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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Suffering from chronic idiocy since 1977

Archive for April, 2003


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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.