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An SSD in a 4 year-old MacBook

Dec 22010

I recently swapped out the HD in my 1st-gen 1.83GHz MacBook (read my original review ), and thought others might be interested in the experience of going from a 60GB hard drive to a 40GB SSD. It might seem odd to buy a smaller hard drive, but it’s been well worth it.

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Les Reynolds

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Twitter Explained

Nov112009

Twitter is a service that lets people answer the question “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less. But within that framework there are lots of different ways that Twitter is used, and that is really what defines it. So I thought I’d explain how I use Twitter, and why I find it useful. I enjoy reading what other have to say, and also attempt to contribute what I can.

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Interviewed by Spicy Web Designers

Nov112009

Luc Arnold was kind enough to interview me for his website, Spicy Web Designers. It was rather exciting to do an interview, and I’m honoured to have been asked, especially considering the other great designers on the site. You can read the interview here

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Ditch Photoshop & Fireworks

Oct 12009

So why don’t we switch from our bloated, unstable Adobe software, and start using apps like these? I understand that some of the features and functionality might not be there yet, but isn’t using great software that is missing a feature or two better than suffering through crashes all the time?

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Markup first, then images

Jul132009

In the past once I was done with a site design in Fireworks, the first thing I would do is slice the images. Once they were done I would move to a text editor and write the HTML and CSS. I’ve recently discovered a better way. Many of you may already work this way, but this was new to me.

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Beautiful Typography with @font-face & Cufon

Jul 42009

While we are waiting for Typekit to arrive or Microsoft to provide an easier to use tool for creating EOT files, I thought I’d give Cufon a try. Obviously we are all hoping that font foundries will get on board and allow embedding, but in the mean time there is a selection of fonts that are either free or allow embedding. An extensive list can be found here , and examples of 10 great ones here .

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Installing sIFR 2

Jun 32009

I just installed scalable Inman Flash Replacement (sIFR). It works great. The installatation instructions were pretty straightforward, and the setup was easy.
I had two problems. First, the installation instructions weren’t that clear on what files to upload. I just uploaded sIFR.js and the centurygothic.swf(Century Gothic was the font I had chosen) file, and that did the trick. Except that I had a small problem because I had placed the sIFR call at the top of the body, and it was only working in Safari. I tried Firefox both on Mac and Windows, and IE6, and just blank spots where the text should have been. I posted my problem on the sIFR support forum and had an answer in about half an hour. Mark Wubben does a great job of supporting sIFR! The reason it wasn’t working in FF and IE was because I needed to put the sIFR call at the end of the body.

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Macbook (1st gen) review

Sep 62006

Well, I needed a notebook, and being a Mac user on a limited budget, the new Macbook was the obvious choice. I’d read quite a few reviews, both from online magazines and personal blogs, and was confident that I was selecting the right machine. Using it for the last few weeks has only served to confirm that.

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Creativity

Aug162006

I read a post on Echo Faith yesterday about how since he started working full time as a designer, the artist in him has started to fade away. It got me thinking about how much I am enjoying the creativity that working as a web designer is allowing me. My story has been exactly the opposite. The creative side of me was something that didn’t really come out on a daily basis. Every so often I would get to layout a business card, or put together a brochure, but that was a rarity. Mostly explaining to upset customers why the broken circuit board that was keeping their assembly line down was still not fixed because the technician working on it had no idea what was wrong. Boy do I not miss that.

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CSS Mastery Review

Jul222006

I just finished reading CSS Mastery . What a fabulous book. I had read some great reviews, and had seen it recommended everywhere, but wasn’t sure how it would be for a beginner like me. Well, it was perfect for where I am am right now, and will be great in the future.

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What can you expect on this blog?

Jul212006

Well… I’m a web designer/developer who is just getting started. I don’t really know what my title is, I’ve read lots of rants about people calling themselves web designers when they haven’t gone to school for graphic design, so I hesitate to use that one. Web developer might work, but it gives the impression that I’m only coding, and I do design as well.

Since I’m just starting, I want this to be a journal of a fledgling “web guy”, a place to document the things I am learning. Hopefully this might help others who may walk a similar path to mine. You may also find info about some of my favourite tools: Textpattern, Apple, Fireworks and web design in general. I hope you enjoy it.

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