Archive for March, 2007
I created a new logo for this site. Take a look at the logo (in the top left corner!) and tell me what you think, how much the old one sucked, and how much better this one is (hopefully!)
For comparison, here’s the old one:
Just a little over a month ago from today, I made a post entitled “Nintendo Wii + Mac Mini = entertainment paradise“, which laid out the way in which I synergized my Mac Mini and Nintendo Wii together to make a pretty damn good entertainment system. Now, the Apple TV just started shipping yesterday, and I don’t think that the Apple TV really has anything extra that justifies purchasing it. This is especially since I’ve already got a Mac Mini (which a lot of people claim is already a great replacement for the Apple TV. And with the added capabilities of the Nintendo Wii’s remote, I don’t see any real justification to get it – but, I will definitely still keep an eye out for one if the price ever falls into range of my budget and I begin to feel inconvenienced by some of the shortfalls of a Mac Mini and Nintendo Wii combination .
Google just added a new feature to the Google Personalized Homepage – themes. www.google.com used to be my browser’s homepage for a long time, and then I finally had an epiphany: most of the tools that I use online have widgets for the Personalized Homepage, so why don’t I just use that as my homepage and use those widgets? (Specifically, Gmail, Google Reader, Google Calendar, a clock/calendar, and the weather.) I made this move about a month ago, and today, they released a new themes feature. I’m currently using the one called ‘City Scape’; there’s a sun in the background, which moves depending on the current time – very cool. The weather in the background image also changes depending on the current weather at my location that I have set.
Exactly two months ago today, I came upon a post over at TechCrunch that mentioned a genealogy website to create family trees, called Geni. I skimmed over the article, and it really appealed to me because my family has been trying to get a family tree going for quite some time now. I’m estimating that we probably managed to get nearly a hundred people connected to each other in our family, at the most, which is quite a number considering my family is spread out across 4 continents right now (I’m not sure if we have any presence in Australia.)
Over at b5media, we’ve been working away diligently to kick out a new blog theme to the blogs on the whole network. Please let us know what you think – good or bad – so that we can improve on it before releasing it to other blogs . Also, one of the sections that I worked on the most was the footer, at the very bottom of the theme, which uses a little bit of Ajax to be able to switch between channels. We debated on using either CSS or Ajax to do this, but we finally decided on the latter because each channel pulls from FeedBurner, which is pretty slow overall (although we also do cache the data as well, so in the end, it takes about half-to-one second to load).
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OpenID is making big news lately, with companies such as Technorati, AOL, WordPress, and Microsoft behind it. This is nice and dandy, but how does it really benefit the typical, casual, internet user? A lot of people that I know, that claim to be ‘web 2.0‘-savvy, have dozens, or even hundreds, of accounts spread across multiple websites, with a large number of that comprised of simply registering an account to test out a new web 2.0 service. So, it isn’t too difficult to imagine that the need for OpenID is high in this particular space.
What about everyone else?
The mesh conference 2007 is now officially selling tickets, and is now a go, according to the founders: Mark (whom I work with at b5media), Mathew, Mike, Rob, Stuart, and of course, the official conference blog.
Ah, yes, I’ve got good memories of last year’s inaugural conference. It was actually during that time that I finally decided to start a blog and keep it for at least a month; my first posts are in fact, about the conference itself!
King Gary recently changed from fixed to flexible width, meaning now, if you stretch your browser window, the contents of this site will stretch with it. This is particularly useful for those people with 20″ monitors – myself included, when I’m at work (thanks b5)!
I can’t imagine why most websites would want to be fixed; most people I know have their browser windows maximized (whether they want to or not, since it’s the default setting I believe) and so the site could use all that valuable screen real estate that is usually filled with whitespace. I know that switching from a fixed to flexible width comes with some headaches regarding CSS, depending on how many divs you’ve got going, but for most sites, it seems well worth it (especially for ‘content’ sites, where there are articles and other large bodies of writing that populate the website.)