Two Weeks of WordPress

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Well after over two weeks of using WordPress I think I like it. The number of posts has increased from one every few months to a one to two a week. I don’t blame the software too much, it seems like it is easier to post to a WordPress blog/website than it was for me to post to my Drupal site. The true test is in two to three months from now am I still posting as much.

A few things that I have found that I like is the web admin posting interface, it’s easy to make good looking posts and nice to write in. But the post that I am doing now is being done in Microsoft Word 2007. Just though I would try it out and see if it was easy to make a post and take advantage of the spell check and grammar checking so that I don’t mess that stuff up too much. ūüėõ

One main thing that I like about WordPress is the ability to update plug-ins and themes. If I see one I just tell it to auto update and it’s done in seconds. Also when I want to add something I just stay on my admin page use the Add New under Plug-ins and I am installing the thing I want relay fast. Changing settings works out quite nice also, most are AJAX and after a quick Save, I am seeing it on the site. The mobile theme plug-in works great also; it lets me have a fast nice way to display my site on my Nexus One/Android and iPhones.

This means I will stay for a while it seems with WordPress and kick it around and see what else it can do. It is used by lots of big names because of how powerful it is and what you can customize. Off I go into more blog posts and updates to come, hopefully I well get a podcast going also, just need my voice to come back from this cold.

Update: Word was good to write in, but adding tags and¬†categories¬†didn’t work so I just sent it to the blog as a draft and finished that stuff in the admin editor.

New Monitor: Samsung EX2220X 21.5-Inch

Samsung EX2220X

Well I got my new monitor I ordered the other day in. I have been using it for a few weeks now and its so nice to have such a big screen. I have wanted a bigger screen, but it’s hard for me to spend money on new computer stuff when I know I need to keep my bills and other things paid. But I knew we had the money and it was somewhat hard for me to read the text for my online college classes because they made it so you can resize the window and increase the font size. I first started looking at LG screens, but I couldn’t find one that I liked and was the size I was looking for. I also wasn’t looking at what Amazon.com had at first just trying to see what there was. I order stuff though Amazon Prime since I paid¬†for that so I get free shipping on almost everything I want to buy online. I was ordering quite a few things that we needed and I wanted so it was cheaper to get the Prime account then pay for shipping, plus it’s 2-day. So I finely looked at the Samsung screens, I thought they would be good partly because most stores use Samsung for their displays and they are on and running almost 24/7. This screen had good specs and didn’t have the large ugly¬†bezel¬†(think that’s right) so if I got a second one it would match up nice and be easy to look at. Here is a rundown of the features:

  • 21.5″ 16:9 Widescreen
  • 5ms Response¬†Time
  • 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD
  • LED¬†Back-light
  • Connector 15pin D-SUB + DVI-D
  • Not too¬†pricey!

This is a relay nice screen, and it’s nice to have the extra desktop space, and have two windows side by side doing with in one reading on the other. The color is also good and the picture is sharp and clean. It looks way better than even the screen on my laptop that I was liking so much that it was where my keyboard was, now its been put to the side more. If I had the extra money to burn and didn’t want to upgrade my computer more than have a second screen I would love to run two of these side by side and have lots of room to spread out. Someday I’ll get that setup going, but for now this is a great improvement.

Nexus One Accessories Only From HTC

Nexus One Car Dock
Nexus One Car Dock

Well that kind of sucks, Google has discontinued the Nexus One Android smart phone, and they also stopped selling the Accessories. They are now out of phones and the only way to get them now it be a developer and they are sold though a third party. And I though I should get an extra Car Dock and a Desktop Dock, but it was unclear at first on how to get them.

So now the only way to get accessories for the Nexus One is though the HTC web store. The price is also higher witch is what sucks even more, and they don’t sell extra¬†battery¬†that I also wanted to get one. Here is a brake down of the price increase.

Nexus One Desktop Dock
Nexus One Desktop Dock
  • Nexus One Desktop Dock
    • Original: $45
    • Now: $59.99
  • Nexus One Car Phone Holder
    • Original: $55
    • Now $59.99
  • Nexus One Spare Battery
    • Original: $25
    • Now:¬†Unavailable¬†(Can find them from 3rd party websites)

So if you are looking for these go to the HTC.com store and get them, right now as I’m ordering mine they are on¬†backorder.

Direct Link Here To The Nexus One Accessories

Update 8/28/2010: Looks like they are going to backorder my order again! I keep getting emails saying its still backordered, and its kind of ticking me off because they are the only ones who sell this stuff new now. You would think they would be able to get this out sooner since they are making them.

Update 9/8/2010: They just keep pushing out my order, from what I am seeing now its up to 9/11/2010 to ship. These guys need to get there act together if they are relay going to be shipping this stuff. Wonder if I call the Google support number for the N1 and they can give any help?

Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing – we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.

Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing ‚ÄĒ we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.

This is a post that brought me a lot of traffic to my website, and most of it went to Brazil. If you are looking for the Tweet its at this link, http://twitter.com/webluke/statuses/8788990206 I think it was some time when Twitter was down or something.

Also if you want you can follow me on twitter I’m @webluke

Cannon T1i

About a two months ago I got a Cannon T1i digital SLR camera to take pictures of my¬†niece¬†in-laws wedding. I wasn’t the photographer, but I took pictures all the way though it. I was getting some shots that the photographer was getting right after I would get them. But its been a great camera so far and takes some great pictures.

Here is a list of something I like about the camera:

  • Great high quality pictures.
  • Came with a good image¬†stabilizing¬†lens.
  • Shoots 1080 video.
  • Rechargeable¬†battery pack.
  • The focus on a person is relay nice. It has the person in focus and the back ground a little fuzzy.
  • There are lots of things I have yet to understand.

Wile I don’t know how to use all of the things the camera can do I am looking forward to figuring them out as I play with it. I’ll get a few pictures I have taken up some time soon.

Coming together 08/15/2010

Well it seems like the website is coming back together. I don’t have every thing setup just right yet and I haven’t gotten hardly any posts re-posted since Saturday was busy and Sunday was all about working though my collage classes. But I’ll get them all up and running and have things like categories setup for them to help with the Google juice.

Moved to WordPress

Well I am in the middle of moving to WordPress from Drupal. I still like Drupal for building websites, but for the main Webluke.net I relay only need to have a blogging system. And Drupal was almost too hard to keep updated and post to. I know its easy enough to just run BlogDesk or Live Writer to do a post but things¬†weren’t¬†working out how I wanted them to.

Also I just don’t have the time to keep the site files updated and the auto update stuff in WordPress makes it so easy to do. I was looking at Blogger but it seems like I would have so much more control with this. Lots of the posts are missing at this point but I will be importing the slowly as I get time. There isn’t any easy way to do it, the best way I have found is used BlogDesk. I load a post from the old site, then un-check that site and check the new one then set the categories and publish. This keeps the date posted and lots of other stuff.

Any pictures in posts probably will not show up for now. As I use the new setup more all the stuff will be looking better. I also hope this will motivate me to post a few times a week. I may even end up posting my thoughts for the day about what ever tech stuff I see or hear about.

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