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Creative PG | Soft Commons | John Shipp E-mail
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 13:35

Update

Apparently this business is no longer called Soft Commons but CreativePG, or Creative Programming Group.  I hope he's cleaned up his act, but it doesn't take away from the fact that I did work for him and he didn't pay me, or communicate with me on why he didn't pay me.


DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH SOFT COMMONS and/or JOHN SHIPP

I did some work for this person without any payment up-front, on the basis of faith (my own stupidity), and he has yet to pay me for it.  He e-mailed me to invoice him, which I did, and after that he stopped responding to my e-mails and calls.  The sites I worked for him on are ClubKicks.com (PHP) and Five Nines Group (JavaScript and image-editing).

I tried to report him to the BBB but realized I don't even have a mailing address for him.  Had I been smarter I would have noticed that neither of his websites list a mailing address, which is not the sign of a legitimate business.

So do yourself a favor and stay away from this individual.  In my experience he is not reliable or trustworthy.  It has been well over a month since I invoiced him, and I have repeatedly communicated to him via e-mail and phone, to no avail.

He is based in Nebraska, out of Lincoln I believe.



 
Lutsey Land Company E-mail
Sunday, 26 July 2009 14:46

This is a website I converted from a PSD design to a fully-functional WordPress theme based on the Thesis framework.

Lutsey Land Company

The site makes use of several basic in-built WordPress features, including:

  • custom fields
  • hooks
  • permalinks
  • pages

The following WordPress plugins are used:



 
Track your website with Mon.itor.us E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2009 09:39

I've come across a website that tracks your own sites' performance and uptime and immediately informs you if something is down or out of the ordinary.  Other than that you can track visitors and even internal server performance.

Mon.itor.us



 
247 web usability guidelines E-mail
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 00:44

Found on WebResourcesDepot:

247 web usability guidelines to keep in mind while designing user interfaces.

The categories are:

  • Home page usability
  • Task orientation
  • Navigation and information architecture
  • Forms and data entry
  • Trust and credibility
  • Writing and content quality
  • Page layout and visual design
  • Search usability
  • Help, feedback and error tolerance

Most of these guidelines are obvious, but there is a benefit to working off a defined list because it's next to impossible to keep in mind all 247 guidelines as you brainstorm designs and features and functions for your project.



 
Cufon E-mail
Monday, 25 May 2009 09:51

I decided to try Cufon to prettify the title in my blog header.  It went from:

Before

to:

After

The font I chose is called Ginga.  I used a WordPress plugin to incorporate Cufon into my blog.  By default the modified title didn't display in the same position as before, so I had to restyle it using CSS (and as usual IE required its own values different than other browsers, which I implemented via ).

Another modification was required, which was to set visibility: hidden in the theme's CSS file, and add the following into the header.php file of my theme (jQuery is already being used elsewhere, so it's loaded anyway):

<script type="text/javascript">
jQuery(document).ready(function() {
jQuery('h1#blog-title').css('visibility', 'visible');
});
</script>

What this does is hide the title before Cufon is done applying its effects to it, because otherwise the original title (in the original font) is displayed in large letters in the middle of the blog because of the placement modifications (via CSS) the Cufon replacement title required.



Tags: Cufon  plugin  JavaScript  CSS  blog  Ginga  font  WordPress  jQuery  IE  code  
 
"I'm so-and-so and I'm a PC" E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2009 16:23

I ran across this blog post yesterday about a designer who switched from Mac to PC and liked it.  It was refreshing to read after all the hype Apple's been getting for...the last 4-5 years!

The post is old, from 2002.  A small excerpt:

I finally learned what Windows was all about. Why it was used. Why Microsoft had such high market share. Win2k was stable.

I never crashed when using it.

My fonts loaded correctly every time. I could reliably collaborate with teams in Boston via NetMeeting. I studied the OS inside and out, and learned how to make it mine. I could push pixels around in Photoshop and have the power of IIS under the hood on the same machine.



Tags: Mac  PC  blog  Windows  Windows 2000  
 
7 good design and development feeds E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2009 20:54

Netvibes

 I use Netvibes for my homepage and on my web development/design tab I have the following RSS feeds I like to review everyday for new material:



Tags: development  design  RSS  feeds  list  resources  Netvibes  
 
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