“Modern Blue” WordPress template planned release for WP 2.5

Sir Soybean and I have been working on making this blog’s theme look pretty. What you may not know yet is in three weeks, you’ll be able to use it with your blog! Unfortunately, the template will require WordPress 2.5, so you’ll have to either wait until it is released or download an unstable copy via the subversion repository. But you can, however, download a copy from the LlamaSlayers subversion repository, or a stable release from our Google code project.

Please, if you find out anything wrong with the template or want us to add new features, let us know.

Of course, since WP2.5 hasn’t been released yet, this blog isn’t running on the new version that you can download at the Google code site.

If you do use this template, please leave in the footer link. It allows other people to get the template and be just as happy as you are with it.

My email server sucks.

Before I start this blog post, I want to say something completely un-related:  I switched to PHP5 today.

Ok, so I tested out a new contact form that I’m building and…  15 minutes later I get the email in my inbox.  Which means that if I’d used Google’s GMail servers to send messages, I’d be saving 15 minutes of (what I hope is) waiting in a line for my message to be sent.

I was searching around for a way to use SMTP with my PHP configuration, and I found this.  From what I have figured out so far, it’s the perfect addition to my contact form.  I was using the contact form by Nate Dentzau, but with this new PHP class, it looks like I’m going to be able to make my own!

[tags]Programming, PHP, SMTP, GMail, Google[/tags]


Ok, so after thousands of willow trees died for no apparent reason, I am finally done with my goal…

Or at least the first part.

You see, I’m not cutting down trees for nothing, I’m cutting them down so I can get a high enough fletching level to make magic bows.  Woodcutting levels were just an added bonus.

Now, I’ll be in a bank on Runescape 24/7 (whether I’m logged in or not), carving my logs to bow-like shapes.

I would also like to bring an important issue to hand, world hunger.  Did you know you can help stop world hunger just by having a large vocabulary?  Go to http://www.freerice.com/.  I have donated 180 grains so far.

WordPress 2.3


The past 3 months we’ve been working feverishly on the next version of WordPress, 2.3. Today we’re releasing the first beta of 2.3 and we’re hoping the more adventurous and savvy among you will help us test it.

Some of the features of 2.3 include plugin and core update notification, built-in tags support, faster javascript, and SEO-friendly URL redirection.

However all of the new functionality is still very rough, so only test the beta if you are comfortable troubleshooting PHP issues, filing tickets, and backing up your data religiously. If you’re interested you can join the wp-testers mailing list and download the beta here.

Although this blog will not be put into the beta version, I think that the new features (in bold) are awesome. I would very much like to be notified for core updates, the ability to use tags will be awesome and faster is always better. Search engines aren’t bringing an overly impressive amount of people to the site so I guess that the final feature outlined in the quote is a good one too.

You can find the article that I quoted from here.