Facebook User Names

You can create a URL-friendly user name for your Facebook page, but what about the pages you administer? Because I always seem to forget how to do it, here are the steps:

  1. Login to Facebook and go to www.facebook.com/username.
  2. Click on the link that says “Set a username for your Pages”, as shown below:
    Facebook user name screen shot
  3. You should see a list of pages that you administer. Select the one you want to name. As long as the page has 25 fans or more, you can try a name and check on its availability. Periods are used as separators in names, but it doesn’t matter if you enter them here or not. For example, the page names chase.brook.software, chase.brooksoftware, chasebrooksoftware are all equivalent – pick the format you prefer for your name. All three spellings will go to the same place.

Wikispaces Review

Wikispaces logo

I examined Wikispaces for a software documentation project – as part of the process of moving material from traditional Word documents to a collaborative web-based format.

After a frustrating exploration of self-hosting with MediaWiki (used by Wikipedia), I decided that I would let someone else install and host the wiki. Wikispaces is very attractive in that it offers a hosted wiki. They have a free plan which is pretty good for most simple wikis, although it must be public, and includes advertising.  But for $50/year, you can have a private wiki that is free of advertising.  For documentation, I needed a private wiki, because it was only going to be available for users of the application.

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Creating aliases on a Mac

To create an alias (or “shortcut” in PC lingo) on a Mac, press Option-Command, then drag the item to the desktop.

To create an alias for a website bookmark, open the browser to the site, then drag the address to the desktop. This works on PC’s as well.

Drupal and cron jobs

Part of Drupal 6 installation is the setup of a cron job on the hosting site.

Fortunately this is relatively easy with Rackspace Cloud Sites: just add a new task to the Features tab of the domain.

WordPress error 500 and 1&1

If an internal server error 500 or an http error occurs when attempting to upload images to a WordPress site hosted by 1&1, add the following to the .htaccess file:

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php

Thanks to design for unity for the idea.