The invention of Web 3.0

August 8th, 2007

Read/Write Web features video of Google CEO Eric Schmidt talking about Web 3.0.

According to Schmidt, Web 2.0 was based on AJAX technology. Web 3.0 will be about building smaller applications and linking them together. Smaller apps can run on different devices, ranging from computers to cell phones, and can be “distributed virally” through email and social networks.

Computer applications would no longer be something you take out of a cardboard box or plastic jewel case and install using a CD. You would receive them from friends and co-workers through your Gmail or Facebook account.

From my viewpoint, parts of Web 3.0 are already here. Do you know anyone who installed Itunes or Instant Messenger on their computer from a CD?

Smashing Magazine picks top 80 professional fonts

August 7th, 2007

It can be maddening to pick the right font for a corporate website or brochure. The urge is there to do something creative and unique, but the look has to be polished and professional. Do you give up and fall back to using Helvetica or Times for the umpteenth time?

Smashing Magazine offers help in the form of a list of the top 80 professional fonts. The familiar favorites are there: Helvetica, Frutiger, and Univers. There are others you might not have considered.

Not happy with this list? Smashing also features a link to the German site 100 Best Fonts.

A new template…again…and a new post!

August 2nd, 2007

I’ve fixed up the template and added some new links. I added links to YouTube videos, my PageFlakes pages, and another blog I use to test Blogger’s news features. My YouTube and Delicious accounts will be filling up with links migrating from my other accounts.

The Charles Gnilka Blog Laboratory is my other project. I like WordPress, but Google is improving their Blogger blog platform. The Google team is adding new features to Blogger and their recent purchase of Feedburner will be a valuable asset.

I have been researching what the future of blogging will be. With Twitter and Facebook gaining users and building new communities, the blog landscape is changing.

While new bloggers are appearing every day, I have seen some of my favorite bloggers shut down their blogs and move on to other pursuits. They are still online and using the Internet to communicate, but for one reason or another they felt their current blogs had run their course.

Other bloggers felt burned out by the stress of writing and felt they were not measuring up to their blogging goals. When blogging feels like a chore, then it probably is best to give it a rest.

While looking through YouTube videos I found a clip of Ray Bradbury talking about the art of writing. While he is speaking about writing novels and short stories, I’m sure his advice could appeal to blogs as well.

The digital dark age?

July 10th, 2007

Photoshop News features a link to a BBC story on the looming “digital dark age”. According to the story, thousands of digital files are lost each year because newer computers can’t open them. While paper can sit on a shelf for years without losing information, files stored on floppy discs or other media are lost because the computers that made them are obsolete. The cost to business is calculated to be in the billions.

Life, death, and your iPhone

July 8th, 2007

While I usually read the Get Rich Slowly blog for financial tips, an entry from last Friday focuses on the nature of life, death, and money.

My favorite quote: When you’re lying on your deathbed, you won’t think, “Damn! I got an iPhone.” You’ll remember your friends, and you’ll remember the experiences you’ve had.

The luckiest day ever

July 7th, 2007

Today is July 7th of 2007 or 7/7/07. There are couples getting married and lottery players lining up to buy tickets because this is supposed to be the luckiest day ever.

I think I managed to catch some of that luck. Over the weekend I built a new computer, installed Windows XP, and got it all running with very few hangups, hardware/driver issues, or other problems.

I have a lot of posting to catch up on and several half-written entries sitting in my drafts folder. I have nearly 2 months of writing to catch up on. I’ll need all the luck I can get.

During the time I have not been posting I have learned a great deal about WordPress, SEO, and graphic design. I have a lot to share in the coming days.

I have also made changes to the template for this blog. I will be posting about how I came to certain decisions about how this blog should look and what my goals are.

The best of luck to everyone on this July 7th.

Web designers get little respect

May 3rd, 2007

Jeffery Zeldman writes about how web designers are invisible to most companies. He calls it “Death by ORG chart”. While the importance of web design and services is growing, there is little recognition or respect for those who do the work.

Installed a new template

April 30th, 2007

I modified the default Kubrick template with some new graphics and styles. The WordPress site helped me make the changes, including some PHP code to make the header graphic switch when the blog is refreshed.

Creating a multi-column layout in CSS

March 13th, 2007

I mentioned before in a previous post that there are dozens of tutorials on creating a multi-column layout in CSS, but I only needed ONE that worked.

A List Apart features another outstanding tutorial on creating clean and elastic multi-column layouts.

If you know of a better tutorial or have your own code to make a multi-column layout, feel free to post a link to it in the comments or email me at blog AT gnilka DOT com.

Keep your digital camera lenses clean

March 13th, 2007

Digital Photography School offers advice on keeping the lenses of your digital camera clean. The tips range from using a UV filter on your lens to prevent scratches, to putting silica gel desiccants in your camera bag to absorb moisture.