Friday, October 17, 2008

BlakeNet Status Update

The BlakeNet status to the right has been updated to fix the loadtime and caching issues. JavaScript is required to see the active status.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Random Staffer Reopened

The old bane of my existence has been sitting on my todo list for a while now. The other day, I felt the urge to do something productive. Whats more productive than sleeping all day, you ask? Working on Random Staffer. As anyone who is a follower of my work knows, this program was a thorn in my side from day 1. It was originally built in Visual Basic .NET and the printing aspect was handled by Java. I decided this time around, I would rewrite the whole thing from the ground up completely in Java. Expect milestones to be posted as I go, along with maybe some source code and working pre-releases/finals. No ETC as of yet.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Battle Poverty One Webpage At A Time

As a part of Blog Action Day 08, Im going to discuss how you can fight poverty. Since this blog more or less targets web designers, I figure Ill list some sites that offer buttons, badges, banners, and the like that when clicked or bought send money to charitable organizations.

MakeHope Button Store - The official button of Blog Action Day 08. Buy one for your site, and youll be aiding the movement.
Make Poverty History - A collection of free banners for your site.
Poverty USA - In case your visitors live under a rock, add these banners to spread the word.
End Child Poverty - In the words of the now defunct BannersAgainstPoverty, "Be the change you wish to see."

These are just four of the most popular sites. There are countless others to choose from.

Web designers, today we are called upon to do our part in the eradication of this world-wide pandemic. With the economies toppling, prices skyrocketing, and unemployment rates at all-time highs, it is up to each and every one of us to do the right thing. We owe it to not only those afflicted by poverty, but also ourselves, as human beings, to do all that we can to improve the quality of life for everyone -- A world for the people, by the people, for everyone's benefit.