I’m waiting in line for Harry Potter 7 now. There are more fake British accents than I’ve heard in a while. Definitely a few hundred people here from kids in strollers to a man I dress military garb. The costume contest is packed with Hermione entries but slim on Harry and Ron entries. I’m not the costume type, but after I finish this post I’m gonna flip my iPhone around and watch the fourth movie until I get my copy of the Deathly Hallows and head back to read with my wife. After following the series for so many years it’s amazing that this day has finally arrived.
It’ll pass and I’ll be back to technical books in no time. But for now I’m a fan of something that doesn’t involve a processor.
Back at RailsConf a couple months ago, there were a few presentations that made an interesting case for considering OpenSolaris instead of Linux. I had never really considered Solaris much before then. When we got back, one of my friends, Preston Lee, really wanted to dig into it to find out more. He got a buddy that’s a Ph.D. candidate to put his research hat on and compare OpenSolaris ZFS vs. Linux ext3 RAID5.
What do you think of the results? I know I’ve said that Mac beats Ubuntu hands down for the desktop, but I still love Ubuntu on the server side (and I know a great Ubuntu sysadmin). Is anyone using OpenSolaris? I’m all for gathering opinions on this topic. Leave a comment and let us know!
As I’ve been playing more with Safari lately, I’ve found that many good looking web sites add a bit of something extra for Safari. They use CSS to add a drop shadow to certain elements of the page. Take a look at this example from LightHouse (Firefox 2.0 on the left, Safari 3 on the right):
A drop shadow on your text helps set apart your words from their background thus making them easier on the eyes.
And you can see that in the example above. Adding the slight, but dark drop shadow to the white text on the blue color makes it more readable. It’s a nice touch that makes the UI feel like it has an extra set of polish. The CSS is simple enough:
While most mortals won’t get to enjoy the effect, you don’t develop just for mere mortals, do you? Kick your game up a notch.