I finally got around to styling the title of the blog (see above!). It really isn’t all too difficult, and in this post, I want to go over what I needed to do. The short answer is: change the header.php file and add some css.
Another summer almost gone. I got back from vacation a couple of weeks ago, and looked over this blog. I realized that when I started, I had meant to do a whole bit on integrating bbPress and Hybrid together into one kickass package. A year later, nothing had happened — it was time for a change.
As you can see, I’ve updated the blog to be more stylish. I did this in a simple way: updated to the default WordPress 3.2 theme: TwentyEleven. Then, I got rid of the header images. And that was it. Well, not quite. There were a couple of issues left to fix:
- WordPress sidebar on single blog posts
- Styling bbPress to look like the default bbPress supported TwentyTen theme.
- WordPress sidebar on anything related to forums
- Updating to the highlight.js syntax highlighting plugin: aka shortcode hell
In a previous post and associated email on the fossil-users list, I had promised a write-up of how to get nice diff highlighting. Considering how long ago I wrote that post, I think it is obvious I might have forgotten about it. A recent email chain on the same list snapped me out of it. Thanks to this response to my original fossil styling tutorial on the user list, you will find a simple solution that doesn’t require committing anything to your fossil repository that will highlight your source code and your diffs.
Having built the HTPC, I now needed to install the operating system. I am a Windows person, so I needed to get my Windows 7 DVD onto a USB key so that I could install it on the HTPC, which had no DVD drive. The only USB key big enough currently had a multiple partition setup going with an Ubuntu install (so I could boot up with my email etc. on most computers). Turns out, that was the first problem.
A while ago, I wrote about WinFossil, a Fossil GUI for Windows. Personally, I didn’t mind a command line interface (I generally use cygwin), but if I wanted to use Fossil at my lab instead of SVN, the other users would need to have some form of nice clickable windowed goodness to use. WinFossil is just such a GUI, and it works well! I’m really impressed by it, and wanted to give users a flavor for it.
I have been trying to get myself to run more (you know, to be “healthy”), but since I’m a scientist, wanted to know how much I’d been running recently. Bing maps had used to have a distance calculation tool, but now doesn’t, so I had to find a new one. Luckily, Google is your friend, and I came across this: Advanced Google Maps Distance Calculator. Awesome!
The other week, I was dealing with a virus/trojan on my desktop. Never fun. These days, the desktop is used mostly for recording TV shows through Windows Media Center and encoding them as mp4’s. However, it is also used for our finances. All the financial information is stored on a TrueCrypt encrypted mountable drive, so I wasn’t worried about having my info all over the net. But it is a record of all our bills. I wasn’t even too worried that the trojan had apparently deleted my user folder (it had in fact just hidden it): I had a backup, and more to the point, the TrueCrypt file was synced to my laptop, so I had a second backup there…or so I thought.
My convertible tablet laptop (Lenovo x200t, for those interested) doesn’t have a cd drive. Recently, I got some odd (possibly java related) spamware on our desktop (how, I still don’t know), and am running a full batch of Microsoft Security Essentials tests. In the mean time, tax season is at hand, which means I had to install TurboTax. Not trusting my desktop (only cd drive in the house), I decided to use my in-laws’ computer to share the drive. One problem: it’s an iMac.