Want to break and remake WordPress?

Data abstraction levels of a database system

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WordPress support for data stores other than MySQL would bust every theme, plugin, widget, and value-add (other than your thoughtful words) for WordPress on the planet.

So naturally, the roadmap to do so is “well, if someone pays us…

I challenge someone to actually break and remake WordPress with an abstraction layer that’d let it run in MySQL-less environments like Google App Engine or Windows Azure.

What? No, I don’t have time to do it myself. Well, if you pay me…

Making Live Messenger smaller in Windows 7 Beta

Want Windows Live Messenger to show up in the notification area:

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instead of the taskbar?

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The behavior of Messenger on Windows 7 startled me too, but I came to like it. It’s much easier to work with from taskbar than it ever was from “systray” (the nerdy, I-guess-you-had-to-be-there, name for the notification area.)

That said, you can get the old behavior using compatibility mode:

  1. Click the Windows button and type “Windows Live Messenger” into the search box.
  2. When the “Windows Live Messenger” icon appears, right-click it and choose “Properties.”
  3. Click the Compatibility tab, and choose Vista compatibility mode:
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  4. Exit Messenger, and start it again.

An alternative for the screen-size-challenged is to resize the taskbar:

  1. Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and choose “Properties.”
  2. Check “Use small icons”
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Karsten Palmvig provided the compatibility mode tip, among others.

Can I get the new IE8 if I’m running Windows 7 Beta?

No, not yet. The current plan is for it to be included in the Windows 7 Release Candidate later this year:

Windows 7 Beta already includes a pre-release candidate version of Internet Explorer 8 that is optimized for that release. Windows 7 enables unique features and functionality in Internet Explorer 8 including Windows Touch and Jump Lists which require additional product tests to ensure we are providing the best Windows experience for our customers. We will continue to update the version of Internet Explorer 8 running on Windows 7 as the development cycles of Windows 7 progress and plan to include the final version of Internet Explorer 8 in the release candidate version of Windows 7 later this year. For the latest information on Windows 7, visit the Windows 7 site. [This quote from the Internet Explorer 8 site.]