Alan Levine recently posted his description of how to add an overview to your blog of postings from previous years on the same date as today. He turned it into a small WordPress plugin, allowing you to add such an overview using a shortcode wherever in your site you want it. It was something I had on my list of potential small hacks, so it was a nice coincidence my feedreader presented me with Alan’s posting on this. It has become ‘small hack’ 4.

I added his WP plugin, but it didn’t work as the examples he provided. The overview was missing the years. Turns out a conditional loop that should use the posting’s year, only was provided with the current year, thus never fulfilling the condition. A simple change in how the year of older postings was fetched fixed it. Which has now been added to the plugin.

In the right hand sidebar you now find a widget listing postings from earlier years, and you can see the same on the page ‘On This Blog Today In‘. I am probably my own most frequent reader of the archives, and having older postings presented to me like this adds some serendipity.

From todays historic postings, the one about the real time web is still relevant to me in how I would like a social feed reader to function. And the one about a storm that kept me away from home, I still remember (ah, when Jaiku was still a thing!).

Adding these old postings is as simple as adding the shortcode ‘postedtoday’:

There are 5 posts found on this site published on April 26

  • April 26, 2018
    • US May Restart Charging For Satellite Data 2019 The US government is looking at whether to start asking money again for providing satellite imagery and data from Landsat satellites, according to an article in Nature. Officials at the Department of the Interior, which oversees the USGS, have asked a federal advisory committee to explore how putting a price on Landsat data might affect […]
    • Twitter Not GDPR Compliant (nor Flickr, nor ….) Many tech companies are rushing to arrange compliance with GDPR, Europe’s new data protection regulations. What I have seen landing in my inbox thus far is not encouraging. Like with Facebook, other platforms clearly struggle, or hope to get away, with partially or completely ignoring the concepts of informed consent and unforced consent and proving […]
  • April 26, 2012
    • First Step To MiniFabLab Yesterday I took a first step in a new experiment: I bought a desk top milling machine (Roland MX-15, see pic). At 750 Euro (compared to 3000 new), this second hand machine is price competitive with anything else currently on the (DIY) market. I bought the machine from Hanne van Essen, one of the founders […]
  • April 26, 2008
    • Wii Fit, Cool and Brutally Honest 😉 Ever had a game console tell you you’re overweight and unbalanced (physically I presume)? Mine just did, after I connected the Wii Fit. After a phone call yesterday from a local gaming shop that it just came in, and if I was still interested in buying one (Yes!), we went to pick it up today. […]
  • April 26, 2007
    • Map Your Name on Map My Name …..and help a couple of Portuguese students determine the ‘exact number’ of internet users within a month. Right now they are on day 4 (it start April 22nd) and so far my home town Enschede boasts 21 internet users. With almost the highest broadband penetration in the world here in the Netherlands I have a […]