WordPress Auto XFN-ify v1.2: offical update

When I logged on today I had 18 WordPress plugins that could be updated. One such plugin was Auto XFN-ify, the plugin I created an unofficial update for a few months back.

Upon further research the update was released September 30th. And here is the change log for the official Auto XFN-ify 1.2 update:

  • Improved regex for link replacement (Thanks, prometh)
  • Fixed issue where Style sheet option was not being honored (Thanks, prometh)
  • Included additional icons for: parent, child, and spouse relationships (Thanks, Brian Hanifin)

Thanks for the hat tip David Meade. 🙂

Download: Auto XFN-ify 1.2

My Favorite WordPress Plugins

Inspired by Jeff Rothe’s post, I thought I should share my top WordPress Plugins. In addition to this blog, I also keep a private blog about my family. The family blog of course has photos and video of our kids.

  1. 404 Notifier: Provides an RSS feed (or Emails) of 404 errors. After all you cannot fix broken links if you don’t know they exist! Install this and you may be surprised what you find.
  2. Auto XFN-ify: Adds images to the links in your blogroll based on your relationship with that person. See the links on the right side of this page. (Note: I created an unauthorized update to this plugin, which adds a few missing relationship icons.) Update (Dec 8, 2009): The author of this plugin released his official Auto XFN-ify 1.2 update which includes my updates.
  3. Lifestream: Displays your activity from various social networks. (Like Friendfeed, but hosted on your domain.)
  4. Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu: All admin links available in a neat horizontal drop down menu. Saves lots of screen real estate!
  5. Ozh’ Better Plugin Page: Adds a little sliding plugin list and buttons to toggle display of Active/Inactive/Out-of-date plugins to the “Manage Plugins” page.
  6. Push up the Web for WordPress: When people visit your website using an outdated browser, a subtle upgrade link is shown at the top right hand corner of the screen. They can click this link to visit the upgrade website for that browser, or choose to be reminded after a time you specify.
  7. WP-Gallery-Remote: Allows you to integrate images from any Gallery installation (http://gallery.sf.net) into your posts/pages.
  8. Viper’s Video Quicktags: Easily embed videos from various video websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo into your posts.
  9. WP-o-Matic: Enables administrators to create posts automatically from RSS/Atom feeds.

Hack my Pac: 4-in-1 Pac-Man Menu

When I bought my above average Pac-Man cabinet, I wondered if there was a way to choose between playing Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-Man. My wife said she wanted to play Ms. Pac-Man with the fast mode enabled.

Of course I first ran across the 96-in-1 Multipac. But why in the world would you want to have 500 variations on Pac-Man (plus Pengo)??? Ok, Pengo would be cool, but I don’t want to play “Pac Electric Cowboy”, or “Pac Mr. Roboto”!

image001Thankfully I found Jason Souza’s 4-in-1 Pac Hack. WOW! This is exactly what I wanted. No more, no less.

Before I could install the 4-in-1 Pac-Man multigame, I had to get the Pac-Man operational. (Note to self: make sure daughter boards are not upside down on day 1!) Since I was already ordering parts from Bob Roberts, I asked him to include the supplies to install this hack. Not including shipping, it cost me $26.50 for the two ROMs, ROM programming, ROM sockets, and wire. So, after flipping the Z80 Buss Sync Controller, replacing 2 RAM chips, and replacing the sound transistor, we were ready for the hack.

Two months pass… while I am waiting on parts for my Space Station Pinball repair I decide it is time to hack my pac. 🙂

It was very tedious, and at times difficult to solder the tiny wires to the chip legs. And then there was the worry that I would connect things up wrong, so I quadruple checked every wire. I even used a continuity checker to ensure none of the legs I soldered were accidentally shorted to the leg next to it (there were a couple of those that needed to be corrected).

I am almost embarrassed to share this with you… it looks like my pac board got attacked by a spaghetti monster. But the end result was worth it. 🙂

WordPress Auto XFN-ify v1.2: unauthorized update

Update (Dec 8, 2009): The author of this plugin released his official Auto XFN-ify 1.2 update which includes my updates.

I noticed a link to my dad’s site was missing the XFN Parent icon. Looking at the code I saw references to xfn-parent.png, xfn-child.png, and xfn-spouse.png, but those images were missing in version 1.1. After some searching I found this guy’s site. I don’t know where he got them from, but on his server he had the missing images!

So, I updated my copy of Auto XFN-ify, and have submitted this update for the original author to review and publish to the WordPress plug-in directory.


  • Added: xfn-child.png, xfn-parent.png, and xfn-spouse.png!
  • Corrected: the path the xfn-me.png icon.
  • Revised: the version number in the .php file to version 1.2.

I tested it on my WordPress 2.7.1 blog and it works as expected. Enjoy! 🙂

Download: Auto XFN-ify v1.2 (unauthorized update)