Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar Beta vs Web Developer toolbar extension

“Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery.” Or so they say. But I don’t know if this holds true when the imitating party is… Microsoft. Sorry Chris, it’s about time to move on to greener pastures. 😉

Why the sarcasm? Well, Microsoft released a beta of their Developer Toolbar for Internet Explorer. So? Well, that’s what I thought. Why would I install a beta toolbar for IE when my main developement tool is Firefox with the Web Developer toolbar. Among others.
Just out of curiosity I gave it a go. You can download the developer toolbar beta for IE here. Don’t! If you are running Vista as it seems to crash the system.

So here are my first impressions.

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PocketMod: Not everything needs to be digital

Why should you need a several hundred dollar/euro pocket organiser that’ll last for just one day on batterypower? Why not rethink paper? It’s been used for a few hundred years and still going strong. If you accidently drop or sit on it the interface it’s still readable and writable. No need to go look for that damn adapter. If you don’t need it anymore, just chuck it in the bin. 🙂

Start PocketMod Enter PocketMod: The Free Disposable Personal Organizer! The all-in-one organizer you need. Containing among others: “Dots game, 2007 calendar, food diary, tip tables, music staff sheets, story boards and more.”

Many things make this little personal organizer special, here is a list.

1. It fits easily in your back pocket or purse.
2. It’s as cheap as one piece of paper (Because that’s all it is!)
3. It opens like a book. Leading to easier to find, more organized notes.
4. The first page has a pouch, big enough to carry a business card!
5. Customizable with “Mods” tailored to your needs.
6. It’s free and fun!

Get yourself a PocketMod right here and impress your friends with your latest gadget. Paper, printer & scissors not included.

Anyway, it’s one of nicest Flash RIA’s i’ve seen in a while. There even is an offline Win/Mac version. Nice!

(Found at Fredscapes.nl)

Progressive layout

My website definitely needs an overhaul. I’ve been using the default ‘Kubrik’ theme too long. Surely I could download and run another theme. But, being a webdeveloper/designer, that is beneath my standard ;-).

Last may I stumbled on this concept of ‘Progressive layout’ by Alessandro Fulciniti. The concept is simple, build a ‘liquid’ or scalable layout using CSS and use a piece of JavaScript to limit the display-width of the layout. E.g. Whenever a browser window is at it’s ‘maximum’, make it a fixed width layout. When the browser window is scaled below a boundary value, change it to a ‘liquid layout’. Even below a set threshold change it back to a fixed width layout again. See Alessandro’s example of a 3-column layout with and without the concept in place. (Open up and resize your browser! See what is happening to the width of the layout?) This is something I’ll probably want with my layout. (Degrading nicely for old browsers, mind you)

Ever since the inception of the internet people had the choice of fixed or liquid/scalable layouts. Each one had their pro’s and con’s. But this has never been combined before (I think). Looking at and testing Alessandro’s code I found something that annoyed me. When you load up the above demo’s and scale them, the margins are variable. This got me thinking and testing myself. Scalable below a certain threshold using the liquid layout, above the threshold fixed width. And here’s my demo.
It currently is a ‘proof of concept’. Whenever the browser window is smaller than a 1000 pixels (960px + 2 * 20px) it changes to a liquid layout. I’ve tested it in IE6, FF 1.0 and Opera 8.0 and it works. IE5 has some trouble switching to liquid. So before I’ll release the script I’ll have to do some testing. 🙂

(Feedback is welcome)

Just a thought.

The present: Most people come to you via a search engine (probably through Google, although Yahoo! is on the return). Some people come via Technorati, Bloglines or other RSS feed engine. And some are family, friends, co-workers, affiliates, … the people you meet in real life. All 6 of them. 😉

Given the state of current search engines, they’re stumbling over one another for the largest and fastest index, and the state of the ‘distributed web’ via RSS services (*cough web 2.0*). Does it really matter whether your site is in ‘shape’, a.k.a. designed? What matters these days is crawlability and indexability. In fact with add-ons like GreaseMonkey you cannot even be sure that your visitors will see what you’ve intended. Shuther to think what you’ll break when you update your site for someone running a GreaseMonkey script.

The future: Here’s my thought. What if? I’ll just revert to HTML 2.0. Google & Co understands it very well. And instead of chronological blogging or filling my web space, I’ll just put up thoughts and keep on writing on them totally visibly for you.

Hold up. That’s called a wiki!

Yes. 🙂 But think of it. What’s so different from a blog? Blog (and forum) people put up ‘updated’-tags in their posts to signal a change. So what if I don’t have to care about that? I’m thinking cross-over wiki/weblog. Just let me write, note, jot, expand, figure out, take a sidestep, draw, video-tape it or just delete. And you, my audience, all 6 of you, could comment in the proceedings? You know, just like a weblog. You’re probably saying OPML? No, from what I’ve seen it’s not what I want.

Come to think of it. It’s much like building your own personal Wikipedia, pinging around whenever I press a button (feeds), having a sitemap so search engines (G. Sitemaps) are filled with their hunger, put up an OPML to keep mister Winer happy, put up a webservice/API so every webdeveloper can rehash my content on their mobile, … Who cares about my site? It’s about distributing it.

Like I said, just a thought.

Macromedia Studio 8

If you were camping out in Siberia for the past year you may have missed the Adobe & Macromedia merger. Well, it boils down to a 3.5 BILLION dollar transaction in which Adobe takes over Macromedia. That is, IF the stockholders agree on August 24 and the DOJ does not intervene.

Macromedia Studio 8 Anyway, it did not keep both companies from releasing their new updated application suites this year. CS2 was released somewhere around the news of the merger. And this week Macromedia happily announced its long due update to Studio MX 2004, dubbed Studio 8 (!!!!!! What the f@#$ happened to their much louded MX extension: “It sounds so fresh compared to a number-bump.”??? Right!)

So as a daily user of Dreamweaver, ever since version 1, I’m pretty keen on seeing what improvements have been made. But let’s take a look what we get with the new studio:

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Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Constantia and Corbel

These are the new ‘web’ fonts as described earlier. Looking at my stats I’ve seen an interest for downloading these fonts. No I don’t have them (for download).

But, earlier this week the beta of Windows Vista was released… and so did the new fonts… look around. 😉

This is probably totally crossing the EULA.

Just a note for webdesigners. Although you might get hold of them, it’ll be well into 2008 that there’s a crowd that can view these fonts.

Firefox webdeveloper survival kit

Today and probably the rest of the week I’ll have to work on a loaner. The trusty laptop has to go into shop for scrutiny and hopefully some repairs. 🙁 In the meanwhile I’m looking at this barren desktop of a semi-fresh Windows XP. I’m wondering, how am I going to cram Photoshop, Dreamweaver and the rest of my stuff on this 10Gigs of HD. Not mentioning the 256Megs they will be fighting for. 😉

Laptop trouble Well, the first thing I installed, you’ve guessed it right, was <blink>Firefox</blink>. 🙂 How else am I gonna survive? It took me a whole 10 minutes to get up and running. Including installing the much needed extensions to complete the survival kit.

So here’s what I define as the ‘webdeveloper survival kit‘:

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Using Furl for almost a year.

Furl logoI’ve been using Furl for almost a year now. In fact it was Jul 23, 2004 at 23:13:58 GMT that I ‘furled’ my very first furl: Furl – How to Save. Using it on a daily basis, I collected some 500+ interesting, funny, need-to-know, nice-to-know or what-else public links. Not much compared to others, but still a respectable number nonetheless. 🙂

So what have I been hamstering this past year? Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

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