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M3talinks for Jun 22nd

Today’s M3talinks for Jun 22nd

  • Mensch — A coding font – The latest MacOS release (10.6, or “Snow Leopard”) comes with a new monospace font. It’s called “Menlo” and it’s a slightly modified form of the standard Linux font (with appropriately weightly Linux name) “DejaVu Sans Serif Mono”, which is itself an updated form of Bitstream Vera Sans Mono. Apple’s modifications are a definite improvement to my eyes, mostly because they thicken up some of the wispier glyphs from DejaVu, like the underline and period. There’s a great comparison over here.<br />
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    One thing that bothered me, though, is that they turned the zero into a 1980s-style “slashed circle”. Unhip, daddy-o! I couldn’t limit my tweaking to the zero glyph, so in the end I made about a dozen changes. Bitstream released these fonts with a very open license that only requires that you change the name if you change anything about the font, so I'm releasing my changes with the same license, as the font “Mensch”.
  • Puppet Drupal recipes | Bitfield Consulting – Drupal, Puppet. Puppet, meet Drupal<br />
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    Puppet and Drupal make a great combination. Drupal is an amazing tool for quickly constructing attractive, functional web sites. It lets you manage large numbers of web sites from a single installation, and (via add-on modules) provides almost any CMS or blog feature you could want.<br />
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    However, like any powerful tool, Drupal takes some learning. It also needs a certain amount of discipline to manage Drupal servers without getting into a chaotic mess. The Drupal sysadmin can end up trying to navigate a spaghetti of ad-hoc symlinks and face problems upgrading, maintaining, monitoring and backing up a large Drupal installation. Aegir can help with this (I’ll look at Aegir vs. Puppet in a future article) but first we need to get Drupal itself under control.<br />
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    Fortunately, Puppet can help you tame Drupal and use the power of configuration management to bring your Drupal sites under control.
  • Puppet Drupal recipes | Bitfield Consulting – Drupal, Puppet. Puppet, meet Drupal<br />
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    Puppet and Drupal make a great combination. Drupal is an amazing tool for quickly constructing attractive, functional web sites. It lets you manage large numbers of web sites from a single installation, and (via add-on modules) provides almost any CMS or blog feature you could want.<br />
    <br />
    However, like any powerful tool, Drupal takes some learning. It also needs a certain amount of discipline to manage Drupal servers without getting into a chaotic mess. The Drupal sysadmin can end up trying to navigate a spaghetti of ad-hoc symlinks and face problems upgrading, maintaining, monitoring and backing up a large Drupal installation. Aegir can help with this (I’ll look at Aegir vs. Puppet in a future article) but first we need to get Drupal itself under control.<br />
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    Fortunately, Puppet can help you tame Drupal and use the power of configuration management to bring your Drupal sites under control.
  • Puppet Training – Mike McGrath's slidedeck and audio for his Intro to Puppet workshop.

M3talinks for May 17th

Today’s M3talinks for May 17th

  • Digital Transcriber – Free Transcription Software Player – Express Scribe Transcription Playback Software<br />
    Digital Transcription Audio Player Software<br />
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    Express Scribe is free professional audio player software for PC, Mac or Linux designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings.<br />
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    A typist can install it on their computer and control audio playback using a transcription foot pedal or keyboard (with 'hot' keys). This computer transcriber application also offers valuable features for typists including variable speed playback, multi-channel control, playing video, file management, and more.<br />
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    Express Scribe is completely free and can be used without any restrictions. We make it free because we know you will love it so much you will use and recommend our commercial digital dictation suite to others. Please visit our Dictation Software page.<br />
    Download Application
  • Digital Transcriber – Free Transcription Software Player – Express Scribe Transcription Playback Software<br />
    Digital Transcription Audio Player Software<br />
    <br />
    Express Scribe is free professional audio player software for PC, Mac or Linux designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings.<br />
    <br />
    A typist can install it on their computer and control audio playback using a transcription foot pedal or keyboard (with 'hot' keys). This computer transcriber application also offers valuable features for typists including variable speed playback, multi-channel control, playing video, file management, and more.<br />
    <br />
    Express Scribe is completely free and can be used without any restrictions. We make it free because we know you will love it so much you will use and recommend our commercial digital dictation suite to others. Please visit our Dictation Software page.<br />
    Download Application
  • Stories Matter » Announcing Stories Matter v.1.5.1 – Announcing the Launch of the Stories Matter (On/Online) Database Tool: A New Media Alternative to Oral History Transcription<br />
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    Michael Frisch has recently written that the “deep dark secret” of oral history, is that we don’t really know what to do with the orality of the source. In transcribing our interviews, we lose the orality almost immediately thus shoring the narratives of much of their meaning. This new media application now offers oral historians an alternative to transcription (available at http://storytelling.concordia.ca/storiesmatter).

linkHive For Mar 16th

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linkHive For Mar 11th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 11th

  • Ethan Hein | Music Teaching | The pentatonic box – This is a cornerstone of lead guitar playing because it falls easily under the fingers, sounds good in a wide variety of musical settings, and forms a nice memorable pattern on the fretboard. But many guitarists get trapped in the pentatonic box, not wanting to venture outside of it because they're rightly daunted by the baffling variety of scales and fingerings they see in books. Fortunately, by adding a couple of notes to the familiar box, you can increase your scale vocabulary enormously, without driving yourself crazy.
  • CSS3-Only Tabbed Area | CSS-Tricks – When you think of “tabs”, your mind might go right to JavaScript. Watch for a click on a tab, hide all the panels, show the one corresponding to tab just clicked on. All major JavaScript libraries tackle tabs in some way. But there is a way to accomplish this same idea with “pure CSS”. Just as we did with the CSS Image Switcher, let’s tackle this traditionally JavaScript project with only CSS.
  • famfamfam.com: Silk Icons – “Silk” is a smooth, free icon set, containing over 700 16-by-16 pixel icons in strokably-soft PNG format. Containing a large variety of icons, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And all for a low low price of $0.00. You can't say fairer than that.
  • Iconza – Free colored icons for your web site and blog – Customizable icons for your web site. Totally free.
  • About- Simple Desktops – Do you ever feel like the only good desktop wallpapers you can find are the either the basic 15 or 20 Apple provides or solid colors? Do you often find yourself spending time looking for something that isn't a beautiful photograph but also isn't a gradient and drop shadowed mess with a little lens flare and some annoying copyright information in the corner?<br />
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    Do you want less, but not boring? Then you want Simple Desktops.<br />
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    Simple Desktops: a collection of bling, drop shadow, and gradient free desktops to help keep you stay focused but also provide just enough eye candy to not be bored. It's here because finding these around the web is just too hard.<br />
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    Attribution for the creation of these is given to the creator on the site, but it doesn't extend onto your personal desktop. Use of these desktop wallpapers is for personal use only and shouldn't be sold or reposted without the expressed written consent of the desktop wallpaper's creator.

linkHive For Mar 11th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 11th

  • famfamfam.com: Silk Icons – “Silk” is a smooth, free icon set, containing over 700 16-by-16 pixel icons in strokably-soft PNG format. Containing a large variety of icons, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And all for a low low price of $0.00. You can't say fairer than that.
  • Iconza – Free colored icons for your web site and blog – Customizable icons for your web site. Totally free.
  • About- Simple Desktops – Do you ever feel like the only good desktop wallpapers you can find are the either the basic 15 or 20 Apple provides or solid colors? Do you often find yourself spending time looking for something that isn't a beautiful photograph but also isn't a gradient and drop shadowed mess with a little lens flare and some annoying copyright information in the corner?<br />
    <br />
    Do you want less, but not boring? Then you want Simple Desktops.<br />
    <br />
    Simple Desktops: a collection of bling, drop shadow, and gradient free desktops to help keep you stay focused but also provide just enough eye candy to not be bored. It's here because finding these around the web is just too hard.<br />
    <br />
    Attribution for the creation of these is given to the creator on the site, but it doesn't extend onto your personal desktop. Use of these desktop wallpapers is for personal use only and shouldn't be sold or reposted without the expressed written consent of the desktop wallpaper's creator.
  • 21 Resources Especially for Lovers of Minimalism | Vandelay Design Blog – Minimalism a popular style of design because it keeps things simple and user-friendly. In this post we’ll look at more than 20 websites, blogs and books dedicated to minimalism. Not all of them are related to web design – minimalism can also be applied to other aspects of business and life.

linkHive For Mar 5th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 5th

  • cforms II » delicious:days – cforms is a powerful and feature rich form plugin for WordPress, offering convenient deployment of multiple Ajax driven contact forms throughout your blog or even on the same page.
  • 10 Free Beautiful Calligraphic Fonts – Noupe – The word “calligraphy” is derived from two Greek words, denoting “beautiful writing”. Calligraphy or the art of writing has thousands of years in its history and development, and indeed calligraphy fonts, which we often use these days on our PCs to create a postcard or a wedding invitation card, are absolutely about aesthetics, refinement, creativity, and pure beauty.
  • 10 Free Beautiful Calligraphic Fonts – Noupe – The word “calligraphy” is derived from two Greek words, denoting “beautiful writing”. Calligraphy or the art of writing has thousands of years in its history and development, and indeed calligraphy fonts, which we often use these days on our PCs to create a postcard or a wedding invitation card, are absolutely about aesthetics, refinement, creativity, and pure beauty.
  • 10 Free Beautiful Calligraphic Fonts – Noupe – StumbleUpon – The word “calligraphy” is derived from two Greek words, denoting “beautiful writing”. Calligraphy or the art of writing has thousands of years in its history and development, and indeed calligraphy fonts, which we often use these days on our PCs to create a postcard or a wedding invitation card, are absolutely about aesthetics, refinement, creativity, and pure beauty.

linkHive For Feb 25th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 25th

  • WordPress Site Maintenance « WordPress Codex – To keep WordPress working like a the finely honed machine that it is, there is some site maintenance we recommend you do frequently. Consider it the lube job you need once every 1000 miles.

    Begin by creating a calendar of WordPress Maintenance procedures to remind yourself to get a lube job on your WordPress site on a regular basis.

    In the Codex article on WordPress Housekeeping, tips and resources are given to clean house in WordPress. These include cleaning out old plugins, cleaning template files and the theme's style sheet, upgrading WordPress, and other helpful tips for cleaning up and optimizing your WordPress Site.

    To ensure you keep your WordPress site up-to-date and working in prime condition, consider adding these Housekeeping steps to your calendar, typically every three to six months.

  • AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services — AIGA | the professional association for design – This agreement allows you to create customized terms and conditions for different types of design engagements. Updated in May 2007, it is now modular to meet the needs of a growing design community involved in various disciplines.

    It does not take a one-size-fits-all approach, and it is not an extensive pre-printed document where you simply fill in the blanks. Instead, this agreement acknowledges that most design firms develop their own custom proposal document for each project and are looking for an appropriate set of terms and conditions to attach to it. When put together and signed, the custom proposal document and its attached terms and conditions comprise the binding agreement with the client. With this in mind, the new focus of the AIGA Standard Form of Agreement is on those terms and conditions.

  • Sample Web Design Contract, Budget, Timeline & Proposal – Nerdburn – Web application & graphic user interface design blog by Shawn Adrian – In my previous article I offered my thoughts on how to make it as a freelance web designer. One of the things I mentioned was the need for a solid contract and proposal so here I offer my contract and proposal templates, free for your use.
  • Freelance Contracts: Do’s And Don’ts – Smashing Magazine – In this post, we’ll help you identify the information that should be included in your contract and make sure you have a concrete agreement that leaves little chance of things getting out of hand… as can sometimes happen to those of us in the freelancing crowd.
  • WordPress Site Maintenance « WordPress Codex – To keep WordPress working like a the finely honed machine that it is, there is some site maintenance we recommend you do frequently. Consider it the lube job you need once every 1000 miles.

    Begin by creating a calendar of WordPress Maintenance procedures to remind yourself to get a lube job on your WordPress site on a regular basis.

    In the Codex article on WordPress Housekeeping, tips and resources are given to clean house in WordPress. These include cleaning out old plugins, cleaning template files and the theme's style sheet, upgrading WordPress, and other helpful tips for cleaning up and optimizing your WordPress Site.

    To ensure you keep your WordPress site up-to-date and working in prime condition, consider adding these Housekeeping steps to your calendar, typically every three to six months.

  • AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services — AIGA | the professional association for design – This agreement allows you to create customized terms and conditions for different types of design engagements. Updated in May 2007, it is now modular to meet the needs of a growing design community involved in various disciplines.

    It does not take a one-size-fits-all approach, and it is not an extensive pre-printed document where you simply fill in the blanks. Instead, this agreement acknowledges that most design firms develop their own custom proposal document for each project and are looking for an appropriate set of terms and conditions to attach to it. When put together and signed, the custom proposal document and its attached terms and conditions comprise the binding agreement with the client. With this in mind, the new focus of the AIGA Standard Form of Agreement is on those terms and conditions.

  • Sample Web Design Contract, Budget, Timeline & Proposal – Nerdburn – Web application & graphic user interface design blog by Shawn Adrian – In my previous article I offered my thoughts on how to make it as a freelance web designer. One of the things I mentioned was the need for a solid contract and proposal so here I offer my contract and proposal templates, free for your use.
  • Freelance Contracts: Do’s And Don’ts – Smashing Magazine – In this post, we’ll help you identify the information that should be included in your contract and make sure you have a concrete agreement that leaves little chance of things getting out of hand… as can sometimes happen to those of us in the freelancing crowd.
  • 24 ways: Contract Killer – If you are writing a contract between you and your customers it doesn’t have to conform to the seemingly standard format of jargon and complicated legalese. You can be creative. A killer contract will clarify what is expected of both sides and it can also help you to communicate your approach to doing business. It will back-up your brand values and help you to build a great relationship between you and your customers. In other words, a creative contract can be a killer contract.
  • Jon Combe | Code | HTML clocks using JavaScript and CSS rotation – The two clocks below are pure HTML. There are no Adobe Flash files or my beloved <canvas> going on, just regular <div> and <img> tags. The way it works is by taking those images in an { overflow: hidden } <div> and rotating them, via JavaScript, using the proposed CSS transform property.
  • Jon Combe | Code | HTML clocks using JavaScript and CSS rotation – The two clocks below are pure HTML. There are no Adobe Flash files or my beloved <canvas> going on, just regular <div> and <img> tags. The way it works is by taking those images in an { overflow: hidden } <div> and rotating them, via JavaScript, using the proposed CSS transform property.
  • Home :: IPInfoDB – Are you looking for the geographical location of an IP address? You are at the right place.

    We offer a wide range of free services based on our IP address geolocation database :

    * Web based IP geolocation lookup
    * IP geolocation API (XML, JSON and CSV format)
    * API that generate IP CIDR by country for iptables or htaccess blocklist
    * E-commerce fraud detection API
    * Free version of our SQL database updated monthly!

linkHive For Jan 26th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveJan 26th

  • FHOKE Blog | Creative Digital Agency | Free Grungy Social Icon Set – More Friday Freebies! We’ve kept to our word and continued to evolve our social icons set – the shiny surfaces have been stripped back and the edges roughened for a grungy, hand drawn look. Enjoy the new look Free Grunge Social Icons.
  • Free Icons – 24 Free Exclusive Vector Icons: ‘Handy’ | Webdesigner Depot – ‘Handy’ is a set of 24 free and exclusive vector icons that can be used on websites, logos and more.

    The icons have a unique hand drawn feeling and look great in color or black and white. The set also includes most social media websites, such as Delicious, Digg and many more.

    These icons are completely free for personal and commercial use and they’re being released exclusively to all our RSS subscribers.

    If you’d like to share these icons, please refer your friends to this page so that they can download them from here.

  • Open source e-portfolio and social networking software – Mahara ePortfolio System – Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara, meaning 'think' or 'thought' in Te Reo Māori, is user centred environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed. Mahara also features a weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.
  • Free Icons – 24 Free Exclusive Vector Icons: ‘Handy’ | Webdesigner Depot – ‘Handy’ is a set of 24 free and exclusive vector icons that can be used on websites, logos and more.

    The icons have a unique hand drawn feeling and look great in color or black and white. The set also includes most social media websites, such as Delicious, Digg and many more.

    These icons are completely free for personal and commercial use and they’re being released exclusively to all our RSS subscribers.

    If you’d like to share these icons, please refer your friends to this page so that they can download them from here.

  • Open source e-portfolio and social networking software – Mahara ePortfolio System – Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara, meaning 'think' or 'thought' in Te Reo Māori, is user centred environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed. Mahara also features a weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.
  • uzimak! » Blog Archive » Ubuntu poster sources comics – Ubuntu poster sources
    May 28, 2007 – Posted by Hannes Pasqualini

    ubuntu_poster.jpg

    I made this Ubuntu poster some time ago, and released the “sources” with a Gnu-GPL licence. But this licence is not really made for work like this, since it was concieved for software only. Now I’m re-releasing this with a more appropriate licence, a Creative Commons (share alike) licence 3.0.

    The zip file you can download here contains the parts I used to make the poster in png and svg formats, compatible with all the major free applications like the Gimp, Inkscape and Scribus. You can use them to make your own poster, create a localized version, make a wallpaper or sticker with it… whatever you want as long as you don’t do it for profit, and you share the result with the same CCPL licence (see the link to creative commonst below for more info). Please let me know if you do something with it… just curious!

linkHive For Jan 25th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveJan 25th

  • Handycons 2 – another free hand drawn icon set – Four months after releasing Handycons icon set, I am happy to release Handycons 2 – icon set containing 20 more hand drawn icons. This time it is not limited just to socail media related icons. Package contains Facebook, Blinklist, Feedburner, Flickr, FriendFeed, Furl, Gmail, Google, Heart icon, Last FM, Linked IN, Magnolia, Newsvine, PayPal, Skype, Sphinn, Twitter, Vimeo, Yahoo and You Tube icons. All icons come in four sizes: 16×16, 32×32, 64×64 and 12x128px. And they are all free, of course :)

    I want to thank everyone for the support and for suggestions regarding icons. Enjoy!

  • Handycons 2 – another free hand drawn icon set – Four months after releasing Handycons icon set, I am happy to release Handycons 2 – icon set containing 20 more hand drawn icons. This time it is not limited just to socail media related icons. Package contains Facebook, Blinklist, Feedburner, Flickr, FriendFeed, Furl, Gmail, Google, Heart icon, Last FM, Linked IN, Magnolia, Newsvine, PayPal, Skype, Sphinn, Twitter, Vimeo, Yahoo and You Tube icons. All icons come in four sizes: 16×16, 32×32, 64×64 and 12x128px. And they are all free, of course :)

    I want to thank everyone for the support and for suggestions regarding icons. Enjoy!

  • Handycons – a free, hand drawn social media icon set – Handycons is a free, hand drawn social media icon set that contains 12 icons. Package contains icons for del.icio.us, Digg, Mixx, DesignBump, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Developer Zone, DesignFloat, Technorati, Twitter and RSS feed & Email icon, of course. All icons are available in four sizes: 16×16, 24×24, 32×32 and 48×48 pixels.