Some Things Never Change

Uh oh.  Almost a week and no posts and no new pictures uploaded.  Falling back into old habits already?  Not that anyone is going to believe me, but I do have plans to update the gallery and add more pictures.  Especially since a review this morning of our picture storage situation has revealed over 20 GBs of pictures with no backup system.  I believe my webhosting plan has more than enough room to store them all so now it is simply a matter of determining the best method for organizing the pictures.  My inclination is to keep it simple and store by date, such as in folders for each month.  Now that we have two children, it would be impractical to store the pictures by category.  So now I just need to find time to sort the pictures and then upload the entire collection.

I’ve found a few more plugins that I’ve installed:

The automatic upgrade plugin was especially handy since a new version of WordPress came out on Monday.  TinyMCE Advanced lets me forget about HTML although I still find myself checking the source to make sure that it’s working correctly.  The sitemap generator and the Super Cache seemed like good plugins to install.  It’s always good to play nice with the search engine sites and reduce the load the site generates on the web server.

Playtime

I fixed the unordered list issues I mentioned earlier so I won’t get rid of the theme yet. With that out of the way, let us move on to more important things, such as my new toy: the Samsung Instinct.

I’ve had the phone for three weeks now (no, I only got it the day after it came out) and I’m really happy with it. This is only the third phone (my previous were the LG VX4500 and Sanyo Katana) I’ve ever owned and the first where I’ve bought a data plan. I long resisted the idea of having a cell phone but was finally turned to the dark side after we had our first child a few years ago. Since then, I’d long resisted the idea of using a cell phone for anything but talking. But the idea of having GPS on a phone was too tempting to resist. The other features, such as live TV, radio, Internet, and e-mail were all just added bonuses.

I’ve been having a few problems with some of the data services and one of the batteries doesn’t seem to hold as much of a charge as the other. I was told I can just bring the phone in for a new one, so I’m planning on doing that this weekend. I’d also like to get some sort of cover to put over the touch screen to keep it free of scratches. The invisibleSHIELD looks pretty nice (the ALL CAPS makes the shield stronger).

I’m looking forward to third party applications and if I had time, I’d be tempted to write something myself. They seem to have a nice set of developer tools. But I’ve got enough on my plate without adding a time sink like that.

The Search Goes On

I think I’ve found a theme I can live with. I spent far too much time looking around the official theme page without finding much that I really liked. Somehow I found myself at Blog Oh! Blog and chose the theme that you currently see. I hacked up a new logo for the top (in Word of all things), however, both that and the bottom image will have to be replaced or removed.

I promised a list of the plugins that I’m using so here they are:

Of course, looking at that list I realize that my search for a theme is likely not over. Hyperlinks aren’t indicated in the unordered list. And the post looks great when on it’s own page, but the list is all messed up on the main page. Perhaps I can mess with the theme’s CSS and fix it.

Irony

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. -Inigo Montoya

As mentioned earlier, I decided to install WordPress because I wasn’t really using my site. My primary reason for doing so is to make it easier to create posts quickly, since I don’t have as much time for playing on the Internet as I did several years ago. Another equally important reason, is that I have had many difficulties with my image gallery of choice, Showroom, in loading large images. There were unresolved problems with my web host (1&1) and the image manipulation software installed on the server.

So with that in mind, I had planned on trying new image galleries. While exploring the plugins available for WordPress, I came across one that looked really nice: NextGEN Gallery, which would integrate into WordPress. After the easy install, I tried loading up some large images that failed with Showroom. Needless to say, they didn’t load in this gallery either. I did some searching and quickly found this post by the author of the plugin. The test script failed so I imagined I’d have to spend many quality hours on the phone with 1&1’s tech support. Scrolling through the comments, however, resulted in this gem, which eventually led me to this site. After making the simple change, the test script worked!

On a whim, I decided to try the images again in Showroom and to my chagrin, Showroom now works properly. Oh, cruel intarwebs, how you torment me! Anyways, I think I will stick with Showroom, since I have that setup how I want. You can reach the gallery by clicking on the link in the page list. Now I just have several years worth of pictures to upload…

Plugged In

I’ve been adding some plugins that are pretty handy. For example, I’m currently writing this post from my new phone, the Samsung Instinct, on a mobile browser friendly plugin. I’ll be sure to link the plugins I’m using later, since typing on a phone is something to minimize. I’ve also added a gallery plugin that looks nice. I just need to determine the best method of importing the pictures from the old gallery and how much space they will take up in the database.