Many Pies

Many Pies

Friday, November 21, 2008

Portable audio Bible players

I've written about the megavoice before. Rob Baker has a round up of three portable audio Bible players. I saw the Saber a couple of days ago. It's very chunky. It's great to see some good solutions for getting the Bible as spoken word out away from main electricity.

Raiser's Edge sign


On a recent trip to our Belfast office I came across a Raiser's Edge, sorry Razors Edge shop sign.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Musings on "View Source"

It's not an original thought that View Source has greatly enhanced the beauty and usefulness of the web. I was thinking on it today because a little trick I came across
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What we have is a button which when you hover over it switches to display a different part of the button picture, which in this case displays the button text in a different colour. You can see it at: wycliffe.org.uk.

With the print medium to produce stuff you need decent software like Quark Express, which costs, as well as the money to print in colour, on nice paper. So not many people produce magazines and books. (I know we have the rise of DTP, but what that's done for the print medium is another discussion...)

Imagine if the web were the same - you had to buy Dreamweaver or equivalent to produce websites; you had to pay a significant ongoing cost to host your site. There would be no blogs, no personal websites on your free webspace from your ISP, no small company, small charity/school/church websites. A very different place.

Now imagine if you had View Source for print media. Imagine if it were easy to nick the layout used by Hello magazine, say, and put your own photos and text in. Imagine if you could print a run of a 100 of them for the price of a burger. You could do a special magazine for a wedding. Pamphlets and fanzines would be all over the place. Interesting to let your mind wander...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Busy Background Images

I thought busy background images were pretty dead until I came across this page with lots of juicy information about the Google Maps API.

And then as blogged about just now, boagworld has a nice bit of grass on it. Much easier on the eye.

Web design treasure trove

Yesterday I was told about boagworld, a veritable treasure trove of web design stuff. A podcast with stuff to read on the pages, a friendly forum. What more can you want? As the BBC say, other web design forums exist, but this is the first I've come across (because I haven't been looking) and it looks very useful.