OnePlus One – Very Impressive!

OnePlus OneUpdated 04/30/2014 – According to a company forum post, the much-anticipated OnePlus One smartphone will reach general availability in June. You can read the C\NET article here.

According to the specs and a hands-on review from Engadget, the OnePlus One, due in late May, is a top-tier smartphone at a bargain basement price.  The retail price for the phone will be $299US for the 16GB model and $349US for the 64GB model.  Keep those prices in mind when you review the following specs:

  • Qualcomm’s latest SoC, the Snapdragon 801 with a quad-core 2.5GHz CPU
  • Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
  • JDI’s 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
  • Built-in 3,100mAh battery.
  • A speedy 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera (Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor with a 6-lens module and dual LED; 4K video; 720p slow-motion at 120 fps).
  • A 5-megapixel wide-angle selfie cam.
  • Loud stereo speakers (tuned by JBL) and tri-microphone with noise cancellation.
  • NFC, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 plus GPS radios.
  • Support for LTE bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/40, as well as WCDMA bands 1/2/4/5/8.

The phone is powered by the popular CyanogenMod 11, based on Android 4.4.

About the only features lacking are microSD expansion and USB 3.0.  The phone should work with most US carriers except Sprint and Verizon.

You can expect the phone to be hard to get, at least for a while.  It won’t be sold through carriers but only direct from OnePlus using the OnePlus Invite System. According to a post on the OnePlus forum:

With an invite, you can be 100% sure that you’ll actually be able to buy it, and it ships within a few days. In contrast to staying up in the middle of the night trying to buy one along with 20,000 other people. So in the true spirit of the OnePlus name, a good product gets spread by word of mouth, shared among friends for that extra personalized touch.

So how do you get an invite? Invites will also be made available through friends, contests, and on this forum (you have not been forgotten). We value thoughtful contributions from active fans. Once you’ve bought a OnePlus One, you’ll also become eligible to invite your friends in the future.

As soon as we can get our hands on a OnePlus One we’ll give you our complete evaluation. In the meantime, go to the OnePlus One website for more information and sign up for an invitation.

A Confession: Sometimes I Use Tables.

I saw the following post on a web development forum:

In web design that are 2 camps:
1. People who think that CSS should be used for everything. If something cannot be done with CSS than it should never be done.
2. People who understand the limitations of CSS and incompatibilities between different browsers and decide to use the best tool for the job. CSS when it works. Tables when it’s make more sense.

I am not a CSS purist.  Several years ago I switched from tables to CSS layouts, but I must admit that there are times when I find it quicker and easier to use a table.  Recently, for example, I needed to place two image links on a page, centered horizontally.  I used a table formatted with the following CSS:

table#table1 {

Goodbye NextGEN Gallery, Hello ATW Slider.

I’ve used the free version of NextGEN Gallery on several websites but I’ve never been completely comfortable with the plugin because it uses its own gallery instead of the standard WP gallery. This morning I downloaded all the photos from the NextGEN galleries on this website and deleted the NextGEN plugin.  I then uploaded the photos and created WP galleries.  Next, I decided I wanted a better slideshow so I used the “Enable [ gallery ] replacement – show [ gallery ] as slider” feature of the ATW Show Sliders plugin to display the WP galleries as slideshows. You can view the slideshows using the submenus under “Photos.”

New WP Plugins: ATW Show Posts and ATW Show Sliders.

We are convinced that the combination of WordPress and Weaver II Pro is the best way to develop websites. Weaver also offers WordPress themes and plugins through Aspen Themeworks, and they have just released two new plugins, ATW Show Posts and ATW Show Sliders.

We have tried both plugins and we think they are the best way to add image or post sliders to a site. The “Site News” slider on the home page was developed using these plugins, as was the image slider on our business site. Check out the free Show Posts and Show Sliders plugins. There is also a Pro version of Show Sliders available from Aspen Themeworks.