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written by owen, 2008-Nov-18
Now that we at JTB have gone off somewhere(maybe to return again) I can voice my disgust at the recent redesign of VisitJamaica.com website without the fear of being fired or black listed. Now its not that the new website is bad, its just that it is a mere shadow of the previous website. And I'm not envious at the millions of dollars spent on it. I can imagine the tons of hours that were spent on that flash intro thing but not so much on the dept of the content of the website - I am by no means a "designer". But anyway I went off on a search for similar sites that I liked, a sorta faux internet vacation. If you want to go on your own internet vacation do a web search for "tourism site". I bring to you;
New Zealand - The best thing about this site is probably the movie in the heading (welcome to the youngest country on earth).
Bahamas - Now they may have more islands than us and more colors to choose from but you really only need one good island. no true?
Nassau Paradise Island - somehow related to the bahamas site. Oh yes its another island.
Hawaii - nice video stories
Maine - autumn?
Thailand - sometimes a busy site design is necessary shows that tings a gowan.
Singapore - white on red
Nova Scotia - Big pictures
Germany - white on gray. busy but at the same time clean. multi-lingual
Auckland - city of sails
I seemed to have liked a high percentage of websites with white backgrounds. High Quality Video also seem to add a extra something if it done well. And yes I would visit a country solely on its website as long as they speeck some English and are not currently being invaded by a foriegn country. With Japan being the exception because I need to be lost in translation.
written by owen, 2008-Sep-3
First Impressions on "Chrome"
It has no windows 2000 version :(
The fonts isn't at good looking as safari ( can't figure out whether the engine is khtml or mozilla ).
But OMFG! OMFG! OMFG! OMFG! it hot like fire.
It stole everything that is good about safari and opera.
The simplicity of it is astonishing. No Plugins, no settings, no toolbars, no need for a searchbox, dynamic status bar (hover over a link and it appears), nice searchable history page (its almost like a webpage as opposed to app controls).
Its like if gmail was a browser.
Chrome + google may take over the world. Google has the internet by the round things.
I'd have to test it on my 1.6 256 win2000 machine at home to see how it works but so far my tests it seems to be flying on all cylinders.
Tami commented: Better than Firefox?
I think the new Mozilla is a waste of Porgrammer time. It isnt at all enticing but i cant seem to get back my FF. Gonna try out chrome and see where it takes me. ... read 4 more
written by owen, 2008-Aug-5
Burns my soul. There tends to be too much stuff on the left and nothing on the right. Lots of clutter on the news feed.
Weird Lines around everything.
marangand commented: mine too..... [upset] ... read 5 more
written by owen, 2008-Jun-7
(old geeky stuff. ignore. I'm fixing up my projects page) Here are the links to my latest version of my GUI (GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE). It includes some old and new versions, just to display where the program is coming from - how the program has evolved and mostly because I change so much of the good stuff, in my program, each time I update it:
Exes and the sample code used to create (315 kb .zip)
Make sure you post a comment below before you leave. The definitions of the objects and the tpu files are available if you'd like to take a look at then, I don't really develope for the GUI alot currently but I do take some time and keep it uptodate every now and then by fixing bugs and adding new controls.
I have provided my minesweeper game object which you can try to inplement into your own programs(incomplete). If you have a object/control which I can incorporate in to my interface (such as a textbox control), I will gladly take a look at it because the GUI is build with programers in mind. The only external object added so far is the scrollbar object which was ported from a totally different GUI by Lennoi Anderson(who all so provided the mouse and screen units).
It was written this way to solve one problem that I have noticed whenever writing various types of programs. I won't tell ou what that is right now but it results in many changes at the low level of the program.
written in Tp7, provided by owen, although no problems should occur I must insist - use/download software at your own risk.
If you require addition info feel free to post a comment or email me at owensoft at gmail. but most of all post a comment!
-you can tab/shift throught most of the objects.
-full keyboard support on menu and other objects (I started building it in MSDOS and I didn't have access to a mouse most of the time so I had to build in very good keyboard support).
-objects currently include: dynamic menus (generated from a string variable), normal and adv buttons, frames (which you can tab through), collection object, linklist object, object-binder object, timer object, titlebar, clock, minesweeper app, scrollbar.
-all objects can be dragged, mouseover, mousedown, mouseup, mouseout and gotfocus/lost focus, and added to collections (menus, frames, lists, etc).
-all objects have two draw plains (which is how I can draw the menus without having them over written).
-you can't add a frame to a frame (will you can if you want to) this will result in the tab marker being trapped in the deepest frame (collection). Yeap you can tab down to it but you won't be able to leave unless you use the mouse. this bug is my main priority.
how can you help
-if you have any "windows like" controls or would like to write a program using the GUI email me!
- I also need a textbox control - like the one in windows
last updated friday, Jan 10 2003
Copyright (C) 2002 owen. All rights reserved. THIS CODE AND INFORMATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND/OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
SantoCrator commented: Hello,
Please upload source codes in other server? ... read 2 more
written by owen, 2008-Jun-2
How can you be building something for 5 years, have all the money in the whole-wide-world and mess it up? I told them to re-write everything from scratch, now that I look back, that was not such a good idea THEN!! But now - I don't know.
I (on the other hand) am still rocking MY LEGAL COPY OF WINDOWS 2000 and I'll like to tell Microsoft to stop trying to kill a perfectly good operating system - I'm watching you. I am not buying another operating system unless its at least GOOD or better than MacOSX. It runs fine on my 1.6 ghz Dell machine that I bought 4 years ago for 1300USD. I'm not going to buy a new machine just to surf the net. I have a wii, a dreamcast, a playstation, my neighbour has a PS3, and another neighbour has a 360 - PC GAMING IS DEAD - except for GTA 4 and FPSs. My pc wieghs like 20 pounds but I like it, its black and runs quite fine on 256 mb of ram - I bought a 19" flat panel for it just the other day - pimp my pc.
Whats wrong with software nowadays? Why you gotta be all up in my RAM? I remember the days when a user interface was simply colored characters on the screen - now - I think everything is running the UNREAL ENGINE 3. It hurts my heart to realise that no matter how much RAM or how fast the processor you put into windows you still have to wait on stuff to happen. The new moto should be "its thinking".
I have this HD version of the Matix 2 trailer on my machine from just before the movie came out, which is basically 1000-something by 700-something. I remember specifically the point where Trinity would jump through the window into a free fall and my quicktime player would drop frames like a mother. Fast forward 2 years later I installed the new version of the Quicktime player - same machine - same ram - same everything - plays SMOOTH AS BUTTER. See? An improvement not just in features but "efficiency".
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