Live blog is coming back
In preparation for major changes to the website, I’m doing some housecleaning. I’m saddened that Posterous is shutting down… To keep our existing posts alive, I am moving our LIVE subdomain here back in WordPress. What’s unclear is how well the archived data will meld into the website. I plan to use the techniques outlined in a recent WordPress dev post:
Next up, RSS
The future of Feedburner is unclear so I’m taking the subdomain “RSS” and keeping it as a standard A-Record until I find a polished alternative, in the event Feedburner goes officially belly-up.
I admit, my 2011 theme wasn’t done well and was rushed out the door. “Pedestal of the Lunar Fang” was my adaptation (child theme) of WordPress’s Twenty Eleven parent theme and served as a way for me to understand the child theme process, inherited CSS, and proper customization workflow. The next theme, launching spring 2013, will also be a child theme but from a different source. If I have edits, I will publish them in my GitHub repository.
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Some of the week’s most interesting tech news…
Dropbox woos 100 million users and counting
Want to know how Dropbox has created such a monstrous following? Simple —they weaved the service around a seamless user-experience, mobile-friendly options, and no-nonsense usage. It doesn’t matter how powerful a technology is; if there’s enough complexity then the market will avoid it out of sheer confusion.
Microsoft to offer DirectX 11.1 as a Windows 8 exclusive
Our take: This one is a toss-up. The situation pits the gamer community (which usually takes a wait-and-see approach based on performance benchmarks) against big title studios —generally flushed with cash to partner with Microsoft to market their game prominently alongside a Windows 8 badge. Many hardcore gamers are averse to newer graphics drivers if they don’t explicitly state improvements in FPS or stability. UPDATE: Microsoft may release some features of DirectX 11.1 for Windows 7.
I’m keeping this update short this week as I’ve had some technical problems with my site —which will make for a great article soon…