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Trotz.com Version 2.0


Greetings and salutations. I’ve been longing to redesign ye olde Trotz.com for a few months now, and found it so very simple to quickly install WordPress 2.0, pick a nice theme, and add a handful of enhancements during my lunch hour. I’m very pleased with the result – much cleaner, hopefully eaiser to use (note the font size control at the top of the right column). Shout-outs to Jerik One (developer of the Lush theme), PhotoMatt (creator of the Sidebar Widgets architecture), and the creators of all these fine widgets: Weather widget & Plugin, the FlickrRSS widget, Last.fm Covers, XboxLive Gamercard, Netflix widget and plugin, the Category Cloud widget. Please take advantage of the comments feature to tell me what you think!

Update: I’m aware of some problems with the navbar appearing in Internet Destroyer Explorer. I’ll work on this after our evening out tonight – if the margaritas don’t do too strong a number on me.

Moblog & My New Treo 650

Yesterday, I became the proud owner of a Cingular Treo 650. This is an upgrade from my 2-year-old Sprint Treo 600. The biggest advantages of the new device is the muchly improved screen and backlit keyboard. The other advantage is that I’m on Cingular/AT&T’s network. The GPRS network from Cingular already seems to trump Sprint’s CDMA technology. And Cingular actually has an SMS system that works in timeframes of seconds, not hours. The other great feature is the higher-resolution camera. Shutterbug that I am, I had tried and failed to setup my old phone to transmit photos to my blog. But with the new phone, Versamail setup with my Trotz.com email, my account at Flickr.com, and good ol’ reliable Moveable Type, my mobile photo blog is now up and running. The picture quality won’t be great, but think of this as a modern take on Lomography. And it will probably be the first location we post pictures of Baby Trotz when that blessed event occurs!

Kudos to CNN

Nice to see my employer, CNN, getting a tip of the hat from USA Today. CNN has created the first regularly scheduled segment on the blogosphere. Seen weekdays during Judy’s Wooruff’s Inside Politics, the brainchild of new CNN head John Klein launched on February 14th. Klein is quoted:

“We want to demystify blogging,” Klein says. “We want to peel back all those layers and also do a reading of the blogs that our audience doesn’t have the time to do.”

I couldn’t agree more. Yeah, if you’re reading this blog you probably have already heard most of what they talk about each afternoon – but the segment goes a long way toward educating the other 99.999% of America what blogging is all about. PS – They are using a couple of spiffy Macs for the segment. What’s not to like! ;-).