Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Worth it

Paul Scrivens writes “…I am still sure there are some of you out there thinking that no matter how hard you follow each and everyone of those guidelines you still can’t seem to get the traffic you think you deserve or want…”. So he is asking people to send in the URLs that should be made more known. Even asking people to suggest their own blogs. Heh…

When I started my blog, I was eager to get connected to all these wonderful people, whose blogs I have read for some time. I spent countless night hours learning MT tags. Couldn’t wait to finish the design in time, so I posted several entries on a paperish design, with nothing but text and few colours. I wrote as much as I could. Even delayed some work at few occasions, simply to keep up the flow of posts.

I was hoping that some of the stuff I did (mostly ADxMenu and WCH) will get me lots of visitors, people that will regularly read, either directly or through RSS feed. That did not really materialized, and over time I lost interest in everyday blogging.

At one particular moment, there was a pile of work to clear up, lots of issues I wanted to tackle in blog posts, lots of personal things that demanded my attention. I tried to do all of that and burned-out.

So I went to vacation, and then deliberately did nothing but my regular office work. And lived. For more than few months, I’m a much happier blogger. Important lesson I learned is that my blog is not my life and not my business. My life is in another dimension. And work is coming to me, blog or not.

I’m not closing this up. Not a chance. I simply changed my approach. I post when I like to, when I want to. Sometime I will write twice a day, sometime twice a month. But the important thing is know what your priorities are.

Batman. (Maybe) a good one.

Batman!

It seems that the next Batman movie will finally be the good one. The crew is very, very promising, I only hope that the script do them justice. Michael Kane, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman. Add Ken Watanabe as villain and it sure looks very good. What else to say…

Ah yes…Christian Bale. If you have seen Equilibrium, then you already know that this must be good. Equilibrium is fantastic movie, with great story and some of the best action scenes I have seen in years. It can clearly be compared to The Matrix, especially because of the lobby scenes. I have a hard time choosing between the two. But there is one particular move by Bale at the end that has already been copied, most notably in Underworld. I won’t tell what it is. Watch the movie, it’s great.

I can only hope that Batman Begins will be that good.

Do not use this product!

Norton Personal Firewall / Internet Security is worst kind of software, which treats you as in “you’re a stupid looser and we will take your hand and guide you through that spam-infested hacking mayhem called Internet”.

Symantec deserves the worst possible kicking in the ass imaginable. No, there is no link to them, because they should be banned from the Internet, not linked to.

I have written before about the problems this thing can create for any web designer, but what I’m reading now is really pissing me off. Lets see…

Any graphic of standard banner or display ad size is removed from the source code of the page by NPFW/IS2004. So far we’ve identified that whenever the following sizes…

120x240

120x90 468x60

234x60 120x60

125x125

…appear within the image tags the image is removed.

Beautiful. If you happen to have any image of this size, even having nothing to do with ads, it will be removed from the page source code.

Hey Symantec: will you be answering my customers' questions like “your site is not displaying properly on…?”, “I don’t see the illustrations; why?” and many other similar? I’m quite positive that you don’t care about those - they are not in your backyard. Toss the ball to content creators, while you keep boasting how you “increase online productivity”.

Further reading at the same page reveals that NPF/IS is removing links from Google’s AdWords but not from Overture’s service of the same kind. They forgot about it, maybe? Yeah, right. Sold-out suckers that deserve the eternal contempt.

Hey Symantec: I’m not a mindless creature. I know what an ad is. Give me an option to easily add it to my filters (as normal people do). Do not, and I mean NOT, decide this for me.

Windows font smoothing

I have been using “smooth edges of screen fonts” option in Windows from the day it appeared. It made web browsing experience much more enjoyable, especially when page uses italic fonts.

On recent Win versions, there was a choice between two technologies for font smoothing: Standard and ClearType. I always used Standard, because I read that ClearType is created for TFT screens, and that it was not suitable for CRTs.

I have tried ClearType on my CRT monitor and the menu options looked blurry, just as that page says. Thus, I gave up on it.

Now, that is not true. I was so wrong.