Design your own Linux System

Install Linux

The System Designer allows you to design a Linux system profile which can be downloaded onto a single network install image. When inserted into a target system, the boot image will automatically build the system per your design — all hands free, all via the network, no additional media required.

WordPress and displaying code snippets in blogs

I’m having real problems displaying code snippets in WordPress. I’ve done a search for a possible pluggin to solve the problem and I’ve come across a plugin called, surprising enough Code Snippet. I’m going to install it and see how good it is.

I’ve had to change the CSS thats supplied with the code snippet pluggin from:
[code lang=”css”]border: 1px solid #ccc;
background: #eee;
padding: 5px;margin:10px;[/code]

to:

[code lang=”css”] font: 1.1em ‘Courier New’, Courier, Fixed;
border: 1px dotted #ddd;
margin: 15px 30px 0 10px;
padding: 5px;
background: #666666;
color: #ffcc66;
display: block; [/code]

As you can see it doesn’t look too bad, I’ll continue to use it and with luck won’t find any problems with it. Going to have to change all the rest of the blogs that have code in them to match this one. Just about to go through the rest of the code blogs and change the format a little.
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Creating a browser icon for IE and Firefox

Instructions on how to create a browser icon for your website like the scottish flag below, I didn’t do this one personally, Mark was kind enough to donate it to me. Big thanks!

Browser Icon

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Going to start another MCP next week

I’m about to start another Microsoft MCP this week, just as soon as I have time to build a server at home, I’ve already got the domain linuxhome.co.uk pointing at my home network such that it is (only 2 PC’s). The server will be running either Windows 2000 or 2003, I’m quite looking forward to the challenge.

Exchange Server 2003 exam 70-284 is the exam, hopefully I’ll get through it pretty quickly, it all depends on how busy I’ll be at work and how much of a lunch break I take.

MSCA Book

Looking for a Gallery addon or plugin for WordPress

I’m currently looking for a photo gallery program for wordpress. I’m going to list them and test then as I go, remembering of course to backup everything before I install everything. First one on the list is:

  1. Plogger
  2. Gallery 1.5.2
  3. Gallery 2.0 (newer version of the above)
  4. QDig
  5. Simple PHP gallery
  6. Lazyest Gallery

Going to have a look at Lazyest Gallery first since it looks to be the easiest to install. Continue reading

Trying the Phoenixrealm 0.2 wordpress Theme

I’m currently looking for a nice themes to apply to this website, not that I don’t like the current default one. But I suspect that there are a few thousand blogs out there that are the have the default WordPress Theme.

At some point in the future I intend to write or adapt a theme to suite this site, having read a bit about these things on a few website, it seems that a lot of people online don’t like default themes.

I’ve eventually chosen this theme called Phoenixrealm 0.2 which I can live with, I think I’ll have to change it a bit to suite this site but overall it’s nice a clean. I have a slight problem with the photo link which I’m working on at the moment.

Solved the conflict between the Phoenixrealm theme and Lazyest Gallery 0.8.2 wordpress plugin by adding the following to lazyest-index.php file.

[code lang=”html”] // Gallery Page
$lg_width = get_option(‘lg_gallery_width’);
?>
// Add a [/div] after the comments to ensure that
// the theme body displayed ok
// remember to change the [] to <>
// Billy Dickson 14/02/06
[/code]

Moving from Movable Type to WordPress

Having played around with Movable Type for 2 weeks and getting more and more frustrated with it, I’ve decided to move my blogs to WordPress. Hopefully I’ll have a bit more luck with using it. I have noticed already that there seems to be a lot more help and tutorial avalable to help with the learning curve which is nice.

I’m currently reading about importing my Movable Type blog into WordPress