Posts Tagged ‘Tools’

Things that interested me this week.

// September 26th, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Cool stuff, Programming, Tools, Web Development

I decided it might be cool to try and organize a summary of cool things I have seen or done online each week.


First thing on my list is the reason I got this idea. By trying out Evernote online. It is a very cool little tool for capturing things you find on the web. I installed the desktop client, but the Web Clipper seems to be what I am in need of.

Create your own WordPress Theme

One of the sites I like is Nettuts. They have a nice little Tutorial about how to create your own WordPress theme from scratch. I really want to do this. Check it out here:

Part 1
Part 2

CSS Swiss Army Knife?

I think every developer should have a CSS Swiss Army Knife in their toolbox. This was written at Pathfinder Development here.

I like free (Magazines)

A list of 30 free PDF magazines here

What does CS4 look like?

A look at Illustrator CS4 done by VectorTuts.

And a look at Photoshop CS4 done by PSDTuts.

Money for digg

I have always been a fan of Looks like they are doing well. I can’t wait to see what comes about for them now.

Adobe, Open Source, and Flash

Adobe moving into more open source?

Android and the future of phones

The T-mobile G1 took off this week and that has been creating a lot of buzz. There is a ton of stuff all over about that. Looks like it’s going to be best to wait and see what the next gen. Android phones will bring. I like the idea, and I have not gotten an iPhone yet so…

Apple Insider has a nice little comparison article here.

Webkit is the first to pass the Acid3 test.

See here.

Toolbox CSS

Chirs Coyier from wrote this article about this thing he calls the Toolbox CSS. I think it’s a great idea.

Adobe extends Photoshop to mobile phones

Mobile and Cloud computing are major right now. This is just more proof to back that up.

20 Sites You’ll Love if You’re New to the Web Industry

I am already subscribed to most of these site’s RSS feeds, but it’s good to have a nice list for you.

Visually Stunning Portfolio Presentation – Marius Roosendaal

Creattica Daily featured this very nice Portfolio site. I only hope to get this to something close to that caliber.

IE8 will render standards-mode pages as best it can

// March 12th, 2008 // No Comments » // Tools, Web Development

’ve decided that IE8 will, by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can. This decision is a change from what we’ve posted previously.”

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All the Browsers in Existence Open at the Same Time – PICTURES

// October 4th, 2007 // No Comments » // Cool stuff, Tools, Web Development

Absolutely crazy. All the web browsers, from Mosaic to Dillo, open on the same desktop, with amazing effects provided by Beryl. Also check out:

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Which Feed Reader is Best? – ProBlogger Readers Have their Say

// June 2nd, 2007 // No Comments » // Tools

Two weeks ago I asked ProBlogger readers – Which Feed Reader is Best?

219 responses were left with 37 different ways of reading RSS feeds suggested.

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Optimize your desktop

// May 17th, 2007 // No Comments » // Tools

The following tips, tricks, and power toys will help you turn your desktop into a productivity machine.

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Web Design Tool: Denim Site Sketching

// May 17th, 2007 // No Comments » // Tools, Web Development

Whether you’re the web designer or someone trying to communicate your ideas to a web designer, this little piece of software, called Denim, will come in handy.

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Basic PhotoShop Skill: Adding Colors to Black and White Photos

// May 9th, 2007 // No Comments » // Cool stuff, Tools

This is good stuff to know. The basics are often forgotten and always good to review incase you may have forgotten any little details.

Turning colored photos into black and white is a snap. Everyone knows how to convert pictures to grayscale, right? But transforming black and white photos to colored images is a tad bit trickier.

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// March 23rd, 2007 // No Comments » // Tools

A little history first. When I was about eleven or twelve years old I remember riding to the local library. Sure, I liked the books and videos but what I really remember is the Apple IIe they had. They had a half hour time limit on it, but is there was nobody else waiting they would let me play it forever. Ahh, the memories of a text-based Oragon Trail on a green monochrome screen. Years after that we got a PC and my Windows experience started and I really never looked back. I had gained a pretty good knowledge of Windows OSs by the time I went into college for programming. It wasn’t until 2004 or 2005 that I was introduced to OS X in a class I had called Intro to Macs. I had to take this class for a degree I started for video game design and programming. I was pretty impressed at the time, but knew very little about them still. I was still using Windows, and I still am, but I was reading a lot about Apple and the new OS X.

A new chapter.

So about six months ago a friend from work told me that the old G3 blue and whites would run Tiger. So, I looked on eBay just to see what they were going for and I found one that was pretty cheap. I ended up bidding about $20 for is and it was about $30 shipping. Ha, what a great deal! Anyway the machine came with classic on it, and that is just not what I like in an OS. So it took me almost six months to get out there and get a copy of OS X. Now that I have it installed and running with apps. that are very cool like the one I am using to write this post; ecto I am really, really enjoying it! I am even truly considering making it my main computer and I have not used my windows machine in almost two weeks. That is huge considering that I am using a G3 450 MHZ with 384 MB of RAM vs. a Athlon XP 3200 with a GB of RAM. I think the next machine I buy is going to be an Intel Mac, but it will be a long time before I am getting a new computer.

So that’s my switcher story, I hope you like it.

I did do something

// January 25th, 2007 // No Comments » // Tools, Web Development

Okay so today I did complete something worth talking about.  I did read over this very nice tutorial about CSS pop-out menus.  I was use this at work for a HTML desktop item we use.  I just wish you could get the desktop items to resize instead of using scroll bars.

Moving forward

// January 23rd, 2007 // No Comments » // Tools, Web Development

Wow, two posts in one night!

Okay so I was thinking about this whole moving everything to my server and hosting my own domain thing and realized that it has been a goal of mine that has been simply that for too long.  Now I am not promising anything, but I really should make some sort of progress soon.  I am currently using Windows Server 2003 and it has done the job as a file server thus far.  Well, except for the fact that it’s not a “Genuine” copy and every time I lose power or I have to restart the server I can’t log into it.  I have set it up a few times a couple different ways and it happens each time.  This really don’t bother me since all I do use it for is a file server and I am still able to access and move files to and from the file share via my XP desktop no problem.  I now have a couple of 180 trial keys that I could use if needed.  I just have to do the old wipe the partition and reinstall windows crap again.  The thing is, is that I would really rather use Unix/Linux instead.  As I have read many times over it’s a much better platform for running a web server on.  Also, it is really free as opposed to free if you steal it.  (I feel so ashamed :p)  And I am really taking an interest in IT security and to really learn that I would really need to know how to use Unix/Linux system.  So recently I downloaded Ubuntu and I even installed it on my desktop so I dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu.  I have to say that I like it and it is pretty friendly for a n00b like myself.  I was able to install the greatest browser ever, Opera.  I had problems with this in the past using Ubuntu, but that was many versions ago.  Also, Opera now offers specific install packages for Ubuntu and it did not in the past, just those general Linux installs and that is the stuff I have problems with.  However, I was able to install the Flash Player plug-in and I had to use the sh command in the terminal.  Woot, progress. (I think)