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Archive for December, 2008

Skate Graphics Creator is Live!

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

It’s always nice to see a project you’re working on go live.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing through several high profile projects go up over the years.  Upgrading Nintendo.com (NOA 2.5, back in the days the Wii was the Revolution), rebuilding and relaunching DirecTV.com, rebranding ActiveState.com, merging 3 gold companies into NewGold.com, the list [...]

Is your project doomed?

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

26 Ways To Know Your Software Development Project Is Doomed A couple that hit close to home: When you see the project budget, you realize that over half of it was spent on a Web designer to create a Photoshop mock-up of the home page—with no regard to whether that design is feasible. Or with [...]

Emotion

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

There are countless examples of successful websites (Flickr, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc), successful devices (iPod, iPhone) and successful cars (Smart, Prius, Porshe). What is it about those success stories that makes them stand out from the pack?  Is it superior performance or technology?  Is it timing or cost?  Is it something else?   I vote [...]

Creative DTT2500 Amplifier Repair?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

About 8 years ago I purchased the Creative DTT2500 Speaker Set.  It’s served me well.  It continues to serve me well.  However, the amplifier is starting to short out.  The 5 speakers + subwoofer are doing just fine. Now, I’ve been scouring the net for a while now trying to find a place to either [...]

Build New or Build Better?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Sometimes it makes sense to go new, other times it makes sense to reinvent the old. This happens all the time in software.  Sure, I could refactor this, but I could also just rebuild it all together.  Hmm…  It’s also generally easier for a designer to dramatically alter design, making it their own.  But if [...]

Google Chome Extensions… coming soon

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

It ought not be of suprise to any of you, but it’s now as good as official, Google Chrome will allow Extensions. This is good news for those looking to switch from Firefox to Chrome full-time.  I know I have already switched.  Looking forward to the day I get my Delicious integrated into my browser [...]

Global stocks tumble…. some more

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

It wasn’t long ago I believed I had missed an opportunity to catch an upswing in the market. Good thing I missed it, because this past week would have all but erased any short term gains. Which leads one to ask, do you stick long term in the market, or do you wait long term [...]