Archive for the ‘Online Happenings’ Category

Do It Up Like Picasso

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003

Mr. Picassohead has got to be the coolest time wasters I have ever seen. By just taking a little time, and not needing a whole lot of creative jucies, you can create your own Piccaso-like rendering of yourself or anyone else. It is truly great fun. And once your done you can save it to show off to your friends. Via Simian Design.

Why Google Is Saving The Web

Saturday, October 11th, 2003

Via Simon, Why Google is Saving the Web. And not only saving it but helping you score higher as well.

Eric Wolfram writes an enlightening article to help all web developers:

Almost everyone searches Google to find information, and Google quickly rewards them by displaying the information they are seeking. Thereby, Google rewards useful sites with the eyes of people who are looking for useful information. This is helping the web recover from being the wasteland of marketing hype, which the dot-come-and-gone explosion forced it to become. Google is saving the web by ultimately forcing site designers to make their sites useful again.

By being useful, Eric means linking to sites outside of your own. By doing this you help the “web” live up to its name by letting it be just that, a web of information. Blogging by its very nature lends itself very nicely to Google. But corporate sites whose policy is to not link to external sites are going to find it hard to attain a worthwhile ranking in Google unless they change their tactics.

Netscape Is No More

Thursday, July 17th, 2003

Indeed a sad day it was when I found that Netscape was being dismantled by AOL. Never really used the newer versions of Netscape but rather I use Mozilla, the codebase for the former Netscape. As many people are saying, the major blow here is that there is no longer a major competitor for Internet Explorer. It will be a while until another browser can take Netscape’s place on the battlefield.

Hiatus and Interium Events

Tuesday, July 1st, 2003

Been away for a while here. My drive to write comes and goes. This was one of those times. Here is a brief review of what has happened since my last post.

In my absence there has been a renewal of the mini icons article I did over on Brainstorms and Raves.

I discovered that Winamp3 is essentially at a stop in its development. Nullsoft is now focusing on Winamp2 and a combination of the two to become a Winamp5 (2 + 3 = 5) of sorts, taking the best of both and putting them together. In reaction to this I stopped using Winamp3 and rolled back to Winamp2. I forgot how much better 2 is than 3. Not to mention there is just more out there for 2 then there is for 3.

Got my copy of Designing With Web Standards. This book is fantastic. I’ll do a full write up shortly. Go visit the mini-site (see the DWWS button).

I’ve started moderating on a new web development forum, Advanced Web Aid. They are very young and looking for members. I know one of the head admins, some really great people over there. Go check them out. Join even!

And perhaps the best news of all, a new job fell in my lap. Seriously. No resume (yet, at least), no searching (they searched me out) and best of all, all the employees are my friends. Unfortunately I must keep the details down for a while to protect the new company but as soon as I can, I promise I will fill in some details.

I believe that’s it. I’ll post as things come to mind.

Oh, I turn 21 in 16 days. Yeah for me!

FrontPage to Standardize?

Saturday, June 14th, 2003

Via WaSP, it looks as if FrontPage is likely to make their standards defunct web page editor, well, standards compliant. Let us just hope that it is not the same compliance level that Internet Explorer is at.

Icon Wars

Saturday, June 7th, 2003

Via Ordinary-Life.net, a hysterical flash movie of desktop icons with “issues”.

Happy B-Day to Tamara

Monday, June 2nd, 2003

Tamara, author of Through A Glass Darkly, celebrated a new year today.

The Way of Website Evolution

Saturday, May 24th, 2003

Via Simian Design, the Quiet Death of Re-Launch. This is a facinating article giving a clear cut example as to why websites should slowly evolve from subtle change to subtle change. The times of major and/or complete site design overhauls are over. So embrace this new era and give your users some consistency for a change.

Little Gem Or Major Pain?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2003

Asa wrote that he is thinking of redesigning his blog and in the process mentioned that he might use the same mini icon technique that I did. He even called it (the technique or my blog? Unsure.) a “little gem”. Isn’t that nice of him? I sure think so.

However there seems to be a few people commenting on his article that have expressed that my site: hurts their eyes, is not very neat, and is ugly. Well, to all those who spoke up in Asa’s blog, I invite you to criticize me here, not there. That is back stabbing and just plain rude. I don’t mind if you have adverse comments about my site, but say it to me, not on someone else’s site. As you do so try to bear in mind that I am new to web design. I try, I really do and I am willing to make mistakes. But don’t go around in dark corners whispering about my pit falls, make them known to me so that I can learn. A simple courtesy, that’s all I ask.

Winners of the WThRemix Announced

Thursday, April 17th, 2003

Via Zeldman, the winners of the WThRemix contest were announced today. The winner, Radu Darvas, gave a very impressive entry. Just looking at it makes me want to redesign even more.