A Spooky Basecamp Theme…

Here’s a “trick” from Rbird.com’s About Design blog on how you can update the appearance of Basecamp with these treats. (Kill me for my puns, I beg you.)

I wonder if it would freak our clients out if we changed how Basecamp looked all of a sudden? Hmm….

This gives me an idea… it would be cool to provide a resource of “theme” ideas for Basecamp. I know I struggled somewhat to come up with the right color combo for the PowerServe Basecamp…

Hat tip: Signals vs. Noise

Flock has landed

Just got my grubby little hands on the Flock Developer Preview (0.4.8) and I gotta say… wow.

If I have time tomorrow, I will post screenshots. I like what I’m seeing so far. I’m not going to go so far as to say it’s a Firefox-killer or anything, but it’s definitely a great little browser.

More later. I promise. Now it’s time for bed.


No, I mean it.

Quicktime 7 Standalone Player

Apple Quicktime works on Macs AND PCs!

While checking out some of the new Movie Trailers over at Quicktime.com, I noticed Apple is now posting a link to a Quicktime 7 Standalone Player… Several of my friends have not upgraded to QT7 because Apple has bundled it with iTunes by default now. They’ll be happy to know, this is no longer the case.

So, if you’ve held off on upgrading to QT7, I urge you to reconsider… being able to watch MOV files that use the H.264 codec is more than reason enough to upgrade…

I’m not dead yet.

Happy to report that I am not dead yet! ;) Just been busy with work, life, and in general…

I tweaked the design somewhat this morning. I eliminated the Google Search and Google Adwords elements from my site. I also removed the center column, which listed out the latest entries, and links to archives… (Both lists were getting way too long, and rather unmanageable.) Now, archives can be accessed by visiting the Archives section of my site… If I start feeling scrappy, I might even incorporate some sort of search into the site… but until then, the archive setup will have to be dealt with.

I love CSS. It’s amazingly easy to use. I spent a little under an hour this morning tweaking various attributes, attribute values, etc… and was able to significantly change the look and feel of the site without messing with the HTML code at all. Gotta love it.

Anyways, as soon as I get some free time, I’ll post some more. Until then, please bear with me.

Macromedia Releases Contribute 3.1

Box shot of Macromedia Contribute 3.1

Over 200 significant updates and enhancements, including:Better control. Safely delegate updates with a new review and approval system; repossess checked-out documents with the lock-breaking UI; and designate who can edit, approve, or publish with subsite support.Empowered users. Subsite support, file deployment management, RSS activity feeds, and a lock-breaking UI to repossess checked-out documents.Learn more…

Certified HTML Developer

Woohoo… I’m a Certified HTML Developer according to W3Schools.com now… took an “exam” that covered three topics: CSS, HTML and XHTML – and passed! (Got 66 of 70 questions right.) I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t do better, but I don’t think my results were that bad, especially considering I did absolutely no studying whatsoever before I took the test.

Google, Comcast looking to invest in AOL?

Oct 12, 2005 – By Kenneth Li

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Google Inc and Comcast Corp. are in discussions to buy a minority stake in Time Warner’s America Online, two sources close to the deal said on Wednesday.

A deal would create a formidable challenge to Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. , with whom AOL is also having separate discussions over a joint venture.

The combination would marry Time Warner’s trove of programming and Google’s popular search and e-mail services with Comcast’s high speed Internet portal and experience in cable video distribution and telecommunications.

Time Warner and Comcast declined comment. A Google spokesman declined comment on the talks, adding, “Google and AOL have a healthy global partnership and AOL remains a valued partner.”

One source warned that the discussions over a joint investment were still in its early stages and could fall apart.

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(Hat tip: GoogleRumors)

Brief Observations on the Oct. 12 Apple Event

the new iMac G5John Gruber had a lot of interesting stuff to note aboot yesterday’s Apple Special Event:

  • The new iPods do not support FireWire. Not just no FireWire cables in the box; no FireWire, period. Such is the price of smaller and thinner, I suppose.
  • Highest capacity iPod is still 60 GB. There certainly exists a market of people who want larger capacity iPods (I know at least four people personally who can’t fit their entire libraries on a 60 GB drive … and I don’t have many friends), but I don’t think Apple sees this as a significant selling point. Thinner and lighter seems to be what Apple thinks will sell … and judging by the Nano’s popularity, they’re almost certainly right.

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Meet Tyler Douglas Harrison

A snapshot taken of Tyler inside Kim's tummy.Last week, Kim and I went to Prenatal Imaging in Martinez, GA to get a 4-D Sonogram done.We took this step for two reasons. First, there was a degree of uncertainty starting to surround the Baby Gender Mentor test we had done in July. (The test reported we had a boy, but there’s some concern about the validity of the Baby Gender Mentor test.) Secondly, there was a degree of curiosity as to what the baby might look like inside of Kim’s body.The 4-D Sonogram was awesome.I met Kim at the Prenatal Imaging offices at 4pm on Thursday afternoon. They had Kim fill out some paperwork and select a plan. They then escorted us to the songram room where Kim’s parents, sister and brother-in-law, my mom, and our niece Meaghan joined us. They helped Kim up onto the examination table and laid her down. For 35 minutes we were able to sit and watch as they “peered” into Kim’s tummy. It was awesome, awe-inspiring thing to watch. Little Tyler’s already very active. He moved a lot inside of Kim. We got to watch him suck his thumb… and yawn… and stick out his tongue… It was amazing at how much detail the 4-D Sonogram picked up.We’re anxiously awaiting his arrival now. Kim is 29 weeks along, and we’re expecting to have Tyler delivered by C-Section sometime on or around 12/20-21.Our next session is scheduled for November 12th. I’ll post pics and video from that session as soon as I have it available to me :)