The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress — good read for all WordPress users

I am a huge fan of WordPress and use is for all my websites, be it for blogging or any form of content management. Came across The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress and from what I have seen, it is well thought out and well written.

It is not technical but rather on how to make WordPress work for you. The book covers the basics, essentially explaining the significant difference between .org and .com versions of WordPress, as well as how categories, pages and tags are used. The book’s best guidance is a result of Gunelius’s (the author) reliance on Web designers’ experience. For example, she recommends the plugin All for One SEO by Joost de Valk, a Web designer favorite in the blogosphere.

What you will learn reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress

  • How to create policies regarding comments, privacy, and terms and conditions of usage
  • A few words about CSS and HTML
  • How to manage feeds and subscriptions
  • The subtle differences among categories, pages and posts, as well as managing hierarchy and navigation
  • How to use links and polls
  • How to insert advertising into your blog
To make sure you have a copy for your book rack .. get it at Amazon below.

Nvidia Tegra 3 based Asus Transformer probably called Asus Transformer 2

I think I am going to hold off a bit in getting my Android based tablet. The idea was to get a Asus Transformer which is a Nvidia Tegra 2 based tablet.

The Nvidia Tegra 3 is the new Quadcore processor from Nvidia in the Tegra series and the next Asus Transformer will be sporting this processor.

The AndroidGuys wrote about this and I quote

There has been constant speculation about which device will feature the new quad-core processor from Nvidia. The first device was suppose to launch in August although will now be pushed back until possibly early 2012. According to Fudzilla, a group of sources have stated that the quad-core 40nm Tegra processor (Kal El) will be seen in the Asus Transformer 2. Since the first Transformer shipped with the Tegra 2, its only obvious that the next would ship with the Kal El processor. The Transformer is already one of the most unique Android tablets and with the addition of Kal El it will become the most powerful.

Current speculation is that this new Asus Transformer 2 will come in at the same price point as the current Asus Transformer tablet.  So it looks like I have to wait a bit in getting that tablet.

How-to: Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on HTC Desire – Stock

At the moment it is almost impossible to get Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your HTC Desire directly from HTC or any one of the operators.  In South Africa I would reckon that this will never happen.  

Now what to do if you want Gingerbread on your phone?  If you not interested in the stock HTC ROM which included Sense then you can install the CyanogenMod Rom and the easiest way to do that is via the ROM Manager which you can get in the Android Market.

Now if you want the stock HTC ROM with Sense then I have found only one worthwhile ROM and that is the one by XDA developer, teppic74.  I have been using his ROM for the past year (FROYO one) and have not had any issues with it.  The Gingerbread one is even beter than the Froyo one.

You can find everything about this ROM on the XDA forums at and all the downloads are also there.  

Note that to flash this ROM you will need ClockworkMod Recovery v and not the version 3 or later.  The scripts do not run in the never Recovery.  Also you will need to wipe your existing phone incuding apps and data.  So make a backup with something like Titanium Backup.

The one big advantage in this ROM is the better functioning of standard move to SD card.  I do not make use of a2sd so depend on this functionality.  In Froyo I ran out of memory soon and on Gingerbread it seems a lot better.

Happy flashing and hope you will like your new Gingerbread ROM.

Review: Dreamhost as a webhost – excellent experience and the best hosting I found.

I do not often promote a service but decide that one is worth promoting. I have been a Dreamhost customer for the past 3 year and have not had any bad experience yet. In fact the experience has been excelent so far.  

I have been using webhosting companies for the past 10 years or so and had dealt with a few,  One of my main requirments is hosting multiple domains since I do host domains for other people.  I ended up with Dreamhost abour 3 years ago after going through 2 or 3 other hosts that just did not come to the party when needed.  My first years hosting costed me something like $20 dollars and I just said that I had nothing to loose in trying them out.  It is now 3 years later and I have not looked back.  

I am a techie so like to play around with things and Dreamhost allows me to do it, whether it be with Shell access, a SVN server to do my version control or some fancy PHP stuff I am playing with.  There is just one thing missing, GIT, Dreamhost, can you add GIT Server to your offerings?

When one follows their blog or their Twitter feed then one is always informed about what it going on, what server is in trouble and what they doing about it.  Oh and I love their April fools jokes also.

This blog and my other personal blog is running on Dreamhost. I have also got a fair amount of other domains for friends and customers running on Dreamhost.  There is not many hosting companies out there that give you Unlimted domains, Unlimited bandwidth, Unlimited MySQL DB’s and Unlimited storage for only $8.95 per month. 

So if you in the market for a hosting company then I can highly recomment Dreamhost.  You will not be sorry and will never run out of capacity.

On the other hand if you just looking for somebody to host your blog and email on your own domain then contact me via the comments to this post.  I will get in contact with you and we can set something up.

Is SwiftKey X Beta the best Android keyboard around .. I think so.

A couple of days ago I installed the new Beta of Switkey keyboard on my HTC Desire Android phone and must say I am impressed with it.  It is now called Switchkey X (assume the X is for next generation).  Here is a screenshot of the keyboard using Tweetdeck (my other favourite Android app).

What I like about this keyboard is that it looks at your Facebook, Twitter and gMail and learn your language style.  Although I started off with US English, it quickly adapted to my style of language including all the Afrikaans words I am using.

Here is an article on Android and Me that have a writeup on it. Also this Youtube video gives a very good introduction to it:

The app is currently in beta so it is free in the Android Market.  When it moves out of beta and become a paid app then I will definitely buy it.

Geek in me — Linux in your browser using JavaScript

This is just so awesome … running Linux (Linux (none) 2.6.20 #3 Sat May 14 19:08:30 CEST 2011 i586 GNU/Linux if you run uname -a) right in your browser and this is a working Linux as you can see from the screenshot below.

You can see I cd’ed to the root directory and did a ls -al to list the directory structure.  Also had a look at what user is running with a whoami and you will see that you are root.  Go to to have a play with it.

ASUS Eee Transformer Pad and Android 3.0 software update

The Asus Eee Transformer Pad was only released a couple of days ago and it already received it’s first software update.  Android was updated to version 3.0.1 and it mainly added new Asus Software that was not ready when the tablet was released.

One thing that I am looking at when deciding to buy a new tablet is how quickly the manufacturer (Asus in this case) release new software updates.  This is a very good sign from Asus.


Android Tablet from Lenovo – the ThinkTab

As mentioned in my previous post .. I am current investigation a 10.1 inch Android Tablet.  The latest one to enter is Lenovo Android Tablet with an optional keyboard.

Here is the specs for it.  

From what I could read, the USB 2.0 port is on the tablet and not the optional keyboard which in my book makes more sense.

Everyday a new entrant is entering the Android Tablet market but what would interest me much is the support after the initial release.  How quicly updates gets pushed out to the devices? How close to the original Google Android each device stays .. the more customization is done, the longer it normaly takes to get updates to the market.  My opinion is to stay with people that knows the Android landscape like Samsung, HTC and Motorola.  It will be good to see how Asus and Lenovo fairs in this market.

Android made from beads — Just in SA.

Pick this up via Paul Jacobson’s blog.  Android made from beads … looks so much better than the plastic one’s .. this one has some character 🙂

Image credit goes to Paul — large version of his post here.

Android Tablet: What to get? – Asus EeePad leads the pack.

I am currently in the market for a Android tablet and are busy doing my homework.  Originally I was considering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 but over the last couple of days the ASUS EeePad Tranformer caught my eye. It has an optional keyboard in which the tablet/screen docks into.  This transforms the tablet basically into a netbook.

Here is a Youtube video of it:

You can also plug in a USB keyboard and mouse which is cool.

What I do not like is that the USB ports sit on the keyboard dock.  It would have been cool if the USB ports would have been on the tablet itself so that one can add a keyboard and mouse without the dock.

The Asus EeePad Transformer goes on sale next week in the US for $399 which is not bad.  Lets hope we see this here in SA at a reasonal price.  I would love to get my hands on one of these babies to review.  Asus SA, @asus_za, .. how about it?