WordPress Custom Fields; laying text over your lead graphic

For WordPress users, there are certain scenarios when the typical reverse chronological presentation of content is just not enough. I have experimented with different methods of presenting content on 5thirtyone.com each time a redesign is uploaded – from the text-centric to the image heavy version in use right now. With hundreds of WordPress driven blogs […]

Remove DRM protection from iTunes tracks with iMovie HD

UPDATE: Sadly, this technique does not seem to work anymore. If there are other solutions, please update the comment thread because others may find the information useful. A few days back I found myself perusing the iTunes Music Store looking for a few songs that I had heard via Sirius*. After completing the painless process of […]

Volkswagen MkV R32 and the CarsDirect buying experience

Since having seen a Volkswagen MkIV R32 a few years back while driving down a freeway, I decided then and there that if I were ever to purchase a vehicle it would be an R32. Four years later – after Volkswagen’s announcement of the Mark V R32 – I decided that it was time to […]

Do not download WordPress themes distributed by 3rd party sites

Warning for new and existing WordPress users: DO NOT download WordPress themes from 3rd party "galleries". Identify the original source of the theme and download directly from the authors website. As WordPress – both hosted and self-hosted – continues to enjoy explosive growth, exposure to malicious activity and code will increase. Sadly, this applies to […]

ies4osx, Internet Explorer, Intel Macs need only apply

Individuals operating on Apple hardware powered by the Intel chipset are undoubtedly familiar with the versatility afforded by OS X and virtualization software from Parallels and VMware Fusion. These products offer the convenience of running full operating systems like Windows XP or Vista at near native performance. The benefit of opting for software like VMware […]

Reviewed: The Elite by Wicked Lasers

Want a Wicked Lasers of your own? Save 10% at checkout with coupon code 531. Wikipedia breaks down the science behind lasers: A laser is an electronic-optical device that produces coherent radiation. The term "laser" is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A typical laser emits light in a narrow, low-divergence […]

Asus Eee PC sub-notebook running Apple OS X

Ignoring the legalities or hair pulling from Apple’s legal department, Dan decided that it was high time for a sub-notebook running OS X. If Apple wasn’t going to hurry up and build it, then he might as well take a stab at transforming the Asus Eee PC into the super portable Apple notebook that everyone […]

Box.net evolves, say hello to OpenBox

Box, a long-time favorite mentioned in Box.net as a collaborative file manager, has evolved into OpenBox adding new features which would tie the service into your other favorite web based applications and services. At its core, OpenBox provides universal connectedness for data on the web, a trend we’re seeing in other spaces like social networking. […]

November is purple, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Educate and promote awareness Last month 5ThirtyOne went pink to support Pink for October raising awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A co-workers partner raised the question challenging me as to why I had turned the site pink to promote Breast Cancer Awareness when I had not shown similar support for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, […]

What you’ll find in my Leopard… and what you won’t

I had made plans for a proper break-down concerning the features, changes, and updates for Apple’s latest feline incarnation – 10.5 Leopard. Ultimately, I decided that there had been far too many of those posts that I couldn’t justify one of my own. Rather, I’ve decided – with proper motivation from a few individuals – […]