Finally running on the latest Typo (4.0)

I’ve been putting off upgrading Typo for a while now (due to lack of time). This blog is now running on -3.99.4- 4.0 (missed the update by 2 hours!).

I have added a temporary fix to “TheLucid Typo theme”:/typo_themes/lucid.zip however keep a lookout for the new version coming soon as promised.

Please reply to this post with any features you would like to see in the next theme release.

Code beauty vs. Obsession

h3. When does the search for beautiful code become an obsession?

Rightly so, “David Heinemeier Hansson”:http://www.loudthinking.com/arc/000419.html constantly pushes for beautiful code, however this in now becoming an obsession for me and I may soon need professional help…

You know things are getting bad when you do something similar to the following:

thing = {
  :store_dir => "public/master",
  :scaled_dir => "public/variants",
  :tmp_dir => "public/temp"
}

And then _have_ to change it so that the symbol names are the same length!!:

thing = {
  :storage_dir => "public/master",
  :variant_dir => "public/variants",
  :tmp_img_dir => "public/temp"
}

I am finding myself becoming more and more obsessional about stuff like this.

* Where is the threshold?
* When does code beauty become an obsession?

If anyone else is suffering from this terrible disorder, please post here, I need support to get through this ;)

Here comes 2006…

With 2006 on the horizon there are so many things that I have still yet to accomplish.

This is not a new years resolution list, more of a reminder to myself as to what I want to get out of the new year.

h3. Moving premises

Something that is sure to help with a fresh start is the fact that “SonicIQ”:http://www.soniciq.com is moving premises on the 1st of Feb. Initial chaos no doubt what with phone lines being transfered etc. but still, a change of location is always good for a bit of variety.

h3. Aims for the new year

* Get the sodding “SonicIQ”:http://www.soniciq.com site live. Four to five years of trading and still only a holding page due to the constant workload.

* Make more time for personal projects, ideas that have been floating around in my head for years and not seen the light of day.

* Take the stress out of work and actually start enjoying it again. With so much to do and not enough time you tend to loose focus on why your actually running a business in the first place.

* Decorate the flat! – Had my flat for three years and still not finished decorating… that’s just silly.

* Have a cracking summer and *go to the beach*. Living five minutes walk from the beach and visiting it once in 2005 is again just silly…

* Make the most of free time. I tend to wear myself down with work that any free time I get is spent lounging around, sleeping and/or stressing about deadlines.

I’m sure I could keep this list going for ever, so I’ll stop now. Hopefully this _will_ act as a reminder to myself to at least act on a couple of these points.

So here is to a prosperous 2006… bring it on, I’m ready this time.

Lucid theme gets a polish… ish..

h3. A few amends to the lucid theme:

* I’ve added a little colour scheme switcher (purely for the purposes of demonstrating the theme with different colours).

* I have added a minty scheme as requested by “Thomas Aylott”:http://subtlegradient.com. Also there is a bleached version, which is basically the theme stripped of most images and colour.

* There is now a transparent search panel which slides down with the results.

Please note that the colour picker is experimental and is only intended to show the theme with different schemes. When the comp. is finished, I will release the schemes separately.

h3. Todo

* Comment styling.
* Cookie getting and setting for fixed/fluid layouts.
* General tidy up.

Time is once again an issue, feel free to make suggestions and I will try to incorporate them as and when I get the time.

p.s. try viewing the theme with images off.

Typo theme contest entry

Well, what can I say. I managed to submit my theme just in time (in it’s current state) however it’s far from finished :( …too much work, not enough play.

Theme is tested in Safari, Firefox and IE6 Win (currently a small issue with IE5.5).

h3. Main features

* Safari search field (and a mimicked version for other browsers).
* A little calendar icon next to each post.
* Lightweight design i.e. divs and images kept to a minimum (although there are few extra divs for fluid).
* Fixed and Fluid designs (a couple of people beat me to it on this one).
* Ruby red colour scheme to depict Typo’s origins.

I had a shed load of features that should have made it into the entry, just didn’t leave myself enough time.

I also had bleached and mint versions of the same theme in the pipeline which looked 100 times better however I ran out of time. These obviously won’t make it into the comp however if anyone is interested, let me know.

h3. What have I leaned from this?

Rounded corners ==+== fluid layout ==+== hatching + vertical gradient= absolute nightmare!! Why? …two words “Internet Explorer”.

I generally don’t like using extra markup for layout however it is necessary for fluid + rounded corner layouts. That I can like with, it’s the fact that 80% of the time spent on this theme was used on workarounds for IE and it’s lack of proper transparent png support.