Seamless integration Google Search into Lifetype (Part 1)

Posted by coldtobi | 16 Jul, 2008, 17:43 Some weeks ago, I integrated the Google Search into the blogging platform on this site. At this time I already planned to do a "how to", as this might be also interesting for others. Seamless integration means, that the search results are embedded in the look and feel of the blog: It should use the same templates and also present the search results matching to the design of the blog.

Of course, you don't want to maintain different template system, so best the search engine will use exactly the same template files also used for the rest of the blog.


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How to check if you have ModRewrite

Posted by coldtobi | 12 Jul, 2008, 18:58

ModRewrite comes handy for SEO and other opportunites, where you want to change URL to something else. Lifetype uses this to assemble all the php parameters and make more search-engine and humanfriendly URLs. Also, you can do the RFI Protection I described earlier.
To find out, whether your webhoster's Apache supports ModRewrite, you have basically two options:


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Google Search for websites improved

Posted by coldtobi | 4 Jun, 2008, 17:20

When subsribed to AdSense, you also get the opportunity to include a "Google Search" for your website. Frequent reader of my blog will remember, that I already tried this to improve your overall blog reading experience.

Don't get me wrong. The lifetype's own search engine is very well, but Google is specialized on search engines and can offer a lots more: Maybe you already encountered that correction of some misspelled words in the search query come very handy. Also, the algorithm knows about synonyms and will also include them in the search result. Example: (For the German readers): Try to search the obsolete term "Nulleiter", and it will search as well for the (correct) term "Neutralleiter".)


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Webmailer for the Thecus

Posted by coldtobi | 30 May, 2008, 09:53
Currently I am working on my "frostynas" NAS Framework for services I personally host on my Thecus NAS. And for that I need want a WebMailer frontend.

The candidated so far are
  • sqirrelmail (
  • horde Webmail Project (
  • openwebmail (
  • roundcube ( 
Lets start with the decission finding.

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bzr hangs at pre_commit stage

Posted by coldtobi | 25 May, 2008, 12:56 Sometimes there are really annoying bugs. Especially if you start using a software. You never know, if it is supposed to be that way or a bug. However, after some minutes, I was sure: Its a bug. This time, the pacakge bzr-dbus introduced a bug. When commiting to a bzr repository, it seems to hang with:
"Running pre_commit hooks - Stage 3/5"

As bzr-dbus was pulled by a recommend and I don't need publishing changes with dbus, simply purging the packages makes bzr working.


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Small bugfix for Recaptcha

Posted by coldtobi | 8 Apr, 2008, 10:45

I found a small bug for ReCaptcha: If you do not select a style, the generated Java Script code will be invalid and therefore the lanugage selection will not work.

Just select a style, for example "red" and everthing works fine.

There also some issues with several templates (for example MinimaPlus) : These issues are CSS related and show themself by a "broken bottom border" of the widget. I am currently trying to figure out how this can be solved without the need of a new CSS file to be included.

If you need a intermediate solution, please mail me for instructions.


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Installing themes manually in firefox

Posted by coldtobi | 14 Nov, 2007, 08:37

The filtering proxy used here is sometimes just too stupid (lots of false-positives, inserting a (program) confusing and on bigger downloads unreliable progess bar, etc). This weirdness also jeopardized an automatic updated of my favorite theme. What I learned, is, that you can install themes manually. The problem is, that the instructions on are wrong: There is no "Tool" menu.

But its even simpler: Just drag & drop the downloaded .jar file into the Themes manager, and Firefox will do the rest.


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