If I win the lotto (ever) I am never responding to another email.
— Ben Brooks (@BenjaminBrooks) February 3, 2012
A thorough summary from a first-time attendee of Macworld. I’d be remiss if I didn’t address one of his assertions though:
Surely the day will come when the majority of attendees at the Expo will own an iPhone and/or iPad, but not a Mac.
My first reaction to this prediction was one of complete disagreement. I think it was the iPad bit that threw me for a loop. There’s been plenty of discussion as to whether a typical computer user could get by with an iPad only, without a traditional PC, and I guess that’s where my mind went initially. But I started to consider the fact that there are already slews of people who own an iPhone but not a Mac. Add on to that the inevitability that there will be at least some segment of the population that will own an iPad but not a Mac and you’ve only made this scenario even more likely. And frankly, when speaking of the overall Apple ecosystem its the newest apps for iOS that are receiving the most buzz.
- Created a functionality plugin. I use one of these on every WordPress website I make. Functions that are specific to the current WP theme should go in that theme’s functions.php file. Functions that need to be running regardless of theme will go in this plugin.
- Added post thumbnail support. Surprisingly this feature did not come with HTML5 Reset.
- Added page excerpt support. Most themes don’t have page excerpts enabled by default. I like using them with a few tricks I’ll include later on.
- Deleted the Bluehost favicon, replaced it with a transparent image. I’ll make a pretty favicon later. For now I just don’t want to look like a noob.
- Created a custom favicon for the WordPress admin area. The change mentioned above only affected frontend pages; I still needed a new icon on the backend pages. Anything is better than the Bluehost favicon. The favicon I chose was the grey WordPress logo.
- Increased the body line height from 1 to 1.5. Everything is much easier to read now.
Dropbox is testing out an automatic photo and video upload feature and is looking for people to help them get the bugs worked out. For every 500MB of photos and videos uploaded you get another 500MB of storage, up to 4.5GB in total.
If you’re not a Dropbox user you should be. It’s probably the most indispensable app I use each day.
I know what you’re thinking.
“Andrew, your new website… it… it doesn’t look finished. Why are you launching it now?”
That’s a fair question. It does look pretty ridiculous right now. To understand why I’ve launched this new website in such an incomplete state is to understand some of my long-term intentions.
This web column is about technology and web development. As I’ve mapped out a vision for its content one idea I’ve had is to publish posts regarding this website’s ongoing development. I plan to regularly post changelogs so my readers can see what I’m doing “under the hood” as I’m doing it. But to do that most effectively I need to launch with much of the work left undone.
Now, some things I had no choice but to do just so you can read and navigate the website. The HTML5 Reset WordPress theme is intentionally very sparse. It’s a framework, not a template. I’m excited because this leaves me with tremendous amounts of creative control. This is going to be a lot of fun.
Other vision decisions
While we’re here let’s address a few other choices I’ve made regarding this site’s direction.
- I’ve turned off comments and have no intention of turning them back on. I have enough inboxes in my life as it is. I want readers to engage me over my writing but I want that engagement on Twitter (and a little bit on Facebook amongst my close friends).
- I’m leveraging the post formats feature built into WordPress. In addition to the standard post format (the one used for this post) I’m currently also using the links format and the status format. I’m using the links format to direct you to content I’ve found compelling elsewhere. The majority of the posts on this website will be link posts. The status format will be used for the aforementioned changelog posts. I may add other formats in the future.
- I won’t be breaking any news here. I’ll write commentary, recommendations, and opinion pieces. I’ll illuminate what I’m creating behind the scenes. And I’ll direct you to other content I like. That’s all for now.
- I’ll include some affiliate links from time to time but I won’t be obnoxious about it. I’ll also be sure to clearly identify such links.
You know what, if I’m really honest the main reason I’m launching now is I just want to start writing. Who cares what the site looks like? Let’s get going!