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Lorem Ipsum – The story behind the text !

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Hi every designers and developers out there !

Atleast once would you have come across the text ‘Lorem Ipsum’ , and would have used them to fill up those areas with dummy text. Ever spend some time to peep into the speciality of that text ? Why specifically Lorem ipsum ? What’s all behind such a text? Have you ever wondered?

Well…here is the story behind the dummy text

What is Lorem Ipsum ?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Where does it come from ?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.

Why do we use it ?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Hope you enjoyed the little known fact 😉


Written by Ranjith

March 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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My WP down for the moment :(

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With some hectic work and frequent visit to my home, i was kept at bay from the blogging phobia for almost a month now. WordPress blog of mine is down at the moment as i there are some server maintenance going on.

Hoping to return with a loads of new informative and interesting stuff 🙂
Hang on my friends !

Written by Ranjith

March 22, 2007 at 3:14 pm

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Moving from blogger to WordPress !

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Having setup my wordpress account, now it is time to transfer all the posts here in blogger to WP. Thats wat im after all these days. After googling the topic i found out some interesting topics and im sharing them here…

Backing up blogger posts

  • Backup Your PostsBloggers Blogsend allows each of my blog posts to be automatically sent to my email address. So I have a back up of all my posts as individual emails. You can further create folders in your email account (as in Yahoo Mail) or apply labels (in Gmail), and create filters such that such emails can be collected in one place.
  • Back up your entire blogger blog – Bloggers provides detailed instructions to create a single file with all your posts which you may publish and then copy to your own computer for use as desired. Remember to save a copy of your existing template in a file on your computer as you will need to have it at hand after this process is completed. This is good for a one time backup, but is cumbersome to do if you back up very frequently. Also you might mess up some setting and disbale your blog is not done right.
  • Try third party back up tools – like the HTTrack Web site copier for Windows users and Webgrabber for Mac users. Each of these applications will create a fully working, interlinked local copy of your blog for browsing offline and easily allow you to back up. Remember it will take considerable time and internet bandwidth if you have a huge blog.

Transferring content from blogger to WP
Settings in Blogger
I just ensured that some settings were inspired from different feedbacks I read elsewhere. Before doing anything, back up your Blogger blog first.

Click Formatting and change the Timestamp Format to be mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss AM/PM (the first choice in the dropdown menu).
Click Archiving and set Archive Frequency to ‘monthly’
These settings are already set in Blogger by default. I already had these settings in my blog anyway, so effectively I made no change my Blogger settings.

Settings in WP
Login into WordPress. Go to Import. Click on Blogger – “Import posts and comments from a Blogger account”. Fill in your blogger username and password.

It will list all your blogger blogs as you see on the Blogger dashboard. Click on the blog you want to move to WordPress. And the Import will start automatically. Time taken will depend on how large your blog is. It took me a 2-3 minutes for a 1000 posts.

Remember, do not stop, reload or restart while the process is going on. It seems at times that the importing process is stuck, but it is continuing in the background. After all is done, it will tell you it is done and you can ‘Move on”…

If for some reason things get stuck, you can “reset the importer”.
View your new WordPress blog manage and see all your posts and comments are imported.

If you install WordPress in a subdirectory instead of the root of your domain, read all about hosting WordPress in an alternative directory.

Written by Ranjith

February 15, 2007 at 6:17 pm

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Time to move on to WORDPRESS…bye bye blogspot ;)

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Im moving………..hurray!!
Im moving from blogspot shortly. Having setup my wordpress blog in my own domain, im moving from blogspot and nowon lets meet all in my own world in wordpress 🙂

Btw, i plan to hang around here for some time, till i completely set my blog up. Wait for a post announcing mysticpixels’ bradn new blog up and running !


Written by Ranjith

February 12, 2007 at 3:25 pm

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Was a bit occupied with some work all these days…no posts as a result

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July 5, 2006 at 1:19 pm

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The fantastic world of 3D modelling

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Just peeped into a whole new world of 3D modelling. Seems like a small kid gazing to the mountainious terrains and climbers trying to conquer each peaks….
This is a real vast landscape where one have to be so patient and alert. Making up mind to leap into this field requires a lot of perseverance i understand now. Let me see if i can maintain the same level of enthusiasm and interest all the time as far as 3D modelling is concerned

Starting to experiment with the userfriendly Swift3D, and planning to go further…..

But will be moving deep and steady only after may -2, as ill be leaving for my home town this weekend and wll be back only by then…

Now my mind is excited about my meeting with my family 😀

Written by Ranjith

April 13, 2006 at 12:29 am

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