in Outlook became labels with the name Inbox/FolderName. But OS X Mail and Thunderbird both look for INBOX/FolderName. Simply edit your labels to change the case and all will work fine.