The Old Technology Giveaway: Contest Results!

13th November 2003

Finally, after carefully reviewing every entry (read: drooling for hours over old junk I wish I had), I have selected the two winners of this oh-so-close-to-tongue-in-cheek contest, and they likely come as no surprise to those who have been keeping up with their respective entries:

  • 1st Place: Grant HutchinsonGrant’s submissions were all terrific, and a little scary at times, but what won me over was his BeBox, a machine I’ve still yet to see in person, but wish I owned so I could play with it night and day (ok, getting a little freaky now…)
  • 2nd Place: Emilio Vanni — While there were a lot of great submissions, I only have two prizes to award, and I just kept coming back to the Apple Baseball Cap hidden at the bottom of Emilio’s list. “But wait!” I hear you scream, “that’s a hat, not a piece of old technology!” My answer is simple: Tough noogies! Keep in mind, this is my contest after all…

I will be contacting the winners to arrange delivery of their prizes (remember: Grant gets first pick…), and hopefully they will be nice enough to send in self-portraits with prizes in hand.

Thanks to everyone who entered, commented, linked, or otherwise contributed to the OTG. More wacky contests will come as I think them up…

Old Technology Giveaway: Update

6th November 2003

It’s time for an update regarding the Old Technology Giveaway, as it’s deadline looms near.

If you haven’t submitted your entry, now’s the time (that is, if you think you can beat Emilio and Grant :-) — the contest will close no later than November 30th, but I might just decide to end it sooner…

Good luck to all!

ReUSEIT! Entries Posted

4th November 2003

The entry deadline has passed, so as the judges get to work reviewing the submissions, we get to see them as well, and there is some fine work to be seen.

Some of my colleagues do not think the entries are very inspired, and I agree, but I’m looking at them based on their real-world application, using my personal “would Jakob use this design?” meter, and by that unit of measurement, there are some real winners.

Safari Tweaks

3rd November 2003

I’ve now been running OS X 10.3 as my primary OS for a full week, and I’m very happy I waited for Panther. The OS is much faster than previous versions, and some of the little bugs that irked me with Jaguar et al are gone (for instance, not being able to send a file to the trash using Command-Delete if that file’s name was being edited — this is fixed in 10.3, and now matches the OS 9 behavior).

Now that I’m using OS X full-time, I’m also using Safari as my default browser (Apple made some nice adjustments to the version included with Panther as well, such as the new tab-specific error messages), and I was annoyed enough by a little display problem on this site to finally fix it: the icons for Permalink and Comments always lined up a few pixels too low on Safari (though they displayed fine on every other browser), and I’ve now fixed the problem using CSS (you may need to reload to see the changes). By setting those images to vertical-align: middle; and padding-top: -1px; they finally display properly in Safari, and in other browsers.

Ahh…

Pixel Patterns

27th October 2003

A while ago, I tried my hand at creating pixel patterns for tiling backgrounds, and submitted them to k10k’s pattern repository. Recently, I came across a terrific site using one of my patterns, and showing it off to fantastic result. The personal site of Jeff Croft uses one of my pixel patterns twice, and the result is wonderful. His site is very well designed, and one of the nicest blog designs I’ve seen.

Check it out, and leave him a nice comment or two about the patterns ;-)