links for 2010-02-04

  • These wonderful posters are by an artist called Jamie Bolton. They sum up each of the films in an amazing minimalist style. I would love to have them all on my wall.
  • By following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer and keep it running smoothly. This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows 7, Vista, and XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to more efficiently maintain your computer and safeguard your privacy when you're online.
    1. Free up disk space

    The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. The tool identifies files that you can safely delete, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.

  • You will find lots of useful guitar lessons and information here – it works on an "honour system". If you can afford to pay for the lessons then please donate for what you use – imagine it was a pay site. If you can't afford to donate it is no problem at all – the site is free for you :). Updates and new material is pretty much donation dependant. Donations give me more time away from paid work to develop this site and make new lessons and features. BIG THANKS in advance :)..

    Donations keep the site free for those that can't afford to donate!

    Click here for details on how to donate or contribute to the site. Thanks. J

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  • Despite the glamorous reputation, freelance design is no walk in the park. It takes an incredible work ethic, significant entrepreneurial prowess, and a little bit of insanity to pull it off effectively. This article will discuss how to effectively make a living as a freelancer (designer or otherwise). Since we are in fact a design blog, I’ll scatter in some well-designed freelancer sites along the way for inspiration.
  • Smush.it uses optimization techniques specific to image format to remove unnecessary bytes from image files. It is a "lossless" tool, which means it optimizes the images without changing their look or visual quality. After Smush.it runs on a web page it reports how many bytes would be saved by optimizing the page's images and provides a downloadable zip file with the minimized image files.

    Do not link to the smushed images on Smushit.com since they will only be available there temporarily. Instead, download the zip file containing the smushed images for your web page and replace your image files with those files.

  • Ever wonder how to super style your blog’s post date? I am going to show you how to do this using CSS sprites in about 18 minutes.

    Editorial Note: This post is geared toward theme designers. Prior knowledge of CSS and WordPress is recommended.

    What you will need:

    * A graphics program (I use Adobe Photoshop CS4)
    * A simple text editor

    What you will accomplish in this tutorial:

    * The dates on your blog’s posts will be super styled using CSS Sprites

    Let’s get started…
    Step #1

    Fire up your graphics program. You can download a PSD or PNG template to help with the layout of all of the dates in our Sprite.

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