WordPress.com for Windows 8

Today, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and with it, the Windows Store. And if you haven’t already heard, I’m proud to say that WordPress.com for Windows 8 is available today.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been working on the team at Automattic that’s been building the app. We were lucky enough to get some great support from Microsoft along the way, especially Jeff Sandquist, James Senior, Ben Thompson, Jaime Rodriguez, Lora Heiny, and Nazia Zaman who gave us everything we needed to make the app shine, including hands-on help from Microsoft developers and designers. We decided to focus on showcasing the best of WordPress.com for our first version of the app, and what better way to do that than with Freshly Pressed? We’ve been highlighting WordPress.com bloggers there for several years now, and all of that great content is now accessible in our app.

via WordPress.com for Windows 8 | Matt Thomas

It was a lot of fun working on this app. The last time I did any development for Windows was about 10 years ago using Visual Basic. We’ve come a long way! The Metro interface in completely different from anything you’ve ever seen out of Windows and I’m interested to see where it goes. If you have a blog on WordPress.com or you like reading cool content, check out our new app and let us know what you think.

Lock Screen and Sleep Display with Quicksilver

Looking for a quick way to lock your screen and put the display to sleep on Mac OS X using Quicksilver?

  1. Download Sleep Display.
  2. Extract the zip file and move SleepDisplay to your Applications folder.
  3. Run the SleepDisplay application at least once.
  4. Fire up Script Editor and enter the following code:

    do shell script "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\\ Extras/User.menu/Contents/Resources/CGSession -suspend"

    launch application "SleepDisplay"

  5. Save this script to a location cataloged by Quicksilver.
  6. Create a HotKey Trigger in Quicksilver to run the script. I use command-control-shift-S as my keystroke combination.

I’m running Mac OS 10.5.1 on an iMac and this works great!