jQuery Test

I have lots of experiments for jQuery that I made years ago.
I wonder if they are helpful to anyone.  Feel free to use:

http://www.commadot.com/jquery/

jQuery for WordPress 2.1

I have lots of experiments for jQuery that I made years ago.
I wonder if they are helpful to anyone. Feel free to use:

http://www.commadot.com/jquery/

WordPress 2.1

Ok, I FINALLY upgraded my WordPress 2.0.2 to 2.1.  I was so scared of messing it up, but apparently it worked fine.  I just followed the instructions.   It’s got lots of improvements. I am pleased that it was so painless.   The UI for the 2.1 release is pretty much the same. I hate waiting to upgrade.

I was getting annoyed with Powweb for not doing the upgrade for me.

In other technology news.  My Windows Vista Home Premium Editions are on the way.  Katie is going to get upgraded to Vista.  Please god, do not let the machine fall apart!

FireBug

http://www.getfirebug.com/

This plugin is just awesome for Firefox. It does everything I want to help figure out how a page is put together.  I suggest it for every developer out there.

Other software stuff:  Adobe Photoshop CS3 looks cool.  I was playing around with it at Penny's house.  She is using it for creating patterns for weaving.  Specifically, we played around with the stamp tool.  Photoshop is so deep.  So many features.  It's kind of scary. 

Also, getting close to Vista launch.  I am planning on upgrading Katie and I.  I hope it doesn't break her whole machine.  She will be mad. 

TurboTax Tests

Some of the UX Designs I made for TurboTax are going live.  

I HAD temporary links.  Some people at Intuit who shall remain nameless have objected to showing them. So I am going to make local copies and host them myself.  The test is also delayed, so I will wait a little bit to put them up.

Personal note:  These are websites people.  We are not solving world hunger.  Let’s not make a big deal about triffles.  The world is not going to end.

They are both pretty good.  I think they both have a good chance of beating the control.  But based on previous tests, I think version B will be better.  The reason is that version C didn’t do what I intended.  You STILL have to choose a product.  But the C test makes that harder.  If you didn’t have to choose a product, then C might have had a chance.  I am pretty confident about it, B will be better than C because C still needs to choose a product.

B is more literal and therefore will win.

Obviously, these are going to be compared to http://turbotax.intuit.com

Let me know what you think.  I need to try and make a copy of them for the portfolio.

My gifted boys

The three of them are doing great.  Ethan is reading chapter books like The Hobbit!  He is also doing 3rd grade math, like long multiplication.  I taught him how to read a clock in one sitting.  Jared is starting to read phonics books.  Katie tells me the other parents think Jared is naturally gifted in athletics.  Matthew, who has been impressing parents with his expertise on the Razor Scooter, has upgraded to a bicycle with training wheels.  Today was his 4th trip to the park with me to practice.  He can steer now and pedal on his own.  Each time he gets better and better.

Today, we watched the Indy Colts beat the New England "Evil-Doers" patriots. What a game!!!  The Colts were down 21-3 in the first quarter!  They made an unbelievable comeback to win it 38-34!  I wish that was the superbowl.  It was a classic game.  Just awesome!

During the game, all three boys were wrestling and beating each other to a pulp.  My voice is hoarse from trying to separate them.  They are like magnets to each other.  I am trying to teach Ethan the fundamentals of leadership, especially with his brothers.  I think he can be a superstar, but he needs to learn teamwork and how to inspire other people.

Example:  Jared was noted for being able to do a thing in gymnastics.  Ethan says, "I could do that too!"  He needs to learn to be encouraging to his brother and friends.

Overall, I am so thrilled by the three of them.  I can't wait until Matthew is potty-trained and they can all play tennis a little better.  I am really excited for the day when Matt and I play Ethan and Jared and it's competitive!

Big Brother

How awesome is this?!?

It's a view of Microsoft Live that has a flyby photo of my house.  Super resolution!  This is way better than Google Maps!

Pictures

Ok, so I redirected http://pictures.kokopop.com to go to the new place.  I like it, but I still have some reservations.  Plus we need to tag and upload about 6 gigs of photos.  Ugh!

Additionally, I am getting a little annoyed with PowWeb.  The speed seems to be getting slower and slower.  Plus they still haven't upgraded WordPress 2.0.2 to 2.0.7!  Why aren't they upgrading??

I am working on a cool user interface right now to create html pages.  Lots of detail to think about.

2007 Prediction

This may be the only prediction of its kind in the world.

Vinny Testaverde will replace Tom Brady this playoff season at some point and lead the New England Patriots to a Superbowl win.  Tom Brady will probably be taken out with a hamstring or related leg injury.  Thus, Vinny will secure his legacy and earn a place in the Football Hall of Fame.  Vinny Testaverde will be remembered for being the oldest man ever to play football.

Previous prediction regarding Vinny in 2004.

Picasa Plan Part Three

Check out this: http://picasaweb.google.com/glenlipka

Ok, so it would cost me for the storage.  They have a really crappy deal in comparison to Flickr.  But I am REALLY happy with the way Picasa integrates with it.  I can add captions or fix red-eye and upload JUST that one single photo and the thumbnail would fix itself.

The only downsides are 1) the cost and 2) no folders.  SO I would basically upload all of the photos flat in the home directory.  I wonder if that would look like crap?

Is it worth the money?  I would basically be looking at $25/year for 6.25 gigs.  I think I need more space than that, but probably would be fine if I started deleting lame pix.