It’s kindlier to the pocket that is. I’ve never paid much attention to Amazon’s Kindle products because I thought it cost too much. It’s an extraordinary product. No doubt. Recently, Amazon made an announcement that raised my eyebrow. The price of the latest Kindle is now just $189. It’s still somewhat pricey, but that’s my opinion. In addition, there is WiFi-only Kindle for only $139.
With the 3G wireless, you can download and start reading books in 60 seconds. The screen has no glare in direct sunlight. A single charge can last one month. It can store up to 3,500 books and it weighs only 8.7 ounces. If you ever run out of space, you can delete books with abandon and Amazon will allow you to re-download your books at anytime for free.
The 3G network works in the US as well as abroad. There are no monthly fees. Getting a Kindle with 3G Wireless access at $189 is nice to have, but the Kindle WiFi-only at $139 is simply irresistible.
Check out the latest Kindle.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Adding a static map to your posts can make a world of difference. Your posts not only look good, but are informative and effective as well. Whether you are giving out directions or simply just showing off where in the world you were at one point, you can add great value and effectiveness to your posts. The good news is, adding Google Maps is not so difficult.
The Google Static Maps API
Required Parameters: Center, zoom, size and sensor. Examples.
center=101+Market+Street+San+Francisco (enter address or latitude, longitude)
zoom=14 (from levels 1 to 20)
size=480x300 (map size in pixels)
sensor=false (use default 'false' unless using GPS locator)
Maptype: Roadmap, Satellite, Terrain or Hybrid.
Marker: See below.
Paths: See below.
Putting It All Together
We can string it all together using ampersand (&).
Finally, to add an image to your post, just add an HTML img tag. Example:
alt=”San Francisco” />
There are other options that can be added such as Markers and Paths, but are a bit more involved. You can check out the rest from the Google Static API V2 Developer Guide.
WordPress Widgets are handly little pieces of code that usually come from plugins. They are usually displayed on sidebars. One of my favorite widget is the Pages Widget. One thing that is obviously lacking from the Pages Widget is a ‘Home’ link.
A number of WordPress themes use ‘Pages’ for navigation. The navigation links are usually located on top or just below the header. Theme designers usually add a custom ‘Home’ link in addition to listing the pages, ie, wp_list_pages().
If you use the Pages Widget, you can add a ‘Home’ link without adding a single line of code. The inspiration came from an earlier article I wrote about ‘Creating a WordPress Page With An External Link.’
Add A Home
Go to your Dashboard > Pages > Add New
Enter in the Title:
Leave the content blank. Publish.
You now have a WordPress Page pointing back to your main index page. Verify if the ‘Home’ link is reflected on the Sidebar.
In 2005, I wrote a short article on how to delete old kernels in Linux. At that time, I was using Fedora exclusively. Since then, I’ve moved on to Ubuntu. In addition, Grub2 is now standard for all Ubuntu releases. This short article will show you how to remove old kernels in your Linux system as well as clean up your Grub2 entries. By the way, you will see Grub2 entries only if you have a multi-boot configuration. If not, Ubuntu will boot directly to the login screen.
First, determine the current kernel being used by typing the following command in the Terminal.
# uname -r
The result will display something like the one below.
Now, it’s important not to delete your current kernel because all hell will break loose or the sky will fall on your head. In either case, you don’t want to be in that predicament.
You can use the ‘Synaptic Package Manager’ to remove the older kernels. Use ‘2.6.32’ to narrow down your search. Right click on the kernel you want removed and choose ‘Mark for Complete Removal.’ After all older kernels are removed, you can now update the Grub2 configuration.
# sudo update-grub
That’s it. The next time you boot your multi-boot Ubuntu system, you will see less entries in Grub as well as successfully have deleted older kernels you no longer needed. There is a more detailed instruction how to remove other entries in Grub from howtogeek.com.
Microsoft revealed the price of the new Xbox 360 today at just $200. It’s sleek new design with glossy black finish is quite impressive. The biggest difference in my opinion is how quiet this new console compared to its predecessor. The whisper quiet console won’t drown out the sound when you’re watching Netflix late at night. The device also comes with a 250GB hard drive and a built-in Wi-Fi N adapter.
Microsoft also revealed the price of Kinect today at $150. If you don’t have a Xbox 360 and are looking to get one, you might want to take advantage of the bundle that includes the Xbox 360 that comes with a 4GB internal flash memory, the Kinect and a game called Kinect adventures. The bundle is priced at $300.
If you are not familiar what Kinect can do, check out the Xbox 360 website. It’s similar to Wii, but without the paddle.