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Today I set to work putting the final touches to a WordPress theme I’ve been working on. Mystique2 is a modified version of Mystique featuring major rewrites to certain areas of the code to bring the latest WordPress features such as custom menus to the theme.

Version 1.0 is currently running on my site and although not released I do plan on publishing version 1.5 with support for more of the new WordPress 3 features in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

As a side note, I will be running maintenance every Tuesday and Friday on this site to update the theme and this will result in around 10 minutes downtime each night.

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iPhone OS 4.0 (beta) First Impressions

I’ve been playing around and using iPhone OS 4.0 over the weekend and find it to be much better, apart from a few bugs and applications not supporting the new developer features yet the update is welcome. The first thing I noticed however was a bug that prevents me from connecting to my home 802.11n WIFI.

The new folders have allowed me to cut the number of pages from 12 to 5 with everything nicely organized into the type of application. The multitasking is a feature I’ve been long awaiting although at the moment none of the third party apps support it as Apple isn’t accepting OS 4.0 apps to the App Store a the moment.

If you use more than one mail account on the iPhone, like I do, the new unified inbox will be more than welcome. With iPhone OS 3.0 I would get an email and wonder where it was this was because the message wasn’t sent to the account for my current mailbox, now I get everything from all 3 accounts in one inbox I can get through email so much faster on the phone and don’t put things off until I can get to a computer.

The Mail application now also offer different sizes when sending images, allowing you the choice of send or quality. The iPod has a new album page, Messages now has an optional character count and there are some more subtle, nice little changes.

With beta 2 just around the corner hopefully these little quirks will be worked out.

Silverlight 4 Beta Client - www.silverlight.net

Facebook Desktop

Facebook Desktop a beta app built by Microsoft running on Sliverlight 4, so naturally called Silverlight Client for Facebook provides access to core parts of the social network from your desktop.

In theory this should give better performance and a beautiful interface, well that last part is definitely true, the performance can be sluggish at times but generally is fast and responsive.

Would I use it, yes if it would support scrolling on a mac and chat, but I’ll still pay with it from time to time when updates are released.

The client does require the Silverlight 4 beta to be installed and works on PC’s and Intel Mac’s.