Upgrading my MBP Hard Drive

I am upgrading my 256 GB 5400 RPM drive to a 500 GB 7200RPM drive because I am out of space.  How do I have this much data?  I don’t even store “everything” on this drive.  I used the MY OWC Upgrade Center tool to help me find a drive that would work for my machine. For a little extra cash, I got the USB enclosure. This is great for cloning the drive and I will be able to turn my old drive into a small external USB.

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Interesting new search engine, WolfRam|Alpha

 

Well, its not really a search engine, it is a “computational knowledge engine,”  but I will just say search engine since you are searching the knowledge base for things.  WolfRam|Alpha officially launched yesterday and it is really quite amazing.  Type in a word or query and WolfRam|Alpha spits out what it knows about it.  My first name for instance came back with information on rank, fraction of people with that name, years it was popular, the age of others with that name, etc.

But, the real power comes when you begin combining queries  to do things like math equations, stock comparisons, or sports comparisons.  I think the real value of something like this would be if they offer an API for programmers to call for real time information.  Oh, wait,  I just looked and they are doing that too!

Free DNS Report Replacement = intoDNS

 

I used to love DNSreport.com when it was free and then they changed to a pay model.  I understand they probably need to make money but,

  1. I don’t use these tools enough to feel like I need to buy them
  2. I also know the price is nominal, but if I were to purchase every tool that I rarely use I would be broke

So, I was very happy to find intoDNS.  intoDNS offers that same functionality that I used to get out of DNSreport.com when it was free.  I have tried several other free DNS tools, but I do not feel any of the others are really worth mentioning.

IE Now Behaves Properly: IE7-js

So here is a little gem that I wish I had found before now, called IE7-js.  IE7-js is a JavaScript library has been written to make Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE5, IE6, IE7 and IE8) behave like a standards compliant browser. 😀

It fixes many HTML and CSS issues and makes transparent PNG work correctly under IE5 and IE6.

I am just getting my feet wet with this and currently working with it on a new project.  I will post an update on how the experience goes.  Thanks to Craig Quillen for showing this to me.

10 Photoshop Brushes I am Downloading

So I have been seeing many Photoshop Brush lists lately and have picked out a few that will be downloading and trying out.  So, I guess this is my top 10 picks from the Photoshop brush lists that I have seen recently, in no particular order.

dot-splatter
dot splatter vol.4 – by brushing up

oil-stains
Oil Stains – by Room 122

beam
Light Beams – by Obsidian Dawn

fire
Fire Brushes – by Resource42

wings
Grungy Wings – by bitbox

lightening
Lightening Brushes – by Scully7491

winter
Winter Breeze – by Axeraider70

light
Light Brush – by anodyne-stock

1
QuadGrunge – by env1ro

watercolor
Watercolor Brushes – by BitBox

Cheers!

CSS 3 Border Radius

Border-radius is one of my new favorite additions to CSS 3 and it is already supported in some browsers. Border-radius allows designers to apply radius corners on elements on the page.  There are a few drawbacks to this approach.

  • Users browsing with IE8 and below and a handful of other browsers (Roughly 50% of your audience), will not see the intended effect.  These people will see the content, just without the rounded corners.
  • The pixels on the corners do not render out as clean as I would like them, so it may be a good idea to keep any border colors closer in value to the background color.

So, with that in mind I’ll move on.

Example 1:

This is an example of a div using border-radius.

CSS:
-moz-border-radius: 20px; -webkit-border-radius: 20px; border: 1px solid #ccc; padding: 15px;

Example 2:

Maybe we can give it some color and depth.

CSS:
-moz-border-radius: 20px; -webkit-border-radius: 20px; border: 2px solid #5c6528; border-top: 1px solid #8b983c; border-left: 1px solid #8b983c; background-color: #c7db4f; padding: 15px;

Example 3:

Maybe the corners need to be different sizes. I used shorthand below where the sizes start at the top left and work around clockwise. This could also be done like this:
-moz-border-radius-topleft:20px; -webkit-border-top-left-radius: 20px
-moz-border-radius-topright:20px; -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 20px
etc.

CSS:
-moz-border-radius: 20px 20px 40px 40px; -webkit-border-radius: 20px 20px 40px 40px; border: 2px solid #5c6528; border-top: 1px solid #8b983c; border-left: 1px solid #8b983c; background-color: #c7db4f; padding: 20px 20px 40px 20px;

So anyway, I was curious about this and thought what I found might be useful to others.