Josh Betz

Engineer, Solver of problems, Wisconsin Badger

Adding Tumblr

It sounds rediculous, but I think I’m going to start using tumblr. No, no, it’s not going to replace anything on this site. This will be in addition to the nothing that I already do here. Told ya it sounded ridiculous.

I think it was when I was on @garyvee‘s website one day when I decided to sign up for an account. The idea of different post-types is something that I tried to start on my blog awhile back with asides(which I’ve since ditched) and image galleries(which I’m currently working on), except on Tumblr it’s built in and not some crazy theme hack.

I’ve been curious about Tumblr for a long time. As soon as I saw the interface I loved it. As soon as I saw that you could set it up with a custom URL, for free, I was hooked. It’s ridiculously customizable with some good looking templates right off the line.

Integrating it.

I knew there had to be some way to integrate this into my site without imposing on the WordPress blog. I had no idea how I would generate enough content for my main blog and a tumbleblog, but now it seems quite obvious. (more…)

Extra Space under Image Links Fix

Have you ever had the problem of having a little extra space under images on your website? This has been driving me crazy since I started the FancyFlickr plugin and noticed a little extra space under all of the images on my site.

The problem is that by default the bottom of images are lined up with the baseline of the text — which means the bottom of most letters, but there is still that small space for the bottoms of letters like p and q.

By default vertical-align is set to baseline. All you have to do to fix the problem is set

a img { vertical-align: bottom; }

Viola! Problem solved.

Dell Mini 10v unboxing

So the Dell Mini 10v that I’ve been waiting for since Christmas came in yesterday. What a great little machine. Right now I’m calling it the Macbook Mini since I installed OSX shortly after taking it out of the box.

Unfortunately the first thing I had to do was downgrade the BIOS, which was a little stressful, but after that it was smooth sailing. Here are some photos of the unboxing: (more…)

WordPress login/out

Lately I’ve been putting a login link in the footer of my site, but it’s also nice for that to be a logout link when you’re already logged in as well as inserting a link to the site admin section. This line of code does exactly that:


<?php if ( is_user_logged_in() ) { echo "<a href='" . get_option('siteurl') . "/wp-admin/'>Site Admin</a> |"; } ?> <?php wp_loginout(); ?>

Blogroll Links Favicons

I was recently having problems with the Blogroll Links Favicons WordPress plugin. The plugin gets the favicon for all the links that you have displayed on any given page using the WordPress links system. The problem was that the standard way the plugin does this is to add a new anchor link inside the list-item for each link. This was a problem for me because the anchor links were styled, so when I added the plugin everything was messed up.

I thought it would be better if the plugin just set the background image of the anchor link that was already there to the favicon and indented the text of the link. I’ve sent an email to the author of the plugin requesting that he make this the default way to display the favicons, but just incase that doesn’t happen, here’s the code that makes it happen:

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