Love is in the air

Saturday, 31st March, 2018

I love my web host. I always link to their site using my affiliate link, and I have sent a few customers their way in the past. But their affiliate banner was a low resolution GIF image shown below.

ThisWebHost.com GIF Affiliate Banner

GIF banner they had

So I took it upon myself, got the SVG logo from their site, and recreated that affiliate banner in SVG format using Sketch. Close enough?

ThisWebHost.com SVG Affiliate Banner

SVG banner I created

The House

Friday, 30th March, 2018

The HouseSaw it yesterday. A bit low on comedy but okay.

Continuous, automatic Time Machine backups

Thursday, 29th March, 2018

SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB

See that? Exactly!

So I sold my 1 TB Western Digital My Passport USB 2 external hard disk for dirt cheap to a student who came with 3 sketchy looking friends to pick it up.

Then I bought a 128 GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3 flash drive. The thing is so tiny its almost invisible.

Now it is connected to one of the USB ports of my MacBook Pro for ever.

And Time Machine is taking regular backups to it automatically every few minutes. Backup A game!

Customize AMP pages on WordPress

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

So Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages project is gaining momentum. If you are using this AMP plugin made by Automattic on your WordPress site, it comes with a standard design for all the post types.

But if you are not satisfied with the layout & need to customize your AMP page design to make it stand out from the rest then here is how you can do that.

This is the relevant documentation for the above plugin, keep it handy, the customization page has code snippets you can use to insert elements in common header & footer.

To create a completely customized header, footer, single page or post etc:

  1. Navigate to your site’s “wp-content > plugins > amp > templates” folder.
  2. Here you will find the base templates that the plugin uses. Copy the template you wish to modify.
  3. Create a folder named ‘amp’ inside your currently active theme folder, put this template there.
  4. It will override the plugin’s template file. Now customize this file.

Adding custom fonts

You can add custom fonts from Google Fonts & more, font icons such as FontAwesome to your AMP pages in the <head> section by adding following code in the theme’s functions.php:

Adding custom CSS

You can add custom, internal CSS to the <head> section of a AMP page, but it is better to keep all those CSS rules in a CSS file inside the theme folder & then include that file’s contents in the <head> using the PHP include() function inside functions.php as follows:

Sleep better

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

By giving a flying fuck about:

  • News
  • Social media
  • Credit card points
  • Fair weather friends

Apple be cray cray

Monday, 19th March, 2018

So my MacBook Bro which is about to turn 7 in less than a month have had its multiple organs fail on me over the years. One of which was the audio system. Since a good few years the sound had decreased to a level where it was hard to hear & very coarse to bear, as if a tiny radio speaker was placed inside an empty tin jar, too feeble & pointless. I almost always had to use earphones to listen to something. I didn’t mind.

Last Saturday I took it to a free checkup camp at an Apple authorized service center. All they did was open up the back cover & clean the dust with a brush & vacuum cleaner.

Today I noticed the sound icon on the menu bar was completely greyed out. It didn’t show me ‘Internal Speakers’ as an sound output device in ‘System Preference > Sound’.

I thought this was it, my MBP had finally turned mute for ever. But I could output the audio to a earphone or a speaker connected via Airplay. So I switched between those 2 outputs for a while in the settings & then the internal speakers output option appeared again.

And now I hear the sound better than it has been in years! Its not back to like when the machine was brand new but its much better than what it was since past few years. Its a miracle & I am not complaining.

Baywatch

Monday, 19th March, 2018

BaywatchSaw it today. Light hearted comedy & action, the way I like them these days, without needing much brain processing power.

Public Provident Fund

Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

If you invest in PPF then I suggest you max it out to 1.5lakhs. Its a safe way of ‘saving’ if not ‘investment’ in a world full of uncertainty. Even if you have other modes of investment to show towards Form 80C deductions, still do it because of the good rate of interest & zero tax on the whole amount.

And deposit the complete amount in one instalment in the beginning of a financial year between 1st to 5th April, that way you earn interest for the whole year, maximize your return.

Gaining confidence

Monday, 12th March, 2018

Even though still at a beginner level, I’ve slowly started gaining some confidence working with GitHub, SSH & PHPMyAdmin to setup WordPress dev sites, manage local > dev > live site environments using GitHub, import/exporting database, altering things in database tables, moving stuff around with SSH.

Transitioning from the role of just a frontend developer to take more responsibility of the overall development life cycle.

Wikipedia Yoga

Sunday, 11th March, 2018

In My Humble Opinion [don’t have to abbreviate every single thing!], the ability to read an entire Wikipedia article without clicking any further links is a practise of patience & mindfulness in itself. Its like yoga for your brain.