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Pardon the Digression but…

December 4, 2007

Posting here has slowed for the time being but for good reason (to me anyway). I’m finally shucking my blogspot diapers and have purchased proper hosting and a domain name or two.

So right now I’ve put a few things on hold while I de-rustify my html and css skills and build a proper site. In a week or so I hope to be moving this weblog to a proper WordPress install just like my heroes Earl  Moore and OmegaMom. I’d like to have a proper static site to hang it off of as well, hence the html and css remedial work.

Thanks to heathenx as always for guidance in edumacating me on hosting plans and domain whatchamawhoosits.

And to the good friends mentioned above – you should expect a few newbie questions! 🙂

Let’s see if we can step it up a notch around here! 🙂

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The Catherine Zeta Jones of Online Word Processors

November 8, 2007

If you’ve ever tried Google Docs, you’ll know it’s an online word processor in the traditional Google style – functional but not necessarily the prettiest girl in the room.

But after trying the Adobe-acquired Buzzword today I have to say I’ve just met the Catherine Zeta-Jones of online word processors.

Very slick indeed! In fact, I was almost tempted to keep adding tables just to play with the interface. There are some really nice ideas going on here. Between the creative ideas and the high polish of the app, it’s obvious they’ve spent a great deal of design time (graphic and otherwise) on this.

It’s a free sign up when you get there.

I love seeing the bar get raised. 😉

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Make My Logo Bigger Cream.. and more!

October 31, 2007

Stuck with a crappy graphic designer? Say goodbye to all your worries with easy to apply “Make My Logo Bigger Cream”. Big improvements with only one application. And there are lots of other deals to be had too, like “Whitespace Eliminator Spray” and more.

This company could put many hard working designers out of business. 🙂

ps. The look on the designer’s face when confronted with “Flouresencizer” is priceless.

Check out all of these wonderful products right here.

🙂

[via boagworld]

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The True Future of Online Office Productivity

October 24, 2007

Screw Google Docs or Writely or whatever. Forget about ZohoWriter and MS-Office Online…

If you’re looking for a truly awe-inspiring online word processor, look no further than WordPerhect.

You be pleasantly surprised by the advanced interface and a truckload of innovative features such as:

– the ability to write on a variety of media from the back of silver cigarette foil to a torn off strip of cardboard
– the ability to customize your writing instrument size
– the choice of colour (as long as it’s black)
– the ability to save your documents, and even print your documents
– in the spirit of less is more, the delete key scratches out the previous character, there is no delete per se.

Make sure that you use your browser full screen since the highly advanced rendering engine will scale accordingly and enhance readability.

ps. The pop up dialog system will undoubtedly be the model for OS’s in the future.

😉

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The Dirty Car Art Gallery

October 24, 2007

Wow. Have you ever seen the Dirty Car Art Gallery. Absolutely amazing. I’m used to seeing what we call the old ‘Charlie Weiber’.. which amounts to a simplified version of a portion of the male anatomy usually seen on the back windows of dirty white construction vans. This is a few million notches above that! 🙂

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Back on the StumbleUpon Wagon

October 22, 2007

About two and a half years ago I posted about StumbleUpon. After being a little bored with my feeds this weekend, I decided to get back on the SU wagon and give it another shot.

On the face of it, it doesn’t appear to have changed much. I am however, finding it quite addictive. It seems to bring me to a ton of interesting and new sites. You might have noticed a short flurry of brief posts about some interesting stuff over the past couple of days. Those came from my Stumble’ing. In fact, I had to restrain myself from overposting. There were a ton of interesting sites, but I didn’t want this blog to become a steady stream of regurgitated links. Still, I find many of the sites fascinating and I’ll definitely share the odd one or five in between what will hopefully be more substantial and more consistent posts.

If you’re keen on finding new and interesting sites in your own fields of interest, then StumbleUpon might be a great tool for you.

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Missing the Point

October 1, 2007

As a non-professional blogger (ha! couldn’t ya tell..) and sometimes screencaster, maybe I’m completely unqualified to judge, but I think a new Top 100 (or an old Top 100 for that matter) completely misses the point of blogs, podcasts and the web…

The power of the internet is niche information. Build me a better search and recommendation engine and I am invincible!

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A very cool low-tech site – and it’s Post 500!!

September 21, 2007

Bill Westerman’s utilware site is cool. There is no RSS feed. The layout is simple, clean and interesting. The site is different than a lot of others because while it’s modern and unique, he hasn’t used any flash (I think). It’s navigation is kind of book-like in that you can flip through page by page if you like, or refer to his table of contents – and it’s in a horizontal layout. There is nothing ‘below the fold’, since there is no ‘fold’.

He’s got some interesting writing there on a variety of tech-bent topics. He’s developed a GSD (Getting Shit Done) methodology which is ‘brutally simple’ and ‘doesn’t require a lot of forethought or planning’. Right up my alley. Lately he’s into pen and paper, something I can definitely relate to.

Anyway, it would be nice to have him in my RSS reader, but then again, I’d miss the wonderful-ness of his site if he had a feed. It’s definitely worth a visit.

On another, unrelated note, this is my 500th post here on Renaissance Man. I was thinking of doing up a full-on well thought out meaty post on some heady topic, and then realized this would break with tradition! 🙂 – and likely jarr my few regular readers.

In any case, if you are one of my few regular readers, a truly heartfelt thanks for your patronage and be happy in the fact that there’s simply nowhere for this blog to go but up! 🙂

Cheers.

Pre-Hammered Sinatra

July 12, 2007

I finally got around to watching Steve Gillmor’s Bad Sinatra 1. Since I don’t own an iPhone (and have no desire to), I decided I’d use the nifty program DeVeDe to burn it to a DVD and experience the full glory of Gillmor on my living room TV. With a slice of cold pizza in hand, I hit the play button and watched.

After it was over, I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t feel as though it was ’38 minutes I’d never get back’. Clearly it’s not polished. Hopefully it never will be. Steve still has his magic. His ability to annoy, cajole and make me chuckle has remained untainted over his months of relative silence. I’m glad.

High points? Dan Farber, definitely. Devoid of the scene-stealing, attention hungry bravado of Calacanis, Farber continues to forcefully right the apple cart that Steve is constantly trying to upset. I admire his attempts at pinning Steve down on some of the issues. Never quite successful mind you, but it’s sure fun watching him try.

Other things I liked – Doc Searls of course. Pre-hammered shit and the state of VRM. Now there’s a white paper for you. He made me laugh – more than a couple of times.

I wasn’t impressed with a lot of the other stuff, not because it wasn’t important (to someone), but it wasn’t to me. If it was up to me, it would be the Steve, Dan and Doc Show all over again – there is long standing magic there I think – you can hear.. er.. see it. And just to ice the cake, put Jon Udell on speakerphone in every episode and pan away to a lovely scenic shot just as he’s about to make his big point on the crackly speaker. That was classic too.

Annoyances? Damn Robert.. straighten the hat and adjust the camera if you need to. I know it’s cool to be a nerd these days, but c’mon, that just couldn’t be comfortable.

I’m interested to see where it goes. If it’s anything like the Gang of old, I’m sure Steve has no idea where that is. 😉

Oh yeah… Note to Steve. The USB input on my new Kia’s stereo, combined with my 100km daily commute says to me that audio podcasting is anything but ‘dead’. I must have listened to 35 Diggnation episodes and have only ever watched two and they even have hot babes on there sometimes 😉 – The power of video podcasting is not as strong as you’d like to think.

I guess the true test will be if I create an audio version of your video show and feel I’m not missing anything. Wanna pull a Diggnation and save me the work by providing an mp3 only feed too?

Didn’t think so. 😉

Screencasters Update

June 28, 2007

There has been significant discussion over on this thread at inkscapeforum.com about our screencasters.heathenx.org site. We received several good suggestions and as a result we’ve updated the site slightly. Kudos to heathenx for his successful journey through video encoding hell, and his patience with my absolute skill at butchering his CSS work. 😉

Here’s the low-down on the changes:

– tweaks to the css to make it suck less in IE browsers

– we’re now streaming the swf files and offering up avi files for direct download (the avi’s are encoded with xvid and mp3 codecs for those interested).

– we now show the size of the avi file so that you know what you’re about to download

– we added anchor links for each episode so if great people like Ryan Lerch and Nico Buculei and other Inkscapers want to blog about specific screencasts they can link directly to the specific episode

That’s pretty much it. If you’ve got more suggestions, keep ’em coming. Although now maybe heathenx and I can concentrate more on coming up with some new screencasts.