A Bit of Transparency – Dave Shea discusses his implementation of semi-transparency in his site design.
Archives for October 2004
Slide Show Beta 2
Eric Meyer has created a standards-based slide show system – think PowerPoint on the Web. Good stuff.
An article on CNN, discusses the possibilities of an “October surprise” that could impact the presidential election. Entitled, Campaigns worry about last-minute surprise, the story provides a brief recap of past surprises (including some that didn’t materialize) as well as some that could well have an impact on this election.
Top 100 requested drinks
OS X Annoyances & Solutions
As I make the switch (slowly) to OS X, I keep discovering new and exciting things about the operating system. Occasionally though, I find some annoying aspects that impede my progress, and cause me to question my desire to shift platforms. In addition to the fact that HP hasn’t bothered to write OS 10.3 drivers for our scanner (HP 5370c), which we specifically bought because it was friendly to both platforms, I have run into a problem with using a USB trackball on our fileserver, which runs 10.2.8.
Luckily, in both cases there appear to be independent developers solving the problem.
The TWAIN SANE Interface for Mac OS X makes use of the existing SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) project, which was originally developed for LINUX. I haven’t tested it yet, but I have hope.
USB Trackball/Mouse Drivers
According to a thread at macosxhints the trackball problem can be solved with the purchase of a shareware driver called USB Overdrive. The project site provides a great summary of the software’s purpose:
The USB Overdrive X is a driver for Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later (including Panther) that handles any USB mouse, trackball, joystick and gamepad from any manufacturer and lets you configure them either globally or on a per-application basis.
I look forward to trying it out with a Microsoft Trackball Explorer.
I will post the results of both tests soon.
That Wicked Worn Look
That Wicked Worn Look – Cameron Moll demonstrates “a few techniques for producing realistic aging and weathering” in your graphic designs.