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Our new business cards came in the mail, and they look great! Mokey, our furry senior designer, approves.
Anyone familiar with Moo, a popular printing company, will recognize that these are Luxe business cards. They’re about 3 times thicker than your standard card, and it’s noticeable. There’s also a very subtle blue stripe all around the edge of the card. It’s all about the details, folks.
“I want you to have business cards,” Michael announced to me one morning, coffee in one hand and his own card in another. He handed it to me and continued, “but this design is old, and it’s not working anymore. How would you like to redesign it?”
The film is about Rebecca Thomas (Juliette Binoche), a woman torn between two passions: the love she feels for her husband ("Game of Thrones" Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and two daughters at home in Dublin and the social responsibility she feels as a war photographer sent to conflict zones to capture the devastation experienced within them. When one assignment leaves her wounded, she is made to choose once and for all between her family and career. Director Erik Poppe captures both sides of this equation with humane generosity, composing stunning images of far-flung locales while allowing luminous performances from Binoche and Coster-Waldau to encapsulate the inner struggle that this ultimatum generates.
To us as web developers, it’s fun when a website makes news. More so when the President of the United States has a press conference about a bad website launch. Even more so when a website plays a part in a great national debate. But it’s downright fascinating to see how website part the debate itself is just plain wrong. Read more past the break.
Byte is co-presenting a film at the Milwaukee Film Festival 2013, Google and the World Brain. The film seems to be positing that there’s evil lurking below Google’s “don’t be evil” unofficial motto. The trailer ends with a quote, “google could basically hold the whole world hostage,” pushing the idea that their seeming monopoly could limit access to the world’s knowledge. Really? Follow on in and let's discuss.
In the business of being a client, you get the advantage of working with professionals, so all the really hard things are done for you. Except one: Content. Even we sometimes forget how hard it is to get the content right. Any time we forget how hard it is, we always remember when we upgrade our own website. It's like a powered microphone on a well-lit stage.
But the biggest, most painful part of this process is simply now knowing how far you are, how much of the content is done and how much has yet to be written. This last time we updated our site, we created a tool that we're offering to our new clients: a simple progress tracker that shows how close we were from completion, and what had to be done yet.
Not too long ago, any hosting company hosted the Domain Name Service (DNS) of a web site, but that’s very much outdated, and not the smartest move. So let’s talk about what DNS is and what the better way to manage it would be, right after the break.
Who do you recommend to host email? Here’s an easy answer: Google. Now 10gb of space, excellent spam control, a tool designed for productivity, support for accessing your email via smartphones, mail clients and, of course, Google’s web interface. All this adds up to the most professional system we’ve seen, the system that any competitor will have to beat. Learn more after the break.