Filter your wordpress content by location

Today I’ve released my first WordPress plugin, Country Filter. The Country Filter plugin allows you to control the visibility of WordPress elements depending on the users country of origin. You can hide or show certain elements of a page or some sections of a post from users browsing from a particular country. For example you could have a ‘donate’ button that displays only if the user is browsing from France, India or UK.

Plugin download and installation instructions can be found here.

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Accessing WordPress plugins remotely

With a plethora of wordpress plugins available for every conceivable purpose, there is a huge amount of data that is stored on a typical wordpress installation. We could easily use that data across domains or display them using widgets on the desktop. Take for example the WP-UserOnline plugin that displays how many users are currently online on your blog. We could easily write a proxy to grab that information from the plugin and use it in a Yahoo Widget or in a AIR application on the desktop, so you can see the number of users online without having to visit your site. Or you could use the information on some other site.
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Software Peter Principle

Having to scrap a project after working on it for more than a year is not really an interesting way to up your morale. But it is one the most common things to occur in software development.

To take a real world example; A development company I know has been developing a shopping cart for the last 14 months ( beats me why anyone has to develop a shopping cart when so many free and excellent are already available ). But it is still nowhere near production ready. There is always something left to be added or cleaned. During the development period more than half a dozen programmers have worked on the project and left, producing a convoluted piece of software, which every new member dreads to touch in fear of breaking something somewhere. Salvaging the project is getting harder by the day.
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