New Blog Layout and New Intrepidity Theme Changes

intrepidity business theme New Blog Layout and New Intrepidity Theme Changes photo    technology news blogroll  wordpress theme wordpress skin wordpress website web UI theme software skin programming php open source online look and feel internet html github css blog So I’ve bitten the bullet finally, and changed my blog layout. For those of you repeated visitors I’m sure you noticed, for the rest of you who are new to my site, it’s worth saying that the old theme has been on my blog since its inception — which is a few good years back, so needless to say I was sort of fed up with it icon smile New Blog Layout and New Intrepidity Theme Changes photo    technology news blogroll  wordpress theme wordpress skin wordpress website web UI theme software skin programming php open source online look and feel internet html github css blog

As you do in such cases, you browse around the WordPress Theme Gallery and finally I came across Intrepidity theme by Top Blog Formula — it looks clean and neat so I installed it right away and started configuring it. I loved it right away, but found a few areas of improvement. So I’ve put on my WordPress/PHP hat, created a GitHub repo and started hacking away at it! icon smile New Blog Layout and New Intrepidity Theme Changes photo    technology news blogroll  wordpress theme wordpress skin wordpress website web UI theme software skin programming php open source online look and feel internet html github css blog The result is right in front of you, as I’ve installed the changes I’ve operated right on my blog!

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Product Idea: Evernote and Calendar

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I know by now, by the way, that I can create notes based on calendar events using something like Powerbot. That in itself is a useful tool, if someone sends you an invite with an agenda attached to it and you want to add your notes during the meeting.

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Of Romans and Cereals

iStock 000020695852Large breakfast strawberies 150x150 Of Romans and Cereals photo    toastmasters blogroll  venus toastmasters speech Rome Romans roman goddess roman god Roman Empire Neptune Mercury Mars Jupiter god Cupid ceres cereals Apollo ancient Rome This is the 3rd speech I delivered to Toastmasters and it’s part of Competent Communicator manual #3: “Get to the Point”. As a reminder, the objectives of the project are:

  • clearly identifying your target objective: entertain, persuade, inform or inspire the audience
  • maintain focus to achieve the target

With that in mind, here’s the speech I gave for this project:

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I Am a Poet

iStock 000021023080XSmall pencils crayons 150x150 I Am a Poet photo    toastmasters blogroll  toastmasters speech software engineer poet imagination computers coding coder This is the first speech I delivered for Toastmasters in London: “The Icebreaker“. As a reminder, the objectives of this project are:

  • To begin speaking before an audience
  • To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention

With that in mind, here’s the speech I gave:

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It’s Emperor Trajan’s Fault

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  • Select and appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech
  • Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message
  • Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion.

With that in mind, here’s the speech — including the props:

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Java Strings vs Ropes

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Snow In My Hometown

Just got these — snow and snowdrops!

“Hey, We’re Trying for a Baby!”

iStock 000017601957XLarge cute kid girl 150x150 Hey, Were Trying for a Baby! photo    random thoughts fun time blogroll  society pregnancy couples babies Ok, peeps, I have to get this off my chest — I tolerated it enough and it’s now time to say something methinks. Please bear with me and my potty mouth throughout this post and understand that really this is beginning to do my head in now — the sole reason behind this post. (Hint: would really like to know if I’m the only one who gets utterly annoyed by this rubbish, so leave a comment by all means, please!)

This is for all you parents-to-be out there, and in fact for all of you who dream of being parents at some point — which I have nothing against, as the post is about to reveal. Come to think of it, this is probably for everyone icon smile Hey, Were Trying for a Baby! photo    random thoughts fun time blogroll  society pregnancy couples babies So just read away.

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Keep Your Shop On One Floor

iStock 000001520729XSmall office chair sofa 150x150 Keep Your Shop On One Floor photo    technology product ideas 2 blogroll  wiki Visual Basic VB user interface UI team building team startups startup software development Rugby RAD tool product development network share London development bay area I’ve decided to write this following discussions and things I’ve observed with some of the startups (in the Bay Area or on the other side of pond), as it just occurred to me that occasionally simple (yet very effective) aspects of a startup are being missed out entirely. Sadly, these results in most cases in either a sluggish operation of a startup or, even worse, in totally slowing down to a halt the actual product development and operations of the business.

One would argue that simple and/or small details surely don’t matter that much — it’s all about the big picture, right? However, if you ever played rugby — though I’m sure this applies to a lot of other team sports — you will hear often, during the training sessions as well as during the game, the coach iterating to the player over and over and over again: “Do the f*** basics right, that’s how we win this game!”. I was puzzled myself initially at the simplicity of these shouts advices — but having played (well, if you can call that “playing” I guess) for a while, it started to make sense:

  • you will not win a game if your players passing to each other is sloppy and the ball gets dropped at each phase;
  • you will most certainly not win if your players can’t win their own lineout and scrum;
  • you will not win if your players are giving away penalties;
  • you will not win if your players can’t ruck and defend the ball properly at breakdown;
  • … and the list goes on — all of these being nothing but very simple set plays that you practice over and over and over during training.

You can have a Dan Carter in your team, but if no one else can pass to him, you’re screwed. So, despite what you might think, it turns out that indeed it is the case that you have to do the basics right in order to be able to do the advanced too and concentrate on the bigger picture — think of it if you will as a Maslow pyramid, with the basics being (derr!!) at the base, right? icon smile Keep Your Shop On One Floor photo    technology product ideas 2 blogroll  wiki Visual Basic VB user interface UI team building team startups startup software development Rugby RAD tool product development network share London development bay area

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Samsung, Darling, Please Fix Your Galaxy Gear S…t!

OK so I’ve got myself a while back a Samsung Galaxy Gear watch and set it all up to connect to my Samsung Galaxy S3 and all that stuff — and as you recall, I’ve actually published a post about software upgrades and what-not needed to actually get to install the right stuff and get the 2 of them to talk to each other.

Well, I honestly thought at the time I’m one of the 0-point-0-0-0-0-X percent of people who had this issue, on the basis my Android OS was a bit behind and so was the case with my Samsung Apps on my phone. However, looking recently at my blog traffic and analyzing the search terms used by peeps to hit my blog (thank you, Wassup!) it turns out that the problem is much bigger than I thought: simply looking at a couple of days worth of traffic revealed so many searches against this problem:

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Holy Molly! That’s a lot of searches for a small blog like mine! Bearing in mind that my blog post is still rather recent (I’m surprised Google and the likes indexed it already), and the fact that there are other websites out there which will appear top of search results to their SEO efforts, I’d venture to guess I’ve only captured about maybe 5% of the search results on this matter — so you’re looking at 20 times that in terms of searches a day on this issue. Times that 30 for a month and you get I think a few hundred people pissed off because of this.

So dear Samsung, can you please fix your sh..t for the next release of your wearables? Come on, make it actually nice to buy this and use it ok? icon wink Samsung, Darling, Please Fix Your Galaxy Gear S...t!  photo    technology random thoughts news blogroll  wassup samsung wearable samsung mobile samsung galaxy s3 samsung galaxy gear samsung galaxy samsung mobile phone LinkedIn galaxy s3 galaxy gear android os android