Entries from July 2007
July 16, 2007
I am leaving tomorrow for some well deserved vacation, so don’t expect any blog updates while I am away. If I can get Internet access, I may post something, but I doubt it.
Of course, I don’t want to leave you with nothing to read while I’m away. So, here is your reading assignment:
Art posted an interview with me about my decision to move to Port 16 (abandoning The Bit Bucket)
While you are over there, you should read some of his other posts, like how to hide the fact that you are reading Harry Potter, Run Windows Apps on Linux, or learn some new facts about German bathroom habits. Art also posts a lot about Portable Apps.
If you run out of things to read there at Incoherent Mumbling, here are some other blogs you can check out:
Ghosts in the Machine – Sharon has lots of good stuff here. Digital identity, privacy, net neutrality, and other topics.
Homespun Honolulu – You guessed it, a Hawaii blog. Even though I don’t live there any more, I still miss it sometimes.
Necessary Skills – Peter Haslam writes some really well thought out, deep posts here. Absolutely a blog worth reading.
Thought Sparks – Various topics, great posts.
When I return, there will be a quiz.
July 14, 2007
I added a couple of pages this morning, one to answer the question that will invariably asked; Why Port 16?
The second page was to answer the other inevitable question; Who the Hell is Mike Scott anyway?
Also, it looks like little Elves were working on Incoherent Mumbling last night. Good work Art. I don’t know how he had the time, considering the massive comment he left.
I hope no one followed that first link expecting to see pictures of little elves, if so, I apologize for the disappointment.
July 13, 2007
If you are looking for a Free WordPress Theme, I would like to suggest that you visit the the Official WordPress theme directory. The options for filtering are superb, and it will save you a good deal of time. Also, each theme has a test site, so you can see the theme in action, rather than look at a resized screen grab. There are a number of other sites that have themes, but the filtering just isn’t there, and most of them upload to the official directory anyway.
In trying to work through my To-Do list, I spent the better part of yesterday looking at themes, but like the U2 song, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. I don’t want anything too artistic, or anything too plain, my tastes run somewhere in the middle.
What I would like is:
- 3 Columns – One on the left, one on the right. Those are for widgets, and other knick knacks, so they should be relatively small.
- Short Image in the header, with text on top – I would like to have the blog title and description on the header image. I don’t want the header image to eat up half of the screen. The image on this current theme just eats up way too much real estate.
- Fluid size – I don’t want to penalize people because of their screen size. That means either forcing people with smaller monitors to scroll left and right, or forcing people with larger displays to scroll up and down.
- No built in ads – I know people are trying to make a buck, but I really want to be able to choose how I thank and acknowledge them.
- A color scheme that is easy on the eyes – I am particularly sensitive to this. Bright colors hurt my eyes, especially at the end of the day, but black web pages makes me think the web master thinks they are ultra cool, or part of some underground.
- Other formatting – I just didn’t find the formatting that I liked all together in one place either. I know that is probably easy to modify, but the major things above were missing too.
So, with that out of the way, I think I am going to have to do it myself. I’ll be sticking with this theme for a little while, and start working on another when I get back from vacation. Yea, I didn’t mention vacation yet, but that will all come in time.
Thanks to all the very talented people out there who have made themes available. Really, there are some terrific ones.
July 12, 2007
I’m still working on getting things the way I like them, and have a few issues to work out.
Finish installing WordPress Plug-ins – There are a few WordPress Plug-ins that I want to install. Wendy Piersall has a list of Plug-ins that she thinks are really great, and I’m still working through it. 7/13/07 I installed all of the plugins that I need for now. I’ll revisit that one later.
Fix the Comment RSS Feeds – They just plain don’t work. 7/13/07 I have the subscribe via email working for the comments, I think that is good enough for now.
- Find a Theme – This one is OK, but I really would like to find a new one.
Get those buttons – RSS feed, etc. 8/6/07
That is about all I’m going to list for now. I may stop somewhere and do a post. We will see.
July 12, 2007
I had the idea for this blog for a good long time ago, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I finally decided on a domain name. I also spent a fair amount of time researching hosting services.
Today, I just couldn’t stop thinking about doing this blog, so I finally caved in and bought it!
I’m new to WordPress, so it may take a little while until I get things all squared away, but I went ahead and changed some options, most notably the theme, just so I could get going.
There is some good stuff coming up, not to mention the launch of another site in the very near future. So keep reading, and Welcome to Port16.