CSS3 Finally Approaching Mainstream

CSS3CSS3 has been around for quite some time. The fact that it doesn’t validate is probably one of the main reasons we haven’t seen it all that much. Truth is that it does validate however, W3C doesn’t have a CSS3 validator and your styles are validated to CSS2 by default. To date almost all browsers support except of course IE however, IE9 is claiming support for several selectors though it is not available just yet. I’ve been using Chrome for quite some time now so I don’t really notice or care, I just make sure that whatever I’m doing will look OK if a browser doesn’t support it. Continue reading “CSS3 Finally Approaching Mainstream”

Cell Phones and Brain Cancer – Do Phones Need Warnings Like Cigarettes?

cell phones and brain cancerWe’ve heard it before, cell phones cause brain cancer. I’m no doctor but I would think we would have heard more about this if they did. There is no general consensus among doctors about cell phones and brain cancer, and the leaders in the industry (obviously) claim there is no substantial evidence to prove that cell phone radiation levels are dangerous. However, in Maine there is pending legislation to make the state the first one that will require cell phones to sport warnings about the dangers of cell phones.
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Dreamweaver Has Stopped Working

Dreamweaver has stopped working

This is just one of those things that is so weird I had to write about it. I was working on a WordPress theme for a client using Dreamweaver CS3 as usual when all of a sudden Dreamweaver just disappears. Dreamweaver stopped working for no reason, no warning, no error window, it just went away. I try to reopen Dreamweaver and it comes up for about three seconds then just disappears again. I begin to panic a little because I am right in the middle of making a website for a regular client. I of course start thinking about the phone call I will have to make telling them that I can’t finish the project by the deadline because my software has disappeared, real professional. I also start thinking about what a drag it will be to have to start using notepad and Filezilla or spend the next three hours reinstalling Dreamweaver and losing all my site definitions. Continue reading “Dreamweaver Has Stopped Working”

TypeKit – HTML fonts for Web Designers Who Don’t Like HTML Fonts


Checking out a new service called TypeKit. If you are a web designer then you know well the fact that you are quite limited in what fonts are available when using HTML. SEO Web Design is the practice of making pretty sites that are also optimized for the search engines, too bad you can’t use pretty fonts without using images. Alt tags help but it just isn’t as effective as good old HTML text. Continue reading “TypeKit – HTML fonts for Web Designers Who Don’t Like HTML Fonts”

Adobe CS3 – Licensing for this product has stopped working


WTF Adobe. I just spent an entire day trying to fix a bizzare licensing issue with Adobe CS3 and it seems I am not alone.

I was just working along as usual, I had Photoshop and Dreamweaver open like I always do when all of a sudden I get a popup that says “Licensing for this product has stopped working. You cannot use this product at this time. You must repair the problem by uninstalling and then reinstalling this product or contacting your IT administrator or Adobe customer support for help.” Continue reading “Adobe CS3 – Licensing for this product has stopped working”

5 Common Ailments of SEO Neglect

Everyone knows what a search engine is. Well, my 81 year old mom has a little trouble with the concept but pretty much everyone who has surfed the internet knows what Google and Yahoo are. By the same token, a lot of people know what SEO is or what it means to optimize a website for a search engine. Unfortunately there are a lot of misconceptions of what proper SEO entails. Continue reading “5 Common Ailments of SEO Neglect”

Introduction to Web Design

Web Design is a gigantic subject. There are so many aspects to web design that it is absolutely impossible to cover the entire subject in one blog. Not only are there an endless amount of sub topics, design in itself is so very subjective that any one tutorial or definition can be interpreted in as many ways as there are people blogging about it. Design in itself is abstract, it covers every realm; clothing, architecture, industry, advertising, the body, the mind, and of course the web. Web design covers not only the layout and imagery used to make a website, it also deals with the organization and presentation of textual content, the software and tools used as well as the psychology of perception and human behavior. All and all, design is the attempt to guide the perception of the observer to whatever end the designer intends and website design is no different. Continue reading “Introduction to Web Design”

How to Build a CMS

A CMS or Content Management System is a type of web site that allows the user to edit content without having to know HTML. Standard blogging software like WordPress is basically a CMS that displays the content in reverse chronological order. On that note here is a very cool technique using PHP, HTML, JavaScript and a very cool, free, text editor called TinyMCE. This technique will show you how to build a CMS or content management system for a website that stores the content in text files.There are definitely better ways to do this but I am keeping it as simple as possible to show the technique in its most basic form. Continue reading “How to Build a CMS”