Published June 1st, 2008 by

wordpress logoI just upgraded to WordPress 2.5 and it was deceptively simple. Now, I can use the Visual Rich Editor, which was not supported in earlier versions of Safari and WordPress! I actually liked coding the posts manually, but truth be told… I’m kinda sloppy and I’d have to go back and edit my posts about a million times.

Second, I can try out the latest plugins, including Akismet. That should save me even more time, not having to deal with SPAM.

Finally, I like the new look and feel… it’s almost like beginning all over again. So far, I highly recommend WordPress 2.5.… Read the rest

Published January 30th, 2007 by

That’s the vista or view of Julio Ojeda-Zapata in his review, Vista’s pretty, but it’s a shameless Mac OS X imitator Bottom line. He sums up Windows Vista this way:

Get a Mac with OS X unless your home-computer needs are Windows-specific, or if the fine Media Center is a must for you. You likely won’t regret a Vista-PC purchase, but I’m betting you’ll enjoy a Mac much more.

An amusing tongue-in-cheek video by David Pogue covers the same ground in a more creative fashion. I have to say that I use Windows XP at work and I really don’t mind it that much.… Read the rest

Published September 30th, 2006 by

MySpace SucksYoung People Flock To Second-Tier Sites Amid Shifting Tastes

This is welcome news, as far as I’m concerned. I just signed up on Facebook and the interface was noticeably less cluttered and usable. I’m not a huge fan of these new-fangled social networking sites, but from a design perspective things are starting to look up. As I pointed out when Ditty Talk rolled out, the MySpace design is just plain ugly and whenever someone adds a photo or video to their page, it gets pushed all out of shape and the user ends up scrolling in all directions.

These new contenders have some neat features that MySpace lacks:

Among the new social-networking sites is one called XuQa.com, run by San Francisco start-up business iVentster Inc., which lets users play games against their online friends and offers awards to the top scorers.Read the rest

Published August 19th, 2006 by

Macintosh LogoLevi at Culturezoo has come up with a smart and sassy little blog accessory: It’s called Audiozue and it tells your readers what you’re listening to on iTunes, displays the album art and provides a link to purchase the music. You can customize Audiozue to display up to fifty songs and you can build your own skin to match the stunning design of your blog. If you look at the sidebar, you will see it in action.

Oh, and by the way… check out this great photo titled “Macintosh Repair Tool Kit.”Read the rest

Published August 13th, 2006 by

Shane GrammerI saw a couple of paintings by Shane Grammer at The Underground Cafe… we were there to see Mike Roe perform (Kendall Payne was the headliner and she was very good, too). I checked out the website and was a bit intimidated, but ultimately inspired. He is not only a painter and illustrator, but designs spaces, as well. Amazing. Check out shanegrammer.comRead the rest

Published June 2nd, 2006 by

SPAM Plugin Did You Pass Math?This weekend, I’m cleaning up all of my eMail SPAM and webforms on my sites. So far, success! The highlight is this anti-SPAM plugin for WordPress that really works. It’s called Did You Pass Math? and requires the commenter to solve a simple arithmetic problem before the comment is submitted. Fortunately, robots aren’t smart enough to know that 2 + 2 equals 4… yet.

Next, I’ll be checking out some spell checkers… The last one I tried didn’t work.… Read the rest

Published April 8th, 2006 by

Today I checked out the statistics on my sites for the first time since moving to GoDaddy ten months ago. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my Overcoming Necrotizing Fasciitis site had over 1.5 million server requests and 213,000 page hits in less than a year. When the flesh-eating bacteria is in the news, traffic picks up and we average a couple prayer requests a week for someone in the hospital suffering from the disease. Students of all ages contact me for interviews or permission to use the materials on the site for assignments, papers and other class projects at least a couple of times a month.… Read the rest

Published March 10th, 2006 by

It’s not like I’m a big fan of myspace or anything, but the service has been in the news so much it’s hard to ignore. So, I found this Christian version, Ditty Talk, that seems to sport all the same features with three important differences. 1) Visually, it looks much nicer and cleaner… much more sophisticated and adult, therefore I doubt it will supplant myspace with the younger crowd. 2) The pages load very quickly and don’t seem to get pushed out of shape so easily. Everything works without a hitch. 3) Super-responsible moderation for inappropriate content.

Perhaps the difference is Ditty Talk’s PHP/MySQL solution versus the myspace ColdFusion and JavaScript choice.… Read the rest

Published February 8th, 2006 by

Revelation RoundtableToday I got my Revelation Roundtable blog shaped up. We are going through the Book of Revelation in our Tuesday night Bible study. When you study Revelation in a group, you have to choose one of a number of approaches and follow it through. There simply isn’t enough time to discuss all the different options and questions which pop up, so I hope we will be able to engage in further discussion through the blog. Feel free to drop by and participate or just follow the converstion.… Read the rest

Published January 16th, 2006 by