links for 2009-08-27

  • was consulting last weekend for a lady in Ohio who was interested in getting a website, but wasn’t sure what she REALLY needed. You see, she had been bombarded with emails, and quotes from various web designers and firms. She was getting offered packages ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars that seemed to really have nothing to do with her actual needs. She was getting overwhelmed and wanted to hear from someone in the industry what the right course of action.

    Now you might ask, Mike aren’t you a web designer? Why didn’t you offer her your services? To be honest, the greedy part of me thought about it for about ten seconds until I really took a look at my schedule. I could have taken the job and really done her a lot more harm than good by delaying the project while I worked on my other priorities. So I opted to be the voice of reason for someone who knows very little about the services being offered to her. I listened as she read me the quotes, emails,

  • In its most direct assault on Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) yet, Google on Tuesday evening announced the forthcoming release of the Google Chrome Operating System, a new open source operating system designed primarily for netbooks but also for desktop computers.

    Chrome OS is Google (NSDQ: GOOG)'s second operating system, after Android, the mobile device operating system that the company introduced in late 2008. That's also about the time when Google introduced its Chrome Web browser. Chrome OS is an extension of Google's browser code.

  • WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A New Zealand man has been dubbed the Lord of the Ring after he searched and found his wedding ring more than a year after it slipped off his finger and sank to the sea floor.

    The ring was lost for 16 months in the harbor of the country's capital city, Wellington, before Aleki Taumoepeau found it shining on the sea floor, the DominionPost newspaper reported Thursday.

    "The whole top surface of the ring was glowing," Taumoepeau, an ecologist, said.

    Taumoepeau had been married for just three months when he lost the wedding ring while conducting an environmental sweep of the harbor.

    He roughly marked the spot where the ring had flown from his finger, but was unable to find it despite returning to the area many times.

    Taumoepeau's wife offered to buy another ring, but he refused, pledging to find the ring.

    But, equipped with new global satellite based coordinates and offering up a quick prayer, he found the ring after an hour's search.

  • Making an online gallery of pictures should be a quick process. The gap between snapping some pictures and publishing them on the web ought to be a short one. Here’s a quick and easy way of making a one-page gallery that uses JavaScript to load images and their captions on the fly.
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