Archive for November, 2008

The inside scoop on WordPress 2.7

WordPress 2.7 is about to go live, but are you ready for it? There are a host of changes in store for you, mostly good and maybe one or two clunkers (personally, I think the vertical menu is a bit of a step backward)…

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Gmail gets themes!

Whoa! I’m a just a simple, geeky middle-aged man with no money. So the things that often excite me these days are simple, geeky things that just happen to be free. Well, just a few minutes ago I happened to hit the trifecta when I logged into Gmail only to discover that GMail now has themes. While the bland old GMail is still the default, even it has had a major face lift to make it (as the GMail blog describes) “crisper and cleaner” and “you might notice a few colors and pixels shifted around here and there.” Quoting:

We wanted to go beyond simple color customization, so out of the 30 odd themes we’re launching today, there’s a shiny theme with chrome styling, another one that turns your inbox into a retro notepad, nature themes that change scenery over time, weather driven themes that can rain on your mailbox, and fun characters to keep you in good company. There’s even an old school ascii theme (Terminal) which was the result of a bet between two engineers — it’s not exactly practical, but it’s great for testing out your geek cred…

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Well, the parties are over and liberal bloggers have turned to some serious self-reflection and lamentation. Greg Laden’s got the best of the bunch this time out over at his eponymous cyber-abode in the 78th edition of this humble blog carnival as it ventures forth into year #5.  Next up is Capitol Annex on December 3rd…

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