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Some scribbles as a warm-up for my latest pet project… create a full feature length animation in your free time. Ha ha ha ambitious… Once I have some more materials ready, I'll also reopen my website…
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If you check out some of the beginner tutorials on Blender here on YouTube you will find the learning curve isn't really that bad. I've seen worse. It's only that Blender has a few UI and workflow conventions that differ from most other 3D apps are doing, but it all makes sense within Blender. It's really an awesome tool.
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Andrew Price on blendergugu.com is one of the best people to go to for tutorials.
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Kudos to +Lancee Lan for pulling this one off. It's been a while in the making. Now you can dip into Qortex with an interactive Demo/Tutorial. And it's not a look-alike demo, the tutorial runs in the genuine Qortex environment (some artificial JavaScript added ;-)
 
Even trying out a product can be a bit of a chore with the registration and configuration required to get started. If you don't want to commit at all – you can still get a "taste" of Qortex with our new interactive Demo/Tutorial. No signup required.
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There’s a tree stump in a church in Rathkeale,
Some believe looks like mary for real.
Get down on your knees!
Start worshipping trees!
Don’t you think that’s a bit puerile?

The reason I wrote this is, because Rathkeale is in Limerick…
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That's what they said of the cross they nailed the carpenter to as well: it's just a tree…
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Yeah baby, yeah!
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“What I’m getting at, and let me put it bluntly if I may, is that it highlighted just how insular and superior a lot of Apple developers act and feel. If you don’t believe me, just join a group of them at WWDC and whip out your Android phone. Within moments, you’ll wish you had whipped out something less offensive, like your genitalia instead.”

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This year was the first time I've attended the Google I/O conference, and it was a fascinating experience. As someone who is primarily an iOS developer and has been to WWDC before a lot of things a...
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So, I'm punching in {brandname}.com into the URL field.
Manually.
My browser clearly communicates "hey give me a frigging English website". And still every single time I visit some websites they force redirect me to the Japanese site. They don't even bother to save a cookie when I manually switch back to the US site.

What part of "fuck you I don't want the Japanese, but the US site" do these people not understand?
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No in my case it's just about any global brand site these days. They so know better what site you want to visit than you do.
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Awesome. I like that better than the original. Then again, I'm a total Star Trek geek…
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The moment we started to fully switch to Qortex and ditch most of the other tools was when our company really started to change (to the better of course!)
 
Here is some advice if you want to try out Qortex and really see how it can make your life easier: commit to a trial.

Probably the seemingly obvious (yet flawed) way of trying out Qortex would be to sign up, invite a few of your employees or colleagues, and have a stab at Qortex using it along with all the other tools you are already using.

This approach, as straightforward as it may sound, evades most of the key benefits of Qortex
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Any recommendations on cheap hosting? I've been on Lunarpages for ages, but their support is sluggish and not that great and they have those weird outages, where my sites are unavailable from certain locations and not from others. I get this every few months, then they unblock a bunch of IPs and it's fine again, but I'm tired of that ritual. Now their DNS seems to be screwing up…

Any one of these super cheap places any good?
JustHost, WebHostingHub, HostGator, FatCow?

Also, which one has good WordPress performance?

I'm using Wordpress for some of my sites and it always seems sluggish (I know that's essentially a WordPress problem, I'm also using a caching plugin, yet my Textpattern sites are zippier without special caching – however I'd like the WordPress sites to be a bit more responsive).
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linode. They got servers in Japan (needed for my wife's work). No issues at all and thus highly recommended.

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All the wrong arguments for all the right reasons. UX magazine must be starving for content these days, otherwise I couldn't understand how they would publish this… Here’s my rebuttal, rant, call it what you like.

1. The Drop-Down Menu
Does not need a hover state to work just fine. Actually click, open, click select. See? No hovering. And it's here to stay.

2. Carousel
Who on earth is using carousels for main navigation anyway? They're used as a kind of "show window" to have several items be shown in the main graphic, and all carousels I know can be advanced manually. Matter of fact all carousels +The Plant  is creating can be swiped on mobile to advance.

3. Internet Explorer 9
This guy has no corporate clients, it appears. We are still struggling to support IE 7. It's a royal pain in the neck.

4. Skeuomorphism
So there's the evil buzzword, and the cool designers du jour say it's bad. Tell ya something: skeuomorphism can be very, very good for usability, because it helps create an easy to understand metaphor so the user can more easily relate to the unser interface. If you're super strict, the whole graphical user interface is a big skeuomorphism: folders, files, desktop all of it is stuff that we took from older interfaces (physical office stuff) that has no place in a real computer – is just bits and bites. But without these skeuomorphic metaphors we’d be screwed interacting with computers just on abstract data terms.

5. Flash
Good riddance. Ah, that is, is anybody still using Flash? Wasn’t that a goner years ago?

6. Web Pages
Having proprietary apps for mobile OSes only instead of web site is a good thing, how? Please do adjust your world view, this exactly is a major threat for the open web.

7. Shared Hosting
Who in their right mind would ever pay $20/month for shared hosting? I'm paying $40/year. Can I get the same rate on AWS for running 4 websites + all my mail? Is it just as comfortable to setup anything at all, can a non-geek do it? No? See? That's why Amazon is not going to take over all web sites soon.

Don't get me wrong, I love AWS. +Qortex runs on AWS, many of our clients websites run on AWS, but for crying out loud, that is corporate level money, all the smaller agencies, freelancers and bloggers will happily stay on more comfortable and affordable shared hosting solutions.

8. “m.” Sites
Actually I found a much saner approach (for sites as complex as the ones we have to deal with) is to have two responsive website template sets, one for all kinds of "largish" screens, i.e. from your 50-inch 4k monitor down to 10-inch tablets. And another one for all smaller mobile screens.

The reason? If you only design blogs and simple websites having all layout variations in one set of templates might be fine, but e-commerce sites and the likes are way too complex to just make a bunch of templates and CSS media queries and be done with your catch-all responsive site.
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