The Return of the King preview is now out.


I’m as happy as a little girl.

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I’ve been slammed at work lately and with me as the sole person on the ground, I’ve had to pull some crazy hours. Luckily some of the work has involved designing some agency websites, something I haven’t had a chance to do since I was first hired back in Utah.

Amazing what can happen in 2 1/2 years. Back then, it was all image preloaders, javascript actions, dynamic dropdowns, and tables for layout. This time around, I’ve been doing it lean, clean, and standards mean—XHTML and CSS. While it’s been difficult to get away from the crutch of tables and spacer images, the resulting code is much more easily updateable and the page is more accessible. Best of all, it’s tiny:

  old project new project #1 new project #2
html 8k 2k 6k
images 172k 48k 71k
js 30k 0k 0k
css 2k 8k 8k
total 212k 58k 85k

Those are file size reductions of 73 and 60 percent! Amazing.

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the ibook is back!

Last time it took nine days versus three days this time. Now I have it for the weekend—yea!

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Maybe I should stop this thing before I start

Excellent point about weblogs, by Paul Ford:

That is what is most painful about a new medium, is how much the work is about the medium itself. Weblogs are a pure example: there is a significant percentage of weblogging that is about weblogging, as people figure out what to do with the new forms, much as when people, faced with a microphone, will say “I am talking into the microphone, hello, on the microphone, me, hey, microphone. Microphone. Hey. Me. I’m here. Talking. Hi there, on the microphone. That’s me, talking. Please check out my blog.”

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I’m so depressed

After four months of working fine, the iBook’s LCD went out again on Tuesday, this time with no warning at all.

It’s not just the pain of going to the Dell to work that has me down, it’s the anguish in admitting that Apple is fallible. I’m a big fan of the underdog (particularly one as good-looking as this one), but I hope I don’t end up all battered wife on this one, constantly coming up with excuses why things aren’t working out and blaming myself for problems–“Maybe I do use it too much or close the clamshell too tightly or leave it on too long…”

Actually, that last bit, about leaving it on too long, reminds me how incredibly stable OS X has been. In the year I’ve had the machine, it has never locked up and I’ve never had to force a shutdown/reboot. When an application has frozen (which is very rare), force quitting that app has never caused any instability in other apps or across the machine. In contrast, in the two days I’ve been back on XP full-time, I’ve had Dreamweaver, Excel, IE, and Firebird all quit on me unexpectedly, leading to problems with the Explorer and causing me to reboot the machine twice just to clear out any residual side effects.

So while Microsoft, which is ostensibly a software company, has issues with application stability, Apple, which is mainly a hardware company, has problems with the nuts and bolts of their products. What to do?

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