Template Designers Inspiration

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A bunch of links for template designers taken from silverstripe.org

http://kuler.adobe.com – Kuler is a great color scheming tool
http://blog.html.it/layoutgala/ – 40 super cool CSS layouts for you to use
http://designmeltdown.com – Great gallery of websites. Browse through and get inspired.
http://validator.w3.org/ – Your template must pass ‘or get near’ validation.
http://famfamfam.com/lab/icons/ – free, beautiful icons.
http://cssremix.com – Another CSS site gallery for inspiration.
http://www.maxdesign.com.au/presentation/process/ – a good process for creating a design

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TextMate Becomes Open Source

My favourite Mac-OS-X text editor just became Open Source. Developer Allan Odgaard announced this in a blog post. The sources of version 2 of TextMate that are still considered Alpha are now available on Github.

The choice of license is GPL 3 for now.  Anything related to the code base, including contributions, can be discussed at the textmate-dev list or #textmate on freenode.net.

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Problem Steps Recorder

Just discovered a really great tool that comes as part of Windows 7, the Problem Steps Recorder. It allows to record user interaction to a document allowing to reproduce and document a problem.
Therefor it takes a screenshot of every user action highlighting the focus areas of the ongoing interaction with a colored frame. Also it provides an automatically generated textual description of every step.  Everything is stored in an MHTML container a custom Microsoft archive format that contains HTML as well as the screenshots in one single file that can be viewed with Internet Explorer. Several solutions to convert this file exist if Internet Explorer is not your favorite tool.

To launch it just type “psr” at the prompt in the Windows start menu.

 

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QR Code Embedded Images

QR Code with embeded image

QArt Coder is an online tool that allows to embed images into QR Codes.

QR codes are 2-dimensional bar codes that encode arbitrary text strings. A common use of QR codes is to encode URLs so that people can scan a QR code (for example, on an advertising poster, building roof, volleyball bikini, belt buckle, or airplane banner) to load a web site on a cell phone instead of having to “type” in a URL.

QR codes are encoded using Reed-Solomon error-correcting codes, so that a QR scanner does not have to see every pixel correctly in order to decode the content. The error correction makes it possible to introduce a few errors (fewer than the maximum that the algorithm can fix) in order to make an image. QArt Coder exploits that to embed an image into the QR code.

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Rebuilding mega cities pixel by pixel

Several chinese web services like Dushiquan are rebuilding Chinas mega cities pixel by pixel creating a google-map like application in sim-city style. Strangely beautiful.

[via spiegel.de]

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