3 07 2014

The title says it all. It could mean a couple things. It could mean an emoticon, if you turn your head to the left, of a cross-eyed person with his/her tongue sticking out. Many of you probably think, that’s not what I’m talking about. Well, you’re right. But that expression does come to mind when thinking about my topic.

Basically, I am writing to let everyone know to stop using Windows XP. It is an old operating system (OS) and everyone should be upgraded from it by now. But for those of you who are not upgraded and still using the thing of the past, here are some steps you can take to get yourself upgraded.

The easy route is just to stop using your old system and going out and getting a new system, whether it be a new laptop or a desktop or what have you. If you just don’t want to let go of your Windows XP? I’m afraid you will be exposed to many dangers of viruses and system errors.

There are no essential updates for Windows XP anymore. Please upgrade! You can no longer use Microsoft Security Essentials, which is a great, free anti-virus software. It has stopped working for those platforms running Windows XP. You must have a higher operating system in order for it to run. And Microsoft Security Essentials is… well… essential! To have your system be safe and virus free! Anyways, you can go around that issue by installing Malwarebytes and also AVG, because that still works on Windows XP and it’s free. But I’m still advising you against keeping Windows XP.

If you absolutely will not let your system go, then what I suggest you do is go to this link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20 and see if you can upgrade your existing system to Windows 7. Follow the steps to replace any hardware and/or software to get yourself prepared, and then go purchase Windows 7 and make the transition. Please save yourself the headache in the future and let go of Windows XP, because Microsoft has stopped support on it since April 8th of this year.

For those of you who are laughing at this post, you are already upgraded, probably a long time ago. And to those of you to which this is true, I say ‘good job!’ and ‘happy computing!’


Always Remember to Use Protection

22 05 2013

So recently, I have been trying to use some new code that I have learned from free classes, forums, etc. And to be honest, there is a lot of stuff out there on the interwebs that are high useful for whatever you are building. But if you are going to try and guess your way through code, there is one thing that is essential. Always remember to use protection. I have went through many forums and tutorials and free classes, all of which teach you how to get the job done. But almost none of them remind you to add security to your code to prevent from being hacked. I started using some code that I figured out and I realized that I forgot to add the security! That is potentially unsafe to your own files and also your client’s files. So please, everyone, remember to use protection!

QR Codes

19 12 2012

I don’t understand the purpose of QR codes. Are they really that essential? Is it really as big as it seems? I see it in ketchup bottles and other products that we buy. I also see it in a lot of advertisement. But what purpose does it serve? I know you scan the QR code and it goes on your phone and it opens up either a coupon or it bookmarks their website on your list. But besides that, I don’t find the big hype about it. I know a lot of people who either don’t know what that is entirely, don’t know what it does, know what it does but doesn’t have the scanner on their smart phones, or have the scanners and scanned the QR codes but they don’t see a real necessity for it. So let me know what you guys think. Are QR codes a big thing right now? Or was it an idea that didn’t pull through?

Learning Process

12 12 2012

I have tried to learn a few scripts and languages in the times that I am a graphic designer. I feel that I learn by doing it. I have been exposed to HTML, CSS, Javascript, Action Script, asp.net, PHP, My SQL… not all of those I know fully and well, only a couple. But I know the feeling of trying to learn it and trying to retain the information in my head. I have come to realize that if I keep using the code, I can continue to excel in it. If I don’t use it or look at it for awhile, it escapes me. It really is a complicated language, each and every one of those that I just listed. I am currently trying to learn some of the code deeper in it’s nature and discovered that there are different ways of learning it as well. So I have electronic tutorials and electronic books that I am using, and I have come to the conclusion that I don’t like learning online. I like to hold my reading material and be able to make notes on it and reference it at a later time. So I purchased some printed material that I can use to learn more scripting languages and further my ability as a designer, especially in this day and age where technology moves so fast. I still have much to learn and I will continue my journey into the online industry as far as I feel I am capable of going.

Browser Preference

20 09 2012

So apparently Internet Explorer is having a security issue. You can read all about it here: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409910,00.asp

But anyways, due to the IE scare, I got to wondering what kind of browser people like. A lot of people use IE because that is the standard and that is what comes with the computer/laptop and they don’t explore what is out there and what is a good browser.

I was able to test out 3 browsers. IE, Mozilla FireFox, and Google Chrome. IE, in my opinion, is very slow. I think it is a good browser but for running some things, it just goes super slow and just isn’t efficient. Mozilla FireFox, I have tried before and I did like it a lot at one point that I actually preferred it over IE. I don’t know. I feel that FireFox just wasn’t safe and there were a bunch of compatibility issues. Then, I found Google Chrome. At first, I looked at it and was confused. What do you do with it? How do you use it? Where is everything? I was afraid to explore it and stuck with FireFox for a bit. But then I started using Google stuff a lot and said well, why not. So I installed Google Chrome, and now I love it. It is clean and simple. Everything runs fast. And since it is FROM Google, I think Google likes that browser, and is definitely compatible with the Google Apps. So there you go. Google Chrome wins, at least in my books.

What do you think??

Adobe Muse

4 08 2012

So apparently, there is this program called Adobe Muse. Basically, this program lets you design a website without any coding or programming. That means, it’s kind of like a WYSIWYG feature to help you create your website. At first, my thoughts about this program was ‘OH NO! I JUST LEARNED A BUNCH OF CSS AND JAVASCRIPT!! NOW YOU TELL ME I DON’T NEED IT?!’ But then, today, I actually tried to build a website in Adobe Muse. I must say, this program is easy to figure out and use. I think it is great to flesh out your core structure of what you want on a website. It allows you to visually plan out your site map and be able to create master pages and work with the individual pages more easily. But that is just the basic structure of the website. What if I wanted to add more advanced features that JavaScript allows me to have? Well, for those, I believe it would be a little more tricky to integrate with that program. This is where Adobe DreamWeaver comes in. So I think, if you want more advanced features in your website, Adobe DreamWeaver is still useful to help add those features. Now, my thoughts on Adobe Muse is ‘oh good, I can start the base structure of my website in Adobe Muse, and then migrate it over to Adobe DreamWeaver when I am ready to add the more advanced effects into it. YES! I still have a job! The coding I’ve learned is NOT OBSOLETE!! I hope . . . ‘  I have yet to test how smoothly the migration of a website from Adobe Muse to Adobe DreamWeaver is, but I’m hopeful that it wouldn’t be too big of a headache since it’s from one Adobe product to another. Anyways, these were my thoughts so far on that subject.

That was a close one!!

31 07 2012

For those of you who are looking for a cloud option, do not use JustCloud or ZipCloud. JustCloud had plenty of negative reviews about hidden fees for their services and it seems that the company basically added another name to their company. All the FAQ videos are the same, only the logos have been switched out to the new names. The person who I was speaking with was Barry James, whom was helping me with ZipCloud options and details. He emailed me helpful answers to my questions but he accidentally sent a link to an instructional video from JustCloud and quickly followed with the same email with the corrected link address. And I saw that in the link, all he did was change the address from JustCloud to ZipCloud. I viewed both videos and it was exactly the same except the logo was different on the application. I am sorry to say I will not be using ZipCloud OR JustCloud. Thanks Barry James . . . for exposing the truth.