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Apple’s new website

Apple.com has been revitalised in the nick of time. Just yesterday I was wondering just how long they have had that Apple tab setup, really getting tired.

What is the new theme? Soft texture, less foreground in the site, most of the shine is on their products now.

The front page is dominating. Remember when Microsoft released their new website for Vista? You can hardly find vista on the front page now. It sucks that bad. Here you see the Leopard just dominating the page:

Apple’s new front page

Now let’s see the Mac page, which has a great sliding navigation control that I am calling… linked…slider..thing. No. Wait.

Sliding tab… scroll bar… slidebar… linkbarslider…. thing. It slides like a horizontal scrollbar, or scrolls… and it also is linked… marked… yeah. Just look at the pic, and visit apple.com/mac

Apple Mac Page

So the links are on the bar… and… like… wow. It works great. Hrm. WordPress’ thumbnaily generatory thingy has died. I like the design, love the way they have gone forward, the spacing is great, the areas well defined, I would say that the front page of the download section does need a little more focus.

I like it. Then you have some nice sections at the top, quite clear, let’s look at the iPhone page:

Apple’s iPhone page

Hrm, no thumbnail option for that in my post.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

CSS – Beautifully Numbered Lists.

update: dugg. CSS version not placed here because wordpress editor doesn’t allow all that stuff. I think. This doesn’t validate, but it works, I will clean it up, thanks for suggestions! Take it if it works, needs improvement, no need to credit/ask permission of course.

I just made some beautifully numbered lists using dl, dt and dd tags inside a ol li structure. Some snappy CSS later, plus some IE 5/5.5/6.0 hackz and you have a beautiful css list.

Sexy isn't it baby

Here is the code:

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Posted by on February 22, 2006 in Look What I Found, Uncategorized

 

Computer Game Graphics Evolution

fig1: Project Gotham Racing 3

I love how computer graphics have evolved over time. From my first impressions of 8 bit games, to imagining the possibilities with Duke Nukem’s ability to look up and down.

Since then I have tracked many areas of artificial environments, and how to make them as realistic as possible using as little resources, and importantly as little specification of contraints as possible. Realistic organic, urban or alien* environments, without necessarily designing every blade of grass.

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas was a game that really made me wake up that others were actually pushing this direction with finesse. Large open expanses look interesting with light dabs of foliage, all designed to gel together. This aspect of realistic environments really interests me.

Another is photorealistic rendering – such is the direction of Project Gotham Racing 3. Using many cues from the human visual system and our optics, they have blurred out the background, applied motion blur to objects etc.

By removing visual fidelity the scene become more realistic, as we are used to imperfections, blurs and distortions.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

Geo Bookmarking aka geomark

I write software for PDA’s, and one concept that I have not seen anywhere else (a google pulls up 5 results) is geo-bookmarking.

I came up with this idea after a string of moderately successful nights out, involving a number of restaurants ranging from *thinks* $50 a head to about $150 a head, in downtown.

I would love to get restaurant reviews about restaurants near me, and suggestions too, that is nothing new, people are trying to do localised searches, and it is a no-brainer to cross lookup data about them.

But how do you get all that data into the intarwebnet?

Geobookmarking, or geomarks, often called landmarks in the realworld, allows you to press a button, and enter your text, photo, or voice media that is associated with that geomark.

Now, geomarks can be related via meta tags (all historic sites in London) or category (restaurants), or actual location and optional search queries.

Now the fun part is entering this stuff. You can make trails of geomarks, geotrails… or points of interest. Boooring.

The real fun is bookmarking shops, restaurants, open spaces, interesting views, memories, and personal notes. Not all geomarks should be public. I can think of many places where geomarking would help me, here is one:

geomark1092: back of sofa
item: car keys d’oh!

Of course, GPS cannot give you that accuracy right now, nor availability indoors come to think of it.

On a mass scale, people being able to enter location, temporal, and qualitative data would open up a rich ‘review’ society. People of similar interests can use similar tags to describe their posts, and a google search for these types of data, perhaps using GoogleBase extensions, would give this flight.

So, geomarking, geobookmarking, geo-bookmarking, whatever, you heard it here first!

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2005 in Technology, Uncategorized

 
 
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