Lazy Lawn Mowing

Sometimes a low-tech solution to automation is all that is needed to save a lot of work. Although I now use robotic lawn mowers, you might still enjoy the story of how I once turned my gas-powered walk-behind mower into a work-saving autonomous mower. My neighbors certainly found it amusing. (More on that later.)

This simple hack cut my mowing time to about a third of what it used to be. I’m not sure of the exact cost because most of the parts were scrounged. Even the mower was a $30 garage sale special. In total, I probably spent less than $50 for the whole project, including the mower.

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The $8 Tomato Report

Okay, I feel a little odd posting this because I have personally made jokes regarding those who blog about their cheese sandwich. But I just have to tell a little story about my lunch.

Actually, it’s more about being a garden geek.
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WordPress & My iPhone in the Garden

I just had to try the new WordPress application for the iPhone. So I snapped a couple photos while out in the garden gathering lunch and wrote this post.

It connected to my blog effortlessly and allowed me to easily add categories, tags, and a photo.

Great job WordPress team!

I only have a couple minor gripes that I hope will be addressed later:

1. It would be easier to type if the application supported landscape mode and the wider keyboard that provides.

2. It’s too bad WordPress does not extract and store the GPS information along with the other metadata it grabs from photos.

I would love to hear comments from others who have tried it. How has it worked for you?


WordPress Admin Color Scheme: Fresh Plus Visited

Update 05/11/2011: This plugin has been updated to work with WordPress 3.0 and above.

Although I like the new look of WordPress 2.5, I miss having the visited links in the dashboard shown as a different color. I like to keep up on the latest WordPress news and I previously relied on the link color to see what I had not yet read.

WordPress admin color scheme

Fortunately, WordPress 2.5 has a way for plugins to add additional color schemes. So I whipped up a quick plugin to add the style necessary to mark those visited links in a different color. You can grab a copy from my downloads page for Admin Colors Plus Visited.

WordCamp Dallas 2008

WordCamp DallasI’m looking forward to attending my first WordCamp this weekend in Dallas. I’ll be eager to learn from the great lineup of presenters, and hopefully, personally say thank you to some of you who have contributed so much to the WordPress community. Be sure to say hello if you’re attending too. I’d love to meet you.

I believe they are still taking registrations, so you may not be too late to sign up if you haven’t already.