I use Adium for Chatting on my Mac. It is a great little App that allows you to connected with multiple Account types like MSN, Yahoo, Google Chat ( or gmail ), MySpace, Facebook and more… all in the one cool customisable messenger.
Today I looked at writing my own Message Theme as a quick learning exercise.
I have released the theme for free and you can download both Adium and any themes at Adium Extras.
I think for fun I will be trying to reproduce some of these effects, it will be a fun task as I am not going to look at their source code, nor see what libraries that they are using, if any.
I will post some examples as soon as I have even a semi bug free version working, in the mean time, check out the site, and give me some ideas on what to try re-creating first.
The top 6 browsers to visit my Blog are IE 5, 6 & 7, Firefox 2 & 3 and Safari.
I can’t believe that IE 6 is kicking around in such high percentages, and worse still is some IE 5 visitors! On a recent website we blocked all support for IE 6 and below, it directed to a splash page with links to download the decent major players. Generally I just let the visitor browse the site as is.
For the first time I loading this blog with this new theme in IE 6 and it does display well, although there is nothing fancy with the design.
In all – Why oh why?
Why do so many people use these old browsers? Because of lazy IT departments, yes, Because of illegitimate copies of Windows that stop windows updater, I bet. But surely with Safari and Firefox both being free?
Recently I have been working on a large project for a National Sporting team, It has been a process and it is almost finished.
As part of this system, we have developed an extended custom content management system.
Finding a WYSIWYG Editor for these types of sites is a tricky thing. Your editor of choice needs to be complex enough to let the user Manage their site, but not too hard that they can’t and don’t manage it, yet not give them so many options that your beautiful design gets listed on some of the ‘worst’ design sites due to ‘Crazy Customisation’, bright, huge highlighted words, 5mb images on every page and so on… like a ‘Client goes Crazy’ Video.
WordPress uses TinyMCE editor from MoxieCode, which is what we first implemented, but the design agency requested that they can add inline images in to the content. ( Bad thoughts crept in to my mind of a horror site coming out ) but I decided this would be a nesscarry change.
I went back to an old faithful that Ryan & I have used for years on other CMS’s.
The issue with this is it uses it’s own class, and interferes with CodeIgniter, the PHP FRamework that we are developing this site in.
After some googling, I found a solution on the CodeIgniter Wiki. After installing it, I first found I needed some small customizations, and that it wasn’t a new version, and didn’t have Safari support, which both us developers, and the advertising agency use. So I went to work on repackaging SPAW 188.8.131.52 for CodeIgniter with a few extra plugins.
Anytime you visit a website or do any other kind of DNS (Domain Name System) lookup, the IP address conveniently gets cached. Well today a Graphic Designer I was working with to finish up a site, just couldn’t access the site to see that changes.
He could access every other domain on ether of our servers, just not our staging domain. I remote connected to his computer, and ping’d first our primary domain and got the expected IP in return, then I ping’d our staging domain and got ‘10.1.1.3’ which was the machine I was using. I reset the DHCP, with no help. So I figured it was a DNS Issue.
Flushing your DNS cache in Mac OS X is actually really easy, and there are two different commands to use, one for Leopard and for Tiger. Depending on your version of OS X, open your Terminal and follow the appropriate directions below:
Flush your DNS Cache in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Launch Terminal and issue the following command:
All done, your DNS has been flushed.
On a side note, the dscacheutil is interesting in general and worth taking a look at, try the -statistics flag instead for some stats.
Flush your DNS Cache in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
Type the following command in the Terminal:
That’s it, that’s all there is to it. Now your DNS settings should be as you intended them to be.
Well after me being really busy, slack and all of the above, It is now up and running smoothly and you can visit the site at www.jessthompsonphotography.com. If you live in the North West USA, and are looking for a good photographer for any event, Contact Jess.
The site uses valid xhtml and CSS plus some pretty Mootools effects including Slimbox lightbox by Christophe Beyls.
I have tried using lots of bright colours on a dark background to give it a clean and modern look with a bit of fun and colour to go with the great photos.
Let me or more importantly Jess know any feedback.
I have written an administration system to extend the already smooth system.
The Administration system plugs in and works pretty seamlessly with the front end.
Some features are;
» plug and play
» no editing original ‘minishowcase’ files. » adding galleries, » editing gallery text/html files in a WYSIWYG editor » adding images to each gallery » moving images between galleries » previewing,resizing,rotating images ( while keeping their transparencies (gif|png)). » multiple users
» Read the read_me.txt included with the download.
» upload to the root directory or your gallery.
» add the supplied ‘.htaccess’ file to the /admin/ direcotry. .
» chmod(0777) the /galleries/ directory recursively
» chmod(0764) the users.inc file /admin/lib/users.inc