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    September 2008

    Book Making from 1947

    This is a fascinating “How did they do it” from 1947. The movie features all of the moving parts for a book to be produced and mass-manufactured. I found the “type setter” job fascinating. I remember going to “Blackcreek Pioneer Village” and hand typsetting a small poem onto paper. It was a real pain. I […]

    Directly responding to Apple’s campaign is weak. It’s playing Pepsi to Apple’s Coke, Burger King to Apple’s McDonald’s. It’s an explicit acknowledgement that Microsoft is the second-place brand.

    John Gruber makes an excellent point. It’s almost like MS is asking Apple not to make fun of them anymore.

    Of Drupal Woes

    [UPDATE: 10/16/2008] I take back most of what I think about the Zen Theme.  The more I poked around, the more I “got it”.  Great job by the guys at Lullabot. I’ve taken the last week and a half exploring Drupal. Some people say it’s the Cat’s Meow, but I say that it still needs a […]

    In the long term, we think of Chromium as a tabbed window manager or shell for the web rather than a browser application. We avoid putting things into our UI in the same way you would hope that Apple and Microsoft would avoid putting things into the standard window frames of applications on their operating systems.

    From Google’s User Experience section of Chrome’s development guide. Via daringfirball

    Google chrome isn’t a browser, it’s the next platform for web applications.

    Why are Drupal themes so unspectacular

    I don’t intend for this to be trolling, but I was googling the term “Drupal is ugly” looking for why most of the themes which are formally submitted to are so, umm, un-inspiring. This found an interesting blog post from a well known Drupal developer AND designer who quit his involvement earlier this year.  The post […]

    Drupal Theming Sucks

    Clearly the developers of Drupal, a leading opensource Content Management Framework, are not designers. When they have to publish a 250-page book on theming Drupal—it means it is too hard.

    Pixels & Widgets

    A blog by Tai Toh