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Feb 16

Yeti and Penguin game… The sequel

1 comments 2004 at 12.03 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Always hard to get back to work on Monday isn’t it? More difficult then the first game, you got to have better hand-eye coordination. No smacking with a bat this time but some darts instead.  You have several penguins on the island to throw at the dartboard, you do it by throwing a snowball at the jumping penguin. Again a cool concept. At the time of posting, my best score was 402 ;-) Time to play the game

Yeti game part II

Feb 14

Happy Valentine’s Day!

4 comments 2004 at 03.19 am posted by Veerle Pieters

In the spirit of Valentine, why don't you surprise your lover with a nice Valentine's desktop! It's also my way to say thanks to all my visitors.

Maybe you did something original to surprise your partner today? Don't hesitate to share with us :-)

valentine's desktop

Download desktop:

Hope you all have a great weekend. See you back on Monday ;-)

Feb 13

Colors make half of your design, here is some advice

22 comments 2004 at 01.40 am posted by Veerle Pieters

When designing a website from scratch, one of the first things that keeps you busy is defining the colors you will use. Sometimes finding the right colors can take some time. First you think about the purpose of the product or company to define the shades. For instance if it has something to do with nature you think about green shades. Then there is the factor that one might like the combination of colors but others don’t, you have to try to figure out what the client would like. Or if it’s your personal blog then it should be your favorites shades of color.

Feb 12

Microsoft: Oops! We Did It Again

6 comments 2004 at 05.53 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Are you using Windows then you better fire up Windows update because you guessed it: there's another security leak. The flaw is no small one because it was discovered last year in July and it took Microsoft until Tuesday to release a patch. It affected the root of Windows operating system.

"This is one of the most serious Microsoft vulnerabilities ever released," said Marc Maiffret of eEye Digital Security of Aliso Viejo, California, which discovered the new Windows flaws. "The breadth of systems affected is probably the largest ever. This is something that will let you get into Internet servers, internal networks, pretty much any system."

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said a few weeks back in London that users of obscure systems like MacOS X and Linux have to be careful in the future. YEAH right! More details in this Wired article.

iTunes Music Store Europe facing more delays?

7 comments 2004 at 01.52 am posted by Veerle Pieters

According to the rumor mill Apple is still facing some heavy red tape in bringing the Music Store over to Europe. The original target was to get it in place in the first half of 2004. The European Union wants us to believe that Europe is one unity but this proves them more then wrong. So what’s the hold up? Well, Apple wants a European-wide deal to provide a consistent and uniform Music Store. However, regional licensing fees and distribution of those fees remain to be an obstacle. In other words everybody wants to fill their pockets and nobody sees the greater good.


In the mean time they’re still losing money. A few months ago Apple past the 30 Million mark in the US alone, so are those decision makers really that blind? It should be clear that regional stores are not the answer here. A lot of songs in the US store are interesting for me, like all those great songs from the 80’s. I love the 80’s btw. A direct result of all this is that the launch-goal may fall as far back as August 2004… but this remains a moving target. I am ready to buy and I think a lot of others too but this is becoming a joke isn’t it?

Feb 11

Are you in the market for a new cms tool?

5 comments 2004 at 12.42 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Tired of movable type because of its limits? Then you’re in luck because pMachine just released a next-generation publishing system. Over more then a year in the making and built with the idea to be the most flexible, modular, and scalable web publishing system on the planet. The newborn’s name is ExpressionEngine. I am currently checking out this tool because it sounds so diverse and powerful. With its support for data modeling, web services, work-flow, dynamic data caching, nested category trees, and much more, ExpressionEngine gives you the firepower to create a weblog with zero compromises.

Feb 10

Maintenance at Level3

2 comments 2004 at 11.31 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Just a short post to let you know that our server will be down for a few minutes (depending on how smooth everything goes) due to a 10 seconds power loss at Level3. I don’t know exactly when this will happen but our server admin is on site to keep downtime to a minimum. Sorry for the inconvenience :-(

Firefox 0.8, for Mac and Windows

13 comments 2004 at 03.16 am posted by Veerle Pieters has released Firefox 0.8 (formerly Firebird), the latest version of its lightweight Web browser for Mac OS X and Windows. I am greatly surprised about the quality work that has gone into this release. For instance the first thing you’ll notice is the cool new logo for the app.

Feb 09

What’s your idea on Flash websites?

12 comments 2004 at 02.53 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I don’t know about you but I kind of have a mixed feeling about Flash. I think Flash is really great, you can do awesome things with it and from a creative point of view you got the feeling that the sky is the limit. I would never doubt to use Flash for the creation of business presentations or other interactive projects like games or even CD-ROMs. But in fact Flash’s main purpose is web development. In fact Flash has evolved to a standalone web tool and is perfect for Rich Internet Applications.

Feb 07

It’s weekend so let’s play

5 comments 2004 at 05.57 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I came across another amazingly good looking game. When you check it out you would expect that it was made in Macromedia Director with its 3D engine but it’s not, it’s in Flash! You take place behind the wheel in some sort of a buggy and have to drive on all kinds of different grounds.

If you’re a fan of Flash you’ll find this game mind blowingly cool ;-)

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