(4 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

I've used it before, but not extensively. It was pretty good at being a chat client, I don't remember disliking anything about it. I seem to remember it was pretty lightweight, too. I prefer Trillian, but Digsby is good too.


(8 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Am I correct in that the iPad has to be synced up to another computer just like the iPhone? It's not a stand alone device? If that's so, holy cow, that's terrible…


(8 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Guess I haven't seen too many teens and parents buying Apple computers (outside of iPhone/iPod), but hopefully for Apple this device will make them more comfortable doing so.


(8 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Honestly I have been super underwhelmed with this device, based on what I've seen and theorycrafting. I would not be surprised to see it drop by the wayside much like the Macbook Air did.

The App store for the iPhone is pretty good, minus some of the stuff they've kept out and their slow approval process and other various limitations. I wouldn't want a computer of mine to be that locked down. You would have to jailbreak the iPad just to get it close to the customization level of a regular desktop computer.

A lot of people are saying "this is great for people who just want to surf the web and check email, etc.," but netbooks are already doing that, and they can watch Flash movies, too. And for an average person, I would guess they would want to see a mouse and keyboard, because that's what they're accustomed to. And if it doesn't come with the device, they'd at least want to be able to plug in the ones they already have, which you can't do because of the lack of ports.

It does have some things going for it, and I think price is one of them. It's not super cheap, but it's competitive with low-end laptops, and well below what other tablet PCs have been at (and remember tablet PCs have been around for a long time, yet never very popular, so the iPad has a lot to prove if it can make tablet PCs commonplace).

I think it has potential in the book market, but I don't think the book or print world will be revolutionized by this device, though it's certainly a step in that direction. If I had to put a target audience on the device, I would say that college or even high school students might be appropriate, if text books ever become digital. And I would want a stylus, so I can take notes during class.

All this is theory pretty much, so I could be dead wrong. I just have a gut feeling that this won't become that popular. I certainly don't want one or feel a need for having one, and I'm sure there are many more like me who feel the same (and probably comprise a good % of the potential market for the product).

I'm definitely interested to seeing how it plays out.


(15 replies, posted in Prayer Requests)

1 Cor 10:13 - And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

He obviously knows how strong you are to have endured this far and knows that you can, through him, endure even more, which it looks like you have been doing. You're not hopeless and you know that. smile I'll be praying for strength for you guys and for doors to be opened and closed in the circumstances you're in.


(3 replies, posted in CSS Discussion)

Is it a drop shadow as part of the graphic? I'm not sure how a CSS-applied drop-shadow would behave, but if it was part of the graphic, basically everything has to stay within the grid, BUT you can use your own negative margin to move things around a bit. So if that drop shadow is 5 pixels wide, make that container have a left-margin of 15 instead of the normal 20 (and don't forget to give it an extra right-margin of 5 pixels as well, I believe). I think that should work, but I'm not a complete expert on the subject. tongue

If all its doing is displaying member's contact info, I'd probably use a FieldFrame Matrix with columns like Name, Email, Address, Phone, Responsibilities, etc. That or a weblog that has those custom fields in it and make a post for each person. I haven't worked with the actual member data too much in EE, but I suppose it could be done that way too, but you'd have to register each person.


(15 replies, posted in Prayer Requests)

Praying for ya bud, have missed seeing you online, but I hope you're having an amazing time with your son! Keep faith, God provides even if it comes about in the strangest of ways at the strangest of times.


(6 replies, posted in Prayer Requests)

Prayers are with the family Nathan. Cancer is terrible, yet so prevalent in our world. Hope he gets healed and quickly!


(10 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

I don't have any more to hand out, but if you got Google Wave, add me at bccarlso at GMail.


(5 replies, posted in CSS Discussion)

Thanks Deborah, I'll look into floats and padding when I get back on that project. Appreciate the help.


(5 replies, posted in CSS Discussion)

Hey Dan, yup, sorry about that, I should take that off. It will be on the home page, but not on the content pages, and I had just left it in there while building the content page alongside the homepage.

I think we need to build for IE6, because many of our potential clients could come from the construction world, where there's a chance they'd be using IE6. Our IE6 %s aren't quite low enough to where we totally want to ignore it… it's _almost_ workable in IE6 as is, but I'd like to find a better solution.

Hi guys, I would be super appreciative if someone could help me with a better fix for this layout in IE6. It's a somewhat unusual layout, but it works fine in IE7/FF, and is "semi usable" in IE6, but I'd like to fix that.

Here's a link: http://ainsworthstudio.com/v2a/

As you can see ideally I'd want the two columns to the right to be positioned absolutely, while allowing the whole page to scroll, but the best I've been able to come up with is introducing a scrollbar on each <div> via overflow-y: scroll; in an ie6.css file. And you can see the <div>s still fail to show all content when scrolled to the bottom, because of some weird thing that I'm not sure about.

Anyway, if someone can help me figure this out, my brain has been busted trying to do it on my own, and sometimes a second pair of eyes can spot something quickly and easily. Thanks a bunch! Viva la Godbit forums!


(13 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

I pop in daily, too, and have tried to keep somewhat active, but yeah, a lot of discussion goes on at Twitter, too.

I will review mine in the form of an image. Load times were OK, but I'm on high-speed…


Somewhat interesting, yeah. I guess it depends on what kind of agency/firm you work for. I know the old firm I used to work at was very strong in developing relationships with our clients. It wasn't a "do this project and we'll never talk again" thing, it was more of a "we'll show you can build you a good website, and win your trust over and then end up doing all your marketing" type deal. That always included incremental updates to things (be it design or content or IA), and would often involve them coming to us because we were good solution-finders. We would also try and introduce new things they hadn't thought of doing, email campaigns, webinars, etc.

I guess it's really an agency's fault if they take it as one project at a time. I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with that, but developing a long-lasting relationship with a client is more a more worthwhile thing to pursue.

You might also try checking out sticky CSS footers, something like: http://ryanfait.com/sticky-footer/

Hrm, putting position: fixed; on the sunburst div makes it snap to the bottom, but then screws up the centering. But maybe playing around with that would help?

Could you try giving body a height of 100%, then creating a div outside of "wrapper" and giving that a width of whatever the sunburst is (sans background, transparent PNG with a PNG fix), margin: 0 auto;, and a height of 100%, and aligning the background to bottom center?

I've been scouring church design galleries and church web sites (there aren't many good ones that I could find…) in search of a particular church website that I had liked a while ago. It had a high-res photographic background design, with a white content area in the middle. The background photos were of, I think, cityscapes. I vaguely remember a small quote (not from the Bible I don't think) somewhere on each page. It might have been an NYC church, but it was a church in some city at least.

I want to say the church started with a "M," but I'm not entirely sure. If you've seen this website, please help me out! tongue Sorry if this was a rather trivial post…


(6 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

I'm not 100% sure if it's free or opt-in beta or what, but the Aviary suite of image editors (http://aviary.com/home) are pretty sweet. They have a Vector and Effects app, too. Might be worth checking out or trying to sign up for.


(568 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Hi Mary, glad there's another progressive metal lover on here. smile

Thanks guys, I'll look into the margin stuff and line height stuff sometime, but I'm still really trying to figure out how I can make it look more like a gaming site… or does it not need to? I dunno, it needs something yet I feel…

Thanks for the feedback David! I increased the leading by one pixel and I do think it helped out a bit. Not sure I want to go any higher than that, though. As for the increased margin on the right of the content, I'm already using the 16 pixels in Nathan's 960.gs, so the only way I could increase it would be to make that content column 9 columns wide, which would mess up the nice five articles at the bottom. I'll look around at increasing it, but it might be tricky.

I think I'll keep the list items as they are, and hope for the best, see what more people have to say, etc. It'd be something I could give up and easy to change (but really want them to work!). I think the fact that it draws attention to them is OK, because it makes the article easily scannable.

I also added "x comment(s)" to the movie and music reviews (as well as the hover on the article title), so I think that should help orient people to what that is a bit better.

Thanks again, and hopefully some more people have some ideas on how to make it look more "gamey," as I think it really needs it.

Hey guys, I'm hoping to finish designing, build out and launch, a gaming blog type site that also talks about music and movies. I have a hard time blogging about personal or technology-related things on my normal site, so hoping this inspires me to let my geek-dom out a bit. Anyway, I've never claimed to be a designer, so what I usually come up with is something minimal. I have an initial mockup developed here: http://www.benplaysgames.com/v1/

It doesn't feel like a gaming blog type site. What kind of things would help me incorporate that, without having to have too much design skill? Also, there are some things I need to address, and don't have perfect solutions for:

1) Navigation. I just can't picture it up near the top where most navigation normally goes. I don't think that navigation (down in the lower right as of now) is super important on this site, but it should probably get put near the top some, and the place where it's at now might become categories.

2) Imagery. The site will definitely have some, in the posts, etc. I'm hoping to have a main image for each article, and the previous articles at the bottom will have it cropped to size above or below the title, but I don't know how best to handle multiple images in one post. Do I try to come up with some kind of slideshow thing? Monoslideshow, SlideShowPro, Lightbox?

3) Comment icons. Talked to a couple people today, and they didn't think the little comment icons really stood out as a comment icon. Would it help to put the number of comments next to it, or how I can achieve linking to comments on each article?

4) Typography. I'm inclined to stick with the style of lists that I have there, making a hard edge of text on the left. Do you think it's a deal breaker, do I need to indent lists like everyone else? And other than the lists, any other typographic suggestions? (I hide "comment" and "share" in the title of the main article on the homepage. Comments will show up if you visit an actual article's page, but I didn't want to clutter the design too much more.)

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!

Edit: I should also note that this is the first site that I get to ignore IE6, so it doesn't look perfect in IE6 (though somewhat functional). Will probably serve up a naked site or something, haven't decided yet.