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I'm a web developer at the University of California, Irvine in the Office of Information Technology (OIT).

I am responsible our simple web hosting solutions using WordPress Multisite - UCI Sites and Faculty Websites . I am also responsible for the Office of Information Technology's public website which is currently using WordPress as the content management system.

I'm an avid baker, love to draw, and am well on my way to becoming a cat lady.

Sylvia Bass

Subscribing to UCI Exchange Calendars in Apple’s Calendar App

December 4, 2012

If you need to share your UCI Exchange Calendar with someone who is not using the service, you can do so by publishing a restricted calendar and sharing the link with others. This tutorial covers subscribing to the calendar in Apple’s Calendar app.

Annotating Screenshots

November 7, 2012

In my line of work, I often find it easier to include a screenshot of a task to help people understand how to accomplish something rather than a lengthy written explanation. As they say, a picture (or screenshot) is worth a thousand words. If you have an Apple computer, you already have a handy tool…

Searching for a Theme Framework

October 3, 2012

WordPress is turning out to be a very popular way for people to create small websites on campus. While we have a variety of themes to choose from, I’m always on the lookout for ones that offer flexibility not only in design, but in structure. I recently started looking at StudioPress’s Genesis framework. It’s a…

Apple’s iCal and Exchange

August 9, 2012

First impressions of using Apple’s iCal with UCI’s Exchange calendar service.

Rotating Post Section

May 11, 2012

I recently discovered that the Twenty Eleven theme has a built-in feature that allows you to have a rotating section for your Posts on your home page or any page that is using the Showcase Template. I’ve written some directions to show you how to implement this feature. Twenty Eleven Showcase Template

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Physical Therapy Flash Cards

May 3, 2012

If you have ever had to go through physical therapy to recover from an injury or to strengthen a weak area to alleviate pain, then you are probably familiar with the sheets of exercises they give you as homework. The physical therapist will highlight the individual exercises you have been assigned and scribble a few…

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Alternate to Lorem Ipsum

April 26, 2012

Web developers and graphic designers are familiar with the Lorem Ipsum type of content filler. It’s just dummy text to give samples of what a design  will look like with content in place. There are a few Lorem Ipsum generators out there. Yesterday, I found a fun Lorem Ipsum alternate that uses actual text from…

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Color Scheme Designer

April 20, 2012

While working on configuring a Drupal theme for a client, I came across this website called Color Scheme Designer. It’s kind a neat way to play with color palettes and see website examples. It includes a monochromatic scheme, complementary color scheme, etc. You can get the hex codes and download the color scheme you create.…

Subscribing to Podcasts Outside of iTunes

April 20, 2012

I’m a big fan of Jack Kornfield. He’s a Buddhist meditation teacher who’s compassion and humor has helped me through some tough times. He records Dharma talks regularly that are published as podcasts. However, they are not that easy to find and are not in the iTunes podcast directory. I found this eHow article that…

Custom URLs

January 24, 2012

I just learned of a way to create custom URLs in WordPress that are SEO friendly. It involves changing the Permalink structure to use Categories and Post Names in the URL. Makes a lot of sense and is also easy to do! I’m using it here, if you look up at the address bar for…