An Exercise In Creativity: WordPress & WordPress Themes

Next week, I will be attending a forum about WordPress and WordPress Themes. I expect the topics to be about template editing and the actual creation with the technical details. I also expect the discussions to include snippets about good design concepts and acceptable practices when it comes to the theme world.

I’ve long been trying to find the right theme for this blog. I change it every now and then when I feel like there is something better out there. To be honest, so far I have only tried the free available themes from WordPress. There are a lot of good ones out there but I am primarily after a clean and lean looking page. Something that is easy on the eyes and quick to navigate. Tiled themes have caught my attention but they do not look right when I do the live preview. I have the luxury of being able to sit with what I have and just wait.

So this coming even will be useful for me. Instead of waiting for the perfect theme to fall onto my lap while looking around, I can just make one for myself. I will find out during the lecture and share what I learn on here. Think of this as a heads up post. I am not promising an epic how-to about the subject because I will be a novice at it myself. I have only tried minimal tweaks back when it was still allowed without the upgrade.

I will be bringing my laptop and my handy dandy notebook. There is a small chance that I will be blogging (or drafting) while it is taking place. It depends on how fast the instructors dish out information and the speed of my typing. We shall see. But there will be another post after this with a lot of details. Hopefully, I will be able to share some things that will be useful for someone.

I will keep you guys posted.


Bootable Linux USB Drive: How-To

It’s a new year so we’ll cut to the chase and skip the intro/background part. You find yourself in some situation needing a bootable USB drive with Linux on it. So here it is:

1) Get your hands on a working computer and plug in the USB drive you’re going to use for this project.

2) Download a Linux disk image. I recommend either Ubuntu or Mint.

3) Download a universal USB installer. I recommend one from pendrivelinuxdotcom.

4) Run the installer.

5) Select the disk image.

6) Specify which drive is the USB. Check and double check this part to be sure.

7) Specify how much of the drive you want to use for persistent storage. This is optional.

8) Click on the “Create” button and wait.

Once it is done, plug in the USB to your machine and power it up. Some computers detect the USB and boot that up automatically, while others need a settings change. You need to get to the boot menu first. It usually shows which key it is while your computer is booting up. The most common ones are Esc, F2 and F8.

The Linux boot screen is very obvious. You’ll know when it’s doing its thing. For me, it’s easy enough to figure out how to use Linux. It has a graphical UI that is similar to Windows but only has different labels and positions for the basic stuff you need. Don’t be afraid to explore and try the applications it has on offer. If in doubt, check the documentation or their forum.

Hope this helps!

The Year That Was: 2012

This has been an interesting year. I’ve added only a handful of posts and I’m glad that you guys have found them useful. So, thank you for the views. I will try to write more nifty ones next year. I’m open to suggestions. If there’s anything I can try out on my hardware and share with you, let me know. Until 2013!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.