My take on emerging technologies, games and other geeky stuff…

TunnelBravo Webpick of the Day on CommArts

Online Marketing,Open Source,PhxCreative,Technology,Web Development

TunnelBravo’s website is today’s webpick over at CommArts. The guys over there were kind enough to feature a link to Phx Creative right alongside their link. TunnelBravo does some amazing design work and we were fortunate enough to be able to work on their own website with them.

Stewart West, partner/Art Director at TunnelBravo did a lot of the heavy lifting to get the site up and running. We did our part to add some custom functionalities to the site and really give them total control over their content whether it be images, text, video or flash.

They knew what they wanted and we did everything we could to help them achieve their end goal. And when it was all said and done, TunnelBravo is featured as the webpick of the day at CA. I’d say they did a great job and I am proud to say that we had a part in it.

Congratulations to John Johnson and Stewart West of TunnelBravo!

Leaving Treo 700w Moving to iPhone

Apple,Microsoft,Mobile Info,PhxCreative,Technology

I disabled my Treo 700w mid week and moved over to the new iPhone. I was planning on waiting a year or so, but things worked out that I never planned on, so now I find myself with the coolest new product on the market. Overall, the iPhone is pretty sweet, I did lose some things that I enjoyed with the Treo, but I gained some other things that as a Mac guy, I missed out on before.

First and foremost, I must say that AT&T has the worst cell phone coverage I have seen so far. Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile all somehow provide service all the way out in the middle of nowhere, which is where I live. AT&T barely comes up with some bars when I am upstairs or outside, but talking in my family room is not an option. But, who cares abut the services, let’s talk more about the phone, right?… yup.

The iPhone is great for me because it syncs up with my life. I work on two mac book pros, one for work and one for home. It allows me to sync with both of them. Well, for the most part it does. I can sync my calendars and contacts easily without overwriting the other one. So my phone allows me to always have an up to date calendar of my work and personal life. It also allows me to keep my contacts up to date on both machines and my phone.

Windows on Mac Update

Apple,Computer Apps,Microsoft,PhxCreative,Technology

So I have two intel macs now, one at work and one at home. My home computer, as explained in a previous post, has parallels with Vista and my work one has parallels with XP. To keep this short, I will just say Parallels is awesome, vista sucks and XP does what I need it to do.

If you want to have a mac that does windows, get parallels. Also, don’t go and get vista, it is a big drain and a let down. I am yet to find the benefit in it. XP runs fast and doesn’t make me feel like I am running dual OS’s. So, parallels = sweet, vista = suck and XP = good enough.

CS3 Design Premium

Apple,Computer Apps,PhxCreative,Technology,Web Development

I have been using CS3 for a little over a week now and it is certainly nice. The cool thing is that Flash and Dreamweaver are now Adobe products so they are all connected in some way. I tried using Dreamweaver for a project after I read the manual and I was disappointed. I don’t know if I just suck at Dreamweaver now or if it is a Dreamweaver issue, I just personally trust and like looking at hand code much better. It wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do, so I had to resort to hand coding which took me longer to clean up DW’s code then it would have if I just coded it by hand to begin with.

Other than that, everything is cool. All of the apps I have used are just like the last versions, except they are connected more seemlessly and have modified interfaces and a few new tools. I haven’t used anything enough yet to really know how cool they are, but I am definately happy I upgraded.

Two really cool apps that I have used so far are Acrobat and Flash Video Encoder. They are simply smoother and easier than ever before and offer flexibility that makes life more painfree.

As I use the apps more, I will learn more and let you know how it goes. I guess the coolest thing so far is the manual. You will know what I mean when you upgrade. It is a manual like I have never seen before. I am now about 25% of the way through the manual and will actually read the rest, again, you will understand when you upgrade. For now, I don’t know how necessary an upgrade is, I am just happy I did it and will find out even more benefits as I use the apps more.

My First Mac Blue Screen of Death

Apple,Computer Apps,Microsoft,PhxCreative,Technology

It was bound to happen… Vista has been running smooth on my Mac. I don’t use it that often, but when I do, it actually runs faster than it did when I first set it up. Now that I am starting to really enjoy having a Windows thing on my Mac, I think to myself, it can’t be this good, something has to go wrong soon. And it did.

I got my first blue screen of death. Well, it is blue and it is bad news, but I don’t actually know what the blue screen of death looks like and decided that I don’t care enough to look it up in Google. Whether or not it is the real one, it is good enough for me. Luckily, I rebooted Vista without rebooting my Mac, thanks to Parrallels. During the reboot, my computer was pretty much useless, but once it rebooted, everything was back to normal.

So I guess, there is no problem. Things are back to smooth and I await my next Windows moment.

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