In need of an upgrade…

Since I’m being pulled in so many different directions for work, I’ve had to pretty much place EVERYTHING on the back burners. I have two new themes in the works for AGn Designs and Krissy.nu.  I’m gradually going through my PSD archives to find a template that I previously created for this site because this pink thing is driving me crazy, even though I (obviously) don’t regularly blog here.  There’s always a lot to do and absolutely no time to do it.  Sometimes I do wish I could just go back to paid blogging, I never really touched Dreamweaver until there was a redesign in place for one of my domains lol. Another “upgrade” required, RAM!  My Macbook came with the default 4GB and I’ve noticed since I’ve been on it a lot more that there’s quite a few hiccups…

Time’s flown by…

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I’ve posted on this domain. It’s on auto-renew so I can always be sure to have it under my portfolio, but for some reason there’s really nothing going on that’s worth posting across multiple sites. Hell, I barely post on krissy.nu. I have Twitter and Facebook to thank for this, Micro-blogging really has taken over the world. My last post made note about my disappointment with Apple based on the fact that they have removed the 17″ laptop from their line-up.  I am happy to report, however, that as a Valentines Day gift from Sean I am now the proud owner of one of the remaining 17″ macbooks in circulation. It came brand new from MacMall. This company has turned into our “Go To” for all things Apple. My only complaint…

Macbook Changes

By now, anyone with an internet connection knows that Mac has “upgraded” their systems to include a new retina display for a more crisp and clean color pallet.  The downfall would be something that I wasn’t able to really find online – I needed to see it in person because I can’t ever seen to find a picture of the right side of the computer. The 15″ Macbook Pro w/ Retina display doesn’t have a DVD drive – ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  The point of laptops is to be MOBILE, with MOBILE comes DISKS (ie: a DVD collection OR program disks for oh I don’t know PHOTOSHOP! considering the bulk of the Mac industry is powered by GRAPHICS DESIGNERS of all shapes and sizes)  Why would they remove such an important feature? I can understand not having it on the…

PC Laptop Makers Have Completely Given Up

Repost from Gizmodo – Intel dumped $300 million into the laptop industry to buy it something it’s never had before: attention. Ultrabooks soundcool, and could look beautiful while running like little thin crust pizzas of awesome. Instead, we’re seeing pathetic MacBook Air clones. What went wrong? From the floor of Intel’s Developer Forum, its yearly showcase of new silicon and what it’s going in, it’s clear Apple’s capable of a two front intellectual property war, if they choose. Cupertino thinks its designs are under attack! And they are—but they’re looking in the wrong direction. Samsung’s phones and tablets might share Apple’s black rectangle minimalism, but the crop of black-on-silver Ultrabooks littering the floors of IDF are the real ripoff—like a heap of fake Gucci bags off eBay. Absolutely zero effort has been put into their design, beyond the labor of…

Cloud-Based Web Performance Testing with Yottaa

Reposted from Website Magazine. In lieu of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) downtime over the past several days, optimizing websites for high performance in the cloud may seem a bit too risky for many Internet businesses.  Yottaa however believes differently, today launching a new Web performance optimization service which aims to help improve website speed and development through a variety of techniques including domain sharding, CSS spriting, and CDN balancing. “Web-based businesses understand that visitors to their sites have a ‘need for speed,’ but many are held back by the complexity and expense of manual optimization,” said Coach Wei, Yottaa’s CEO and co-founder. “Yottaa Optimizer empowers businesses of all sizes with a simple but powerful solution that instantly accelerates website performance, and unlocks business value for Web teams.” Yotta’s web monitoring solution (which WM covered back in August 2010 here)…

Mac OS X Tips & Tricks

Are you looking to get the most out of Mac OS X Leopard?  The following article houses all of the information you’re ever going to need to have the optimum productivity with your Mac OS X Leopard system.  Note that some of these tips were also tested on OS X Tiger, so even if you aren’t ready to make the move to Leopard (what’s stopping you?) you can still get the function you need with the space and energy saving techniques listed in this article. 1 – Organize Photos With Smart Albums Creating a Smart Album enables iPhoto to automatically create folders based on specific photo criteria such as rating, date, title or even more shutterbug-intensive stats like camera model or focal length. Simply click the Add button located in iPhoto’s bottom-left-corner, and click New Smart Album. 2 – Push…

How to Send Big Files Online

In the past, if you wanted to send large files to friends or colleagues, you had to upload them to FTP servers or hope that you made it under the file-size limitations of the recipient’s e-mail account. But with file-sharing applications such as DropSend (www.dropsend.com), you can send large files without fear of bounce-backs. DropSend will be familiar to anyone who’s sent an e-mail attachment. The service replicates the look and feel of your Inbox by including contacts, subject lines, and text areas, but one-ups most e-mail services by letting you attach files as large as 1GB. When recipients open the e-mail, they are presented with a URL form where they can download the file. The number of times you can send a file depends on whether you sign up for a Free, Basic ($5), Standard ($9), Pro ($19) or…

Increase Browser Speed

Are you interested in getting the most out of your browser? I don’t know anyone in this day and age who will actually sit there and wait patiently for their browser to get to the same speed as their Internet connection. There are a few tricks of the trade that anyone could benefit from! An important note about this article is that I was lucky enough to find these browser tips in the March 2008 issue of Laptop Mag, full credit and copyright goes to them of course. I’ve personally used these tips and I have to say that they worked out very well for me, even my own websites are loading faster. How To Speed Up Firefox For Beginners: Install the free Fasterfox extension (found here), which puts a little stopwatch in the lower right-hand corner of the browser…

89 PC Tips – Web

Over the course of the next couple of days, I’m going to post quite a few articles in relation to the 89 best PC tips. This will include everything from Audio, iTunes, Email, Productivity, Mac OS X Tips & Tricks, Security, Travel, Video, the Web and even Media in general! This is a very well thought out and well written list originally from Laptop Mag. I enjoyed reading this article so much that I decided it was worth re-publishing. All of the original copyrights are in place, the next series of articles, titled 89 best PC tips, are completely credited to LaptopMag! The following series of tips is in complete dedication to the Web. #1 – Get More Out of Google Google does a lot more than search: Type “two dollars in yen” and find out how much a Japanese…

89 PC Tips – Video & TV

Over the course of the next couple of days, I’m going to post quite a few articles in relation to the 89 best PC tips. This will include everything from Audio, iTunes, Email, Productivity, Mac OS X Tips & Tricks, Security, Travel, Video, the Web and even Media in general! This is a very well thought out and well written list originally from Laptop Mag. I enjoyed reading this article so much that I decided it was worth re-publishing. All of the original copyrights are in place, the next series of articles, titled 89 best PC tips, are completely credited to LaptopMag! The following series of tips is in complete dedication to Video & TV. #1 – Mix In Photos and Music Create a digital trail mix of your personal media with Pinnacle’s free and easy to use VideoSpin (free…