Bring on the New: CS4 is out

September 24, 2008 at 4:22 am (News) (, , , , , )

I just posted a review on the newly release CS4 over at my new bloggin home. Includes links to a number of video resources for further exploring the cool new features in CS4.

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News around the Blogoshpere

September 12, 2008 at 3:48 pm (News) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I thought today I would bring you up to speed with some of the neat things I found in my feedreader today.

Smashing Magazine is offering 67 free photoshop brushes today. They are free to use for any project but not to distribute.

Over at Niki’s DesignO’Blog there are some very cool tech coasters that you should check out.

If you have been following the NETTUTS tutorials on learning PHP like I have you’ll like to know that the second Learning PHP from Scratch tutorial is now out.

Finally Abduzeedo just put out the sites of the week post. There are a number of beautiful designs here that I have added to my inspiration folder.

Hope that give you enough reading for the weekend. I may not be posting this weekend as my internet connection is down and I have to get that fixed, so have a good one.

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Moving a WordPress Blog

September 3, 2008 at 4:40 am (News, Tutorials) (, , , , , , )

Over the next few weeks I will be moving this hosted blog to a self hosted site as part of my continued effort to improve my search engine optimization and marketing. I thought that it would be fun to take you along. So….

After doing some research (this is my first wordpress implementation) I decided to download and install a free naked theme…Which really means I went over to Ellliot Jay Stocks site and downloaded the ‘starker’ theme.

Now that I have started off on a clean slate I will be adding some styling over the next few weeks (hopefully sooner). In my research I also noticed that Chris Coyier over at CSS-Tricks did a series of screencasts on designing for wordpress so I will be watching those as I head down this road.

If anyone has any suggestions please feel free to leave a comment.

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Switch back to IE

August 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm (News) (, , , , , , , )

This is spawned from an article on ArsTechina regarding the new IE 8 beta 2. (edited) I have now also found and article on Lifehacker. Check them both out for details on IE 8

I am an avide Firefox user. That is what I use on my PC at home and my Mac at work. I use it because of the greater security offered (especially from FF2 verses IE6) but more importantly I love the extensions that you can use with Firefox. Stuff like Ubitquity which I wrote about yesterday and have been using tonnes at home and at work.

With the new version of IE 8 beta 2 out though there are some very cool features that at least entice me to try out IE 8 in the future. Probably one of the most compelling features to me is the suggested sites. Basically it suggests sites that are similar to the sites that you are on. Seems kind of like stumbleupon (which i love but kills my time). I wonder if it would help in finding some design inspiration.

Think you would view a site with cool art work and then hit suggested sites. Voila now you have other sites that have some interesting arty thing to them.

There are lots of other neat features, most of them covered in Firefox 3. The only thing that will continue to hold me back from jumping into IE 8 as my fulltime browser is the lack of my favorite extensions like Ubiquity and the web developer tool bar. If IE 8 can catch up in the extension category I would consider making the switch.

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New Site Launched

August 17, 2008 at 5:03 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

So I have finally launched my new portfolio site and will actually be turning this into a blog. You can view my new site at curtismchale.ca feel free to leave any feedback.

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