Archive for the Computers Category

Geek Advancement

Posted in Computers, People, Video, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2009 by blakejohnson

Thanks [again], @feliciaday for pointing out this cool looking charity, with a video that definitely caters to the current generation better than ones previous. I’m thinkin’ ’bout gettin’ one of the shirts. What d’ya think? Proceeds go to Room To Read “building schools & libraries for children in developing countries around the world. Sounds good to me…

Geek:

“A person who is interested in technology, especially computing and new media… who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who passionately pursues skill and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance.”

WTF? RLY!?

Posted in Computers, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2009 by blakejohnson

Discovered this yesterday but was driven to post quickly this morning. How could this even happen!?

Firefox Extensions

Posted in Coding, Computers, Development, Productivity, Resources, Reviews, Web, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by blakejohnson

Google FX is a pretty sweet-ass extension that offers all kinds of cool customization options and features to Google Search users. One bug I did discover though – which is not so much a bug as a sort of conflict – for those of you using the Google Redesigned extension to make your Gmail, GCal, etc. look and feel cooler, more usable, go into ‘Manage User Scripts…’ under ‘Greasemonkey’ in the ‘Tools’ menu, and change the ‘https://*.google.*’ rule. [Note: You should be using secure connections for your Google apps anyway, and if you’re not, change that in your ‘Settings’ section of your Google account.]

userscripts via Lifehacker.

Web Developer by Chris Pederick (who has a pretty awesome website, by the way) is a sweet-ass looking tool for web designers, one of the coolest aspects of which allows them to essentially code with real time updating of the results of said code, and then a simple copy-paste-save ensures a faster, accurate workflow [no more Ctrl+S-Alt+Tab-Ctrl+R to check your code]. Also, you can validate CSS and HTML, and even local versions of those languages while you’re working on them. Tons of other features abound in this extension, check it out online and fiddle with it a bit. I promise you’ll be happy :P.

Chris Pederick via Themeforest.

Oh, and if anyone figures out how to use Chris Pederick’s other extension, ‘User Agent Switcher’, let me know. I was excited at the prospect of checking IE rendering results on my Mac, but was slightly confused and disappointed when it seemed that wasn’t what the extension was for.

Enjoy the goodies!

Umm…Mel Gibson?

Posted in Computers, DIY, Entertainment, Humor, People, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by blakejohnson

My initial reaction was slight shock, followed by a general creeped out feeling. but the more I think about it, it’s kind of cool. In this photo it looks sort of decent. The rest I think it’s out of place. How often has Mel Gibson ever had facial hair?

This guy looks like Lance Henriksen from The Quick and the Dead or a Mad Hatter or something. Either that or an Australian version of The Butcher.

Via Superficial

…yummy Photoshop

Posted in Coding, Computers, Design, Development, Graphics, Productivity, Resources, Video, Web, Work on February 20, 2009 by blakejohnson

Yup, you got it, more o’ the good stuff.  Found some more useful tutorials today.  This one’s basically a crash course in the application, but I figured it’s a good addition to my growing list of resources.  Can’t hurt to revisit your basics every once in a while.  I’m exhausted at the moment, had a tuna burrito, then a lamb burger, then pizza and apparently it’s taking more energy to metabolize than I’d anticipated.  But that’s fine by me.  Sleep never hurt anybody :P.

Anyway…here’s the link, and here’s another random resource in case you were interested in that last building-custom-themes-for-Wordpress video series I posted about.  Enjoy :P.

Holy Photoshop!

Posted in 2D, Art, Coding, Computers, Design, Development, Graphics, Productivity, Resources, Video, Web, Work on February 19, 2009 by blakejohnson

I’ve been watching Adobe’s screencasts the past few days (one on web-based DVDs and one this morning on the Lightroom 2/Photoshop CS4 combo) and have found through them a bunch of new resources for this type of work. Coolness! So from this morning, Julieanne Kost was the host and her website is chock-full of Photoshop and Lightroom tips, with links to her videos on Adobe TV as well and a separate Photoshop Tip of the Day blog, as well as an additional resources page with links to other useful sites on the net.

Also, I’ve gotten hooked on the TutsPlus network of site (PSDTuts, NetTuts, AudioTuts, VectorTuts, AETuts) with their wealth of knowledge and tips and whatnot from all kinds of people.  Lastly, I’ve been watching ThemeForest‘s tutorial series on making custom themes for WordPress (no promises, but possibly in the future of blog of blake).

Mozilla Ubiquity

Posted in Computers, Development, DIY, Productivity, Web with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by blakejohnson

Ubiquity is a term I associate with the internet, however, after watching this video, I’m beginning to think it may become more manageable in the next few years.  Check it out.

Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

via NetTuts