I realize that I just changed themes not to long ago and was just getting all the final bugs really worked out and having things looking good, but… Here we go again. Why the rush? A concept called Responsive, or more specifically Responsive Web Design. What is that? The basic idea is the website, without having to be specifically coded for each device, will respond to the type of device it being viewed upon and over the best view possible in a viewable size and minimal side scrolling to see it. Or in other words the website will support your old computer, your new uber-high resolution computer, your tablet, your smart phone, and the next device that has not come out yet all equally well.
I know, I last left you with the intent of posting on a more regular basis. But I think it was that afternoon, or more likely late that evening a long time tech friend got back to me about something I had said about my going through various Linux distributions over the Christmas Holidays. Specifically, said friend was pointing out the error or my conception regards to Linux Mint being a version or two behind where Ubuntu was. I am not sure if that was just because of my previous testing sometime ago or just a complete error on my part, but regardless, it pointed to some additional exploration being required on my part.
All I can really say about this awesome little PHP tool is just how much I wish I had a known you sooner. I recall the last time I moved WordPress sites around in mass from one server to another. Fortunately at that time I was only really working with two sites that had really large databases and in the end at that time I just did some cutting up myself in smaller sections of SQL stuff in order to get them to run in both a time and memory space that the server would allow. As I am preparing to that again with some of my stuff and even more importantly on a large-scale with some sites at work I needed to find something else. Enter stage left, BigDump.
Yes, you read that right – AppSumo. Sound it out and you got it. If you are still having a problem, think app as in application, like software and sumo as the big Japanese wrestler type. Now you got the name down, but are still wondering what the heck it is right? Think of it kind of like a Groupon or Daily Deals kind of site for geeks. Actually, take it on step further. Not just geeks, but specifically those of geeks that tend to support computer networks and server or even better develop/write code for them.
Long have I been a supporter of the open source code project known as Open Office in the past. More recently though, largely because of Oracle and the general lack of direction, I had jumped on the offshoot and fork project know as Libre Office. Historically of course I have used the assumed standard office suite, at least since Microsoft Office bumped off the Lotus 1-2-3 and Word Perfect back sometime ago. Interestingly enough, I ran into some major issues with Libre Office recently and in that constant evolutionary process, have turned to yet a different player in the arena – Google Docs. So a quick rundown of the approach at reaching the choice is in order.
So much has happened the last couple of days that are big technology news I decided to get a jump-start on things and give a quick synopsis of things that have been happening. Some of them, like the release of iOS 5 and Ubuntu 11.10 were expected, though the seeming failure to launch (at least well) of the iOS update was not anticipated. Similarly the death of Dennis Ritchie, computer scientist and developer of the C programming language was not expected. And oddly, I feel out-of-place sitting in a coffee shop using a non-mac based machine – who would have ever thought that?