May 2007

Google Maps Street View

Wow!  This is unbelievable.  Check out the new preview of Google Maps – Street View.  Here is a picture of the old Koko Interactive offices.  This is where Katie and I lived when we first met.  It has El Camino Real.  I can’t believe they did this.  I believe that within 10 years, we will have high res graphics of most of the US from ground level.  Look Arinell’s Pizza,...

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Book Writing Weekend and PNG fixes

I skipped Memorial day festivities this weekend to focus on writing the book and preparing the presentation for AjaxExperience 2007.  I was pretty productive, but felt I could have been more so.  It was hard to maintain focus.  There was always the waiting distraction of food, break or sidetrack.  I felt like SpongeBob Squarepants when he had to write an essay for boating school.  Mrs. Puff canceled the assignment, but...

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Ajax Experience 2007

I am working now on my Ajax Experience 2007 presentation.  Title: jQuery for Designers. You can see my bio and presentation abstract on their site: http://ajaxexperience.techtarget.com/west/html/speakers.html#GLipka The presentationis moving along, although I definetely feel nervous.  I haven’t spoken to an audience in a long, long time.  I feel passion for the subject, but it’s been a while.  My presentation skills are rusty.  Even practicing with myself and Powerpoint I find...

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Windows Server 2008

Information provided by Betanews.com. I read the top ten new features of Windows Server 2008.  To sum them up: runs a little faster crashes a little less lots of enterprise benefits nice things for people who hate the mouse (a.k.a Linux people). The runs a little faster ad crashes a little less sounds fine.  The enterprise benefits are not relevant to me.  (Hooray for people who run thousand+ person organizations.) ...

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jQuery Forms

I have been working on some forms for Marketo. Mostly shopping cart stuff to get signed up. It’s been a while since I really dove into jQuery to do some deep interaction design. Take a look at my prototype. [UPDATED to Joerns Link] It uses the Masked Input Plugin.  I like this plugin alot and used to do something similar with my inlineError form.  However, I think I will switch...

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35 and Still Alive

The kids sang to me this morning: Happy Birthday to you. You live in a zoo. You smell like a monkey, and you look like one too. Good boys. Today is a beautiful day. Predictions for Glen’s 35th year: Blake wins American Idol. Jets win Superbowl Glen wins Pulitzer for best non-fiction book.

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Debugging Notes

Some debugging complaints: Safari sucks.  There is no Firebug or IE Developer for Safari.  There is this thing called Webkit, but I can’t figure out how it works.  What the hell Apple?  Why do you have to be difficult?  No one wants Safari.  Safari has nothing special over other browsers.  It’s a pain in the ass to debug, and as a developer, I just don’t want more work to do...

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Marketo.com Launched

Marketo.com (The comapny I work for as UX Architect) is launching their flagship product and public site this week.  Uses a bunch of jQuery, Tabs Plugin, Validation Plugin and Scrolling Promo Effect.  Design was by (upon request).  HTML Production was done by NetKitchen and myself.  Overall, I think it’s a solid looking site. One thing I have started doing is using more PNG files with transparency.  You have to be careful...

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Exciting News

Exciting news: The book publisher has green lit my book. I am starting to write it now. It is about jQuery and how it empowers designers. I will give a better summary after I work on it for a little while. I get an advance and everything. The book will be made of physical paper that you can touch and feel. Exciting! AjaxExperience 2007 has accepted my proposal to be...

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New Host – LunarPages.com

I just finished moving my host from Powweb.  It went pretty smoothly, well, for the part that I did.  I still need to move all my other stuff. I chose LunarPages.com.  Speed, my number 1 concern looks solid.  FTP is very fast.  Much faster than Powweb.  Support took a while to pick up the phone and their hours are limited, but they eventually got there.  It’s a big company, like...

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