Genmoco is live

The General Motor Company are an awesome garage in Stockport. They specialise in Volkswagen repairs in Stockport, Audi repairs in Stockport, SEAT repairs in Stockport and Skoda repairs in Stockport. They also do general car servicing and MOT’s but are proud of their specialisations.

They are a one of the very few garage companies with an impeccable reputation and are notorious for the straight talking. If they think you’re best off going to the dealer with your car they will advise you to go there, that’s just the type of garage they are: quite refreshing in all honesty.

Web Developer Toolbar Not Showing/Disappeared

I use Chris Pederick’s Web Developer toolbar (FireFox addon) all the time, it’s a must for any designer/developer looking to debug HTML/CSS. However it suddenly disappeared after I updated Firefox to 3.0.6 and Skype to version 4.0.0.206.

After frantically hunting for a solution I finally found out what the problem was. Skype naughtily installs a FireFox addon which appears to be uncompatible with the Web Developer toolbar for some bizarre reason.

Simply going to Tools » Addons in FireFox and disable or uninstall the Skype extension for Firefox 2.2.0.102 and viola, your toolbar is back in place!

Threadless Newsletters

Threadless Stickers
Photo by ir0cko

I absolutely hate Threadless Newsletters because I love Threadless! Damn them. They sent out a newsletter saying that they have extended their sale and within 15 minutes I had bought 1 t-shirt for myself and 1 for my girl!

Two t-shirts each $10, and $8 for the shipping. Coming to a grand total of £14! With exchange rates like I love the demise of the American Dollar because it means that I get original t-shirts which very few people in the UK wear. If you are from the UK, don’t check out Threadless because that means that I will be slightly less cool as you will end up buying something from their awesome range!

Reusable Code

Zen
Photo by Buddha327

It is often said that good coders write code from scratch and that great coders reuse code. If that’s the case then it appears I’m a great coder. I have about 4 or 5 different xHTML/CSS layouts which I am constantly reusing because they are just solid, cross browser layouts which can be modified and tweaked to suit most designs.

Most designs follow similar principles; a header, 2 or 3 columns and a footer. Therefore there really is no need to reinvent the wheel. As well as being time-saving, it is also a matter of consistency and ensuring that the quality and backwards compatibility is built into the templates.

This ability to manipulate templates really comes down to separating content from style and harnessing the power of CSS. Being able to keep underlying xHTML code exactly the same, and to change the design through just CSS is something that even today, some designers can’t grasp. All too often I see in-line styles where it’s not necessary and this makes updating a site very laborious, tedious and time consuming.

To see what I’m getting at, a great project by Dave Shea called CSS Zen Garden was started to really flex the muscles of CSS. Although this project is relatively prehistoric in Internet terms, it still attracts a lot of attention. This is how the web should be built, with semantics and accessibility in mind, however there are far too many Web Design companies that just don’t care about the ethics of the work they do, just so long as they get paid.