I still remember my first reaction to installing the Windows 8 beta when it was first released in early 2012. Upon seeing the lack of a Start Menu and no File Explorer shell I panicked and uninstalled the beta and installed Fedora Linux. After about two weeks of using Fedora I realized that too much of what I did on my computer relied on applications like the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office (not to mention gaming on Steam) and Fedora was not compatible with any of it. It was at this time I decided I’d have a new rule when trying something out: use it for two weeks before forming an opinion.
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I was watching Windows Weekly (497: Go for the Donut!) tonight and in Paul Thurrott’s Tip of the Week segment he mentioned Xbox Game Crest, an Xbox Live feature that displayed your account’s stats for the past year. The feature is located on a page called The Reign of You which I immediately went to check out.
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Two days ago, Nintendo gave the world its first look at their new console: Nintendo Switch. My first impression was rather underwhelmed, but thinking back on the recent years, Nintendo hasn’t excited me with their hardware since they announced the Nintendo Revolution. They may have once been a titan in the home console market but I don’t feel 2016 Nintendo’s Wii-U is comparable to the current Xbox and PlayStation consoles. That said, it should be noted that Nintendo’s hand-held 3DS is outselling the competition by at least 15.9 million units. Knowing that their strength is in the hand-held market, it makes me wonder if those sales figures influenced Nintendo’s design of the Switch.
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Today’s course, titled Making Sense of the CSS Box Model, was pretty much a review of an earlier course I took titled CSS: Core Concepts. This course, taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen, had a relatively straightforward message: the web is made of boxes. With this philosophy, we began to cover how one designs a website composed of these boxes.
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Today I completed the WordPress: Building Child Themes course on Lynda.com. This course, which I found to be very enlightening, was taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen. One of the prerequisites for starting this course was to have a local WordPress installation running on your machine. To achieve this, I turned to the Bitnami WAMP stack to install a development web server on my PC. From there I was able to download the WordPress add-on Bitnami created for their WAMP stack and within minutes I was up-and-running.
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I started taking the WordPress Essential Training course taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen on Lynda.com. I have to admit that I found this course hard to get through given the years of experience I already have using WordPress. I powered through it in the hopes of learning something new but, overall, it was five hours of review.
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It was just a few weeks ago that ITT Technical Institute made the news after the US Department of Education banned the for-profit “college” from enrolling new students who used federal financial aid. Today I read that ITT Tech is closing its doors permanently and, frankly, all I could think was, “Good riddance.” After everything I’ve heard in the years leading up to this from friends who have gone to ITT, it’s hard to feel bad about seeing them go away.
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I have finally completed the Become a Front-End Web Developer learning path on Lynda.com! I was tempted to make this post’s featured image a screenshot of Frodo and Sam on the slopes of Mount Doom after they destroyed the ring thinking to myself, “It’s over. It’s done.” Then I thought about it some more and I realized, to quote Count Dooku in his duel with Yoda on Geonosis, “This is just the beginning!”
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Tonight I completed a short course titled Responsive Design Fundamentals instructed by my favorite of the Lynda.com instructors, so far, James Williamson. This course was only 2h 15m long and was basically an overview of the concepts that fueled responsive design. It was nice to have a basic overview of how this worked and the pros and cons of the various techniques of how to accomplish this. Admittedly, while I didn’t know anything going into the course, I found myself dreading the amount of work that goes into making a site properly responsive. With a bit of practice, I feel what I see today as a monumental task will eventually become second nature.
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