I thought I would force myself to use a photoshop alternative this week, I’ve tried The GIMP and GIMPShop in the past, and found them to both be impossible to use. I decided to give paint.net a try, and I’ve really been digging it. I don’t do a lot of hardcore design work and paint.net has all the basic functions I use: resizing, cropping, measuring, stuff like that. Not only that paint.net loads in about 20 seconds and only uses 15 – 20MB of RAM. Photoshop takes at least a minute to load and tends to use anywhere between 80 and 300MB of RAM. Oh and if you need to open psds someone has developed a plugin..
Google announce their acquisition of doubleclick over 3 months ago. I having been wondering how long it would take for Google to actually start doing something with it.
This morning I logged in to my DFP (that’s “DART For Publishers”, or “DoubleClick Advertising, Reporting and Targetting For Publishers” – what a wonky acronym) account to put up some ads for work. I noticed two new things that I assume are are a sign that Google has started to take over DoubleClick’s tool development: 1) A new more friendly logo 2) a new menu item called “dfp dashboard beta.”
I love betas! So I open the dashboard. It looks fairly AJAX-ey, web 2.0-ish, vaguely reminiscent of the Google Analytics dashboard. The DFP dashboard (DFPD??) had a limited number of options, the only one that really seemed promising was the “widget catalogue.” The widget catalogue contains about half a dozen widgets related to the DFP product and two rather intriguing widgets. A sudoku widget – seems a little strange to have a game in a productivity tool. And something called “kitty” – a widget that displays pictures of cute cats.
Take a look at Kitty In Action[PIC].
Yup, that’s right folks, I knew this merger couldn’t be all evil. Apparently Google + DoubleClick = Kitty.
Why won’t my bank allow me to use non-alpha-numeric characters in my online banking password?!
Don’t they want my password to be as secure as possible?.
In the words of the Chemical Brothers, I’m back with another one of those
blog block rockin’ beats.
I could have sworn that I had a backup of the database from the previous incarnation of the blog, but unfortunately it has been lost various server/HD moves since I last cared about this site. I think I’m going to re-write a couple of the posts, especially the security one that got dugg.