Category Archives: Web

Two New Websites from the ColoursAlive.com workshop

Heya Everyone!

ColoursAlive is proud to announce that we’ve got two more websites out of our design workshop and into the wild for your viewing pleasure.

JeevaRaghunath.com is the website of acclaimed storyteller and childrens’ book writer, Jeeva Raghunath. She’s a bundle of energy when telling stories to kids. They just can’t get enough of her stories!

TalismanTattoos.in is the website of Chennai’s first Tattoo Artists, Amar and Nisha. They’ve recently started off their own tattoo boutique called Talisman, and are to teach interested students who are really interested, how to Tattoo.

Check out the websites and let us know what you think. Cheers!

ColoursAlive.com, now alive and kicking

We finally got around to doing it… We’ve got the http://www.coloursalive.com/ website up and running. It is still a work in progress, but the good news is that it is up, and we’ll be modifying it often. Please keep coming back, you’re sure to see something new each time.

Feel free to write in to us, and let us know whether you like our simple approach, or whether you totally hate it. We’d love to hear from you.

Google set to kill-off IE6. Long overdue.

This is a day that should go down in history.

The long overdue demise of IE6 has begun in earnest… Google today mailed Google Apps admins stating that they would be phasing out support for legacy browsers, including Internet Explorer 6 in order to provide quicker and more sophisticated services to their users.

Dear Google Apps admin,

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology.  This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5.  As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 ​as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.

We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010.  After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.

Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.

Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser.  We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.

In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience.  We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses.

Thank you for your continued support!

I believe that this is a long-overdue step, and would be thrilled to see other service providers such as hotmail, yahoo and (in India) rediff begin phasing out support for legacy browsers, giving the internet a shove in the right direction.

This would mean that web developers can look forward to implementing more advanced features and styling of their websites without going through all the trouble of creating a scaled down, and bug fixed version for older, more buggy browsers.

If you’re wondering what browser to use instead of IE6, you could try Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari or even Internet Explorer 8.

Go ahead and exercise your right to choose.

One of those darn ‘tags’

Yes… It had to happen…

This would eventually stop expansion in some regions and cause them to start to recollapse. As they were collapsing, the gravitational pull of the collapsing region got smaller, it would spin faster – just as skaters spinning on ice spin faster as they draw in their arms. Eventually, when the region got small enough, it would be spinning fast enough to balance the attraction of gravity, and in this way disklike rotating galaxies are born.

From A Brief History of Time – The updated and expanded tenth anniversary edition by Stephen Hawking.

Why this passage? Because the ‘tag’ mentioned that I have to:

  • Grab the nearest book and go to Page 123
  • Skip the first 5 sentences
  • Post the next 3 sentences
  • Tag more people – Which I will gladly skip because the people I know would TArGet me (in a bad way) if I did such things to them…
  • And mention the person who inflicted this ‘thing’ upon me

I must admit… I did not expect the lines to make much sense… but they did. Thankfully so.

Vandalur Zoo (aka. Arignar Anna Zoological Park)

Who woulda thunk it? The Vandalur Zoo has a website. Admittedly, a pretty boring one, with limited information about their new features, such as the night safari (which I wanted info about).

If you’re wondering how to navigate the website and understand all that it has to offer, the best way would be to visit the zoo’s sitemap. The best bits about the website are the cryptic url (http://www.aazoopark.gov.in/) and the yahoomail contact address (aazp@yahoo.com).

Really, the Indian Government and it’s agencies should go to advertising / marketing workshops.

MargazhiRaagam.com Launches

So, we finally launched the website. MargazhiRaagam.com is officially live and running. I’m quite happy with the design. The emphasis is on the imagery, because that is what the entire affair is about. High quality video coupled with some popular names in the Carnatic Music Industry, conceptualised and directed by some of the leading names in South-Indian Cinema.

If you’re a big fan of Carnatic Music, this is a must-watch. Check it out when it is released in theatres on the 18th of December this year. Meanwhile, you can have a Preview of Margazhi Raagam in HD right here.

Do leave a comment to let me know what you think of the website.

Transmission is uTorrent for Mac, but better…

You’ve just moved to a Mac from a PC? Looking for a great BitTorrent client that’s like utorrent, for Mac? Not found one yet?

Try Transmission, its a great software that is light, has a very low memory profile, is cross-platform compatible (Mac and GTK+), works perfectly, has no spyware or adware, and even has a web interface… Just like uTorrent.

Here you go:

Transmission Screenshots

Transmission Downloads

I love my Genius

I’ve been using iTunes 8 (Look at what’s new)for a couple of days now, both on my Mac and my PC… and I’ve found that the selection of music that it brings up is rather diverse playlist.

Now, my playlists have a number of songs that I play really often, and others that I play rarely, if at all… When I select a song that I like and press the Genius button, iTunes brings up a playlist that seems to based on the kind of song that was selected, similar in terms of genre of music, or artist, but varied in terms of BPM (Beats Per Minute), my rating of the song, and the number of times the songs have been played. I’ve beeing using this feature for a while now, and its only created playlists that have been interesting. So far, its never mixed up genres, or moods (and I have a varied set of music ranging from Classical to Pop to Classic Rock to Metal).

Genius does list out my music and upload it to Apple’s servers, but presumably this is in order to match the music together and to provide me with suggestions in the accompanying Genius bar on the side. However, when I log in to the Indian iTunes Store (which does not sell music), the bar helpfully suggests that it close itself, because there are no suggestions from my country’s store. I just wish that they start selling music on the Indian store, instead of just iPhone Apps.

Good going, Apple.

Download iTunes Here

VisCom Online Forums Launched

Are you a Visual Communication student or professional?

Here’s a brand-new resource to learn about the visual communication course, profession, and professionals. Whether you’re a viscom student or professional, you’ll find information about the various streams of activity like Advertising, Television and Movies, Animation and 3D, Design and Photography. You’ll also find individual forums for Visual Communication and Visual Communication Jobs.

Sign up and start off in the discussions at forums.viscomonline.net. You can also put up tutorials on any of these topics, display your photography or your videos, and do more…