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July 12 meeting summary
Many thanks to Shari Tripp for taking these notes. Please contact me if you have any updates or corrections.
Chris Hamrick, a local business owner, was looking for someone to help him with his website. He has website that sells water filters. It is about 2 years old, and he ships worldwide. The URL is Discountedwaterfilters.com. Anyone who helps can use as part of their portfolio, he may be willing to pay some. A current limitation is that he can’t put much description in product in current shopping cart, but would like to put more information about product and about the business. Intuit is the gateway, uses GoDaddy shopping cart. 3000 pages of products.
He wants to put highest selling filters on e-bay, Amazon while working on website.
Wants to enhance visibility so he can get larger orders, would like to add ability for people to add ratings/comments, wants to add a business email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jonathan mentioned that Magenta was better than GoDaddy shopping cart.
Easy answer of what he wants to do is “sell more” and also wants to know how to run the business.
Then Mark DuBois did a presentation on CSS Regions.
If you look on labs.adobe.com, you can see that the prototype was released on May 10th. Very experimental CSS-3. http://markdubois.me/CSSregions . Open bin folder and run winlauncher.exe. Webkit based experimental browser.
Text flows between columns, green flowing into green columns and blue flowing into blue columns-wow!
Can’t directly view source code, but most samples are covered in documentation, can also view samples folder thru Dreamweaver or Notepad++.
Can also do content shapes (text in whatever shape you want), make text follow large text letters, etc.
Can even flow text around photo. But all of this uses coordinates to tell it what lines to follow/shape to be.
Can even slide car in and out and have text flow around it.
Article is an html 5 element.
The conversation then moved to favorite apps.
Docs to go or Quickoffice? Both good, each better at different things.
MyBlackList (on Android its MySh*tList)
QR Code Generator-QR Droid
Dropbox-can even run apk file out of dropbox
Watchdog Lite-monitors processor power because that’s the battery killer, not ram
Gas Buddy (within 20 miles, what’s the cheapest gas)
Cozi (shared calendar, to do, shopping, etc)
Imo accounts (does every chat except irc)
Mixology (put in all the liquors in the cabinet and it will give you all the drinks you can make)
Scanner Radio Pro
Amazon App Store-one free per day
Google Sky Map
IPhone/Ipad (apple) Apps
Evernote-synchs between devices, works with most email clients and browsers
Reeder (RSS Feed reader)
MLB TV-near HD quality stream
Air Display-allows you to use ipad as second screen
Star Trek PADD
Security-Hardening Wordpress and Exponent
Ongoing series of how to run a web business
How to create a simple game in canvas
Gave away prizes:
Certificate for Webucator-certificate expires June 7, 2012 –Brandy Thatcher was the winner!
Book-“responsive web design” by andy clark is a good one.