Posts tagged with “geeky”
I have been using Chyrp for a very short time and so far it is pretty cool. Here are my first thoughts.
- Rapid easy Install
- It shows you the SQL that is called for every page when you are logged in, now that is too cool
- It is enjoyable to use
- Markdown editor
- Edit in place. All you have to think is, “I want to change that, click edit and Bam! you are editing the post.
- Automatically hooked in with gravitar, saves me time and it just works.
- Modular, only add what you want.
- Build on a MVC platform, and has a powerful theme engine that is kind of fun to learn
It isn’t all good though, there are still a few shortcomings, including
- The documentation, it is pretty undeveloped
- The community is small
- Steep learning curve, non-technical people are definitely not setting this one up by themselves
- There is no app for this, no way to easily post content from your phone
I am really enjoying using it. Bottom Line: It is fun to use, puts some fun into learning something new and I am hoping that this will encourage me to write more yet give me the chance to dive deep into some cool stuff. The code seems to be written in such a way that I can figure out what to do and make it work. If your looking for a turn key solution that gives you everything tumblr, go to tumblr, however, if you want to host your tumble style blog and want to get a little geeky, then Chyrp is pretty awesome.
I have started to take a netbook to work. Not to use at work, more to use on the way to work. With my long commute I have found a way to make the time fly by and also I have found a great way to become productive. It is a win win and I love it.
How it works
I have a smart phone running android. This operating system (brilliant) has the option that allows you to broadcast a wifi signal that uses you datatime to connect you to the internet. This is great, and one of the reasons why I didn’t get an iphone. So now I have my phone broadcasting a wifi signal and I can do my work while sitting on the bus.
What do I do on the bus?
I often wonder what that person beside me is thinking? After all I typically have a few terminals open, reading drupal documentation the net with lynx and typing code at the same time. What really happens is this.
- I build drupal websites (locally on my netbook, configuring files, theming sites)
- I maintain websites (the internet has made bulk communication easy, now I am connected with that and I can send out a newsletter to a hundred people with easy, thanks drupal)
- I communicate with email and twitter, I have most of my conversations on the bus *Write blog posts like this one
This leaves me some free time when I get home to do the things that just aren’t really possible with a 10 inch screen stuff like
- Designing websites, I have a 24inch monitor hooked up to a quad core i5 at home, this little netbook is painful compared to that.
- Surf the net and download files (it is all about bandwidth, because I really enjoy surfing)
- Hang out with Tanya (this is my partner, not my computer)
One could run through their data plan awfully quick if they were surfing the net on their computer, so I have a few rule that I try to follow as much as possible.
- Don’t surf – Surfing for the sake of surfing is not going to be that enjoyable and really isn’t that productive anyways.
- Use a text based browser – I told a guy that I use a text based browser (lynx is its name) and he claimed that he used to use it all the time and loved it…in 1996. 15 years later an aspiring web geek has found the beauty in browsing the web with a text browser, mainly becuase I am on the bus on a data plan with a slow connection, it still rocks.
- Don’t download anything – So when I am doing Drupal development on my netbook on the bus I do download things. I download modules, most modules are small and don’t take up much room. I even downloaded D7 once, but that is also small.
- So there I sit, uncomfortably on the bus, making websites on my local machine. The time flies, I remain productive and I improve my skill set all at the same time. It is pretty cool and this is something that wasn’t really that easy to do couple years ago. Not anymore.
Skills I plan to master sitting on the bus
- Command line operations
- The essential Vim program
- Drupal module development
For the first time in my life I am forced to sit on a bus for 2 hours a day. I am going to use this time to learn new skills and become more skilled in the process.
So why the photo of the bicycle handle bars? Once I get off the bus I get on the bike and ride from Langford to Victoria (About 14km), which is a great way to stay in shape, but is also and great way to start the day, I get to work and I feel refreshed and ready to start working.