Hro 13.9p

The “p” is for “Pic.”

I just added a new picture option to my Hro theme that let’s you specify a picture URL that will put a nice circle of you at the top of the page.

Other Changes

  • You can now put a # in front of tags (optional), or any other character you want
  • Removed lowercase on headers and other items

Want to get Hro? Go download the 13.9p tag now! Or, view others over at Bitbucket…

Hro is 13

Hro was a WordPress theme I created way back, and since I didn’t have much time to re-visit my old theme, I chose a few other ones along the way. But, I’ve had a chance to re-vamp my theme and I’ve given it a big update.

Some of these updates include:

  • Better mobile compatibility
  • Playful fonts
  • Monochrome color scheme
  • “Zen”-like
  • Designed for reading
  • Centered design
  • Cleanup

I plan on getting my theme up on the WordPress repository at some point, so expect some updates on that soon. For now, if you’d like to use this theme, go download a tag over at BitBucket! As of this post 13.07.20.1 is the latest version pushed from me.

I took a bite…

Apple Macbook Pro

Last week I broke a trend I never thought I would break. I had been using Ubuntu on my trusty HP G42 laptop for almost three years…and then I got a Mac. Last weekend was full of adventures trying to find a new laptop (was looking for an Ultrabook) for Ubuntu to live on. I bought and returned a Samsung Series 5 (I did know about the brick bug, but it was wireless that failed) and an Asus Vivobook S400 which also failed in the same area. I love Ubuntu, but I wanted a new laptop worse, one I could afford, and one I could get my hands on that weekend. I’m never too sure about ordering a laptop online. I have to meld with it, touch it, feel it. I had my mind on an Dell XPS 13″, but anything less than the developer edition wasn’t going to do.

After all my frustration with matching up hardware and software, I had my eyes on this Macbook Pro when I paid a visit to the local Apple Store. I had a desktop Mac once, and I always remember it being one of the most creative times of my life…and I bought it. I felt I would install Ubuntu on the hardware if I didn’t like using Mac OS X, but as of now I’m pretty happy with the old friend.

These are a few pluses I’ve found so far:

  • I could run the Canary version of Chrome
  • MacPorts has been sufficient enough to get open software to run on the Unix base
  • I’m back to XAMPP and I forgot how easy it was
  • Beautiful UI

But, other than that it’s basically been all about using OS X until I want to put Ubuntu on it, or need to, and so far I haven’t. But, I haven’t been able to shake the feeling of just up and leaving the Linux/Ubuntu community.

 

WPKeyMe

WPKeyMe is a small WordPress plugin that I created at Excion to require a secret key that is passed via the URL, like http://example.com/post-title/?key=[string]. This allows you to protect posts, pages, and other content in WordPress without having to request a password, just include it in the URL.

There is also a fancy Widget on the editor you can use to customize the key, etc.

WPKeyMe WidgetCheck out WPKeyMe on Bitbucket and the WordPress Repo

Post over at Excion

 

Enable “tray-icons” in Ubuntu 12.10

Okay, I sort of did this by accident. But, I was trying to enable Pidgin (an instant messenger) the ability to notify using the “tray-icon,” and I did this:

  1. run dconf-editor
  2. open com -> canonical -> unity -> panel
  3. set systray-whitelist to “[‘all’]”

Which did this (notice tray-icons):

Screenshot from 2013-02-11 14:24:35

 

I’m not sure this is what I wanted, but thought I’d share.