Archive for June, 2010

Buyer’s Remorse For Early Adopters.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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On the radio I’ve said it repeatedly… there’s always something to be gained by not being the first on your block to own some new, hyped piece of gear. Whether it’s a product that’s brand new and thus genre defining, such as the iPad… or simply a generational upgrade to an already popular product such as the iPhone 4, something will always happen that causes you to say to yourself, ‘Damn, I should have waited’.

Such is the case with the latest iPhone apparently as nary a week after Apple set sales records with the release of the new 4th generation version of their wildly popular smartphone, reports littered the internet that Apple iPhones would add Verizon Wireless to its list of approved carriers breaking the 3+ year exclusivity that AT&T has enjoyed (reports here and here).

Will this happen? No way to tell for sure although there are hardware issues. iPhone in its current incarnation is based on GSM, a global standard where as Verizon and Sprints networks are based on CDMA, much more domestic and considered a weak architecture on the international stage… but in the end it comes down to how many units you can move and if Apple has determined that opening things up to Verizon would add significantly to those numbers, you can expect to see it happen. Apple had an Intel-based version of Mac OSX in production for years before Intel-based Macs were introduced… you can bet the same holds true for iPhone hardware that’s Verizon-ready.

If Verizon does get the nod though in January as has been reported… how do you feel if you had stood in that long-ass line at your local Apple Store, which concluded with your being locked in to AT&T for the next two years, just to hear this news now? I suppose the Verizon vs. AT&T debate might never have been an issue for you, especially if you’re satisfied with the service you’re getting from AT&T… but on the advent of the launch of Verizon’s well reviewed 4G network, early adopters of the iPhone 4 might find themselves in the lurch… at least for 18 months or so.

WordPress 3.0 Hits the Street

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

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When it comes to WordPress, I’d have to say that over time its become one of the most influential tools of my career. In the beginning it was software that was open source (free) so therefore worth messing around with. This I did… but back in the beginning it was primarily a straight up blogging platform… and as I wasn’t that much into blogging at that point, I strayed away from it for a while. But then I got a new client where the best solution for what they were looking to accomplish caused me to check out WordPress anew… and what I learned from messing around with professionally developed themes, was that WordPress was a mighty powerful CMS as well, giving the designer the capability to easily build entire sites using WordPress as the foundation.

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That was about two years ago now, back around WordPress 2.5. Between then and now, significant upgrades have been introduced both in functionality as well as user-interface improvements to the admin area. This morning, WordPress 3.0 Thelonious was released… the culmination of 6 months of work by 218 dedicated contributors that resulted in 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements. Primary among these enhancements are an even simpler installer, a minor overhaul of the admin area to incorporate new features and the long talked about “multi-user”” mode which allows multiple WordPress blogs to be run off a single WordPress installation. Not sure how this can help those of us who already have multiple installs up-and-running… but I’m on the lookout for the tutorials that will most certainly emerge now that the release has hit the streets.

Also of interest is that the default theme “Kubrick” that has shipped with WordPress for so long and has been seen on so many blogs… has now been retired in favor of “Twenty Ten”, a new default theme that has been taylored to some of the new functionality such as built in menu-creation utilities. I can’t say I’ll really miss Kubrick, but worth noting all the same.

I’m also not able to recommend the update at this point as I still have to study deeply what effect, if any, the upgrade would have on my existing suite of custom themes. That said, this site is a much simpler theme and I’ve already updated to 3.0 without a single problem… so my guess would be that everything would be fine as customized themes never alter any of the WordPress base code which would be the only code affected by the update… but we’ll see.

The easiest way by far to update your existing WordPress installations is with the Automatic Upgrade plug-in, you can find that here… and if you’d be installing WordPress for the first time… then get started here.