Crossover Mac

by cdwise 28. October 2008 23:41

The folks over at promised if gas prices dropped below $2.79 in their metro area they would give away their software for free for one day.

Well, today is the day so if you have a Mac or a Linux machine you world like to run windows programs or games on without installing Windows in a dual boot or critical machine go to and download Your choice of Crossover Mac or Crossover Linux. You can also get the version that lets you play games.

I got my copy for my MacBook Thank you for your law duck over!

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by cdwise 24. October 2008 21:28

No, in this case I'm not talking about the sort of vision one need to create a great web page but the everyday what you see out of your eyes. Almost 20 years ago I had surgery on my eyes which was one of greatest changes in my life. Before the surgery I would get massive headaches if I wasn't wearing contact lenses because the vision in my eyes was too far apart. The left eye prescription was -8.5 in contacts while the right was -4.25. To put those numbers in perspective my "good" eye was approximately 20/400 and legally blind is 20/200. With contact lenses my vision was correctable to roughly 20/30 however with glasses about the best I could get was 20/50 and usually had a nasty headache due to the differences between the lenses on each side of the glasses.

After surgery I had 20/25 in my good eye and 20/30 in the "bad" one. Everything was great for many years but eye surgery doesn't prevent your eyes from aging naturally as mine have.  My eyes have somewhat reversed themselves so that what was "good" eye now is significantly less sharp than the other" so the headaches have been coming back. My eye surgeon is that my eyes are healthy and a good candidate for a "touch-up" and there have been quite a few advances in the last 20 years. So unlike 20 years ago when I return home later today while my eyes will be somewhat light sensitive I won't have a patch over my eyes and should be able to see better than when I walk in for the surgery in approximately two hours. Also, unlike last time where reading or using a computer was restricted for a week I am only "banned" from using a computer for 36 hours. I may actually try to go the whole weekend without using the computer so see you next week.



Q & A Livemeeting

by cdwise 24. October 2008 01:34

Well we had our first test of using Livemeeting for a question and answer session. Seems when I posted the link here it was the "presenters" link so everyone attending was a presenter which made things interesting. For those of you who asked if we would be recording it the answer is "I tried" but most of the recording is black, sigh.

I did save the whiteboard with links and some notes on what sort to topics we should consider for future live meetings which I will cleanup so they are readable since some used the drawing tools before discovering the typing tool option. I'll post those over in the forum so you can comment or add to the links and topics if you choose.

For those of you who missed it we talked about workflow, how to use css better and some shortcut ways of doing things that might not be as easily discovered as you would hope. Anyway, we'll try it again sometime in the future after my new computer arrives since it is pretty clear that Livemeeting doesn't like the screen resolution or video card in this tablet. Hopefully, we will see you then.

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MS Expression Forums & Safari

by cdwise 23. October 2008 01:27

Okay, I know there aren't that many people using a Mac in the MS Expression Web forum but there are a few who are using Expression Web using Parallels, VMware Fusion or Bootcamp, and there certainly must be a fair number of Mac users in the Expression Media section since it is the only program in the suite that comes in a Mac native version but there really is no excuse for tread previewing not to work in Safari.

Like most good front-end web developers and designer I test my sites on the major browsers on both a Mac and  a PC. I'm sitting here typing on my MacBook and went to check this forum only to discover that the thread preview arrow doesn't work in Safari.

Come on Microsoft, as the company that sells one of the most popular applications for the Mac (Office for Mac) doesn't make their forum software fully Mac compatible, especially when one of the programs the forum supports is a Mac native program? Especially, when the primary selling point of Expression Web and Silverlight is that they are cross platform web standard.

While you are at it how about:

Improving the speed of the forum?

Fixing login issues, where you type a reply hit submit and get logged out (okay it is only occasionally but it should never happen.)

Add the ability to do everything in the Ajax preview/reply that you can do if you open separate threads to reply.

Fix the "notify" option so it actually notifies you to changes to the thread selected AND doesn't cause the submit button to fail 50% of the time.

Speaking of submit button failures when notify of changes is selected, why does that cause the post to appear not to post or even throw an error that says it was not submitted yet result in multiple posts of the same response?

I could go on about the problems with the Expression Web forums but I think I'll stop now beyond asking why in the world Microsoft changed the url so that it now starts with "social" 

When I want to be social I call friends, go out to dance, to a pub, to dinner, out for a spin on my Vespa or if I want to be social on the web I'll go over to Twitter [] or Facebook or one of the other social networks and check in with friends across the net. I won't go to a technical forum, sigh. 

 Update: after running software update on my MacBook the dropdowns are now working. I also cleared my browser cache. Worder if this is another Forum-javascript-cacke issue or if the probelm will depend on which version of Safari you are running on your Mac?


Expression Web | Web Design | Web Browsers

Live Meeting- Expression Web Q & A

by cdwise 22. October 2008 08:11

Not long ago I obtained a Microsoft Live Meeting account but I have not yet had time to really learn how to learn how to use it. On more than one occasion I have discussed with Pat Geary and Tina Clarke the idea of hosting a Live Meeting where people can ask questions and get answers in real time.

So we would like to invite you to join a live question and answers session on Expression Web, this is a beta Q & A Session using Microsoft Live Meeting. If you have not attended a live meeting before you will need to arrive early and install the live meeting software if you wish to be able to ask questions using a headset or microphone attached to your computer. Note we strongly suggest that you use a headset and mute your microphone when you are not asking a question to avoid feedback from your computer speakers.
If you choose to use the web client you will be limited to typing your questions.
Note this live conference will be limited to a maximum of 50 attendees so I would recommend getting the software and installing it before the meeting starts to make sure you get a seat.

Note that if you use the link more than 15 minutes before the meeting you are unlikely to find anyone there.

When: Thursday, October 23, 2008 10 am Central Daylight Time
Where: Join the meeting. no more than 30 minutes before the meeting starts

Computer Audio
To use computer audio, you need speakers or a headset. We request that you do not use a microphone unless it is part of a headset to avoid feedback into the system.
First Time Users:
To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.
Unable to join the meeting? Follow these steps:

1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:

2. Copy and paste the required information:
Meeting ID: P4DM2R
Entry Code: 7:!dsD-qH

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support

Microsoft Office Live Meeting can be used to record meetings. By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.



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