Movable Type Lives

Six Colors, Jason Snell’s (formerly of Macworld) new site, is powered by Movable Type. I worked daily on Movable Type when I was at ReadWriteWeb. Despite how I would tend to curse some of its quirks, I grew to be quite fond of several of its features and implementations, notably its publishing to static files, its flexibility in setting up a publishing queue (may TheSchwartz be with you) and how it handles multiple blogs (something MT still blows WordPress away at).

The Weather Channel Playlist on Spotify

Long-time readers will know of my affinity for the music played on the Weather Channel’s Local on the 8s until its relaunch earlier this year. I’ve been slowly curating a Spotify playlist with many of the songs played over the years on The Weather Channel; it is remarkable just how much is out there.

This playlist wouldn’t be possible without great research by the people behind TWC Classics and TWC Today.

Improve Yosemite’s text display on non-Retina displays

The other day, I upgraded my wife’s MacBook Air to OS X Yosemite. Immediately, her first concern was that the UI text was harder to read. This is, in part, due to Helvetica Neue replacing Lucida Grande, but also because Yosemite’s LCD font smoothing seems rather harsh on non-Retina. Fortunately, a Terminal command makes for a crisper and easier-to-read display:

defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

Log out and back in and you should see some improvement in text rendering in the Yosemite UI.

WordPress 4.1

I’ve upgraded to WordPress 4.1 and its Twenty Fifteen theme here at jaredwsmith.com. I like it! Looking forward to doing some additional customizations with all this free time I have (sarcasm implied).