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Thoughts and information on web design, web development, user interfaces,
and user experience.

Monday, October 22, 2012

International Caps Lock Day

Yea, I'd never heard of it either. But hey, WHY NOT JOIN THE PARTY? International Caps Lock Day Just please, remember to stop tomorrow. OK?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Single Line of Code Allows Hackers to Remotely Wipe Phones

First this was reported only on Samsung phones, but now we're hearing that HTC phones (specifically the HTC One X) may also be involved. So, I'd expect that list to grow over the next couple of days.

Basically, the usual common sense rules apply, be careful what links you click on. And, probably more importantly, be careful before giving your kid your phone to play with (most are adorable click monsters!). Get more info here:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11 - Never Forget

9/11 Never Forget

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Discount Code for A Book Apart

I recommend the books from A Book Part to everyone I know. They do an amazing job of writing small/short little books (print or ebook or both, your choice!) jam-packed with useful information. If you want to check them out, or have had your eye on a title for a while, they're offering 10% off until Labor Day. Just enter the code: SUMMER.

Check out the details here!

Note: I don't get anything if you do this, other than warm glow you get from sharing a great resource.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Adobe Acrobat Pro Won't Start Up on Windows 7 (acrobat won't load)

I just ran into a problem that it seems many others have encountered - when I tried to open Acrobat Pro directly or by double-clicking on a PDF file (I have Acrobat Pro set as the default app for PDF files), nothing happened.

Nothing. As in zilch. Zero. Nada. The Big Goose Egg. No response at all.

And, of course, this happened as a deadline was fast approaching.

Isn't that always the way?

Well, the good news is, I found a solution, and got the document out just under the wire.

To save you some time, here's what worked for me:

13 Steps to Bring Acrobat Pro Back to Life on Windows 7

  1. Make sure you are connected to the internet and have your serial number handy.
  2. Launch a regular CS6 product other than Acrobat or Flash Builder (for example: Photoshop, After Effects, Premier Pro, InDesign, Flash Professional, Illustrator, Dreamweaver.)
  3. Click on Help->Deactivate.
  4. Deactivate the application. Quit application.
  5. Launch a regular CS6 product other than Acrobat or Flash Builder (for example: Photoshop, After Effects, Premier Pro, InDesign, Flash Professional, Illustrator, Dreamweaver.)
  6. Accept Eula.
  7. Register trial by signing in. Let the app launch.
  8. Quit and relaunch the app. Wait for the UI to display.
  9. Click on License This Software button on the UI.
  10. Click on Sign in.
  11. Wait for the Serial number screen to display.
  12. Enter the serial number in the serial number screen and click Next.
  13. Quit app and relaunch the app while connected on the internet.

After this, when you launch Acrobat Pro it will launch and should run forever without trouble. In case you still face a problem, try relaunching the other CS6 app once more and then launch Acrobat.

And here's where I found that solution. There's even someone to contact if this doesn't work for you!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Today is the Last Day to Load Flash on Android from Google Play

If you think you might want to use Flash on your Android device, you need to go to Google Play now to get it. On August 15, 2012 Google will remove Flash from Play.

If you miss the date, check this out for instructions on installing Flash yourself:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Edit Video in Photoshop CS6? - Yes, You Can!

The more I work/play with Photoshop CS6, the more I find to love. The latest is the video functionality.

Yes, you read that right, Photoshop CS does video! If you only need basic functioality, and you are already comfortable with Photoshop, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to create your own mini-movies. Seriously!

Don't believe me? OK, maybe Scott Kelby can explain it better. Check it out here:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

5 Handy HTML 5 & CSS3 Resources

The combination of HTML5 and CSS3 makes the web fun again. Here are some resources for examples and ideas - come on, join in on the fun!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Why is was the logo a black box?

We're joining others in protest against SOPA and PIPI. Learn more:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Time to Update Your Adobe Reader!

Adobe has released an update that plugs 6 critical "holes" in its Reader program (a.k.a. Adobe Acrobat Reader). The holes could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of your computer.

You can read the Adobe Security Bulletin for details: Adobe Reader Security Bulletin


Check out the PC World article for details: PC World article on Adobe Reader update


You can skip all that and just go grab the update:
Adobe Reader users on Windows can also find the appropriate update here:

Adobe Reader users on Macintosh can also find the appropriate update here: