Category Archives: DEV

WP NoteUp 1.1 “Cube”

WP NoteUp, dubbed “Cube” (read more about Ice Cube) was just released to WordPress.org! Development around Cube was focused around releasing a version of NoteUp that allowed the user to format their notes, e.g.:

WP NoteUp 1.1 Cube

All the new features were accomplished because of the great CMB2 (which we use @WebDevStudios all the time). Now you can bold, italic, add links and images. You can even add bulleted lists.

I hope this allows users to really get more out of having a place to put content or takes notes without having to fudge up your content. If you enjoyed the update, let me know in the comments!

Checkout the plugin on WordPress.org, or checkout out development of 1.2 at Github

Why I switched back to Mailbox from Mail.app

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Yesterday I re-installed Mailbox after about a 3 week hiatus in which I went back to old-school Mail.app.

First, Mail.app is a great mail program, don’t get me wrong. The reason I went back to it was it’s “just works” thing it does where emails load correctly, contacts work together right, etc. But, after just a few weeks of using it I really felt like my email was getting out of control again. I got a little spoiled by Mailbox, really my email was “back to normal.” Hundreds of emails were in my Inbox, some to be buried forever as I was not going to scroll down through each one and….no, not going to do that.

Mailbox, however, with it’s deal with email later philosophy really helps me be in control of consuming my email. The problem with Mail.app is that when I get an email I don’t have time to consume it right then. I’m an extremely focused individual, I do not need to be carried off into email when I’m trying to do something else. The real kicker feature of Mailbox is the ability to delay an email until another time when you are most likely to be able to consume it.

So, after really getting a chance to compare a traditional email application to Mailbox, there is real value in being able to delay the consumption of email in order to remain in control of it. I’m much happier with Mailbox, even given it’s youth and lack of maturity in composing emails.

Checkout http://www.tabsnooze.com/ which let’s you delay content you open in tabs until another time….it’s great, does the same thing.

 

31.1 Nahko

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Nahko 31.1 Screenshot

This time I went a little wild with some of the changes to my site, but that’s just because some of the recent changes to my life have been a bit wild. I kept most of the re-design from 31.0 Trevor Hall, but added some…funk? The theme and colors chosen are based on my recent landing of my dream job with WebDevStudios and a little splash of a New Mexico sunset.

Who is Nahko?

Nahko (and Medicine for the People) is an artist I have been listening to lately. There’s something infectious going on with his music, I think it really speaks to my spirit and where I am in my life right now. I would be lying if the music didn’t also help inspire the changes to my site!

The embedded video above is one of my favorite songs right now.

“I believe in the good things coming.” – Black as Night

Especially after joining WebDevStudios this repeated verse (in the song) really speaks to me. You really do have to believe in good things coming your way to really go out there and make them happen for yourself.

Nerd Notes

I also did something new. Usually, with my site, I would clone down WordPress and clone down the Publish-pwd theme into the themes directory. But, I’ve opted to version control my entire site and include WordPress.

The proof-in-case situation happened last night. I updated WordPress (the new way, by merging the 4.2 branch into mine) and found out 4.2 had a bug a plugin had a bug that broke my site (link to come later). I was easily able to revert that merge and all was well again.

The other reason is to keep track of the plugins and themes I use and version control those as well. So that’s new…

I know it’s wild, but that’s the intention. Makes me wonder what 31.2 will look like.

Provisioning’s a Bitch

timeWhat am I most excited for? Never having to run vagrant up --provision again. Spinning up a new build everyday can be time consuming! Simply, I was starting to feel like VVV was just getting in the way of being productive. I got things to do!

Those are My RAMS (Performance)

VVV will take up about 1GB of memory working or not (and don’t try and lower it). This isn’t really VVV’s fault, mainly my own. I bought a new Macbook Air and started with the lower-end hardware. Though things ran faster (because of the SSD), I had less RAM’s and less HD space now. On my Macbook Pro (may it rest in peace) I never had to worry about RAM, but as soon as I started hitting projects all day it became apparent I needed all the resources I could get out of my machine.

I’m probably not even using VVV all-the-way!

Ultimately, this is what it really comes down to. I just haven’t felt like it was that much better than a MAMP or XAMPP solution. Ever since I fired it up I haven’t really found anything great about it far from other solutions (except that it’s Linux), but that’s probably my fault anyways. I just don’t use a lot of the powerhouse things Vagrant probably does and I feel like I’m sacrificing a lot.

XAMPP

When I first broke up with MAMP for VVV, it seemed like a good fit (and it was the hip thing everyone was doing). I thought the right thing to do was run my dev environment in a box that worked most like the Internet does, on Linux. But, after using it for about a year, and throwing that --provision switch a few hundred times, I’m trying out XAMPP, which just runs Apache, PHP, MySQL. That’s all I really need to do what I do and sudo xampp restart gets it done in under 10 seconds!

We broke up, but we’re still friends

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try out VVV! People swear by it, and there’s a reason, I’m just not sure if I’m aware of it yet… It was also built by very smart people that work on very smart projects. And, It’s still on my machine! Anytime I need to test a site outside of the typical Apache box (with NGINX becoming more and more popular), it’ll be there for me.

VVV probably does a lot of great things, but you better have a slow coffee machine–provisioning is a bitch!