Steelskin.net

My blog uses Gravatars

16th February 2009 - Category: Site News,Tech and Computers

Gravatars are a universal way of linking your email address with your avatar. It means you avatar will happily appear on any blog or system in the world (that uses Gravatars) that you comment in.

Consistency update for the site

4th February 2009 - Category: Site News

Basically if it is blue or a picture you should be able to click it. If it is white or grey by default it is just text.

Minor DNS Outage

18th December 2008 - Category: Site News

Just the Name were down for a day-ish. They are back up now and so is my site.

Thanks James for the heads-up.

Does anyone actually visit my blog?

4th December 2008 - Category: Site News

Hi folks,

if there is anyone actually there, could you post a we comment and pimp your own blog?

Cheers

Updating the site skin

27th October 2008 - Category: Site News

Hi All,

it was always my intention to have a nicely adaptable theme that I could grow over time.

I am trying to improve the way comments work, they now support Gravatars. I am trying to make the form elements more integrated. If anything looks strange I am probably working on it. I have changed to new Flickr and Deviantart widgets. The DA widget has problems with my Stamps so if you get a dead image symbol it is probably the reason. Flickr now has a random 2×2 selection from my photos.

Valid XHTML

8th April 2008 - Category: Site News

Hi all,
just spent some time tonight validating the Blog to XHTML and fixing to accesibility issues. The front page is now XHTML 1.0 Transitional Valid and AAA rated via the Total Validator Tool.

Safari users I’ve got your back

23rd November 2007 - Category: Site News,Tech and Computers

I have made a few minor tweaks to make the site more palatable to Safari / Mac users. They added a new font rendering style to Safari for Windows called Standard (for CRT). It is kind of like the Mac font rendering acting a wee bit more Windows like. Is this available in for Macs? or Safari on the Mac. Screen shot shows Opera on the left and Safari on the right.

Opera Vs Safari

Widgetised The Sidebar

14th September 2007 - Category: Site News

Being based on an old theme I needed to get with the program and widgetise the sidebar. This gives me much better integration with DA and Flickr.

A Word About Web Browsers

10th September 2007 - Category: Design,Site News

You may or may not know that I am a big fan of Opera for Windows. I find it personally to be the best browser on the system. I am free tech support to my parents, so after some nasty spyware problems I shifted them over to it. I work day to day for a large firm doing web and graphic design and Internet Explorer is always a pain. I would say however that IE7 combined with Maxthon 2 is a magic combination and really the only way you should use IE at all. I don’t like Firefox much, but it is so much better than IE6 I am compelled to recommend it if Opera or IE7 doesn’t tickle your fancy.

Shiira I recently used a Mac for testing purposes and found the multi platform browsers to be seriously wanting. After a bit of testing I decided that I liked Shiira, it is the nearest thing to Opera or Maxthon I could find that ran like a real Mac app. Safari is too light for me and few people will pay for Omniweb. Shiira uses the same webkit engine as Safari, but with a vastly better interface.

IE6 or below is not supported by this website, MS promised PNG Alpha support for years and only IE7 now supports it so if you see my banner with a gray background you have a duff browser.

Updated the Site Design

9th September 2007 - Category: Site News

Well after some humming and hawing I decided to retire some of the more dated design elements on the blog. I liked the zing, but it felt a bit  primitive. I didn’t want to over Web 2.0 it with wet floors, so I took some inspiration from wallpapers and Korean MMORPG designs.

Enjoy 😀