Brainstorms and Raves

Notes on Web Design, Development, Standards, Typography, Music, and More

Archives by Month: September, 2001

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during September, 2001.

Sat

29

SEP

2001

Alternatives to War, Continued

Earlier today I wrote about View From the Heart’s post. I’m so opposed to war as the means to resolve this terrorist situation; however, many feel differently, and it seems that we’ll be going to war despite any of us who oppose more violence. Given that, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching. Prior to September 11, my concerns were certainly elsewhere. I was (and remain) concerned about my elderly father and his failing health, being a parent of two children, running my web design business, and other typical daily life things. My thoughts were not at all on... (471 words, 5 links)

07:04 pm, pdt29 September, 2001

29

SEP

2001

Alternatives To War?

View From the Heart, one of my favorite weblogs, writes today about what war really means, at least in theory. "War is a political tool, like diplomacy. The purpose in the end is to make the opposition come to the table and agree to terms. It is the tool of failed statecraft, and a poor substitute for political dialogue." Is it possible to resolve this monumental terrorist situation without having to kill more people, without having to go to war? I think we must try everything possible before our armies pull out their machine guns and their explosives. We... (347 words, 4 links)

11:14 am, pdt29 September, 2001

Fri

28

SEP

2001

Flashing For Your Eyes Only

Are You Designing For Your Eyes Only? by Chris MacGregor, Flash expert, Flazoom.com is a highly informative, helpful article about readability, usable type and font size issues, contrast and content issues. Then again, everything I read by Chris MacGregor is outstanding. Although the article discusses Flash, the important points made are really applicable for web design in general, too. Chris has an exceptionally easy to read, interesting writing style, explaining things clearly, concisely, and in a friendly way. Check out the rest of Flazoom.com, also by Chris MacGregor. It’s entirely devoted to Flash. This is definitely a site you... (124 words, 3 links)

05:10 pm, pdt28 September, 2001

28

SEP

2001

Archiving the Internet Stories About the Attacks

The Washington Post’s Leslie Walker wrote a story Thursday about researchers capturing web pages moments after the Sept. 11 attacks to capture the world’s response: Web-Page Collection Preserves The Online Response to Horror. The Library of Congress and the Internet Archive are working together on this ambitious endeavor, and what a valuable contribution to the world, too! The researchers used special software to make copies of attack-related Web sites, storing thousands of pages off-line, including many that were changing so fast they would not be viewable by future generations unless someone grabbed them right away. We’re all asked to let... (122 words, 3 links)

11:02 am, pdt28 September, 2001

Thu

27

SEP

2001

New Issue of Digital Web

Nick Finck and staff continue to amaze me with the fabulous issues of Digital Web produced month after month. A special treat this time is the front cover design by Nick Finck—touching, meaningful, tender, and perfect for right now. This month’s issue includes the feature by Christopher Schmitt, Measuring User Experience; the tutorial by David Eames-Harlan, What happens when the people come?; Ben Henick interviews the crew at Carbon IQ; and the regulars: Stephen Van Doren writes on Experience for his Digisect column; Peter Fielding’s column ProDotCon, this time on User Experience; this month’s review by Jesse... (141 words, 2 links)

10:01 pm, pdt27 September, 2001

Categories: Design

27

SEP

2001

System Resources Issues Answered for HomeSite, Cold Fusion, and JRun Studio

Well written article explaining system resources issues and how to address them for HomeSite, Cold Fusion and JRun Studio: Resource Usage in HomeSite 4.5.2, ColdFusion Studio 4.5.2, and JRun Studio 3.01. I’ve heard before that upgrading to Windows 2000, NT or later OS will drastically reduce these problems, and this article also confirms this. However, they also provide several things to do to help. It’s great to see this helpful article, especially as this has been a problem for quite some time with HomeSite, even after they fixed a memory leak a version or so ago.... (98 words, 2 links)

09:54 pm, pdt27 September, 2001

Categories: Software

Wed

26

SEP

2001

Fun and Fantastic Online Color Palette Tools

Whether you’re a color expert or know nothing and want to figure out some color palette ideas for your next awesome Web site (or your bathroom, or whatever!), there’s a great tool by Limitless Innovations, Navigate Colour. All the color codes are generated with the color palettes, too, ready for your web pages. You’ll see blocks of color that together provide interesting color palettes. You can play around with the colors, changing an RGB value, adding or subtracting cyan, yellow, magenta, red, green, blue. Or click another button and invert the colors. You can also add or subtract by... (358 words, 8 links, 1 image)

08:41 am, pdt26 September, 2001

Categories: Design

Tue

25

SEP

2001

Room With A New View

My grandma always told me that every cloud has a silver lining. From Jon Stewart’s monologue September 20th: The view from my apartment was the World Trade Center and now it’s gone. They attacked it. This symbol of American ingenuity and strength and labor and imagination and commerce and it is gone. But you know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the south of Manhattan is now the Statue of Liberty. You can’t beat that. [link via Silly Cow, swallowingtacks.com]... (87 words, 3 links)

05:18 pm, pdt25 September, 2001

Categories: Sept 11 Attacks

25

SEP

2001

Accessibility Issues: Give Input To the W3C

Until December, you have an opportunity to comment on the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, as announced in W3’s September 13 press release, World Wide Web Consortium Issues User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 as a Candidate Recommendation. Here’s an excerpt that about this new recommendation: UAAG 1.0 completes three-pronged Web accessibility solution UAAG 1.0 explains how keyboard navigation, control over multimedia rendering, configuration options, documentation, communication with specialized software such as speech synthesizers or screen magnifiers, and other user interface features benefit people with visual, hearing, physical, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. For instance, required keyboard support will benefit people who cannot use... (233 words, 7 links)

02:37 am, pdt25 September, 2001

Categories: Accessibility

Mon

24

SEP

2001

War In Sacramento, Or So It Seemed

I was sound asleep, dreaming away. That’s when it happened. I knew my life was totally changed. I was awakened by what sounded like an explosion, and I could even feel the noise vibrating through the house. Boom! Boom! I jumped out of bed and ran to the French doors to look outside. My dogs were frantic, running to the doors to look out with me. I didn’t see anything unusual. The huge boom noise happened again, this time even louder. What I initially figured was the air force base testing something turned out to be far more than... (188 words, 1 link)

01:39 pm, pdt24 September, 2001

Sun

23

SEP

2001

This Is What We Need To Do On Our Plane Flights

Check out what the pilot told the passengers on this plane flight last weekend: Aboard Flight 564, by Peter Hannaford, Washington Times. Wow. What a take charge approach. I’ll be the first one throwing the pillows, books, airplane food, and soda cans at them. I’ll let the men with bigger muscles wrestle them to the ground and throw the blankets over their heads. Sounds like a great plan to me! Yes, we can do this. But let’s hope we don’t ever need to, either. [link via jaundiced eye (via Meryl Evans)]... (94 words, 4 links)

08:59 pm, pdt23 September, 2001

Categories: Sept 11 Attacks

23

SEP

2001

E-ribbons of Remembrance

Alon Cohen offers several e-ribbons of remembrance for the September 11th attacks. These are certainly some of the nicest I’ve seen. Alon has provided these as a public service for your Web sites. This design is in several sizes and with or without text included. He even includes a 500x500 .psd file with the layers. Important Note Please DO NOT link directly to the image on my server or anyone else’s server—that’s bandwidth theft and is not tolerated. Please instead visit Alon’s site and download any of the ribbons he offers that are freely available. You can upload... (121 words, 4 links, 1 image)

04:10 pm, pdt23 September, 2001

Sat

22

SEP

2001

Satellite Imagery - Overview of Lower Manhatten

A Reuters news graphic provides a satellite view September 16 labelling the locations of the buildings that were affected and the paths of the two planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers. This is one of the better ones I’ve seen. You can find more imagery in previous posts and in the Attack on America Images section at this site.... (63 words, 4 links)

06:54 pm, pdt22 September, 2001

Categories: Graphics

22

SEP

2001

Memorial Wall

A very touching and special Web site is Memorial Wall, created by Jan Mack. Visitors can create a new memorial wall in memory of a loved one, visit other memorial walls, and leave comments and thoughts, too. In addition to the growing collection of memorial walls for victims of the September 11th attacks, there are also other memorials. You’re welcome to visit or add memorial walls for the Columbine Tragedy, police officers, family, and friends. The Memorial Wall site also offers a helpful article for the bereaved and good books about dealing with grief and loss. [link via I-Design... (103 words, 3 links)

03:56 pm, pdt22 September, 2001

Categories: Politics

Fri

21

SEP

2001

"My father helped build the World Trade Center"—An Amazing Personal Story

Wow. This one is incredible: Best Laid Plans... An e-mail exchange with a World Trade Center architect. The story is actually an email exchange between a father and son, the father having been on the team of architects who designed the World Trade Center. The father tells his story of watching the attack on the TV and the aftermath. I was totally glued to this one (as I’ve been with so many powerful personal stories since a week ago Tuesday). For more personal stories about the attacks September 11th, check out our Attack on America Personal Stories section.... (99 words, 3 links)

10:01 pm, pdt21 September, 2001

Categories: Sept 11 Attacks

21

SEP

2001

More* On Weblogs Making A Huge Impact: George Weld Interview

Here’s another article about the impact of weblogs on reporting the September 11th attacks. Included in this one is an interview with George Weld, who photographed the aftermath of the attacks to the WTC last week and posted them on the Internet at his site. Weld has had huge volumes of visitors to his site as news spread quickly about his first hand account and photos. Doug Bedell of the Dallas Morning News discusses the impact of weblogs during this crisis and interviewed Weld for his article Thursday, Weblogs give fast man-in-street reports of disaster. People creating independent content are... (181 words, 14 links)

05:04 pm, pdt21 September, 2001

Categories: Weblogs

21

SEP

2001

Bush’s Speech - Pick Your Format

Here are several ways to check out Bush’s speech before congress regarding preparing for war against the Taliban and terrorism. Available on the web, the transcript, download for PDA, print, watch the video, more. Prepare for Casualties, Bush Says, While Asking Support of Nation [09/21/01 by Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times] VIDEO: In national address, Bush rallies world in war against terrorism Video of the President’s speech 9-20-01 preparing for war against all terrorism. Standard, broadband, Realplayer, Windows media player, more. [09/21/01 Nando Times] Text of President Bush’s address to Congress, nation Transcript of the speech given before Congress.... (111 words, 4 links)

03:51 pm, pdt21 September, 2001

Categories: Politics

21

SEP

2001

Will New Encryption Help More?

A new encryption technique presented last October will most likely be implemented a whole lot sooner due to the recent Code Red worm and new Nimda worm. Bob Liu writes about it for Internet.com: Heightened Security Concerns to Accelerate New Encryption’s Deployment.... (44 words, 2 links)

03:35 pm, pdt21 September, 2001

Categories: Software

Thu

20

SEP

2001

The Importance Of Weblogs During and After the Attack on America

The atrocity through the eyes of weblogs by Mark Denton, founder and owner of Moreover Technologies, is another must read article. This one describes the value and importance of the personal qualities of weblogs during the time of crisis. While the press has its place, the personal accounts and stories bring a closer reality than any of the news reports could begin to do. Great article.... (67 words, 2 links)

04:44 pm, pdt20 September, 2001

Categories: Weblogs

20

SEP

2001

New Article On Layouts Without Tables

Rachel Andrew has written an easy-to-understand new article on table-free layouts for Web sites, Real World Table Free Site Development. Rachel states, What I will be discussing here is the actual practicalities of getting it to work in the real world, and the reasons why you might expend the time and energy to do so. One of the best reasons for dumping tables and using CSS to lay out your pages is that browsers that do not support CSS will not see a horrible mess but instead will see your content, logically ordered on the page. This applies to... (193 words, 4 links)

04:36 pm, pdt20 September, 2001

20

SEP

2001

Nimda Worm Update and Information

One important thing to do immediately, if you haven’t already, is to disable Active Scripting in both Internet Explorer and Outlook. Wired’s new article, Scary Hybrid Internet Worm Loose, explains how to do that. Wired’s article also describes the worm: Most e-mails containing the W32/Nimda.A-mm worm do not have a visible attachment. The worm immediately activates and attempts to run a programming script as soon as the user clicks and opens the e-mail. Infected Web servers will also attempt to spread the virus to anyone who visits websites that are housed on that server by pushing a JavaScript "readme.exe"... (399 words, 8 links)

01:07 pm, pdt20 September, 2001

Categories: Software

20

SEP

2001

More Ways To Add Comments Capability to Your Weblog

aspcomments by sneaker.org offers a free comments solution similar to dotcomments (PHP) and cgicomments (Perl). If you have ASP support with your server and wish to try an ASP approach, it looks well worth checking out.... (37 words, 2 links)

12:07 pm, pdt20 September, 2001

Categories: Weblogs

Wed

19

SEP

2001

Some new or updated articles are out on link popularity. You may already be aware that more search engines are using link popularity as one element of determining page rankings. Measuring Link Popularity [by Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Watch. Article updated  September 6, 2001] How to Use Search Engines to Find Pages That Link to Your Site [by Kevin Elliott, About.com Web Search Guide] Links to Your Website--Do They Matter? [by Shirley Kaiser, SKDesigns] See also our own WebsiteTips.com’s Search Engine Information area with lots of annotated links to many of the best tutorials, articles, and sites available to help improve... (111 words, 5 links)

05:58 pm, pdt19 September, 2001

Categories: Development, SEO, Web Biz

Tue

18

SEP

2001

New 'Nimda' Worm Running Rampant Via Outlook and IIS Servers

If you’re reading this, it’s because my ISP’s server is back online after being attacked by the new 'Nimda' worm. What’s tough is that it attacks both PCs and servers, so it’s really run rampant today. Some colleagues and I have wondered if there’s any correlation between this virus and terrorism activities. Far fetched? Well, even reporters have asked the FBI, who won’t comment. We can’t blame everything that happens on terrorist activities, but I do think we need to keep our eyes open and stay aware. Don’t assume your virus protection is current. Check it regularly. Many programs... (304 words, 7 links)

05:11 pm, pdt18 September, 2001

Categories: Software

18

SEP

2001

The Forgotten Heroes - Rescue Dogs

Touching photos within Metafilter’s discussion, such as this one from the New York Times.The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation now needs donations for supplies for the rescue dogs, too. [thanks to Metafilter for the links.]... (38 words, 5 links)

02:23 pm, pdt18 September, 2001

Categories: Politics

Mon

17

SEP

2001

New York Before A Week Ago

My dear friend Makiko Itoh, a former resident of New York, has put together a beautiful slide show of New York before last week as a tribute: Requiem.... (30 words, 2 links)

10:04 pm, pdt17 September, 2001

Categories: Politics

17

SEP

2001

World Trade Center Aftermath: The Harsh Realities at the Scene

The New York Times Magazine has come out with a special issue on last week’s terrorist attacks. Among the heartfelt articles is the personal story from a doctor who volunteered at the scene. He ended up in the make-shift morgue helping to document those who didn’t survive the WTC attack. Counting is his story. Note: this article may not be suitable for young children. This is only one of many difficult stories. There are more in the section here, Attack on America. Some have written their stories and some have photographed their stories. What’s happened is really beyond words,... (126 words, 6 links)

09:13 pm, pdt17 September, 2001

Sun

16

SEP

2001

TopStyle Pro 2.5 CSS Editor Released

The latest update for Bradsoft’s TopStyle CSS editing tool is now available. If you’re a PC user, whether newbie or advanced, TopStyle is a tremendously helpful program to help build style sheets. Also, all money earned by Bradsoft during September and October will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Here’s their announcement: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bradbury Software, LLC Releases TopStyle Pro 2.5 September 16, 2001 - I’m pleased to announce the release of TopStyle Pro 2.5, which is a FREE upgrade for registered users of version 2.0 or 2.1. New features in this release include a palette editor which enables... (298 words, 6 links)

08:51 pm, pdt16 September, 2001

16

SEP

2001

Proving To the Terrorists That We Will NOT be Terrorized

We have been absolutely horrified by September 11th’s attacks. This is a day in our lives that most of us will remember forever, remembering where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news. We’ve been glued to the news, glued to the Internet, watching, hoping, and praying for more survivors to be rescued. We can show the terrorists that they won’t defeat us by continuing with our lives despite their horrendous acts. We will continue to support each other and keep going. We can get back to work, our daily lives, and our usual... (302 words, 8 links, 2 images)

02:02 pm, pdt16 September, 2001

Fri

14

SEP

2001

Shattered: Photo Essay

Time exclusive Shattered, a photo essay by James Nachtwey, tells of the World Trade Center devastation via photographs. Far more powerful than words could ever express.... (28 words, 2 links)

06:25 pm, pdt14 September, 2001

Categories: Photography

14

SEP

2001

Photos Inside One of the WTC Towers During Evacuation

Sky News has posted a slide show of photos taken inside one of the WTC towers as people were evacuating Tuesday just after the first plane struck. Some photos show firemen on their way up the stairs with their equipment, helping people get out, and supervising swift exits for everyone. Once outside, photos show almost straight up views of the towers right after the 2nd plane struck and some street scenes. Pretty incredible. [09/14/01 Sky News]... (77 words, 3 links, 1 image)

04:38 pm, pdt14 September, 2001

14

SEP

2001

Building Humanity - A New Discussion List

There are quite a few discussion lists springing up around the Web related in some way to Tuesday’s attacks. Building Humanity is a new one created by information architect Tim Salam with a very positive purpose, which is why I mention it here: This discussion list is for people to exchange ideas and open a dialogue on how we can all help each other through the various elements of our current human crisis. Appropriate topics include helping victims, helping each other, explaining thing to our kids, how to be more involved in our system, how to be an active... (163 words, 6 links)

03:11 pm, pdt14 September, 2001

Categories: Internet

Thu

13

SEP

2001

More Personal Stories of Living in New York Right Now

911 by Jeffrey Zeldman. Jeffrey tells of what it’s like being there, living there, trying to breathe, trying to do anything within a normal routine. I won’t give the rest away. Definitely a must read. Then, from Grant Barrett’s story of Tuesday, “From the sky and from the ground, from the tops of buildings near and far, from neighboring buildings with unobstructed views of the mayhem and chaos, we watched the buildings burn and fall again. In that lobby, watching those televisions, were students from around the world. People who had known bombings at home, war, murder, genocide, death. They... (415 words, 10 links)

06:58 pm, pdt13 September, 2001

13

SEP

2001

To help locate posts and links quickly regarding the terrorist attacks to the WTC, Pentagon, the Pennsylvia plane crash, and related: Attack on America: Help, Information, Resources, Personal Accounts, Photos, and More A new section - a categorized listing that compiles the links from all posts here related to the attack on America. World Trade Center, Pentagon Attacks All related archives of posts are listed in this archive category. Posts to Brainstorms and Raves will be added to the above two lists, too. Hopefully that will make it easy to find important links or any of the posts made... (125 words, 3 links)

05:04 pm, pdt13 September, 2001

13

SEP

2001

Long Island Helping Fellow New Yorkers

LIHelps.org: Long Islanders have set up a Web site to help their fellow New Yorkers. Included are locations and information for donations, contributions, food, clothing, shelter, more. The site is also a repository of links for helping families, victims, and even those stranded due to the airports being shut down. Lots of very helpful information here. What an amazing world community, whether one’s neighbor or across the oceans. We CAN make a difference, one person at a time. We’re seeing it everywhere.... (84 words, 2 links)

03:40 pm, pdt13 September, 2001

Categories: Sept 11 Attacks

13

SEP

2001

Great Photo Slideshow: During, Before, and After the WTC Destruction

World Trade Center Explosion Narrated photo slideshow of George Weld’s account of the explosions and aftermath. Also shows people around him on Broadway, Canal Street, Franklin Street and elsewhere. Expressions on faces, reactions, street scenes. Far more than just photos of the buildings. He also has slideshows of the day after the attack and photos of the WTC before the attack. Different from other collections I’ve seen so far. Very well done, especially given the circumstances. [09/11/01 George Weld, likeanorb.com]... (82 words, 4 links)

03:27 pm, pdt13 September, 2001

Categories: Photography

Wed

12

SEP

2001

Making A Difference One Person At A Time

"Don’t underestimate the power of change you have as an individual. Massive relief and action are made possible by the decision of one person at a time. Let’s unite, let’s pray, let’s stand together against terrorism!" --Carole Guevin, Netdiver.net... (40 words, 2 links)

07:03 pm, pdt12 September, 2001

Categories: Sept 11 Attacks

12

SEP

2001

World Trade Center, Pentagon Attacks, Cont.

More News Articles, Photos, Personal Accounts: The photographs and personal accounts leave me speechless. I remain in shock, and my heart aches deeply for all the families, friends and colleagues who’ve lost loved ones. Many are still waiting to hear the confirmation, many are still hoping their loved ones will be found alive amidst the rubble. “Look elsewhere for words. I have not yet found any that does what I saw justice.”—Christopher Casciano, photographer, describing the WTC attack. Here’s an update of this morning’s listing and some new categories, too. Communications, Phone Lines Updates and Information Verizon pay... (622 words, 20 links)

06:21 pm, pdt12 September, 2001

Categories: Sept 11 Attacks

12

SEP

2001

World Trade Center, Pentagon Attacks

Here are some of the better articles, news reports, photo collections that I’ve seen so far. There are also personal accounts written by webloggers, too, a few of which I’m including here, too. Their accounts are incredible to read. “I think I lost about 100 friends today. I can’t count them. I keep breaking down. I don’t think that I have ever been so sad and cried so much. I don’t know if I will ever be the same . . .” The Morning After Below is a photo from the Empire State Building webcam Wednesday morning as the sun rises over New York City.... (646 words, 27 links, 1 image)

05:24 am, pdt12 September, 2001

Tue

11

SEP

2001

The World Community

Sites all over the world are coming together in a Moment of Silence [1], community, tributes, and to share information, express concern and offer love, support, prayers, and community. We can show the world how we are all interconnected, that we’re one world, one community. We will become stronger, not weaker. We will not retreat but will gather together. Terrorism will not defeat us. Instead we will gain renewed energy. If you have a site paying tribute in some way, here are some sites where you can have yours listed. In memory of those lost by cityofkent.com "May peace be... (271 words, 10 links, 1 image)

06:26 pm, pdt11 September, 2001

Categories: Sept 11 Attacks

11

SEP

2001

Terrorist Attacks - Helping the Victims and Their Families

Information and resources are popping up around the Internet to help families and friends find each other, to check on the latest of what’s happening, to provide shelter or donate blood, and more. Here are some of them. New Yorkers, Families - Sites To Check In The Internet is really rallying around. Here are some places to help victims and to help families and friends check to make sure each other is OK, leave messages of their whereabouts, and related. New Yorkers and others, check in here[1] 911Tragedy - Communication for Victims & Loved Ones The Safe List[2] World... (574 words, 30 links)

11:57 am, pdt11 September, 2001

Categories: Sept 11 Attacks

11

SEP

2001

New Discussion List Regarding Terrorist Attacks in the U.S.

Ron Klegman from evolt.org’s TheList discussion list has just opened a new discussion list to keep each other posted about the events as they unfold and to find out about loved ones, etc. 911USAttack : 911- The Day The U.S. Changed! If you haven’t heard the news yet, there’s been a terrorist attack on the U.S. I’m not writing this as a joke, unfortunately. Two planes intentionally crashed into both towers of the World Trade Center. As of this note, both towers are now collapsed as a result. One of the two planes is confirmed to have been a... (218 words, 3 links)

08:24 am, pdt11 September, 2001

Categories: Sept 11 Attacks

Mon

10

SEP

2001

Mind-boggling Resource: Weblogs, Theory and Practice

Aaron of Aaronland has compiled an amazing resource linking to dozens of articles written about Weblogs (aka blogs, weblogs). The Weblogs, Theory and Practice section is a fascinating exploration through so many writings and even a song - Blog Song (RealAudio, MP3) - about the web log phenomenon, dated from early 1999 to the present (last updated May, 2001 according to his note). Be forewarned that you could easily spend hours exploring all the fun links.... (77 words, 3 links)

09:29 am, pdt10 September, 2001

Categories: Weblogs

Sat

8

SEP

2001

Remembering Carl Volk

Has it really only been a year ago that I heard the devastating news that my dear friend had died so unexpectedly, without any warning? It feels like an eternity since I’ve heard his voice or got an email from him. However, just one year ago September 5th Carl Volk passed away unexpectedly at age 47 in Las Vegas where he lived. An exceptional photographer and an amazing Photoshop guru, he so willingly and generously shared his knowledge with the world. I am truly blessed to have been among those he considered his close friends, and he was indeed my... (502 words, 7 links)

05:01 pm, pdt 8 September, 2001

Thu

6

SEP

2001

Daypop, A New Search Engine for Weblogs, Online Magazines, and Newspapers

Daypop, a new search engine that crawls the living web at least once a day, launched just the other day. Checking it out with at least 8 or 9 searches for latest news, weblogs, and various topics, I have a good first impression. According to his August 29th weblog post, Daypop’s creator Dan Chan will start on version 2 soon. Should be interesting to see what he does with this new tool. In addition to the timely crawling of newspapers and online magazines, it’s also exciting to see that weblogs are being quickly indexed like this.... (97 words, 3 links)

07:00 am, pdt 6 September, 2001

Categories: Weblogs

6

SEP

2001

Honored to be Blogger’s Blog of Note!

Wow! Was I ever surprised to see Brainstorms & Raves listed in the Blogs of Note at Blogger for September 2nd! Thanks, Blogger! When I checked Blogger’s link, I found that they’re linking to my recent post about a Blogger tutorial that I wrote, See Blogger. Type. Play. Publish. Relax. Blogger and other content management tools come up in discussion lists fairly often, including questions about what the interface is like and how easy it is to use. So when a friend asked me about its interface the other day I took a few screen shots, wrote a short overview, and... (118 words, 5 links, 1 image)

06:40 am, pdt 6 September, 2001

Categories: Colophon, Weblogs

Wed

5

SEP

2001

WestCiv’s Style Master Version 2 Now Available

Good news from WestCiv—Version 2.0 of their CSS editor, Style Master, is now released and available for both Mac and Windows platforms. Their Web site also has some excellent tips and tutorials on CSS. Well worth checking out. By the way, Maxine Sherrin of WestCiv also wrote an excellent article about tables vs. CSS-P for Joe Gillespie’s WPDFD site about which I wrote here just a few days ago. Here’s their press release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WestCiv Webware releases version 2.0 of their cascading style sheet editor Style Master for Windows and the MacOS. September 5, 2001 -... (384 words, 6 links)

06:44 am, pdt 5 September, 2001

Tue

4

SEP

2001

Good Intro to Fonts with CSS

CSS guru Eric Meyer has a good introductory tutorial to designating fonts with CSS at O'Reilly Network: Working with Fonts and CSS. This tutorial explains things clearly and concisely, including basic font selection and cross-platform issues. The tutorial isn’t too long, provides some great basics, and provides further resources to learn more after you’ve gotten your feet wet here. Also highly recommended is Meyer’s CSS book, Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide. I have it and refer to it often. There’s also his helpful CSS Pocket Reference and handy Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer’s Reference. Other Resources WebsiteTips.com has... (123 words, 6 links, 1 image)

04:46 pm, pdt 4 September, 2001

Categories: Typography

4

SEP

2001

Looking for a Good Online Calendar System Script?

Matt Kruse has one that’s been recommended to me that I thought I’d pass along. My Calendar CGI Script. Matt states that the flexibility of his script sets it apart from the rest. The layout and look can be changed quite a bit, as you’ll see in the samples, and you can try a demo at the site and see others in action. You can also run multiple calendars from the same script if you wish—lots of possibities here.... (83 words, 2 links)

04:43 pm, pdt 4 September, 2001

Categories: Design, Development

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Liquid Design

Well worth checking out is a new article at Evolt.org, Liquid Design for the Web by Adrian Roselli (aka aardvark). You’ll find quite a few excellent points made, great examples (with screen shots) of how to construct several layouts that work well at various resolutions and what to consider when brainstorming your design ideas. Whether this is the first time you’ve even heard the term 'liquid design' or if you’re a seasoned veteran and create them in your sleep, this tutorial is a good read.... (86 words, 2 links)

07:53 am, pdt 4 September, 2001

Categories: Design

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An Inside View to Blogger

Several friends and colleagues lately have inquired about what it’s like to post content with Blogger or other similar tools. That prompted me to take a few screen shots and write an overview tutorial on using Blogger’s easy interface. So now you can get a glimpse into what it’s like before you dive in and try it yourself. See Blogger. Type. Play. Publish. Relax. In my usual style, I’ve also included resources to more information there, too—links to other Brainstorms & Raves' posts on weblogs, links to great Weblogs around the Web, and resources to more information... (103 words, 4 links)

05:00 pm, pdt 2 September, 2001

Categories: Colophon, Weblogs

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