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CMS on MS Server? Nov 17, 13, 2:19 p.m.
I always worked on Linux servers until now.
But I want to setup a CMS that can work on the Microsoft server.
I checked a couple of options like Umbraco, Kentico etc. but they all require you to use Visual Studio or Web Matrix.
I work on apple computers so I need a CMS that works on cloud for MS server.
Interactive Comp Tool?? Nov 11, 13, 6:56 a.m.
I have UI psds for a site. And I want to show how certain buttons interact without coding.
Like opening modal windows or hiding stuff etc.
Anybody used a tool like that before?
Logo feedback needed Sep 27, 13, 6:10 a.m.
I'm part of a non-profit NGO in Turkey that is founded to develop and support participatory democracy methods.
Our values are;
Democracy, Transparency, Integrity, Equality, Justice, Freedom, Solidarity, Peace, Respect, Cultural & Environmental Protection, Ethics, Productivity
Our name is "Ortak Nokta" which means Common Point/Spot.
We created logos and let people vote for them, the ones below are the final 4 of those selections.
At this point we're still not sure about any of these logos.
Which one do you think is a better fit for such an organisation?
I'm hoping to find a 5th alternative that collected all the strong parts of these 4. Do you have any suggestions?
I wrote some comments about them.
Symmetrical, Calculated, Boring, Unifying, Bold
Organic, Represents change & dynamism, not so attractive, weak
Symmetrical, Calculated, Boring, Unifying, Bold
Attractive, Out of the box, too hierarchical for an NGO
Yandex Metrica Sep 13, 13, 2:22 a.m.
I've been using Yandex's site & visitor analytics tool recently.
I'm not an expert of this field but I guess it's not as sophisticated as google analytics, except one feature.
It's called webvisor and it captures the visitors behaviours in the site and plays it back to you.
I can follow the mouse or where they touched and clicked. It's awesome to watch that for usability issues.
Although I've come across another propblem.
This new site has a membership system so it's mostly a closed system and naturally Yandex doesn't show me what the user does after he accessed his account.
I still can see which pages he visited but I can't see what he did in those pages.
I just want to facilitate this research at the beginning while testing the site before the beta version otherwise it's a serious privacy breach.
Any ideas about how to watch user behaviour in a closed system?
That pinterest alt. before pinterest Jul 16, 13, 9:45 a.m.
I used to collect all my image bookmarks a this site.
It was before pinterest.
not designflavr.com but something in that line
FitBit, Jawbone Up, Fuelband? May 10, 13, 11:59 a.m.
Is there anybody using Fitbit Flex or Jawbone Up that can help me decide if it's worth to buy or not?
I wanted to buy Fitbit Flex but I'm reading reviews that says it's inaccurate.
JS window size class May 6, 13, 1:06 p.m.
I'm currently setting up a website on wordpress and I thought maybe if I can find a way to Jquery to detect the browser size and add it as a class to body class I can write specific CSS for each of the screen size.
But I don't know Jquery that well...
Finding a name Apr 26, 13, 5 p.m.
I'm rebranding myself. I'm working as a freelance UI designer focused on startups. I used my name as my domain so far, but I want to look a little more company like. There's also an upcoming conference that I'm attending as a sponsor and I want to show up as a brand rather than my name.
So naming process is getting harder because
- It's hard to find a meaningful domain name
- It's hard to create an abstract name like google or yahoo.
Do you have any useful process for finding a unique name?
I tried a word mashup tool http://www.panabee.com but it's not that effective. Do you guys know any similar tools, ideas?
Nexus 10 or ipad 4? Apr 23, 13, 7:16 p.m.
My desktop and laptop computers are Macs, my phone is google nexus.
I'm liking android a lot lately but all my work is done on mac. can't decide.
Also for what purpose do you use your tablet most?
Do you feel that it's irreplaceable in your life?
Scrolling or video? Apr 10, 13, 5:24 a.m.
I'm designing the main page of this web service. We need to tell Why and How of the service.
One idea is to put a headline and a 1 minute info video next to it and keep a compact page.
The other idea is to stack the the infographics on top of each other below the fold to make it a vertically scrolling page?
Do people watch the video or scroll?
Greek Yogurt Apr 9, 13, 11:20 a.m.
When people say greek yogurt I say "there's no such thing as greek yogurt."
It's just a marketing gimmick.
There are yogurt types like goat, cow or sheep yogurt or "suzme yogurt" but there's not even a type called greek type yogurt.
Yogurt is invented by nomadic Turks in central asia and have been carried to anatolia and europe with mass immigration of Turkic tribes around 10th century.
The funny thing is, this whole greek yogurt thing has been started by a smart Turkish businessman to appeal to the US market. Apparently he's been hugely succesfull.
So next time someone says "I love my greek yogurt "or "I had a kale, spinach smoothie with my greek yogurt after my african dance class", say, "it's all called yogurt you idiot!"
I just wanted to rant about this today. Thanks for reading.
Content Expand/Collapse examples Apr 8, 13, 8:57 a.m.
Any good websites out there using this technique effectively in their design?
Help:Law Firm Boredom Apr 2, 13, 7:23 a.m.
I hate Law firms, let me say that first. I'm preparing a catalog for one.
Every material that they have is washed with stock images and so boring. So I wanted to give a little flavor, I'd used historical monuments at first but they said it looks like a tourist guide now I changed the images to some stock images but gave them an oil paint effect. Now they said it looks like they have some artistic business.
What do you think? Is it really not appropriate to use images like this for a law firm?
What should I say to them?
Feedback Roulette Feb 28, 13, 6:38 p.m.
I couldn't find the Useful thread so please put this link there one of you.
This is a cool idea I think. I submitted a site and got some really useful feedback. In the meantime I gave feedback to couple of sites which made me feel satisfied for helping others.
WE HUMANS are HYPOCRITES Jan 10, 13, 4:54 p.m.
This was written by one of my countryman. Some parts are even hard for me to digest but I wanted to share.
WE HUMANS are HYPOCRITES and Suffer from Cognitive dissonance. Unless we ACCEPT THE TRUTH we will not be free from hypocrisy and tragedies.
What goes around comes around and the entire humanity suffers as in the case of global warming, gang terrorism, wars, etc. And what is going around is coming around much faster and with vengeance.
Let me confess my sin as a human being. I am confessing our sins not to ask forgiveness from those few bullies who arrogate themselves to be the world’s leaders, or the representatives of God on earth. No. I will confess to unite us, to remind us our aggressions and hypocrisy, and also our common bond as humans, our common destiny as travelers on this crowded and troubled spaceship called Earth!
A massacre, a war or a human rights violation is not an isolated incident. They are part of a much bigger system, ideology and lifestyle that we choose. It is connected to how we treat women, how we treat the poor, the working people, how we treat the animals, how we treat the earth, how we value family, humanity... A massacre, a war or a human rights violation is the symptom of our way of life, our system, our paradigm.
We are oppressors, ignorant and self-righteous. We expect Bulgaria or Germany to give Turkish minority cultural rights while we first deny the existence, than we ban the language and culture, including the Holydays, of Kurdish minority and then we subject them to assassinations and massacres.
We are oppressors, ignorant and self-righteous. We blame Kurdish minority of treason for demanding and fighting for their lives, human rights and dignity and we adopt a policy of cultural genocide and then assassinations, imprisonment, burning towns, torture and massacres, against the Kurds, indigenous population of Turkey. And at the same time, we go to war on behalf of a Turkish minority in Cyprus to DIVIDE Cyprus. Ironically, the Turkish minority in Cyprus did not suffer even a fraction of fascist policies and actions we imposed on Kurds. Costing 60 thousand dead in recent years, 80 percent of them being Kurds.
We take it lightly of being the only country that has banned the language of a minority, comprising about 20 percent of its population. Ironically, we claim to be Muslims while Islam condemns racism and considers every language to be God’s signs deserving respect and appreciation.
We are oppressors, ignorant and self-righteous. We expect Europeans to cherish our mosques, to enjoy our minarets punching holes in their skies, and if they convert an old mosque into a church we protest with loud noises, yet we are not ashamed of trying to convert Hagia Sophia into a Mosque, as if we were in desperate need for another empty mosque.
We are criminals and in denial. We turned minorities against minorities and in 1915 we let the Turks and Kurds commit genocide against Armenians, exterminating more than a million Armenians. About a quarter million Assyrians became the victims of our spree of genocide.
We are oppressors, self-centered and self-righteous. We protest and condemn American and European atrocities and neo-colonialism, invasions and wars in the Middle East, while we shamelessly glorify the same aggression of our ancestors by celebrating Fatih the Sultan and other Ottoman tyrants whose major contribution to humanity was to invade other people’s countries, plunder their riches, levy on them taxes, kidnap and draft their children to the imperial military for more wars, invasions, and plunder.
We are oppressors, ignorant and self-righteous. We condemn the genocides, atrocities of the past, big or small, especially if they were against our tribe, but we enjoy doing exactly the same thing even now while we are talking this issue.
We are oppressors, ignorant and self-righteous. We declare about a quarter of human population to be terrorists while our quarter itself is the biggest terrorist, even 666 times more violent, supported with the most sophisticated armies, monstrous killing machines and unending imperial wars that is cunningly presented to be promoting freedom, democracy and human rights.
We are oppressors, delusional and self-righteous. We fool ourselves to be Davids while we are the Goliaths. We have the audacity of depicting our fascist and well-nourished invaders and murderers-in-uniform inside a tank to be the victim and the poor teenager with a rock in his hand standing for his life, freedom, home and dignity against our tank to be the terrorist.
We are shameless in praising our former enemies, such as Gandhi, Martin Luther, Mandela as great moral leaders, yet we did not stop our crimes just because they were nice people singing peaceful songs. We hide from even ourselves that we were forced to stop our crimes because of logistics, the rising cost of committing those crimes and the violent groups and elements among our victims. By making a deal with the peaceful group among our victims, we wanted save face, and negotiate new terms and try to keep our advantages as much as we could.
We are cunning, delusional and self-righteous. We preach human rights to the people of poor countries which suffer under our SOB tyrants or friendly puppet regimes, while we had committed and still continue to commit the biggest atrocities in known human history: Holocaust, Carpet bombing, Use of nukes, Napalm bombs, Mines, Drones... So, it is not a surprise when we become the Geert Wilders, Robert Spencers, David Horowitzes, Neocons, Zionists, Rapture-freak crusaders and the 1 percent capitalists of the world and try every means and propaganda to escalate the conflict between the East and West. Our grandchildren should not be surprised if we repeat our bloody history by committing another major genocide, this time against Muslims, here in the West. With Cognitive Dissonance every evil is possible!
We are oppressors, ignorant and self-righteous. We preach the world about nuclear weapons, declare war against terrorism, but we do not even apologize for committing much greater state terror and atrocities around the world, including the biggest terrorism (targeting civilians) in known human history: Nagasaki and Hiroshima. With Cognitive Dissonance every atrocity is possible!
We talk about truth and justice, yet we are addicted with lies and we allocate multi-billion dollar funds to generate lies and propaganda through secret agencies and their puppets in the media and academia. No wonder we did not even regret for killing more than 1 million Iraqis while delivering our great democracy through bombs and bullets. We give Nobel Peace prize to the commander of the world’s biggest bloody military power that has killed tens of thousands of innocent people through euphemistic words such as surge, forward leaning, collateral damage, enhanced interrogation techniques.
We are now using drones to assassinate people without trial, poor people who stand against our aggression and hegemony. The list of wars, covert operations and countries bombed by the USA-Inc, printed in 9 points Times Roman, single space, one line for each country, is five times longer than my middle finger. With Cognitive Dissonance every bloody list is possible!
We brag with our civilization and technological advances, yet the Bosnian Muslims were massacred and raped in our midst for years. But our powerful military stood idle and perhaps we were busy pushing small countries around to plunder their natural resources and dictate our terms to continue our hedonistic consumerist life style. With Cognitive Dissonance all sorts of genocides are possible!
We brag to be nice and civilized people, yet we feed our children all sorts of violence and atrocities through video games and films, desensitizing them against human life.
We brag to have deserved our mansions and luxuries life style, while in fact, we made laws by legalizing usury, speculations, printing money out of hot air, crony capitalism, plutocracy and we stole most of our wealth from the services and products of those who worked hard day and night.
While at it, we also polluted our land, our oceans and our atmosphere. With Cognitive Dissonance every disaster is possible!
We brag with our technology and high-tech toys that come in fancy packages, we create mountains of trash from plastic bottles. A massive plastic garbage patch twice the size of the state of Texas circling in the North Pacific is growing faster than the power of big corporations over our so-called democracies.
We complain about not having enough to feed the poor, yet just several weeks ago we saw the picture of millions of tons of grain, a mountain of food without exaggeration, left to rot by the Indian government following the dogmas preached by the high-priests of capitalism. Every year millions of tons of food are deliberately wasted by the capitalists while millions of people starve to death.
Besides greedy capitalism, detached governments, the world population is posing one of the greatest threat to the future of humanity, yet, our political and religious clowns among Catholics, Sunnis, Mormons and many other manmade religions are competing with each other in turning every mother to octomoms.
We brag to be Muslim (peacefully submitting to God and peacemakers) to be the followers of Muhammed, one of the most peaceful men in history, yet centuries after his death we make up volumes of lies about him thereby depicting him a warmonger, a torturer, a sexual maniac, a misogynist, a tyrant, an illiterate and superstitious medieval Arab. We demonstrate respect to the physical mediums where the Quran is recorded, yet we betray almost all its universal principles and instructions by promoting anti-rationalism, blind faith, intercession, by giving religious charlatans the power of making up rules in the name of God, by promoting violence, suicide bombing, antisemitism, the killing of apostates, oppressing our women, ignoring the plight of the hungry, homeless and jobless, stoning people to death, and many other appalling criminal acts. With Cognitive Dissonance every evil is possible!
We brag to be Christians, to be the followers of Jesus, one of the most peaceful and just men in history, yet soon after his death we became soldiers of Roman empire, we became slave owners, we burned “witches” and “heretics” on stakes, waged bloody Crusades, invented various torture machines, condemned thinkers through inquisition, fought two world wars, killed millions in holocaust, worked day and night to make bigger and even bigger bombs, invaded and destroyed numerous countries, killed millions around the world, and replaced the golden rule with the iron rule called “pre-emptive strike.”
Should we become CYNICAL? NO
We cannot afford it. No more. With the increase in population and popularity of Internet and communication technology, what is going around is coming around much faster and bigger. The imperialist powers, which have mutated their skin and predatory method of sucking other’s blood, yet remain the same with all its greed, arrogance and delusions, can no more shed blood in the so-called third world countries and get away with it. The world cannot sustain our wars, our lies, our delusions, our robber banks, our Zionist propaganda, our capitalist-consumerist BS that wastes limited resources and pollutes and poisons this precious Blue Planet, God’s free gift to us.
We cannot afford being cynical. There are some pockets of hope and examples of promises such as Sweden, Norway, and Finland...
We have proposals for solution:
First, we should diagnose the disease, which demonstrate the symptoms of aggression, arrogance, delusions and cognitive dissonance. We have to recognize the cancer tumors in our body that causes wars and genocide:
We should teach tolerance and respect to other people’s ideas as long as they are not used to harm others. We should question and reject the religious dogmas glorifying conquests, salvation through death and shedding blood.
We should require critical thinking and philosophy classes as a required curriculum in our elementary, middle and high schools.
We have to establish real democracy and ban lobbies from influencing our elected officials.
We must stand against warmongers and it must be the priority of every human on this planet, be it poor or rich, be it religious or atheist, black or blue, purple or pink, man or woman. Military Industrial Complex. Weapon merchants. These bloodsuckers (s)elect and bribe politicians to constantly create conflicts and ugly enemies with highly exaggerated powers, and declare wars here and there. We should make a list of top 10 war profiteers globally and locally, and declare them to be the enemies of humanity, and demand our politicians to dramatically reduce the military spending. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” (FDR). We should listen to this historical warning, “... we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” (Eisenhower).
To eliminate corruption, capitalistic exploitation and guarantee food, home, education and a reasonable health care for every human being, we should design a fair economic system without creating a totalitarian regime. We should bury capitalism and consumerism in the same graveyard that we buried authoritarian communism. Multinational big corporations through their news media, film industry, internet sites, lobbies, politicians and academia promote capitalistic dogmas, glorifies greed, usury, and the consumerism that is destroying the fragile echo system.
We should treat nationalism as a virus causing a mild disease that feigns as patriotism when in hibernation. But certain conditions, such as economic crisis or some provocations could trigger the virus to mutate into demonstrating the symptoms of jingoism and racism that may cause uncontrollable fatal complications and tragedies. These viruses are nourished and manipulated by inapt and evil politicians, weapon merchants, bigots and occasionally by global finance. Flags are used as idols. Waving flags triggers hormones of the subject thereby leading otherwise nice people to commit atrocities and genocides.
Living in Hamburg Nov 27, 12, 11:56 a.m.
Wife's work is going through some changes and we might need to live in Hamburg for a certain period.
First, we need to get her a work permit, she's getting the sponsorship letter from her company and she's going to apply for a work permit there as a US citizen. Are there any Americans whose gone through this process in Germany?
Second, I did some quick search on rents in Hamburg and there are really nice looking furnished studio or 1 bedroom flats around 500-600 euros in the city. Which is surprisingly good. Is that normal?
Windows Hosting Nov 8, 12, 3:43 p.m.
I don't even know if I named it right.
A developer friend of mine is helping me with a personal project but he codes in asp.net and he said that we need windows servers and mssql.
I've always used linux for websites until now.
All the hosting services suggested before in QBN are linux. Where can I find some affordable windows hosting service? And no, I won't go to godaddy.
Interaction design ideas Nov 1, 12, 12:48 p.m.
I'm starting this holy thread by posting the first site that displays examples of some interaction design.