a Social network

December 5, 2008

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I’m thinking about making my own Facebook like website. It won’t be as rich in features at Facebook, so tell me what you think.

Users will be able to:

  • Invite friends
  • Edit their profile
  • Write on a friend’s  wall (need to change the name.. any ideas?)
  • Upload photos

The main focus of this will be the wall.

You can share links, vids, photos, etc using the wall. Let’s zoom in some more, though. Now, amongst all the features of the wall, the main focus will be on keeping other’s as updated as possible about what you’re doing. So not only can you write on your wall from your web browser, but I’ll also make a little download to go alongside my social network. This download will hide beside your computer’s clock as an icon. When you double click the icon, a small window appears in which you type what you’re doing and press enter. You’ve been updated. There will also be a mobile phone app, so you can update from your phone via text messaging.

Tell me what you think. Also tell me what you want Facebook to do yet it doesn’t do (maybe I can implement that).

Dylan

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IE: Why I hate it

December 3, 2008


To many options…: Internet Explorer 8’s context menu (the menu that appears when you right-click). The only addons I have installed is the Windows Live stuff (also crap) and CopyCode (I made that). That’s insane. Look at how long that is :0. Click here for an image of the menu.

Slow, Slow, Slow: Yeah. Microsoft seems to like making their user’s wait. Not only does IE load web pages slowly, but openeing tabs takes a while to, especially on slow computers. Mozilla FireFox can load Microsoft’s web site faster than Microsoft’s browser can.

Horrible Addon support: IE does allow you to have addons, but the addon manager is crap. It takes forever to load the addons, and half of them won’t even show up! Developing addons is a pain in the butt. Even to make a simple addon that modifies the context menu (like mine does), you have to mod the registry, make a javascript file, and then Microsoft leaves you in the dark on how to get it installed on your user’s computer.

Too many toolbars: For some reason Microsoft wants IE to turn into Toolbar Explorer.  Me? I’ve customized my FireFox browser to only show them menu bar, the address bar, and tabs. I like to actually see webpages when I browse, not buttloads of toolbars and buttons and crap.

Can’t load pages the right way: Yeah. Pages that work on real browsers (firefox, chrome, safari, etc) don’t work on IE, and pages that work on IE won’t work on anything else.

Microsoft didn’t even make IE: Nope. Microsoft was sold the source code by a failing company.

Updates? Hello?? Microsoft doesn’t seem to ever want to update us to the newest version of IE.

In conclusion… Ok so lets break it down. The browser window is to crowded, slow, and provides way to many options while not providing essentials like updates or correct page rendering. INSANE! Now come on people there are millions more browsers out there. Here are a few of the famous ones, and they all work on Windows and MAC.

  • FireFox
  • Safari
  • Chrome (MAC version coming soon…)
  • Opera

ttyl,

Dylan

New computer?

November 30, 2008

Well what’s a new computer without the right apps? In this post I’ll tell you exactly what you’ll need to get the most out of your PC.

Word Processor

Microsoft is kind enough NOT to include a full featured word processor in their Windows computers. The closest they get is WordPad, a small application which can be found from the ‘Accesories’ menu. Their word processor (Word) is ridiculously overpriced. OpenOffice.org 3.0 is free, rich in features, and just as if not more easier to use than Word. You can download this app from http://www.OpenOffice.org

Music management

Now we have all heard of itunes. The problem is that on a Windows computer, iTunes eats up way to much memory. Let’s get something a bit lighter. I recommend SongBird, a Mozilla based iTunes like music manager. Download it free from http://getsongbird.com/.

Web browser

I hate Internet Explorer. It takes way to load a page, and even worse it takes forever to even open and load a new tab! As an alternative, I would recommend either Mozilla’s famous FireFox, or Google’s new Chrome. Both a very fast and easy to use, and unlike IE, it’s actually about the web, not the toolbars. Windows users – STAYAWAY FROM SAFARI. Safari and iTunes run great on a mac, but Windows is a whole different story.

Image Manipulation

Windows gave their very simple application a very simple name, Paint. This program offers little functianality in even resizing images. As an alternative, I recommend Paint.NET, the photoshop for noobs. Paint.NET is very easy to use yet it adds amazing functianality.

Ok, I’m sure I havn’t covered everything, but that should get you started. Have fun with your new PC,

Dylan

Everyday ’09

November 28, 2008

Hey guys,

I released ED09 a couple of days ago. It’s turning out really well. I’ve added Merriam-Websters online dictionary to the search box and YouTube search is coming in the next release (1.3).  Also in the next release, SmartStart will have made it’s way into more ED09 programs, possibly Wake, and will be customizable.  Anyways check it out at the project website and tell me what you think.

www.CodePackage.com/Everyday

Dylan

Yup! I decided to give Everyday ’09 one last thing before it’s launch on Dec. 3, a full pledged full time (had to put that in there:) ) search bar! Although it’s default search engine is Google, you can search using Yahoo!, and Windows Live. You can also search for articles on Wikipedia or something to buy on Amazon. Cool, huh? Also whenever you open the ED09 panel, then search bar is already active, so all you have to do is simply start typing and press the ‘enter’ button on your keyboard to see your results. Here are some screen shots for y’all.

http://screencast.com/t/v8SCoZ90ZAa

http://screencast.com/t/v8SCoZ90ZAa

Tell me what you think,

Dylan

Wake 2 released!

October 16, 2008

Hey guys I have just now released Wake 2. Features like Library are soon to come, along with a complete online tutorial. Anyways in Wake 2 I finally finished the file extensions. This means that you can simply double click any Wake document to open it in Wake, like you would a .DOC file to open it in MS Word. wow that code was so hard to figure out, but in the end it seemed kind of simple and it was like “Duh!!!!!!!!!”.

Excerpts and Edit is implemented in Wake 2, and Library is soon to come.

Incase you don’t know what Wake is, check it out at my website. http://www.CodePackage.com/software/wake.html.

There are also some videos at the ED09 Project site. http://www.CodePackage.com/everyday

Ok ya’ll have a good weekend,

Dylan

The new iTunes 8 comes packed with great new stuff, like Genius. One thing I found interesting that not many people have found is the new visualizer. Like I’m laughing at Windows Media Player now, this visualizer is spectacular! Like when you’re playing one of those songs that start out nice and easy and then just crash down on you with rock, the visualizer does just such a great job,, I can’t explian it you’ll need to see this stuff for yourself. Yeah so go to Apple.com/iTunes and download the new iTunes. Here are some screenshots I took.

https://dylant.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/visualizer2.png

https://dylant.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/visualizer1.png

Enjoy,

Dylan