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Hacker Lab -€“ Sacramento

Living in Sac, I need to check Hacker Lab out… 

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I call forth the Hammer of Hack-a-Doom to smite thee…

Bummer! My primary website and various sub-domain sites were hacked. Hosting company locked me down and will keep it that way until my sites are proven clean of malicious code. Time to check all my scripts, plug-ins, etc. and re-upload clean versions. There goes hours of my life I can’t get back.

For that, I call forth the Hammer of Hack-a-Doom to smite the shriveled penises of my hacker assailants and their oily patheticness. :P

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XtraFinder is awesome freeness

I don’t typically plug Mac apps (though I use them daily), but Mac power-users wanting some improvements to the Finder, but without too much overkill or memory hogging,  should check out XtraFinder. It’s free and works with Mac OS 10.6+.

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polkast ain't pokey

Product Recommendation: I just tried polkast for my mac and iOS devices and must say it works great (at least on wi-fi). Fast, simple and currently free. polkast shares between Macs, PCs, iOS and Android devices so it’s really handy.

What’s the big deal? Easy filesharing between my Mac and iOS devices has always been a bit of a pain (and slow). It required a full iTunes sync, using a service like Dropbox, or app like ReaddleDocs. Now I can quickly share a folder and view them on ALL my devices.

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Photoshop users: Download GuideGuide now!
This FREE guide/layout plug-in for Photoshop CS4/CS5 is a must. Check out Smashing Magazine’s post for ideas and info on how it might be useful to ya.

Photoshop users: Download GuideGuide now!

This FREE guide/layout plug-in for Photoshop CS4/CS5 is a must. Check out Smashing Magazine’s post for ideas and info on how it might be useful to ya.

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Yay! Pixelmator 2.0 has been released! Hopefully people who don’t want the complexity of Photoshop, or the price, will have a good alternative on the Mac; I know all the apps I’ve tried have fallen way short, including Pixelmator 1.0, which while pretty, wasn’t polished enough for my needs. Version 2.0 looks like a huge evolution. I’ll wait to see what the reviews say. 
The long search is never over (a bit of backstory)…
Before I became a Photoshop whiz, back in the early 1990s I relied on an awesome little Mac app called ColorIt! I designed quite a few logos, illustrations and even websites using it. Alas, it never really evolved so I ditched it. Likewise, for a short while — before Steve Jobs returned to SAVE Apple — I tried using Windows apps. The only one I ever found I liked was called Xara. Quirky it was, but still quite amazing at the time and cool because it was both a vector and raster app in one.  Of course when Mac OS X arrived I could rely on my Mac again. Since then, I’ve almost given up trying to find a Photoshop alternative because in my biz it’s the industry standard. My issue isn’t with the Photoshop itself — though it is absurdly obtuse — but are with the pricing and the radical changes they make with each version to the UI, so I have relearn it again.
I’m still looking for a lean-an-mean photo retouching app. Hopefully Pixelmator 2.0 is it.

Yay! Pixelmator 2.0 has been released! Hopefully people who don’t want the complexity of Photoshop, or the price, will have a good alternative on the Mac; I know all the apps I’ve tried have fallen way short, including Pixelmator 1.0, which while pretty, wasn’t polished enough for my needs. Version 2.0 looks like a huge evolution. I’ll wait to see what the reviews say. 

The long search is never over (a bit of backstory)…

Before I became a Photoshop whiz, back in the early 1990s I relied on an awesome little Mac app called ColorIt! I designed quite a few logos, illustrations and even websites using it. Alas, it never really evolved so I ditched it. Likewise, for a short while — before Steve Jobs returned to SAVE Apple — I tried using Windows apps. The only one I ever found I liked was called Xara. Quirky it was, but still quite amazing at the time and cool because it was both a vector and raster app in one.  Of course when Mac OS X arrived I could rely on my Mac again. Since then, I’ve almost given up trying to find a Photoshop alternative because in my biz it’s the industry standard. My issue isn’t with the Photoshop itself — though it is absurdly obtuse — but are with the pricing and the radical changes they make with each version to the UI, so I have relearn it again.

I’m still looking for a lean-an-mean photo retouching app. Hopefully Pixelmator 2.0 is it.

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Finally, somebody (thanks Smashing Magazine) gets the value of good video game UI design as it applies to web design. I’ve worked on both and can attest that good UI design is key to game and web success, but often video game designers don’t get the credit they deserve for thinking outside the box and innovating. 

Of course, just like much web design, there’s a lot of crappy UI design in games as well, however, in the last few years I see real thought going into most UI’s for games. ‘

Conversely, because of  constant changes in web technologies & standards, and the various browser wars, it’s more a mish-mash of brilliant to unusable.

Finally, somebody (thanks Smashing Magazine) gets the value of good video game UI design as it applies to web design. I’ve worked on both and can attest that good UI design is key to game and web success, but often video game designers don’t get the credit they deserve for thinking outside the box and innovating.

Of course, just like much web design, there’s a lot of crappy UI design in games as well, however, in the last few years I see real thought going into most UI’s for games. ‘

Conversely, because of constant changes in web technologies & standards, and the various browser wars, it’s more a mish-mash of brilliant to unusable.

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Planetary is a great visual metaphor for data, but truly an awesome way to explore the galaxy of music on your iPad. Check it out.