Back on-line

WOW.. been a bit hectic lately! And I suppose that follows directly from the limited number of posts sofar *grins*

I have packed all my stuff and relocated to the other side of the world. Getting there was not so hard, getting ready to go there was. And in all dust whirls caused by packing I forgot all access information for this blog … Luckily I know databases *grins* so that was fixed easily.

From now on I will have plenty time to start all my projects that have been in wait state forever. So keep your eyes open for fresh updates. Probably one of the first ones to come is the move to Umbraco.. they are in beta for version 4, and oh man, it has new features that should make any .Net developer drool.. uhm.. make that ANY developer. More on that soon!

For now .. I just have to add that I got here in Oz allright, and no .. it does not feel like I am walking upside down.. tho I must say that their winter to spring type weather looks much like the summer to fall type I left before. I am truly looking forward to some real summer… Life is going to be good!

RSS troubles

If you read my earlier post, you know that I installed WordPress as a quick way out of getting a blog up and running. Also to not spend too much time on developing my own template … I grabbed this nice open source one made by InfoCreek. All seemed to be working nice and smooth, until a friend pointed out that my RSS is not working for entries.. bummer 🙁

Known problem

It appears that the most common reason is that some whitespace exists (like trailing spaces) in the php files. But it is a great hunt to figure out which. I found a nice work around, which involves cleaning the trailing spaces before rendering, but as my blog is still quite empty.. I have decided to hunt down the culprit … a little patience should do it.

Editor trouble

As I started to inspect the php files through my filemanager at the hosting location, I noticed white space added at the end of each file. Easy to fix wouldn’t you say? Yea.. I thought so too, but seems that backspace, backspace, save does not clean up. I think my online editor is as stubborn as some word processing programs that operate like they know what you want to do… *sigh*… so I think I did not improve the situation *grins* Ah well.. there are bigger issues in this world to take care of. I will fix it.. some time.. soon.

Colours and such

I decided to actually start adding a bit of content to this site. No use of having a site when it is empty right? Maybe some of my friends (since no one else knows about the existence of this site yet) have checked back a few times already and been wondering about the lack of progress.

Real life interrupted

Well.. I got a bit side tracked. I wanted an easy way out, but that clashes a bit with me being a perfectionist. I started out with the idea to host this site using Umbraco, but as I am currently a bit too busy in real life… that must wait a bit. So in my rush to get some creative space I installed WordPress. The 5 minute install actually is a 5 minute install.. so that worked out nicely. But then.. uhm… the default templates… no offence but they were *NOT* what I envisioned. Same problem tho.. I have this nice design prepared, no time for implementation as WordPress template…

So what is the easy way out?

OF COURSE… OPEN SOURCE! There are literally thousands of WordPress templates freely available as open source. Some browsing made me decide to go for the Genesis theme by Infocreek. But that is a dark theme.. all grey.. and uhm.. well I have something with bright and happy colours. So I decided to recolour it. And I used the colour scheme I had selected earlier for my design. No worries.. easy going.

Matter of personal preferences

I tried to create a daring and dashing colour scheme. But it appears not everyone likes this particular shade of green. Actually .. the phrase used was ‘baby poo’ … and I bet it brings a smile to your lips, as it did to mine. So I thought perhaps I should try some other colours too. My friend seemed happy and said ‘So no more baby poo?’.. I just answered ‘Not sure yet.. but no harm in trying alternatives…’

So where is this going?

Not sure yet.. but the next colour scheme that I try will be based on ‘Snowy Glacier’. You can see my header is already prepared for it.. I have added this nice shade of blue at the right side. And with the new colour scheme I will also fix all imperfections that still exist due to my recouloring. It will look good.. one day.. hehe.. just before I will change to either my own theme or an Umbraco template. *grins*