Archive for April, 2007

Coda, a New Web Dev App

Panic, the makers of Transmit released their all-in-one web development app, Coda today. The last “big” web development software package I used was Dreamweaver, but I have long-since left it in favor of Transmit + lightweight text editors. The combination is so fast that I can literally open Transmit, navigate to a file, open it, edit it, save/upload, and close both apps before Dreamweaver even opens.

Normally, when doing web work, I have at least these applications open: Transmit, skEdit, Firefox (with web developer toolbar). Coda brings all of those together into one, slick piece of software. I’ve used Coda all but 10 minutes, but it makes a really good first impression! The app is visually beautiful, functional, brings to the table some ideas in web development that have never been implemented this well before (in my opinion).

Coda

I wish there were more options in tag completion. I have gotten so dependent on my own “custom” tag completion that I’m crippled when I try to use another text editor. Maybe it’s time to learn something new…

The website, by the way, is beautifully designed, too.

Endorsement: SpamSieve

Well, I’ve been using SpamSieve for a week now, and I’m really impressed. Even after moving to a Mac at home, Chesney still had her PC which I setup to act as a mail server to run SpamPal for all our computers, and it worked great. When Chesney got her new Macbook, we were forced to use Mail.app’s built-in spam filter, while I researched the best Mac solution.

My SpamSieve stats after a week
My SpamSieve stats
after a week

I finally got around to trying SpamSieve, the most popular Mac spam-fighting solution. I initially passed it over because I was looking for something that used public blacklists as SpamPal did, but kept coming back to it because of the great reviews it got from well-known people in the Mac community as well as “the regular people,” blogs like this one.

Even then I wasn’t completely convinced to give it a try until I watched the setup video which showed me just how integrated and unobtrusive SpamSieve is. The setup was easy, and it loads automatically when new mail comes in. As opposed to maybe 10 to 20 spams getting through the Mail.app spam filter pers day, I’m now living Spam-free, occasionally checking for false-positives, but that’s to be expected as it’s still training after only a week of use.

Coincidentally, Macworld posted a review of SpamSieve just today and gave it a perfect score of 5 mice!

I didn’t like either of the icons, so I replaced it with the spam icon in the Email Me icon set.
SpamSieve icon replacement

Save yourself cumulative hours of your life deleting Cialis spam–eat the affordable cost and install SpamSieve!

Do you Maximize?

An interesting informal poll at 456 Berea St tries to answer questions about who maximizes their browser window in relation to platform and screen resolution. Surprising results.

A Night of Hockey

Sharks for the win!
Sharks win, baby. …time for cake!

The first Sharks playoff game just happened to be on the same night as one of my hockey games. I was happy to see that regulation would end before we started playing, but then Nashville tied it up in the last minute. During our game, every time anyone was on the bench half their attention was on the flatscreen TV across the rink watching the Sharks as they went into overtime…then double overtime.

As for our game, it was Lem’s first official C-league game with Andrew and I, and he did really well. In fact there was a good part of the 2nd period when the lines got mixed up and we were all on the same line. We were losing by a lot at this point, and whatever reason I got moved up to forward, Lem to defense, and the very next play I connected with Andrew for a score. Hmm…maybe I should try playing forward some more. We ended up losing by a wide margin, but it was a fun, satisfying game. I got my gear off and stepped within viewing distance of the TV just in time to see the Sharks–and all of Scotts Valley Sports Center–celebrating to the game winning goal.

That night we all went back to Andrew’s birthday party where we watched the overtime periods of the game that they had TiVo’d. Not quite as exciting when you know the outcome.

GO SHARKS!

In the Nude.

Nudity streaks across the internet playing field. I’ve taken part in the second annual CSS Naked Day (I’m participant #503 on the long list), a day when participants “strip” off their CSS styling. It promotes the use of web standards: good, semantic xhtml structure.

I heard from my brother at Biola that my blog was banned for having prohibited content. I have since been unbanned, but I’m pretty sure that with words like “naked,” “nude,” and “strip” together, I’m banned again. Oh well.

The New Intelligent Design

My blog, Intelligent Design, since it’s creation in 2004, has never been christened with a real logo. I’m proud to introduce the new branding and identity for Intellligent Design:

Intelligent Design

What can I say–it’s a masterpiece. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the internet, it’s already been copied many times over.

Many times.

UPDATE: This was kind of an inside web designer April Fool’s if you couldn’t tell. The originator of the logo, Dan Cederholm of Simplebits fame had his logo stolen by Logomaid, then sold to its customers for $199. The full force of the web design community’s sense of humor came upon the internet yesterday, and it was beautiful.

Dan’s been a good sport about it all. By the way, Dan’s first book “Web Standards Solutions” and Simplebits lead the way in my learning CSS. I’m forever grateful.