Microsoft has released two new Virtual PC images featuring Windows XP SP 2. One includes Internet Explorer 7, the other Internet Explorer 6.
Screenshot of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
The images should come in handy for anyone running Windows Vista who wants to see how their web page look in Internet Explorer under Windows XP. Of course, you could also run the disc image inside of Virtual PC if you want to try installing new software without risking any damage to your host operating system.
Both disc images will expire on August 17th, 2007. The images are pre-activated so no hassle running them (Windows only). Download the disc images here.
DeGraeve has a nifty tool called the Color Palette Generator.
DeGraeve Color Palette Generator – example of a palette generated from an image
You simply feed the generator an image and it will create a suiting color palette.
Enter the URL of an image to get a color palette that matches the image. This is useful for coming up with a website color palette that matches a key image a client wants to work with.
FeaturePics did some testing, so check this editorial for cool examples.
ColorJack Sphere provides an easy way to create color palettes.
You simply select the type of color scheme you’re looking to create (i.e. Six-Tone, Complementary or Triadic) and move the little dots in the color wheel to get the color palette of your liking. You can select a level of color blindness and set the color spectrum (websafe, websmart). You can even export the palettes to Illustrator or Photoshop.
If you’re looking for more control over the palettes, check out ColorJack Studio (screenshot).
A minuratuarized version of Sphere, ColorJack Sphere Widget is available for all major operating systems.
ColorJack Sphere Widget
There’s also a little DHTML color picker available for download so you can use it in your own website/application.
Visit ColorJack to check out all of these tools.
I generally get bored with website designs quite fast, but I have to admit the current blue/red rekkerd.org design already lost it’s appeal after a few weeks.
I think the colors scream too much, so I’m trying to tone things down a bit.
screenshot of rekkerd.org redesign (click for larger image)
This design has more grey tone colors and the logo is much less adventurous (boring?). It also halves the amount of Google Adsense ads in the top of the page (which might cost me some revenue, but I don’t really like the current wide Adsense format, and it’s not like the ads generate much anyway).
So what do you think, is the new design better: yes, no or fish?
Smashing Magazine has a great round-up of CSS techniques to enhance and spice up your website.
#1 spot for CSS Navigation
Nothing new really, but a very nice compilation of 53 tips and tricks to use CSS to your advantage. Each technique is illustrated with a screenshot, so it’s easy spotting something that might be interesting to you.
Go check it out here.
Well, it’s cost me the better part of the evening and unfortunately it’s still not quite done yet. I’m sure there’s lots that still needs fixing, so if you see some funny stuff with the new design be sure to let me know so I can repair it.
I’m also still struggling to get PNG transparency working for the logo (silly IE6 argh!) and I’d appreciate any tips on that matter, because the way I’ve done it now doesn’t scale terribly well in Firefox…
Alright, I would like to ask you all a question. You have a few ways of finding stuff on this site (I know this is not a question, hear me out).
- Main navigation: home, loops, other stuff, archives and about
(Maybe I should rethink the main links since they don’t include hosted plug-ins and home isn’t really home I guess…)
- Sidebar navigation: hosted plug-ins, latest loops, featured links and random posts (the last 2 are only available from the home page).
- Page navigation links at the bottom of pages to browse through posts (also for search results).
- Latest news in the footer of each page provides links to the 15 most recent posts (excluding Random posts) + a link to the archives.
- Search form in the top right of the header.
Besides the options above, you can use links in individual posts to check for more content in specific categories and each separate post has links for previous/next posts. Furthermore, there are always the archives where you can do a self test for dust allergy.
Plenty ways of finding what you’re looking for! But are they all equally useful?
Today I decided to take a good look at nr. 3 and decided it doesn’t make much sense to keep it. Let me illustrate.
This is what people see when they reach the end of the first page of posts:
Page navigation: first page
You probably recognize it! At first, it actually looks useful. You’ve reached the end of the page, but you want more. You’d probably click on “2″ to check the next page. Great! But… for the first 3 pages we could also just check the footer where those 15 posts are conveniently listed in the Lastest News.
And who ever made it all the way here?
Page navigation: let’s see what’s behind link nr. 127!
It makes sense to use the navigation on the search results page, simply because a search for something generic like “reverb” will probably get many results. The only reason I can think of in favour of keeping the page navigation however, is that you are just trying to waste some time checking what’s out without looking for anything specific, because if were, you would use the search form right?
“seek and you will (er… might) find!”
When I visit a website like rekkerd.org I would not likely click the page navigation much. The search form and archives are my friends.
So… back to the question: what do you think? (I know I could just remove it and see if I get any complaints, but I figure maybe it’s nicer to ask first).
A few months ago Mike Davidson took on the beast that is MySpace and turned it into something pretty sweet.
In his article Mike shows how to customize your MySpace profile so it actually looks clean and professional, unlike the average MySpace page.
If you are on MySpace and have not yet customized your pages, you might want to take the opportunity to read Mike’s Hacking a more tasteful MySpace.