New Post Notification

Here is a snippet of code to add to your site that will allow anyone who is a member of your site to receive an email notification whenever a new post is added. This is not a plugin; you really don't need a plugin to turn this feature on.

Here is a snippet of code to add to your site that will allow anyone who is a member of your site to receive an email notification whenever a new post is added. This is not a plugin; you really don’t need a plugin to turn this feature on. Continue reading “New Post Notification”

Tricks with CSS

There are some really great things that can be done with stylesheets these days. For instance, I've been looking for ways to stylize buttons and small graphics, gradient backgrounds, borders, etc. so as to lighten the load on a page. Here is one example of the work I've experimented with.

I saw a nice “download” button today, and thought I’d see if I could re-create it in CSS. Here’s the graphic:

Next, I decided to try breaking it down into elements. There is a dark border around the item, a green gradient background, white text and a green shadow around the text. I have a few tricks for completing this:

  1. For analyzing the image, you can use your own graphics software, or go to pixlr.com and upload the image (which is what I did). The border turns out to be close to #666. The shadow on the text is close to #351. The font used looks to be Helvetica (possibly Arial) and set to bold. The width is 110px and the height is 31px.
  2. The gradient is a little harder. I also have a trick for this. Inside pixlr, I cut down the image to where there is only the gradient showing (trim the border, then crop the image to just a section showing the green gradient). I use the Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator – this site allows you to upload an image that contains gradient. The site will analyze the gradient and spit out the CSS-equivalent code for you.

Click the link below to download the complete HTML page, including all CSS used and a copy of the graphic used above.

iCloud for XP

With the help of this post, I've successfully installed iCloud on my Windows XP machine. Here's how.

With the help of this post, I’ve successfully installed iCloud on my Windows XP machine. Here’s how.

I’m including instructions on how to do this yourself. However, if you’d rather just skip straight to the install, I’m including both the altered iCloud.msi and iCloud64.msi files for download at the bottom of this post.

First off, you’ll need the iCloud Windows control panel. Next, you’ll need a file archiver; I prefer 7-Zip. Lastly, you’ll need Orca MSI Editor.

  1. Download all programs. Install 7-Zip and Orca MSI Editor. Don’t install iCloud just yet.
  2. Using 7-Zip, extract the file contents of iCloudSetup.exe You should see a file called “iCloud.msi” and one called “iCloud64.msi”, among many others.
  3. Using Orca MSI Editor, open either iCloud.msi (iCloud64.msi).
  4. In the editor window, you’ll see LaunchCondition in the left-hand column. Right now, it says “VersionNT = 600”. You want it to read “VersionNT = 200”. Make that change, and then save the file.
  5. Now, when you open iCloud.msi (or iCloud64.msi), you should be able to complete the install! If you need instructions, they’re on the Apple website.

Want to skip all the hacking and editing? Click below to download the files.