Unfortunately, I can’t find time to work on my blog at the moment. I am too busy working with my customers. In the meantime, feel free to join me on these social network. I can also be reached via email (just.stephanieb@gmail.com).

Update: Ive began building a new and exciting blog about technology and social media. Be sure to check back this summer for lots of  information to make your Internet experience a pleasant one.

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Recently, I’ve had conversations about why not to use Internet Explorer, and it prompted me to write a post I could refer people to online.

As a designer, I am extremely frustrated with Internet Explorer – and you should be too. I use and recommend FireFox for a reason – it is stable, it is constantly updated, and works with most web sites. It has issues of its own – it can be a memory hog, for example – but it is by far what I consider the best browser right now. I also like Safari, Opera, and Camino.

So what are some concrete reasons behind my recommendation against Internet Explorer in general, and my refusal to design for any version earlier than IE7? (And my reason behind refusing to design for future IE versions at all.)

Common Internet Standards Ignored
The internet works as a cohesive unit only because all makers of browsers and web sites adhere to certain commonly accepted standards of design and use. Microsoft consistently ignores these standards in favor of being proprietary. this means they would rather everyone be forced to use their software model than change their model to meet fast changes and increasing demand for cross platform and cross browser compatibility.

This makes Internet Explorer the hardest browser to work with. If I design a web site and it isn’t working in FireFox or Safari, for example, the tweak to fix the error is small, because they both accept the same standard of design and use. If it doesn’t work in IE, forget it. The tweak to make it happen in IE is massive and time consuming. I already spent huge amounts of time designing the page and getting it to work in four common browsers, I don’t want to spend additional days on end trying to make IE “see” it.

ActiveX Is The Debil
Safety is another huge issue with IE. Other browsers do not use or accept ActiveX and Active Scripting, two Microsoft applets that allow people to access your browser for various programs. These two programs allow someone else the possibility of controlling your computer, and open a huge barn door for viruses, adware, spy ware, malware and phishers to come strolling leisurely through.

Go ahead and use your virus software and your firewall – as long as you also use IE, you may as well give it up. You will continue to get malware on a regular basis, clogging your computer’s arteries, causing slowdown and crashes and possibly putting your data at risk. Of course, any virus or malware can still get on the machine of someone using one of the other browsers. The main difference is that the users of other browsers more often have to actually open a file or interact with it in some way to allow it in with them, and IE lets malware in for you.

Does Not Accept Extensions and Add Ons
No software can accommodate the complete wishes of its user base. It’s impossible. Other browsers, like FireFox and Safari, acknowledge this by allowing third party programmers to build extensions and add ons that handle the missing features, making every one happy. Internet Explorer demonstrates great hubris by not allowing their user base to create or add features that address issues with their software and its lack of compatibility with so many things. Continue Reading…


Make Your Summers Last Forever

Relive your summer vacation one vibrant page at a time. With iPhoto, you can create photo books, calenders, and cards that are truly unforgettable. Just choose a theme, then add your photos and text. When you’re done done, click to buy. Beautifully printed pieces will be delivered to your door. Here’s how:

Step 1

Open iPhoto and select the the photos or events you’d like to use.

Step 2

Click the book, card, or calender icon and choose theme.

Step 3

Drag and drop your photos. Click the Buy when you’re done.

Photo Books

iPhoto lets you design your own professionally printed hardcover, softcover, and wire-bound photo books, complete with custom travel maps. Browse photo book themes and get a closer look at photo book details. Click here to view book details and pricing.

Photo Calenders

Create your own 12-month calenders, 24-month calenders, or anything in between. Commemorate special events by adding photos and captions to individual days. Click here to view calender details and pricing.

Greeting Cards and Postcards

When you want to send something a bit more something a bit more special than a quick email, use iPhoto to create postcards, complete with matching envelopes. Click here to learn more.

Prints

Right from iPhoto, you can order professionally printed color prints in the most poplar sizes – up to hug 20×30-inch posters. I’ve used this service multiple times and recommend it to every Mac user. It’s simple, quick and the prints are mailed right to you. For pricing click here.

Watch Apple’s Photo Book Video Tutorials

Find out how to create your own hardcover and softcover photo books using iPhoto. Watch the video at apple.com.


At this point, iTunes is so much a part of our daily lives that it’s a major event every time Apple touches it. While iTunes 10 is very similar to its predecessors, it still brings some new things to the table.

Most of the attention paid to iTunes 10 centers around its (generic) new icon, as well as its Ping social network. MacYourself takes a different approach and completely ignore those, instead focusing on 7 smaller and, in many cases, more practical iTunes 10 tips and tricks Continue reading ‘7 Cool Tips and Tricks for Apple’s New iTunes 10’


AVERAGE AGE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING USERS
The average age of people on social networking websites is 37 years old. Different sites has different average ages, however. Business orientated LinkedIn has an average age of 44, while Twitter’s average is 39 and Facebook’s is 38.

EMAIL IN 2009
90 trillion emails were sen in 2009, with an average of 247 billion being sent every day. There are 1.4 billion email users in the world – 100 million more than in 2008.

PASSWORDS CRACKED
In December 2009, 32 million passwords were posted on the we by a hacker. Analysis found that nearly 50 percent of them used names, slang, dictionary words, or trivial passwords (consecutive digits, adjacent keys etc). Incredibly, the most common password was 123456.

According to Windows, The Official Magazine


How can I speed up iPhone backups so I’ll never have to cancel mid-backup again? They seem to take forever when a couple minutes really should do it.

A. First off, keep your iOS software current. Not only will the latest updates squash bugs and add features, they can improve backup times. To update, sync your iPhone, select it in the iTunes sidebar, then go to the Summary tab. Read More


Converting to Word is actually pretty simple and can be done directly using an online file conversion service called Zamzar. This site also gives you the ability to convert PDFs to Excel or JPEG files; although it’s a two step process, but nothing very difficult to follow. Read More


Thursday, August 05, 2010 | 11:21 AM
Posted by Macduff Hughes, Engineering Director

I have a couple different Gmail addresses that I use for different purposes. Historically, Google Accounts – including Gmail accounts — have only let people access one account at a time per browser, so using both accounts has been a bit inconvenient. I’ve either had to sign out and sign back in, use a second browser for my second account, or use a Chrome incognito window. And I’m not alone; lots of people have asked us for a better way to use multiple accounts at once in the same browser. Read More



This post is a continuation of Faster, Smarter, Better I Mac Timesavers. Below you will find three more tips to make your computing life easier, by helping you accomplish everyday tasks faster. Tips include – Quick app switching, Spotlight searching, and login cleanup for faster boot time. Continue Reading


Anything you can do, I can do better. In today’s post I bring you my top tricks to improve your Mac life. The following tips begin a multi-part series that offers ways to speed up everyday tasks. It’s simple too! Mac OS makes it obvious what buttons you need to push. Take a peek of what’s ahead of you. Continue Reading