I finally got some corrective lenses!

glassesSo this Thanksgiving break I went by the Lencrafters in Hickory, NC and I finally got my eyes examined! As it turned out my vision was slightly off and I was a bit near sided (a.k.a. near-sighted). I apparently had a slight Astigmatism. Anywho, I picked up some pretty cool lenses and I’ll upload some photos of them ASAP. In the mean time, keep up the clarity! Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving was great!

New Screenshot Gallery Design..

I came across a very cool open source gallery project online that makes heavey use of Javascript, so I decided it was about time to get knees deep in some code and update the screenshot gallery a little bit. Little did I know how much I would have to manipulate the code to work with my screenshots. :D

Checkout the new screenshot gallery design here!
Be warned..I haven’t implemented thumbnails as of yet, so the gallery will take a bit longer to load than it will when the project is complete. Just be a bit patient until I get the thumbnails loading instead of the full size pictures. ;)

Credit goes to the ImageFlow project for the great work.

Next on the list is to add a custom made photo gallery so I can upload all of my pictures I’ve been taking over the years and let friends peek through them in a cool fun way! You better believe I’m going to be doing some more heavey Javascript coding to get this picture gallery going! The first thing I need to tackle is creating my own upload page so I can do everything from the site and not have to use ftp at all. After that it should be smooth sailing.

lso, uploading screenshots has been temperarily disabled until I update the uploader to cooperate with the new design. :D

Cheers!
Off to get a bit of sleep in before NC State beats UNC in football..

UPDATE:
Uploads are now working for screenshots! If you want to upload an image just click here and browser for whatever you want to upload! I have it setup to only accept jpeg, gif and png images for now. The rest is straight forward! Enjoy!

Stevie Ray Vaughan

guitarI just can’t get enough of this song..and I hope that everyone who reads this will just turn down their lights and turn their speakers all the way up and just feel the blues in this music..

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Voodoo Chile (slight return)

tevie Ray Vaughan gives me a reason to wake up and breathe every morning. He is the king of the blues in my book and one of my favorite guitarist of all time. Give Stevie a chance. He can’t ask that now cause he died in a very sad accident, but I’m here to shift you toward his style in his honor, lol. But seriously…Stevie is amazing!@(*&*$@#

So remember, lights down, speakers max’ed out, attitude free……

Microsoft and Eolas make a deal..

internet explorerIf you’re an Internet Explorer user then you will be glad to learn that the annoying “click-to-activate” feature will be removed soon! Microsoft and Eolas recently worked out a licensing agreement which benefits anyone using flash content on the web!

This “click-to-activate” feature has been present in Internet Explorer since March of 2006. That being said.. The update will not take place until “Patch Tuesday” for the month of April 2008, however, a preview release will be made public in December.

Source: BetaNews.com

Flying Saucer…

flying scaucerAs of tonight…I am officially a member. Hollar at me in the comments! Hannah..I know you’re the only person who reads these…so I expect a comment from you..and many more. Peace out everyone…and might I suggest becoming a member to everyone who can! If not now then in the near future! L8tors everyone…

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Latorz and good nite…

Thanks “B” for your services..and Dan..w0w…props for going out on the balcony in your boxers in “36 degrees F” weather (which is what it is now at 3:47 am, proof here)! Niiiice.

Gmail 2.0

Google recently announced they want to release an updated version of Gmail that’s supposed to be even faster than the current one. Speed increases are due mainly to a complete rewrite of the JavaScript back-end. The main goal of the new version is to improve contacts management. “Gmail 2.0″ is apparently available already and slowly migrating for users who choose to go ahead and update before it is officially released. If you would like to do the same then you can do so by following the link below:

https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2

Until Gmail 2.0 is completely stable, you will have the option of switching between classic Gmail and Gmail 2.0 interfaces on the fly. I have attempted to update my Gmail account using the above link, however, I’ve read that they have began to slow down and the migration is not immediate any longer. So there is no telling how long you will have to wait, but rest assured it will eventually migrate to the new interface. Now for some previews:

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New Contacts Manager
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New Contacts Manager with lots of information options
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Nice new avatar selection dialog (excellent example of the power of Web 2.0 design!)
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The select box (drop down box) has been replaced by a more
dynamic approach to the select box (using divs that are updated)!
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All in all the updates do appear to be small, however, word on the virtual street is that the overall speed of Gmail has been improved on tremendously! I’ve heard of small complaints about slow initial load times, but that it is very snappy and fast after initially loading. I’ve also heard reports that the chat window is no longer hide-able, however, this may be temporary as it has not been publicly released yet and is not a final product.

Google, or more specifically Gmail, is one of the best examples on the world wide web of just how awesome Web 2.0 is! Let’s define “Web 2.0″ right quick:

Web 2.0 according to Wikipedia.org:
Web 2.0 refers to a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies — which aim to facilitate collaboration and sharing between users. The term became popular following the first O’Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004. Although the term suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specifications, but to changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the internet. According to Tim O’Reilly, “Web 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the internet as platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform.”

Web 2.0 is bringing the internet to a more personalized level. Web sites are beginning to ride the fence between being an application and being just a web site. The look and feel of web pages are starting to become oddly similar to many desktop applications that we use daily.

Just think about it. What are some applications that you use on your computer on a daily basis (or atleast once a week)? I’ll make a small list: