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Website shown on local news channel


This article is a few months old, but I was doing some googling for one of my UT websites, conezone.utk.edu and I found this article: http://www.wbir.com/news/article/213821/2/UT-Cone-Zone-offers-one-stop-shop-for-construction-info.

It features a video in addition to a text story, and in the video they do B-roll of several pages of my site! It’s so great to see what an impact the things we do every day have on other people.

Our core Cone Zone team brainstormed about what to name this campaign, how to brand it, how to launch it, wayfinding, signage, responsive website design & development, use of QR codes, analytics on the QR codes and website… oh gosh, tons and tons of conceptualization and strategizing. And, of course, execution. Right now we’re doing another big push to get some signage and new features up before the new students arrive on campus.

It’s really flattering and exciting to see the hard work pay off. 🙂

Interface Splash

In the last two or so weeks, I noticed that Google did one of their slight tweaks to the interface that you just barely notice. At the top, the links to Gmail, Calendar, Documents, Maps, etc and the account name have changed (click for larger image).

As far as I know, they rolled out this changed in Gmail, Documents, and Maps…

…but not yet in Calendar. I doubt that’s the full list of where they’ve rolled it out, but those are the ones that I use regularly and noticed (click for larger image).

There’s another interface change out there that I found to be splashy. WordPress 3.1 released last week (yay!) and I updated this website shortly after. Now, when you’re signed in to your WordPress site and you visit your site, you get an opaque ribbon at the top (similar to Google) of your web page. You can go directly to your profile or dashboard, add a post or page, go to your comments, adjust your menu or widgets, and there is a small bar graph showing site stats. I’m not sure if that’s just for me because I have that plug-in, but it’s freakin cool nonetheless (click for larger image).

“The application Finder can’t be opened.”

Grr. This is the second time this has happened to me. I work on Snow Leopard at home and at work, but now twice at work I’ve gotten this fatal message:

“The application Finder can’t be opened.” -10810

Finder error

I can’t remember what I was doing the first time it happened, but when it happened just now, I was attempting to delete 4 or 5 directories on a shared server. The directories were NOT huge; it shouldn’t have crashed Finder. But it did. I had to force quit Finder and then when I tried to open it again, I got that crappy error message.

But I found a solution via the googler.

  1. Open Terminal. For those who are scared to open Terminal, don’t worry I’m in the same boat. I promise it will be okay.
  2. Type this in to Terminal:
    System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder &
  3. Hit Enter.
  4. Now the first time I hit enter, my Finder window popped open. I was happy, so I closed the Finder window & Terminal. Then I clicked on Finder in the dock, and I got that damn error again.

    So, second time through, I started over at Step #1 and repeated the process. The second time that I hit enter (Step #3), the Finder window did not open automatically. But the Finder icon in the dock had the bottom light, so I clicked on it and a Finder window popped open. Phew!

    But then I closed Terminal. When you go to close Terminal, it closes your Finder. Boo.

    Third time through, repeat all steps. Finder automatically opens when I hit enter this time. Hit up the googler again to find a fix.

  5. Type this in to Terminal: disown
  6. Hit Enter.
  7. Now close Terminal and your Finder should still stay open.

Wow… That was a huge bear. Hope Apple fixes that bug.

Many thanks to this person:
http://www.adeepbite.com/must-know-macosx-tips-and-tricks/the-application-finder-cant-be-opened/,
and this person:
http://utvv.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-fix-application-finder-cant-be.html

N0 V0w3ls 0n Gm@1l

Did anyone else notice this last Thursday, April 1?

When you arrived at the Gmail homepage or logged into your Gmail account, all the vowels were missing.

It was honestly one of the weird occurrences that I’ve ever seen. They said that at one of their datacenters:

the frontend web servers in that particular datacenter started failing to render the letter ‘a’ for a subset of users. As error rates escalated, the strain spread to other datacenters. We worked quickly to avoid a cascading failure of the entire alphabet by implementing a stopgap solution that limited the damage to the letters ‘a,’ ‘e,’ ‘i,’ ‘o,’ and ‘u.’ As a result, we’re experiencing Gmail’s first temporary vowel outage. (We’re still investigating whether the letter ‘y’ is impacted and will post an update here shortly.)

They did update that the letter ‘y’ was not impacted straight away and got it “fixed” by mid-afternoon.

Well, checking back on this because it boggled me so much, at 12:01am on April 2nd, they posted the following:

Update (12:01 am): Also, this issue never happened. Happy April 1st.

Damn. That really, really got me. Good April Fool’s.

Chrome nudging closer to Safari in browser market

Chrome, the browser by Google, is moving closer and closer to Safari’s spot as the third spot in the browser market share. I have Chrome downloaded on Vista at home and it’s okay, but it certainly isn’t any better than Firefox. I used to only use Safari on Mac OS at home, but I became a loyal Firefox user a little over a year ago and generally only use Safari to preview websites in development. Anyways, there is an article in NYT about all the different browsers and where they stand in the market. Check out Chrome Threatens Safari.

Google operating system turns relationship with Apple into competition

Today the Chief Executive of Google, Eric Schmidt, stepped down from his position on the Board of Directors at Apple. What can this mean for the future of the two allies? I’m a HUGE Apple fan and I’m a pretty big Google fan, so I’d like to keep seeing positive developments from both of the companies even thought they are coming in to head-to-head competition. Read more about this in the article, Google Chief resigns as Apple Director.