Monthly Archives: March 2008

Somewhat finished….

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I started the redesign (as you may or may not have already noticed). In this version of the site, I’ve decided to go green (literally). Version 2.0 was short-lived, and I didn’t like it that much anyway. Currently, only the home page is looking good. All of the other pages look like garbage, because I haven’t done them yet. Hopefully, by tomorrow, the site will have most (not all) of its pages redesigned. Also, I set my blog as the homepage. So far, the site has:
1) CSS rollovers- They work faster, and don’t require complex pre-loader scripts.
2) It looks good in IE 5.0 (Mac), Safari (Mac), and Firefox (Mac).
EDIT: The site works fine in IE 6.0 and Firefox 2.0.

Currently, it’s not XHTML valid, but I’m working on it.

Redesign… coming soon…

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Yeah… I kinda mentioned a redesign a little while ago… but as you can see… not much progress. It’s the weekend, though, and I’m definitely going to get some pages finished…. So don’t be alarmed if the site starts acting all screwy.

About my new computer- it’s awesome.

It’s extremely fast, and it works as well as it looks. The speed is amazing (or maybe that’s just how I see it, after previously using a 10-year old computer).  The amount of RAM suits my work, and I can run 10-20 programs all at once without any noticeable lag. The portability is unmatched, and with screen brightness turned down, I can easily get 4 hours out of the battery. Below is a screenshot of my desktop:

My desktop

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Well, it’s 5:39 am, but I’m not really tired. You see, the other day, I caved in and created a MySpace profile. Of course, the first thing I wanted to do was t edit the layout. And that’s what I did, until my account got deleted because I violated the TOS by blocking the advertisements. I made a new one yesterday, and I finished with the layout just this morning. It was a pain, because MySpace’s standards are even more ****ed up than those of IE’s. But it has been finished. Below is a screenshot. If you want to see the actual profile, click here.

My pimped out layout

Also, I have finished my web design page. It is here.

It took quite a while, but now it’s finished, cross-browser compatible, and 100% XHTML/CSS valid.

Now, onto the main news:

This website is due for a complete redesign. You may be asking “why?” Here are some reasons.

  1. I’ve learned a few new techniques, and I have more experience with XHTML and CSS than I did when I did this layout.
  2. I want to put this blog on the front page. The current front page is just empty-ish space, which doesn’t really compel most visitors to stay for too long.
  3. I want XHTML and CSS validity. The current design has a lot of errors, and I can’t fix them without messing up the site.
  4. I’m writing the site in a text editor, rather than in Dreamweaver, which will allow for faster, more efficient, more optimized code.
  5. The site is plain, and doesn’t look all that great.
  6. I’ve learned how to make rollovers in CSS, and they work faster, take less time to load, and don’t require long (and invalid) lines of Javascript for preloading.
  7. I want to make the site easier to update, so the new site will simply link to the CSS file, rather than having it embedded. Therefore, I’d only need to change the external CSS file, without compromising the structural integrity of the site itself.
  8. I want to make the site faster, because the current design is bloated, and inefficient.
  9. This is the “flagship”site of my collection of sites, so naturally, it has to look good.

The redesign will commence tonight. I will attempt to preserve the integrity of the blog, so as to keep you posted on the progress.

Finally got a new MacBook Pro!

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Yeah, I know it’s been a while since I’ve last updated, but I was busy. This is what I was busy with this last week. I finally got a nice new MacBook Pro 1-inch. It’s a good thing I waited a few months, because a new version came out about two weeks ago. 200gb of HD, 2gb of RAM, 256 mb NVidia Geforce 8600M graphics card, and OS 10.5.2. I don’t know why Adobe says that Macromedia Studio-8 software won’t work. I’ve got Flash, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks running without a problem. Photoshop CS2 works fine, also. Below are some pictures of the “grand unwrapping.”

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The first thing I noticed is how much money Apple puts into the making of their boxes. The box is a work of art in itself.

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Here is the opened box. I think I may have opened it the wrong way… Everything is neatly wrapped and arranged.

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With the MacBook Pro out of the box, you can see the (slightly) squashed box with all of the system restore DVDs.

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Here is the MacBook Pro, taken out of its protective bag.

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Here is the underside of the MacBook Pro. Note that there are almost no panels, except for the RAM cover, and the battery.

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Here it is, the MacBook Pro, in all of its unwrapped glory. I’ll post a review of it in a few days.