CrushyourheadWow, this proved to be a quite lengthy post in the end. My goal was to collect a bunch of tiny bits that I didn’t feel like making dedicated posts for. I guess some of it probably could’ve been split up after all, but oh well…

Marvin once again has something to say in regards to About pages. And I like his “5 Tips to Spice it Up“. I was originally hoping to re-work my own site, but after thinking it through, I decided to stick with it for now. What I can say is that I will be updating my picture hopefully soon! Now go and check out the tips and see if you need to re-work your own site.

When I presented my bachelor project recently, I used PowerPoint, like any person would. However, as is usually the case, people often tend to think of PowerPoint as “Word in slide-form”. PowerPoint is not Word with a different layout people – it’s a whole different way to present content. Don’t fill up your slides with 12 pt text! To be on the safe side, you should probably just read Seth Godin’s 5 points first.

Switched to Firefox recently? Or been using it “forever”, but still don’t know all the keyboard shortcuts? Check the Firefox Cheat Sheet!

What’s the REAL reason Apple released Safari for Windows? Is it simply Apples SDK for the iPhone? Alex Hung over at Download Squad seems to think so. I can’t help but think he might be onto something…

Commenting on my blog lately?
If you have, you might have seen that I implemented support for Gravatars. What are Gravatars you ask? (if you don’t ask, you may skip this part) Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar. And an avatar, for those who don’t know, is a small picture representing you on blogs or forums. It’s usually tied up to an account you create at a given site. The problem with avatars is that you have to create a new one for every site. Gravatars aim to solve this by hosting your avatar in one location, and letting you use it anywhere. You need to sign up for a free account in order to upload your picture.

How does it work from a users POV?
Your Gravatar is linked to your email address. This means that the email address you use with the Gravatar service should be the same one you are using when commenting on blogs that are Gravatar enabled. When you make a comment on a blog, your email address is encrypted before it’s sent to the Gravatar servers and the correct image is returned. In short: no need to login, or do anything in fact.

How can I enable Gravatar support on my blog?
There are a lot of tools and plug-ins out there, but if your blog is powered by WordPress, just install the Gravatars2 plug-in. You might need to add a line of php code to your comments.php template for the Gravatars to show up. “Might” as in if you didn’t create your template from scratch, chances are the code is already in place and will be activated once the plug-in is installed.

If you don’t have a Gravatar account already, go get one right away. It’s free. It’s easy to use (no logging in once you have created your avatar). You could say it is for avatars what OpenID is for logins.

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