Otherwise, just buy him a set of this:

make my logo bigger cream

Also works for small blind apes…

A great video about creating online forms:

“In this presentation, Ryan Singer, designer at 37Signals walks you through some useful steps on creating usable, intuitive forms in your web apps through effective use of copy and design.”

See the video here at vitamin

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Steve’s thoughts on DRM

February 6, 2007

Steve Jobs personally published a letter about music and digital rights management, to be read here: http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/ 

In essence: The big four music companys (Universal, Sony-BMG,…) should stop pushing for DRMs on digitally sold music and should finally start really making money of their music online – as they do with their not drm-protected audio-cds.

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Keep yourself on track

February 6, 2007

Tracks is a web-based “Getting Things Done” application written in RubyOnRails – and it’s Open Source 😉

Basicly you can add an manage contexts, projects and next actions aka todo-list items. It’s more or less a smaller version of 37signals backpackit, just for free and without the other stuff like calendar, pages, reminders and writeboards that backpackit offers.

For those of you, that don’t want to have their todo-lists and stuff on a providers webserver (like http://backpackit.com), you can host it yourself. For the others, you can use a host like http://tracks.tra.in for free.

If you don’t need the shiny look of the 37signals solutions and/or want to host yourself, it’s well worth a look. Oh, and I almost forgot, you can also subscribe to your tasks from iCal.

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XML Escape Sequences

February 6, 2007

When using XML to be loaded into a flash file, the following signs have to be “escaped”:

& (Ampersand) &
< (Left angle bracket) &lt;
> (Right angle bracket) &gt;
” (Straight quotation mark) &quot;
‘ (Apostrophe) &apos;

To “escape” means you instead of using an &, <, > ,… you just use their longer description like &amp; and you’re out of trouble.

Fresh from iSlayer.com: iStat Pro Version 3.3.

As they say:

iStat pro is the ultimate system monitoring widget, consisting of nine sections which can be minimized, expanded, or closed.

Itfeatures detailed information on CPU, memory, hard drives, IP andexternal IP, bandwidth, CPU temperature, battery, uptime, temperatures,and fans. You’ll know exactly what’s going on inside your Mac!

Not for the faint-hearted or anyone with a small screen.

An if you have all options activated, you should at least have a 17″ widesreen display (like my macbook pro…).

Now you can also monitor the temperature and fans on Intel Macs. I’ve been waiting for that…

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I know, Discwarrior for Intel Macs is out for a few weeks now, but I just stumbled upon the Upgrade.

New to Discwarrior?

It’s the essential tool for harddisc repairs on (Intel and PowerPC) Macs. It repairs your harddrive after failures by rebuilding the directory from scratch. Like they say:

“Everything just disappeared after your Mac went
haywire. All your work documents. The music you most enjoy. The movie
of your kid’s first steps. It’s your life and it’s gone. Don’t
panic! DiskWarrior will find your documents, photos, music and any
other files when disaster strikes and things go missing.

Perhaps
you’ve tried to open a document and all that happens is a color wheel
that spins and spins and spins… Or when your Mac starts up, all you get
is a blinking question mark… Or you were in the middle of editing a
movie and now your external hard disk isn’t on the desktop… Or your
MP3s won’t play… Or every time you look through your photos, your Mac
crashes. DiskWarrior gets you back up and running fast!”

We’ve been working with Discwarrior since mounting FireWire harddrives on apeish G3s for the first time (and the directories were corrupted after every second mount) and could almost always repair our discs with this great tool and with the update it now also works on my MonkeyBook Pro.

By the way: It doesn’t however help if your harddisc really crashed physically ;-(

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Just stumbled upon a great blog about: Email Productivity « Email Overloaded.

Really a must-read, but have a look for yourself…

a great thing for the season: the online snowflake creator. use a flash scissor to cut out from some paper and directly preview or download your snowflaske as eps file afterwards. great fun, not just for the kids!

by the way: my snowflake is number 13601541

Just stumbled upon wikitravel.org today.

A great site in wikipedia-style trying to cover the world for travellers. If you’re used to Lonely planet, you should quickly find your way around.

Not as extended as the lonely planet series or site, but a good start for now. Hope it’ll keep growing (and get a nicer/friendlier stylesheet).

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