WordPress announces the Twenty Seventeen theme

From Make.WordPress:

Twenty Seventeen will focus on providing a seamless initial theme setup so anyone can set up a website for themselves or their business with minimal hassle.

I’ve been a fan of both twenty-fifteen and twenty-sixteen and I like the direction of adding video headers, but I’d really to see them create a super minimal theme one year without a focus on big bold images.┬áThe hunt for┬ápost images is┬ásuch a huge time sink.

Use the Tab key for dialogs on a Mac

One thing that I’ve always found annoying on the Mac is that┬áby default it’s not possible to “tab” between the different buttons in a dialog window.

This is possible but it requires finding this bizarre setting in the keyboard settings. To get this go to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts, then click the All Controls radio button.

Happy Tabbing!

WordPress now supports AMP

WordPress announced today that the wordpress.com service now supports the┬áAccelerated Mobile Pages (ÔÇťAMPÔÇŁ) initiative.

Accelerated Mobile Pages are just like any other HTML page, but with a limited set of allowed technical functionality that is defined and governed by the open source AMP spec. Just like all web pages, Accelerated Mobile Pages will load in any modern browser or app webview. AMP files take advantage of various technical and architectural approaches that prioritize speed to provide a faster experience for users. The goal is not to homogenize how content looks and feels, but instead to build a more common technical core between pages that speeds up load times.

There is also a WordPress plugin available for self-hosted installs.

I haven’t dug into the AMP documentation, but I do find it funny that we have failed so bad at creating websites that┬áa new standard is needed to speed it up.

Alfred Snippets

I am a big fan of the application launcher Alfred. To call it an application launcher is an understatement as it is very powerful. In my day to day usage I probably only use a quarter of its entire feature set.

One feature I’ve been using a lot more of lately is its snippets. This is considered a power feature and requires the “power pack” that costs between ┬ú17.00 (single license) and ┬ú32.00 (mega supporter).

To set up snippets launch Alfred and go to settings. Then Features -> Clipboard -> Snippets. (The screenshot above is from this area)

Once you are on this screen you can add shortcuts of text that you typically use.

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Switching to WordPress.com

Right around the Christmas break, I decided it was time to revive this site. I had an idea for a blog post and I logged in to create it. Instantly I was hit with the dreaded, “you have updates”, message. I ran through updated the core, then the plugins, and by the time it was over I had lost interest in what I was actually going to write about.

After this, I decided it was time for a change and you might say laziness took over. I did want to host it, I didn’t want to update it, and most of all I didn’t want to worry about it. So that left the typical SaaS choices. Squarespace, WordPress.com, etc.

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A first look at the Flarum Forum Software

Flarum is a new open source PHP forum system developed by Toby Zerner and Franz Liedke. Toby and Franz both have history in creating forum software and with Flarum they decided to join forces and reimagine the forum landscape.

Gone are the days of the old style forums that has been popular for the past 20 years. With Flarum, it takes a fresh look and is both nice to look at and fully functional.

Let’s take a quick look at these new forums and see what all the excitement is about. Just note that Flarum is currently in beta, and any of this information can change.

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Slack vs Hipchat – It’s not the design

I came across two posts discussing the design aspect of Slack and it’s $2.8 Billion Dollar Secret Sauce with a follow up from a designer working on HipChat, Slack’s design is not secret sauce.

Both of these got me thinking about the differences in the apps and for me they are both wrong. Both designs are good enough for my everyday communication. The only reason Slack is winning is because of the multiple account logins. At work, we used Hipchat, and it was a fine product that got the job done. Where it started lacking is when I would get invited to another companies account. The only way to use both was to have the browser open for one and the app for the primary. It was horrible.

That single feature alone made me champion the move to Slack. Of course, the ability to create public channels so open source projects, and teams can move off the dreadful IRC is another wonderful feature.

Gamification of Todos

Ever since a man came down the mountain carrying the first todo list, we have been in search of finding the perfect system for keeping up with our todos. In modern times we have calendars, pencil and paper systems, and more digital todo apps than stars.

I think I’ve tried them all. From the minimal with clear, to wunderlist, to the super advanced of Omnifocus. Nothing is perfect. Continue reading “Gamification of Todos”

Shuttle – A simple SSH shortcut menu for OS X

Shuttle is a simple SSH shortcut menu for Mac. It’s designed to take the pain away from remembering all your SSH shortcuts and directly from your menu bar you can visually see all the SSH connections you have available.

I’ve been using it and love the simplicity of the app. Adding new shortcuts is easy and defined in a JSON file. However, if you already have connections defined in ~/.ssh/config it will automatically pull those in.

The project is open source and created by Trevor Fitzgerald and inspired from SSHMenu from Linux. If you have trouble remembering your connections or shortcuts definitely give this little app a try.