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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.

 

Google Reader, Netvibes, Podcasts, Feedly…oh my!

Update July/13: Digg Reader came out, it’s what I’m using now!


So I wasn’t totally devastated when Google Reader decided to go under, I mean, I rarely load it up anyways…and I usually only visit, what, five feeds? They’re in my “Favorites” folder and it’s pure convenience. I’d rather just bookmark a site and check it out from time to time anyways. The design and layout of a Website really bring out the person blogging, and I like that  (for example, MATT MULLENWEG) over loading up Email looking applications. But, the decision to take down Google Reader did have a slight affect on me in one area: Podcasts!

Podcasts

First, let me explain that I have a problem with getting information from Websites feed into a newsreader. You miss out on the Website! It’s a piece of art and someone cough designs those layouts for you. But, I don’t feel Podcasts are the same, here’s why. With a Podcasts you’re essentially an ongoing album of audio content, or at least that’s the way I feel. Yeah, some site’s design nice sites to wrap your listening experience in, but because of the nature of “listening” to a post instead of reading it, I want to hear it on my phone, or tablet, or computer, or whatever overgrown toaster I have in front of me. I also don’t want to go zooming and swishing around a poorly-designed site for a downloadable or stream-able audio file. Plus, how people embed audio content is a mess right now and who know what-what works, right? I guess I’m being a bit of a hypocrite  but I just don’t like consuming podcasts using typical Web pages.

Move em out!

So, I did need someplace to place my overgrown subscription of feeds (that I don’t really use anyhow). I’ve been experimenting with Feedly for awhile, but I just haven’t become comfortable with it. But, for now, that’s where they’re staying. I did also import my subscriptions to Netvibes and I’d have to say it’s the best “reading” alternative there is…if you’re looking for the closest thing to Google Reader.

But, I’m still on the hunt for a good Podcast tool that works and syncs on all my devices and gives me a simple list of new items like in Google Reader. I’d like to stream most of the time but download for road trips as well.