fixing iLindsay’s tumblr

This post is going to be actually something I have never done before, and I don’t know if I will ever do again. It’s a post meant for one, as it’s code to fix their tumblr. If you don’t know what a tumblr is get one, it’s a wonderful service. This is basically just css, however I did slice out some code from the original page (page breaks for example) and replaced it with css where applicable.

I will try to provide some description so that if you want to read on it will be of some use to you, however I will be addressing Lindsay directly in this post, so don’t be mad at me if I call you Lindsay, I assure you it’s nothing personal.

Before continuing Lindsay I would highly recomend you somehow back up your code, as who knows I could make an error or you could make an error and I don’t want you to ruin what already is working just in case.

Anyways Lindsay the code snippet you will see below is css that should be able to be added at the end of your existing css without causing any issues for your existing page. The “twitter_div” id selector simply takes the enclosing div and adds that graphic to it as a background image, it also seperates it from the marquee above, as well as spacing it out the inner ul from the background image so your tweet does not cover up the background image in any way.

The “twitter_update_list” is listed with “header” before it to overwrite the inherited css from the previous “header ul” declaration. Chiefly this declaration affects the tweet’s appearance, however it also removes padding and margins from the previous declaration as well.

The “twitter_update_list a” id is simply used to take the time stamp link and place it on it’s own line below the tweet itself.

/* div that contains entire tweet */
#twitter_div {background-image: url(; background-repeat: no-repeat; margin-top: 10px; padding-left: 35px;}

/* contains just tweet */
#header #twitter_update_list {font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1.1em; letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 110%; font-weight: normal; color: #000000; text-transform: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;}

/* timestamp link */
#twitter_update_list a {display: block;}

Lastly here is the code as I edited it, going from the closing marquee tag to the ending div for the header container. The only major change I made was removing the line breaks from the presenation as it was replaced with a margin declaration in the css.

<!-- Your Twitter code starts here -->
<div id="twitter_div">
<ul id="twitter_update_list"></ul></div>
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<!-- Your Twitter code ends here -->

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I really hope this all went fine for you, if not you know where to find me.

Good Luck Lindsay.

iTunes Issues

We’ve all been there, been stuck with a computer error that seems to be exclusive to our machines.  We consult support forums, publications, friends and other computers to no avail and then resort to pulling our hair out and generally being mad that our exspensive computer has flat out died in some small way.

Well for the past week this has been me, and to make it worse it has been an issue with a mac, a system I am not extensively experienced with.  For no reason at all iTunes would crash within a minute of opening, and it was the only piece of software experiencing this issue.  I consulted another mac in our house, and it had no problems, so finally I resorted to drawing straws.

I tried rebooting with no positive results, looked at re-installing iTunes on top of the existing install and it didn’t change a thing.  I even removed iTunes entirely and installed it again without it helping things.  That is when I effectively gave up because I was out of ideas.

That is until it ocurred to me to try an old Windows trick, I copied the iTunes library files to the desktop and deleted them and fired up iTunes, and boom it worked.  I am not sure why this helped but I don’t care.

So if you have an issue with iTunes don’t fret and as a last resort no matter the OS, kill the library and restart the program, then paste back in the library so you don’t lose your library and hopefully you will be back in action.

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mobile me should not be

I love apple, I absolutely adore my macbook and I think OS X is an extremely superior operating system to any version of windows or linux that I have used, however apple is extremely wrong. They continue to be wrong however. When upgrading iTunes they have forced safari onto windows users and while it is a better browser in my opinion it is still wrong, and even when they remedied that, they didn’t because safari was still auto checked in the update. I remembered these instances when I was on my vista machine today and noticed a new icon that I had never seen before.

mobileme shouldnt be

The icon for mobileme (or is it mobile me?), apples anticipated update to .mac, it sounds like a wonderful service in many ways just definitely not for me so I knew I didn’t download this. So who did? I know I have updated iTunes on the machine recently, and I think Safari may have been updated as well, either way I am certain it was apple who initiated the download and install without asking me at all (or giving me a way to remove it).

So what does it do? For those with mobile me, it’s an entry into the service and for those that NEVER WANTED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE well it’s an ad, so much so that the learn more button simply links you to It’s a bad move by apple, but hey maybe they will get a few more customers for mobile me, but it won’t be me.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to get back to the products I received from apple today and monitoring the shipping of a new macbook.

I am such a hypocrite….

Everyone and their mom seems to be doing wordle‘s these days for various issues, and if not its a twitter text cloud of your most used phrases. What is a wordle you might ask? well wordle lists it is “a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.“, in other words it is anything that you want it to be, you feed it lists of words it will spit a wordle back at ya. At first I bucked the wordle trend, but I finally gave in to the temptation and here is my wordle, if you want to give in and make your own wordle you can easily create one. wordle