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Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Archive for April, 2003


Collected Items

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

Catching up on recent news:

More coming…


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Focus and RSS

Thursday, April 24th, 2003

Here’s where I’m taking this site, for those of you who might care to read:

The content here at SB is going to become more focused. Less personal drivel, and more attention to the following topics: CSS, web design, usability, MovableType, Apple/Mac OS.

That should keep things moving around here, and make for easier reading.

I’m also going to add an RSS feed, even though Zeldman doesn’t seem to be all that thrilled. Of course, I use an instant publishing tool rather than rolling my own code for each post (heck, I hand-wrote all the (X)HTML and CSS, what more do you want?), so it shouldn’t be hard to get it working. If you’re interested, leave a comment.



Six Apart Announces “TypePad”

Thursday, April 24th, 2003

Yesterday, Ben and Mena Trott, creators of MovableType and principals of Six Apart, announced TypePad, a new centralized/hosted blogging tool, based on MovableType and its related technology/APIs.

The blogging community is moving onward and upward — with Google’s high-profile purchase of Blogger, and now this next move by Six Apart (Ben and Mena have a few more items up their sleeves for the coming months with regards to MovableType Pro), blogging is taking on a stronger stance in the web community at large. It’s not just for geeks any more (OK, so it hasn’t been “just for geeks” for a while now, but it sounded good).

Also, MovableType fans everywhere will no longer be able to refer simply to “Ben and Mena”, since Six Apart has officially hired their first employee: Anil Dash. From now on (until the next employee, that is) it’s “Ben, Mena and Anil.”

Congrats you guys! Keep up the good work!


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Hooked on Refer

Monday, April 21st, 2003

No, that’s not a typo: Earlier this week I installed Refer 1.1 for this site, and it’s just so cool! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get a quick look at how visitors are arriving at their site, whenever they want to (I’m reloading my Refer page all the freakin’ time!).

Here’s mine so you can check it out too:

SuperfluousBanter Referrers

Dean Allen is the man.


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The Customer is Always Wrong

Saturday, April 19th, 2003

It’s official: Clients are idiots, and do not have any clue what is best for them, their products, or anything remotely associated with promoting and marketing their wares in a positive fashion.

I’ve just worked like a dog all week to put a brochure together, from concept, to photo shoot, to layout, to completion, and on the day it is supposed to go to the printers, the client suddenly wants to change all the colors, add a few photos which should never, ever, see the light of day (yes, that bad), and replace the magnificent cover photo with one that can be found on any other brochure.

I actually found myself close to telling them that if they wanted it that way, they would need to find another designer who would do it from scratch in 2 hours. I could feel the words forming on my tongue, I could taste the satisfaction of actually putting a client in their place, making them understand the error of their ways, but I wimped out.

Unfortunately, I gotta pay the bills.