Feed Diet

I don’t know how to find out how many feed I follow, and I don’t really want to know the truth. But today I am starting a feed diet. I am a news addict and this i one way to reduce the time spent looking at my feeds. There is a few that I don’t even read, or have probably never read, but I at times I found it too hard to unsubscribe to them. In the new netnewswire I can just click on the feed article to unsubscribe from the feed (GENIUS). I am going to document a few that I am unsubscribing from and a little reason as to why.

Cult of Mac – They don’t show the full posts in the feed. I only really subscribe for the mac chick of the month, who I haven’t cared for some time anyways.
Hypbot – It was interesting to read about how artists should promote themselves and I have learned quite a bit, but I am no longer in that business.
Neatorama – They just steal content from others sites who I follow. I will not miss anything here as it will be duplicate content.
GigaOM – Too business for me.
Fatlace – I love looking at the car pictures once a year, but it is just too much for me all the time.
slashgear – I don’t know why i signed up for this site.
Fubiz – The posts are great and beautiful, but I never look at them.
Achthung baby – I used to like the music posts, but I haven’t listened to one in quite a while.
WSJ.com: Speakeasy – Copy and pasted the title, I have never opened a link from them.
Techcrunch – Hacker news will post something that I am interested in from there.
Ars Technica – Same as above.
Geekolinks – They just steal content.
ProBlogger – I don’t care enough about being a pro blogger
Dajaz1 – I don’t liten to the music that they post as much as I should
A List Apart – I don’t need to understand what the web is about

Thats it for today. A lot of these post too much and some maybe post once a day. So this will help my feed diet. I will do this again this week to bring my feed count even lower.

You are doing it wrong

This is a post about how much I have grown with WordPress and how I try to make it easy for people to use.

I went to WordCamp sf 2013 this past year. I love going to word camps I learn something new every time I go to one. And I love watching Matt give the state of the word. But i am actually over it now.

But anyways, while Matt was giving his speech there was a guy in front of me coding a PDF upload form in a wordpress install. There was a custom upload browse button at the bottom of the post screen. And I remembered wanting to so this myself for awhile and I looked into it. It just seemed too complicated and I never really finished it on a project. I don’t remember where or why or when or anything but I remember working one one.

Back to this guy, the PDF would be shown on a calendar if there was a PDF uploaded from this special form. The form looked awful, and it just didn’t seem intuitive. I didn’t think of it until the plane ride home, but I should have gave him an easier way to do it. Which is the wordpress way. I was just more into listening to the state of the word.

If I was asked to do something like this now, I would just have the person upload it to the post and then on the calendar if an attachment equals to PDF then show the link to the PDF. Custom upload forms are just annoying and more fields are just too complicated.

Batch Resize Images in Terminal

I Always resized images in Photoshop by creating an action and then have it run through the images, BORRRRING. It would take forever to do this and just take up time. So I wanted an app that could do it, and there isn’t any free ones or ones that I could google quickly. So I went down the smush.it way, but I didn’t want to upload every image to yahoo. I have about 36 gigs worth of images to resize. So I used the google and found mogrify which is a command line tool for using imagemagick.

So if you are on OS X:

brew install imagemagick

Which will install imagemagick for you.

Then navigate to the folder that you want to batch resize images, and this does it recursively so be careful there is no going back. Do this on a text folder just in case. This will resize all the images in the folder to a width of 980. This will only make images bigger than 980 width smaller. If there are smaller images, say a thumbnail image, it will not make them bigger.

find ./ -name "*.jpg" -exec mogrify -resize 980">" {} \;

If you have a lot of images you will need to change jpg to jpeg and then png and maybe JPG, JPEG and then PNG.