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WordPress, Android, and Cyanogen

Writing from a smartphone device can be a tedious and difficult task for anyone.  Text messaging has developed a language all its own, and most teenage users of said medium are fast at “whr r u” rather than “Where are you?”, which is more complete, but still needs more gramatical fulfilment.
Thankfully, for those of us who use blogs (re: my wife and I), WordPress has a utility for mobile devices, which allows us to manage, write, and approve comments.  In the past, it was geared for WordPress.com writers, where the vast majority of individual, entrepenure wordsmiths make their living (or just rant about things they like).
In a combination of application updates to both mobile devices and Internet servers, the WordPress writing community can now view the site statistics, and access the Dashboard.  While to the reader, this may not seem like much; to the folks who really dive into how the system functions, and monitor their SEO, that’s big news.
As some people know, my phone has been on the fritz, and today was my last straw. I have finaqlly updated to Cyanogen Mod 7.1.0. Previous attempts made my battery drain faster than ever. I believe I know why: A truck-load of applications, running services. This time, I did not restore every single app I had, but cherry-picked ones that I use on a fairly frequent basis.
Wordpress, being one of the chosen, seems to have been updated since I last used its main interface. The first set of images offers a very well designed control panel, but my the main reason for this post, is the New Post screen; specifically, the actual entry area.
As opposed to typing out paragraphs, or short messages in a box only millimeters tall, the newer edition of WordPress on the Android platform takes over the vast majority of the screen. With the new design, crafting entries, while retaining the ability to review previous passages on the road, has enabled writers to keep their grammar in check. The only part I could make a gripe about, is if there were no keypad on my phone, the on-screen keyboard would take too much realestate, and completely negate my positive review.
In the end, if you have a smartphone that has a full, physical keyboard, and a WordPress installation, I highly suggest the official WordPress application.

I’m in Diaspora, and I’m ready! Now to convert the masses!

I’m in Diaspora, and I’m ready! Now to convert the masses!

Surprise Ring of Fire Craft Beer Fest

Surprise, Arizona, just had a event called the Ring of Fire, which coupled with a tennis tournament.  The Ring of Fire event was a craft beer and food festival, where several micro breweries offered up their different brews.  Here are the ones I tried, with pictures to accompany.

1: Kona Brewing, Pipeline Porter. Hawiian kona brew, nice and dark, goes down smooth. Definitely a kona coffee flavor on the finish.

 

 

 

 

2: Red Hood, ESB. A reddish hued beer, citrus notes, high in the front, takes time to dissipate

 

 

 

 

3: Sierra Nevada, Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale. Not as dark as a porter, darker than a red, a bit nutty.

 

 

 

 

4: Odell Brewing, 90 Shilling Ale. Good red color, slight citrus notes, but a clean finish.

 

 

 

 

5: Gordon Biersch, FestBeir. IPA, marked as a lager, it comes out light. Far too many things going on to pin down a particular flavor.

 

 

 

 

6: Widmer Brothers, Drop Top Amber Ale. Very smooth, wife says it almost has an apple scent.

 

 

 

 

7: Gordon Biersch, Märzen. A red lager, citrus note, crisp, and clean.

 

 

 

 

8: Kona Brewing, Longboard. IPA, smooth, but a bit too light in my taste. A bit bland, same as many other IPA brews. Committed alcohol abuse.

 

 

 

 

9: Odell Brewing, IPA. Great scent, good start, powerful finish. A little like a tea.

New Pants

With the recent Firefox 5 update, the theme/pants I was using on the site had a slight bug to it, so I’m trying out new themes/pants.

If you see things change up, don’t worry, I’m not being hacked, I’m just breaking things on my own.

AFK: When, Where, and Why – Top 10

There comes a time, in each of our lives, when we must step away from the keyboard.  From brief moments, phone calls, neighbors’ kid at the door, to newborns crying; life just happens that way.

But when is it proper to do so?  There’s a balance we have to maintain as well.  In the middle of your big fight with Arthas, is it really proper for the main healer to say they need a bio break?

This is the AFK Top 10: Read more

GoDaddy and Domain Renewals

If you, or someone you know, uses GoDaddy for their domain name, please make double-sure that your domain is set to auto-renew. I just had to re-instate mine, as it expired yesterday, and I got NO notification that my domain renewal was cut off.

Oh, and I will be attempting to join in on the PostADay2011. I may be 5 days behind, but I found out about it last night….about the same time actually.

BlizzCon Post #5

So we’re mostly seeing patch 4.1.0 content, but it all looks good.  Enhanced maps, some more info on the raid lock system, and some dungeon info.

BlizzCon Post #4

So the newest news is the Diablo 3 Demon Hunter class.  It looks like a knockoff of the D2 Amazon, but darker looking.

That seems to be it for now.  Dungeons and raids panel next.

BlizzCon Post #3 (Day 1)

Day Zero: The Con Begins.  Sounds like a movie title, right?

Its 8:30am, on a chilled Anaheim morning, and unless you’re in the line of people waiting to get in the front doors (not the actual halls), you might want to be wearing a sweater.  The sheer heat that these people produce could power a small country.

I, however, am patient, and won’t be walking the half mile to the end of the line.  I’m gonna stay sitting, and wait for the end to come to me.

BlizzCon Post #2 (the line ride)

So I’m picking up the tickets now, and the line is backed up next to the audotorium.  And it hasn’t even started.

Update: we’re in. Just on the other side of pole E43.

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