Whitespaces to_underscores

White spaces in file and directory names had never been much of an issue for me until I began doing two new things: using gVim as my note-management tool, and putting up websites.  gVim finds files better if all the paths are without whitespaces, and media files in websites work smoother in general if their names are without whitespaces.  So, I wondered how to create a better workflow for intelligently replacing whitespaces with underscores in Windows 7. Read more ›




Directory Listing for gVim Folded viewing

The problem: do I have that somewhere?

Something that was holding me up organisationally was finding out if I had a film, or a podcast, or some notes somewhere on a disk drive that belongs to me but that’s not connected to my machine, which while I’m writing this is my old netbook. Read more ›




Selecting a WordPress theme

This can take a lot of time, because there are so many, but you need one that will allow the kind of functionality that you want.  The more advanced route is to not use an end-user theme at all, but something like _s, and build up your own theme, which is what experienced developers do, sometimes even deciding to write their own frameworks to build onto.  Being way below that level of knowledge, like any WordPress newbie, I looked at a lot of ready built themes, both free and not. Read more ›




So you want a website

Write your own site, with HTML, CSS, PHP, and a bewildering choice of additional web software.  Or rather don’t, it’ll take you years to figure out.  Instead, use the mature tools and services that’re available. Read more ›




How much of a wizard?

When I describe myself as a “technical wizard”, I feel a little like the Wizard of Oz, but only because all wizardry is only really the possession of a little more skill in a certain area than others. Read more ›




Super-charged IT organisation with gVim

I gathered a lot of IT notes, personal notes, work notes, and notes about things that I was interested in over the last 13 years of being IT-enabled.  Before that I used to write things down, or cut-out-and-file, or photocopy stuff. Read more ›