JC Web Concepts

Office Upgrade

So, when I moved into our new house 3 yrs ago, my only requirement was I have my own office. In my last house I was stuck in the basement. When I made videos, I would get the jokes about living in my moms basement. As you can see, all the cords where just all over the place. It was just so bad.

So after I had some back problems, I tied my hand at a standing desk at work. It was nice to have as it helped when my back go stiff. Then I started to work from home more often and at home I do not have one. So I decided it was time to get one. I ordered it and then I decided to re-arrange the office.


So not only did I get an motor operated one, I also decided it was time to hide the cables as well. So now its nicely tied and tucked away.

Got my archives back


So I finally converted all my posts and they are back into WordPress. So now you are probably asking yourself, what is next? Is this site going to go dormant again? The answer is, no I am not going dormant again. Here is the list of things on my TODO list

  1. Find a better temp theme
  2. Add some WordPress plugins to enhance the experience
  3. Build my own theme because, well, I am a web dev and I should have my own made theme
  4. Make some more tutorials on web development

Octopress and Lion

I just bought a few weeks ago a new MacBook Pro and I love it. So now it was time to setup my computer to use rvm and Octopress. So I logged into the Mac App store and downloaded the newest version of Xcode and installed it. I then went to the Octopress webstite and followed the directions on setting up RVM.

I ran into several errors about make and gcc-4.2. So after searching around the internet I found some help. It appears that after version 4.1, Ruby and xcode do not play nice. So I downgraded my version of Xcode and had to install a patch for gcc . Lastly you will want to add the following to your bash_profile or your zshrc:


Now, just restart your terminal app and then go ahead and follow the Octopress site to finish setting it up.

Switching to Octopress

I have decided to leave the world of WordPress, for the world of Octopress . I will have some tutorials on this blogging framework but there are some reasons I made this change. I think the biggest reason I changes was Octopress does not use a database. To me that is just a great performance boost. The application comes with some nice plugins like twitter, Github, and Google+.

Using one command like rake deploy, and it automatically pushes the compiled static content to my web server with 1and1 via rsync. I no longer have to login to an admin panel and use a bloated tool like WordPress has. I can open vim or TextMate and start writing my post using Markdown. So go try it out. I think you guys and gals will love it.

Passing of Steve Jobs

As many bloggers have already done, we have lost someone this past week that was dear to a lot of Mac fanboys. He will be missed but I am sure he was working on his successor for a long time. I wonder how many people added to their Netflix queue, “Pirates of Silicon Valley”? As I am sure everything in that movie had some things that did not happen, Steve gained my respect. So good luck Steve to where ever the road takes you. Good bye.

Partner Program YouTube

Well I thought I would write this quick blog post to let my readers know that I am now a partner on YouTube . There are many benefits to be accepted into this program but the most exciting one for me is I can post videos that are over 10 minutes. I feel a lot better now.
Let me thank you the readers for your support cause without you guys I could not have gotten this. Thank you.

New Site Design

So with me the past few days learning jQuery, I thought I would redesign my site again. This time I have used jQuery in a few places to showcase some of my new things that I have learned. My twitter feed on the right sidebar is being loaded by jQuery. On the bottom of the page you see the link that says back to top, that link when click will slowly slide you back to the top of the page instead of just reloading the whole page. Even after this post I will still be adding more to it. In the next few days I am hoping to write a tutorial on the basics of jQuery. So keep an eye out for that.