One Reason I Love Verdana

One reason I really love Verdana is looks great on all browsers. And it’s a big enough reason. I think as a whole, most Sans-Serif fonts like Verdana, Helvetica and Arial, do look good because they tend to render them properly on most browsers, on most operating systems.

Georgia, Times New Roman, and most Serif fonts tend to look bad on some operating systems that do not have anti-aliasing. If they do, then it’s probably not a good idea to use them in small fonts. Georgia is used mostly as a headline because it looks great in large fonts.

Arial is probably the most used because it is easier to read. Times New Roman is standard in Windows. Comic Sans MS is informal, but some people comically like it.

Overall, I still think Verdana is best – for me anyways. I don’t know for you.

Code Igniter Is Great

I finally had a chance to evaluate Code Igniter for a couple of hours. The sample videos, tutorials, and online manual are simple and straightforward. I tried a couple of examples and they worked great. I can’t wait to get started with a couple of projects. I might try a simple todo list just to get my feet wet.

What impressed me most are the number of helpers and classes that are available for use. It’s quite comprehensive from email, form, array, file, date, smiley, just to name a few helpers. Why recreate the wheel if it’s already available.

It takes a little bit of used to the MVC framework because it’s completely a different paradigm. Separating code from design does make a lot of sense. I do see the potential for rapid development due to the simplicity of functions like queries to the database, for example.

One thing I want to figure out how to get a template system working.

After two hours with Code Igniter, I’m fairly impressed.

I can’t wait to dive deeper into Code Igniter.

Code Igniter vs CakePHP

In the next several weeks, I will be evaluating two PHP frameworks: Code Igniter and CakePHP. I have been coding in PHP for several years now, and that’s without the help of a framework. I would still recommend this approach to anyone who is learning PHP for the very first time.

Knowing the basics of a programming language is essential first and foremost. A programmer needs to know the ins and outs of a language before jumping on a framework.

One of the reasons I want to use a PHP framework is for the rapid development of applications. So, in the next two weeks I will be evaluating both frameworks. I’ll come back a few weeks later with my observations.

Best Linux Distros of the Decade

It has been a very interesting decade for the Linux Desktop. The first half of the decade was dominated by Mandrake and the latter half dominated by Ubuntu. It’s interesting to know that I have been an avid user of both distros while they were both hot. I am now using Linux Mint, a distro derived from Ubuntu. Time will tell if Linux Mint becomes a favorite. If you are interested to know how your distro fared, check out the Tech Source from Bohol.

New Theme Called Theme

I haven’t changed themes in more than two years, which is very hard to believe. Several years ago, I change themes at least once a month. It’s just shows you how happy I was with the old theme to stick with it for more than two years.

I think it’s time for something new. This is just a simple theme that I quickly designed to spice things up a bit. I’m not sure what to call the theme at the moment, although it’s temporarily called “Theme” for lack of a better name.

It’s a one-column theme, with a dark blue background. I’m using a bunch of links to simulate a header. It’s kind of neat the way it turned out. I’m not sure yet how long I will stick with this one, but I love the simplicity and the speed.

Maybe, I will release it as an open-source theme.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i Sets New Bar

At 18 megapixels, 3.7fps burst, ISO of 100-6400 extendible to 12,800, 9-point autofocus, adopted from 30D. Center point being high precision at 2.8, a h.264 codec, in-camera editing, 63-zone dual layering metering system, video resolution like the 7D at 1080p/24 /25/ 30, 720p at /50 /60, 640×480 at 50 and 60, all these features for a price of only $799 for the body. Canon sets a new bar for all digital SLR cameras. Info and Reviews from Dpreview, Dvice and engadget.

Dropbox on the Phone

Dropbox is now accessible via your phone. The message from Dropbox.

Hi,

Have you ever wanted to use your Dropbox but didn’t have a computer nearby? Dropbox’s mobile website (http://m.dropbox.com) makes it happen. With Dropbox mobile, you can browse and open files in your Dropbox directly from your phone or mobile device’s browser.

If you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, download the Dropbox App for an even better experience. It’s free!

Do you own a Blackberry or Android phone? Don’t worry! We’ve got plenty more mobile magic coming soon!

Happy syncing!
-The Dropbox Team

Linux Mint 8 Review

I have been using Linux Mint 8 this past month. I love it. Why the switch from Ubuntu? Well, It’s not just the mint green color, although I think it’s an upgrade from Ubuntu’s drab brown. The Main Edition, the flagship release of Linux Mint, provides full multimedia support out of the box, meaning that you can listen to MP3’s watch DVD’s and view web pages that require Flash technology right after install. Simply put, it just works with minimal tweaking.

Why Mint? There are over 300 Linux distributions. Everyone has their own favorite. I chose Linux Mint because it’s based from Ubuntu. It’s something I’m very familiar with. I was a bit surprised to know that Linux Mint ranks third on the DistroWatch ranking trailing only Ubuntu and Fedora. Linux Mint 8 is my favorite at the moment, until something better comes along. Switching distros for me is easy since I keep all my documents in a USB stick. Reformatting a disk and installing a new distro takes only 15 to 20 minutes.

Here are a couple of Linux Mint 8 reviews from Linux Planet and DistroWatch.

Protect your PC with a USB flash drive

You can lock your PC, using a software called Predator on a USB drive. From Predator’s website:

The Predator locks your PC when you are away, even if your Windows session is still opened. It uses a regular USB flash drive as an access control device, and works as follows:

  • you insert the USB drive
  • you run PREDATOR (autostart with Windows is possible)
  • you do your work…
  • when you’re away from your PC, you simply remove the USB drive:
  • once it is removed, the keyboard and mouse are disabled and the screen darkens
  • when you return back to your PC, you put the USB flash drive in place:
  • keyboard and mouse are immediately released, and the display is restored.

It’s easier and faster than closing your Windows session, since you do not have to retype your password when you return. It comes in two versions: a Free Edition for private, non-commercial use only, and an Enterprise Edition for professional, commercial, single computer use.

Reduce Energy Using PowerTop

Reduce the energy consumption of your Ubuntu Desktop by running PowerTop. A tip from Linux and Microcontroller Tips:

Since version 2.6.21, the Linux kernel has introduced a feature called tickless. The kernel no longer has a fixed 1000Hz timer tick. This will give a dramatic  power savings because the CPU stays in low power mode for longer periods of time during system idle.

A Nice handy tool, PowerTop has been created for reducing the Power Usage of Linux. This application will help to find the software components that are preventing optimal usage of your hardware and give proper suggestions for both hardware and software configurations to reduce power consumption of your system. So Now Your Ubuntu is energy Efficient. It is very useful for Laptop Users.