Blog Revival

Hello! I just came up with a new theme. Nothing fancy. No images. No galleries. Just plain old text. It looks like a blog design circa 2005. One thing for sure though, it’s fast since there’s not much overhead. This theme is based on the _s framework, a good starter theme kit developed by the WordPress development team themselves. How about that! If you’re interested in learning how the WordPress theme is constructed, download the underscore theme and study its code. You’ll be surprised what you’ll see. You’ll learn quite a bit by analyzing how this theme is constructed. Anyways, I think it’s time to revive this old crusty blog. It’s time to breathe some new life into it. You are probably asking, “where have you been?” Well, I’ve been concentrating on all my other blogs for the last several months. I just didn’t have the cycles to maintain this blog among all the other web projects. So maybe, a new theme will jumpstart the old blog. We shall see, indeed!

A New Theme

A new year, a new theme, a new framework, a somewhat familiar layout, and the same old background. The new theme is based on the Genesis framework by StudioPress. I’m using a child theme called News.

The new theme should be more flexible when it comes to layout and functionality. The Genesis framework is quite robust. The framework has a plugin called Simple Hooks that makes it easier to make theme customizations.

A piece of code can be inserted using Simple Hooks. It will accept any HTML, Javascript and PHP code. The hooks can do wonders when inserted in key sections of the framework. Plugins shortcodes can be inserted as well.

Overall, I’m still learning how to work with this framework works. The concept is a little foreign to what I am used to, but I like what I have done to the theme so far.

I hope you like the new theme.

Black-Letterhead 1.7

After a year and a half hiatus, I’m releasing a new version of the Black-Letterhead theme. As some of you already know, the Black-Letterhead is a WordPress theme that I released under the GPL license several years ago. The latest version is now available for download to anyone for free. So, what are the new features?

View Demo | Download Black-Letterhead 1.7

New Features

  • Compatible with the latest WordPress 3.2.1
  • Automatic Feed Links
  • Post Thumbnal support
  • Custom Menus support
  • Custom Headers
  • Rotating Header Images
  • Custom Backgrounds
  • Theme Toolkit
  • Choose right or left sidebar
  • Two widths: 760px or 960px
  • Ability to remove Title or Tagline
  • Turn on/off Single Pages with Sidebar
  • Display Page border/No border
  • Ability to Customize Fonts
  • Ability to change Text Colors

View Demo | Download Black-Letterhead 1.7

Ubuntu Going from Brown to Gray

There are rumors and rumblings that Ubuntu might be going from brown to gray. I certainly would welcome the change. I think, you can only be brown for so long. I think it’s time for Ubuntu to get a face lift, a much needed one. Maybe some Botox shots.

What could be better for the most popular Linux distro in the world to get a new color scheme. Gray is a good start. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t so very keen on the brown color to begin with. After years of color deprivation, I finally switched to a non-earthy color, like green.

Currently, I’m using Linux Mint, a derivative of Ubuntu. If Ubuntu switches to gray, I think it will attract more people to use Ubuntu. By the way, my theme just went from black/white/red to black/white/gray scheme. I’m ahead of the curve. Just pure coincidence.

If the rumor were true, I can’t wait to see this new color scheme.

Another New Look

All right, not wanting to get stuck with a certain theme, I decided to get really, really simple. It has lots of white space and it’s even colorless. This is likely to be a temporary patch until I can find a decent theme. In the meantime, this will do for now.

I’m kind of looking forward to the new WordPress which is being merged with WordPress-Mu in the next release. I’m not sure yet what the implications are to the upgrade. I will most likely take advantage of the multiple installs on one platform as opposed to having multiple WordPress installs.

Another product that I’m looking excited about is Ubuntu 10.04 which is going to be LTS or Long Term Support. It has been two years since the last LTS. The only issue is I’m really starting to like Linux Mint. I have been using it for 3 months. There is usually a one to two month delay before Mint follows Ubuntu.

I have been playing around with CodeIgniter. It’s a MVC framework that makes you write fast kickass PHP programs. Well, that’s what CodeIgniter website says. The only gripe I have with CodeIgniter is the way it latches on to one application at a time. You kinda have to edit the configuration file to switch to another application, but I found a workaround by installing Apache Virtual Hosts. One virtual host per application. Maybe, I’ll document and write about it when I have time.

Finally, I got a chuckle when I saw this article, “Seeking the One True Linux: Is Linux Distro-hopping a Thing of the Past?” I don’t really know why there is a need to have a one true Linux Distro. The last thing Linux users need is a distro monopoly. There is good to having a variety of distros. Linux users need choices.

3-Column Black-Letterhead Theme

Introducing the 3-Column Black-Letterhead Theme with two right-handed sidebars. The theme is based on the original Black-Letterhead theme. To preview or download the theme, just click on the links below. Enjoy. If you have any questions, please send your questions to the Support Forum.

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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.

Sage Theme: Seeing Red

Sage is a lightweight RSS and Atom feed reader extension for Mozilla Firefox.

List of Features:

  • Reads RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds
  • Newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets
  • Feed Discovery
  • Integrates with Firefox’s bookmark system
  • Imports and exports OPML feed lists
  • Support for a number of locales: Argentine Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish
  • Simple, one step install / uninstall

If you use Sage, try a new theme I just released called Seeing Red.