If you’re bored … read a few of the reviews posted on
for some of these hotels located in the United States… YIKES!
2009 Dirtiest Hotels
Years ago, I stayed in a Vegas casino hotel, the
Stardust, that had been remodeled so many times, that the ceiling panels in the hall ways
in one of the hotel towers actually dropped lower than the top of the frame of many
doors!!! (And reports from other fellow travelers were that they wondered if the
rooms had been cleaned after the last few people had slept there).
Thankfully, it’s no more (read).
I just installed and ran the latest version of Lavasoft’s Ad-aware Free (Anniversary
Edition) and was disappointed by the general fuzziness of the text.
So, I grabbed one of my favorite tools, Spy++ to do a little bit of technology
spelunking. The interesting thing was that there was only a single window in use:
The fuzziness of the text initially made me think GDIPlus, but a quick scan using
Depends seemed to indicate that wasn’t the case:
The text rendering just isn’t right:
For example, check out the kerning of the “e” and the “m” above. I tried the
same text in Photoshop (wondering if it was a bitmap from a common image generation
But, it looks fine in every aliasing option.
It wasn’t GDI, or GDI+:
And not WPF:
There are probably a handful of toolkits that it could be, but I don’t have the
patience to try a match anymore.
I’m just not sure why they’d take the time to not use a standard
Windows provided text / graphics engine? I’m not opposed to an architecture that
minimizes HWND usage to increase efficiency or allow for some unique user
experiences (like skinning), but why go this far? What’s the gain? When the quality
of text isn’t near perfect, why wouldn’t you abandon the technique? Anyone know?
From Smashing Magazine:
9 Common Usability Mistakes in Web Design.
Some great tips.
For #1, I definitely appreciate web sites that use actual decent clickable areas for
page navigation. These aren’t too bad for example (from
But there’s still too many web sites like this:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 … 31 32
The clickable area for each page is no wider than the width of the character! Don’t
forget that not everyone has the mouse dexterity of a 14 year-old avid game player!
I’ve been experimenting with
JQuery recently and discovered
this handy offline browser at
api.jquery.com. It’s an Adobe
AIR application. It’s nothing too fancy, but it works well when you’re without
Can’t find the color that matches your favorite cyan? Use one of these web based
color palette selection tools to help you find the perfect match! My current
favorites are the first two, Color Scheme Designer and Kuler.
Color Scheme Designer
Easy to use and has a simulation of what some people may see who have various color
A slick Adobe Flash based color selection and sharing site.
Although not as easy to use right away, a very powerful color selection tool with
many different features.
Although the actual selection of color isn’t as much fun as some of the other online
options, the Color Wizard has lots of onscreen colors at one time for easy
identification of options without a lot of fuss. (The worst part is that the page is
heavily loaded with advertisements).
Sessions Color Wheel Color Calculator
The link to this is actually mid-way down the middle of the page. This is a another
nice interactive color selection tool. I would have prefered that they hadn’t picked
an orange/gold color as the base color for their selection application.
And a bonus,
SitePro Central’s Colour Scheme Chooser
Simple and efficient.