The random ramblings of a teenage web designer trying to make it big. Design, gaming, music, and life in Florida. Because everything else just isn't as good.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

I'm Mezmerized 0_o

Well, System of a Down's new album, Mezmerize, was just released this past tuesday and is excellent. As far as rock music goes this album is almost perfect. It's so amazing that I can barely describe the music. So all I have to say is go buy it. Discuss...

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Feed readers

I'm tired of not being able to find a good feed reader for Windows that reads RSS and Atom feeds, and any other kind you can think of. Anyway, I was reading about the launch of NewNewsWire 2.0, and decided to start looking for a good reader for Windows. So I did what I always do, I asked my dad to find one. Now, the main purpose of this search was so that I didn't have to use the feed reader from the security hole filled Firefox, or some other browser.

First we found a nice one called Spot. It was good and had a nice, clean layout, but there were a lot of absent features. It couldn't even read my blogger feed, so we dumped that one and found another, called Abilon News Aggregator. It works really well and has a lot of cool features. First of all, it can handle any type of feed, and you can easily store them. You can also save special feed items in a folder called Memories, so you can go back to them quickly without having to search for the feeds all over again. It also has a built in web browser, unfortunately IE based, so you can view the actual feed item without having to load up your regular browser.

Also, you can set it up so you can easily post items on your blog without even having to log in to your control panel. It is compatible with Blogger, MovableType, and many other popular blogging tools. And you can also set it up to manage incoming HTML code to remove coding from the website that may be dangeorus, like scripts. I guess this is a good thing if the feed you're reading comes from an untrustworthy website

Anyway, I highly suggest downloading this if you're a Windows user looking for a good reader. It is fast, easy to use, and highly customizeable.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Work is tough...

Well, web design is a very tough business. I had some clients lined up to get me some work for the next two months or so. The first one, Scion Static, which is a hosting company, had contracted me to design a website for them. In return they would give me 3 months of free hosting and a good amount of free advertising. Now, I have been working on this website for about three months now. I finished it up this past weekend and sent it to David, the owner, on Sunday night. I recieved an email on Tuesday saying that he had decided not to use my design, without notifying me. Now, I made this desing to be completely CSS and XHTML strict, and it validated perfectly fine. The best part, it was really nice and clean. Anyway, the email he sent me was really long, and had a lot of information that really ticked me off.

First, his phone was dead for the whole weekend, so I had no way of contacting him. Second, he recieved 3 professional templates a few days before. Now, these templates, from what I can guess, are nowhere near valid, and if they're anything like the designs he has made, they aren't very good. Check out his website to see what I mean. Now that I'm done ranting and raving about that, I've got some more work coming.

I've been working on finishing up an HTML and CSS online refresher course, and as my final project I have to make a website for a non-profit organization in my area. It doesn't have to be non-profit, but it helps. Anyway, many students had done law firms, so I called a bunch of them. I got a call back from one of them today letting me know they weren't interested in a FREE website. But the lady I spoke with was nice and asked anybody in the office if they needed a website. To my luck, the receptionist has a nephew with cancer and they need a website. So I'll be working on that for the next few weeks.

And finally, I've been looking for a PHP developer to work for me. I came across a developer on one of my favorite websites, Grey Cobra, and he is also in need of a website for his hosting company. So, I think we can work out something where he works for me, and in return I make the two websites he needs for free. One, like I mentioned, is for his hosting company. And the other is for an anime website based around Naruto I'm guessing. This should be good for me because he is also very profficient in ASP and other coding languages.

So, I hope this all come sthrough and I can actually start working for money for a change. Oh yeah, one last thing, the kid who decided not to use my template is deciding to start his own web design company, called iPro Labs. And the name iPro Labs is copyrighted already.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Web Design throughout the years

With the release of Adobe Creative Suite 2 I started thinking about how easy it is to create a website now a day. Though some talent is required, it's relatively easy to follow a quick tutorial and come out with something spectacular looking. Soooo, I decided to take a look back at some popular coding and design programs. Well, basically I just took a look at the leading companies.

Macromedia Work Suite - though Macromedia programs may not be the most user friendly programs on earth, they have provided designers with an easy way to make pages. Flash has become extremely popular, and Dreamweaver still remains the standard program for people to lazy to hand code. You know who you are. Anyway, Macromedia Work Suite, though extremely high priced, contains some great programs. If it weren't for the usability issues, I might use this on a regular basis. In fact, I do use Freehand sometimes.

Adobe Lineup -
you can't talk about web design without hearing the word "Adobe" somewhere in the conversation. Though most people use Adobe programs for graphic work, the Adobe Lineup is good for a lot of things, and now that they have acquired Macromedia I'm sure we can expect more great things to come. Photoshop is the undoubtedly the best graphic design program out there, and programs like GoLive! and Illustrator aren't bad either. Overall, this is my go-to program for all types of web design, and I would recommend these programs to anybody. Unfortunately, Adobe has been the target of many cracks, meaning they don't get even half the money they should be getting for downloads.

Jasc - Jasc has been good to me throughout the years. It was my starting program when I decided to get serious with design, and I still use it quite often today for some touch-ups and sample designs. I recieved Paint Shop Pro 8 as a supplemental program to my school course, and have loved using it since then. Though it may not have as many cool features as Adobe products it works just as well and is a great alternative if you don't have enough money for larger programs.

Corel - what can I say? Photopaint is awesome and can do almost everything Photoshop can. Though it isn't a solid graphics program like Photoshop or PSP it can throw together some pretty wicked page layouts. Even Pixel2Life version 2 was designed using it. And the best part, it's only runs for around $179. I suggest using this over Paint Shop Pro. And yes, Corel is also the maker of WordPerfect, Paint Shop Pro, and they even used to produce Bryce, one of the leading 3D design programs.

Friday, May 06, 2005

May 1 Reboot

This is a little old, but whatever. It's from my forums. Anyway, you can still vote for me. The competition is still open, but I'm not sure for how long. And the fact that my host is going down this weekend won't help me either.

Well, today is the may 1st reboot, and WebFuzion Designs is nowhere near finished. I still have to add some pages, a comment system, and more. So it looks like I won't be participating in the reboot after all.

For those of you who don't know, the May 1st Reboot is an annual competition where people launch a new version of their website on May 1st. It has been going on since 2000, and the prizes are excellent. This year you have the chance to win lifetime hosting from Media Temple, valued at thousands of dollars with unmetered bandwidth.

I entered the competition on the last day of registration, but haven't had a chance to do anything serious with it. Besides, the competition is based around Flash, so the chance of me winning was very slim. If you want, you can visit the website at http://may1reboot.com Judging will begin at 2:00 PM today, May 1st. Good luck to all of those who entered, and maybe I'll participate in it again next year.

Finally

I finally got around to starting this blog. I had created it a long time ago, and then forgot about it after ? I completely rebooted my computer. Anyway, for those of you who don't know my name is Zeerus and I am a 14 year old web designer from Central Florida. I'll try to update this blog frequently. I run a company called WebFuzion Designs. Our website can be seen by clicking on this link, http://webfuziondesign.com. It may be down for a little while as we are switching hosts, so please visit the forums at http://s4.invisionfree.com/WFD

Enjoy!