Web Dev, Linux, WordPress & More

WordCamp San Francisco 2008 Highlights

by eric on August 18th, 2008 in: WordPress

Returned yesterday morning from WordCamp San Francisco 2008 and had a good time despite over 24 hours of driving.

WordPressWordCamp was only one day long this year, but it offered two different tracks: one for developers and another for bloggers.

I was able to see several terrific presentations, my favorites being: Read more…

Redesigning sewmyheadon.com

by eric on August 14th, 2008 in: Other StuffWeb Design

Just launched the spiffy new and somewhat Gothic custom design for sewmyheadon.com and I’m tickled silly.

I had several goals for the redesign including:

  1. overhauling the imagery to better represent me and the site ‘brand’
  2. making the site easier to read by using larger/more attractive fonts and better spacing
  3. using an elastic layout that works better with different monitor resolutions, and
  4. incorporate some new features like the last.fm links in the footer (more to come).

You might ask, “What the heck does ‘sewmyheadon’ have to do with web design, Linux, Open Source, and WordPress?”  Then again, you may not. 🙂

If you get a chance, please click around, let me know what you think, and if you encounter any errors.

Video Tutorials on Gimp & Inkscape

by eric on July 19th, 2008 in: Open SourceWeb Design

Meet the Gimp by Rolf Steinort features video tutorials on the GIMP, an alternative to software like PhotoShop and Fireworks.

screencasters.heathenx.org by HeathenX and Richard Querin features video tutorials on Inkscape, a vector graphics program similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, or Freehand.

Both programs are free software and run on Linux, Mac, Windows and BSD.

Identi.ca – Open Source Microblogging

by eric on July 18th, 2008 in: Open Source

Addicted to Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce or other microblogging platforms? Check out Identi.ca, an open source microblogging platform.

Identi.ca is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, which pleases Free Software nuts like me. It also supports OpenID.

I don’t spend a lot of time microblogging and can’t imagine why people would care what I have to say, but you can find me at: http://identi.ca/sewmyheadon.

DreamHost Downtime

by eric on July 18th, 2008 in: Other Stuff

My wife and I have two DreamHost accounts that we’re closing because of miserable downtime and no uptime guarantees. Read more…