My Google+ Comments for WordPress plugin has been a smashing success with over 2,500 installs so far in just barely couple of weeks. I've just pushed up version 1.4.0 for release with some notable updates that many of you have been asking for.
You can read the changelog here, but here is a summary ... You can now choose the order of the tabs for the various commenting systems and what ever tab is set as the first one becomes the default. So those that wanted to make the WordPress native comments default but still add-in G+ comments or others can now easily do it. Also the icons now use the official images for the various services and also can optionally be hidden. Along with other various misc js and css cleanups this should cover nearly all feature requests up to this point except the addition of a few more optional commenting systems like Twitter, Livefyre, and IntenseDebate, that are all in the works for a future update. If you would like to see others file a support request and I'll get it on the TODO list.
Here is a nice screenshot of it running on cloudhero.net and of the admin options ...
So take 1.4.0 for a spin and let me know what you think. And be sure to Rate the plugin so others can easily find it :)
Big thanks to Kev Quirk over at RefuGeeks for the Banner at the top of our plugin page.
On my latest personal project is a new website. Most of the site is still locked out from the public right now while the finishing touches get put on the websites theme and its initial content gets a final read through. But below is a screencap, take a peek and maybe even pop over to http://www.cloudhero.net and have a look around at it pre-release.
If your in the Web Development Industry in any way then be sure to check back in the middle of the week once its launched. I hope to make it a great ( free, gratis ) resource for the whole spectrum of people in this field, from a single developer to a team of designers or a department of copyrighters, maybe even some jewels that mgmt can latch onto learning about Agile best practices or other software development methods they havent had the time before to sit down and grok fully.
I'm sure the mission will change and evolve with the community that builds around it like with anything, but thats the initial 2 floor Elevator pitch :) Get in touch if the idea grabs you'd like to pitch in, I'd be happy for the help.
I have no inside information at all, and the following should be taken with a HUGE pinch of salt ... but with a countdown ending Feb 19th on Ubuntu.com hinting at a Tablet announcement, and also HTC's Feb 19th announcement countdown one has to wonder a little bit. And now even more when HTC posted the picture below to Instagram as a teaser with what looks like it has some tablet sized devices on the bottom row under covers ... make your own judgement call, how cool would that be. I for one will be eagerly waiting tomorrow to find out :)
For those that have used bzr in the past and are accustomed to “bzr branch lp:~imbrandon/some-project” or similar should like adding this to their ~/.gitconfig
insteadOf = gh:
insteadOf = gh:~
This allows you to “git clone gh:~bholtsclaw/git-bzr” in much the same way. Also if you are a heavy github user I’d highly recommend checking out the “hub” git cli wrapper found here.
A guest post on @fat’s blog by @divya is a great read I think everyone should take a moment to checkout, in part below are a few quotes.
By idolising people, I gave up on my opportunity to change the world, learn something exhilaratingly new, call out the wrongs done, and contribute to right some of the wrongs.
And this one, referring to herself:
None of these required any particular skill or talent, they are merely results of taking an action.
Don’t simply do what the rest of us do, do it differently, do it with pride, do it faster.
Take a stance and have an opinion. Don’t be afraid to be wrong. In fact, you should expect to be proved wrong. We learn the most when we take a chance on something and discover our assumptions were incorrect. Taking risks with our own ideas is how we learn to be stay both humble and ambitious. It’s a delicate balance, but one of the most important.