About this site's lack of design: Yes, it's supposed to look this way — I'm using a sandbox theme for WordPress (see it on GitHub).

Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

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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Zeldman-esque Redesign

Friday, April 18th, 2003

After much delay, I’m finally ready to start forcing my redesign of this site on you, the reader.

As Zeldman is doing with his site, as of today (in case you didn’t notice) I am redesigning in public. It shouldn’t last too long, since I’ve made sure most of the CSS already works, but please be aware that you may need to reload the page if something looks screwy. If reloading doesn’t help, just post a comment letting me know, and I’ll get to fixing it.

Post your comments/thoughts on the new look — I want to know what you think!

[Update] You will note that the subpages of the site still sport the old design. This is intentional, as I’d rather smooth out the rough edges on the index page only before converting all the archives, subpages, etc.

Also, let me know if you see any difference in page load times — I have a feeling that all the extra alternate stylesheets will increase that time for some people. Let me know either way, thanks!


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CSS Layout Generator

Thursday, April 17th, 2003

Two new layout tools have been released to the market, except these tools are free, and web-based: A 3 column CSS layout generator (float-based) and a 3 column CSS layout generator (absolute positioning).

These tools allow you to adjust major settings in the layout, and provide you with the finished code to copy and paste when the layout is to your liking.

Both generators produce Netscape 4-compatible CSS (for those of you still unable to wrestle free of its wretched grasp), and both incorporate a header and a footer into the layout.

(via Zeldman)


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