My brother Emailed me an interesting link to an online application called Color Scheme Designer a little while back. It didn't phase me at first as there are similar tools available in your favorite Linux distribution of choice repo's but then the whole "Cloud" thing finally clicked.
Seems it isn't market speak/hype/vaporware but coming to a theater real near you real soon.
It just dawned on me when I realized I use Gmail as my primary Email account, Pandora for the sound to calm the savage beast, and now little helper appy's.
I for one welcome our condensed, frozen hydrogen particulate, hanging in the air based overlords. -Ermm something like that...
I recently stumbled across a new method for CSS layout here. -A very excellent article by Jon Tan describing how to lay out and size everything by taking advantage of one thing browsers all agree on: 16px base font size. This method lets you virtually eliminate code just to reset default browser styles before you start building your site. The down side is (as the article fore-warns) you really need a calculator handy at all times, potentially sucking out what little is left in the joy of web design. :P
It's Google's 10th birthday and they resurrected an archive search page, Google as it was in 2001. Also neat for nostalgia is this internet timeline over at dipity. Yikes! I wonder if I'll look back at my web site in 10 years and be embarrassed again. :p
It's hard not to think about this era and not equate it with the whole goofy ".com" bubble thing. It really was a major market shift tho, I purchase something like 80% everything online these days, the rest is food, clothes, misc.
I bought this book only a year or so ago but the binding is split and some of the chapters are stapled together and used for bookmarks. It was painful to ditch tables altogether and I didn't like cross browser layout coding at first but I stuck with it. This book put it all into perspective. I highly recommend it. It's not without it's flaws however. If I were a newb, the lack of HTML and CSS examples together would've probably blown my mind, the book shows almost CSS code exclusively. The lack of a good quick reference section sucks too.
This book left me feeling designing for the Web will be a new art when CSS3 is supported well in the major browsers.
Some guy made a few pictures using only HTML and CSS. This naturally piqued my Web designer interest and I started reverse engineering it. I came to the conclusion most posters had at the site's page, this guy's got way too much time on his hands. Neat hack tho.
There is really nothing more surreal than having Internet Explorer running on your Linux box. If you're a web developer this is a must have. This software IE's 4 Linux can install IE 5.0 to 6.0. There's an advanced option for IE7 but it didn't work for me. Here's how to get it, open a terminal:
sudo pico /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt hardy main
Exit pico -> Ctrl + X
wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
tar zxvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
-Install wizard will pop up. Install hung complaining about missing a .cab file when I selected install for IE7 under the advanced options but went without a hitch when reinstalled with IE5, IE5.5 and IE6. Shortcuts oddly didn't install in the menu even though I ticked the option but they had in the past. They did install to the desktop however.