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Happy Cog Hosting
To say that I’m chuffed would be understating it, but Hicksdesign is now hosted by Happy Cog Hosting. I’ve only been with them a short time, but they’ve already proved how helpful and reliable they are. The service is second to none!
At $799 a month it isn’t meant to be a hosting service for everyone. This is a “white glove, VIP service” aimed at much much larger companies than I, so it’s all rather like being given keys to a large mansion – I might not use all the rooms, but I’m having a jolly luxurious time living in it all the same. The staff are as helpful, friendly and attentive as you would ever hope for.
Besides, there are large companies hosted there who are making use of all the rooms, like Mailchimp! If you can afford the rent, and are looking for a mansion, I can send an invite your way, so please contact me. Don’t email to tell me how much less Dreamhost is though please ;)
Happy old man
To balance the curmudgeonly talk of the last two posts, here are a few things I’m really happy about:
Kilts! I wore a kilt for the first time last weekend, and I am smitten. For a start if you have a rather more portly frame (such as myself) its quite forgiving. Also, while it was a freezing weekend, I can confirm that underneath all that tartan, there is a zone of warmth. AND, you get to put a dagger (Skean Dubh, sorry) in your sock. AND you get some where to put your camera at last (in the Sporran of course).
I did the whole traditional regalia, except for keeping my pants on. There are no photos sadly.
AppZapper – Yes, to uninstall an app in OS X you can just drag it to the bin, but there are still other files associated with it – preferences, Application Support files and caches. Looking through my Library folder its littered with the remnants of apps that I’ve tried out and dumped, and this mess annoys me. One technique is to do a search using the app name, but this can still miss some files. Now I just drag the app to AppZapper and ‘ZZZZap!’ The action of zapping is childishly pleasing one! For someone like me who is always trying out new stuff, this is a boon.
Salling Clicker – Although I’ve had this for a while, its only now with the Mac Mini as (primarily) a jukebox, that this has really seen some use. Beauty!
Segpub – I don’t get paid to pimp Segpub, or receive any referral fees, but I do get excellent service, uptime and support. Thanks for everything you do Jeremy, thou truly are a Creative Bastard.
Segpub Christmas Cards
This year’s SegPub Christmas cards are something special; each one has been illustrated by 4 Segpub-hosted artists. These are now on sale, with 50% from each card sold going directly to Oxfam!
Here are this years designs:
(Clockwise from top left) Mathew Hoy (Hellaboss), Jon Hicks (me!), Claire Robertson (Loobylu) and Nathan Jurevicius (Scary Girl). These are all artists I’ve admired and envied.
The brief we were all given was very flexible – the only stipulation was that it had to incude SegPub Yellow, and the Segpub logo. I have to say, after months of coding and IE bug fixing, it was a joy to just make something. After this I really feel like giving up on coding, and just trying to make a living from plain ol’ design and illustration again.
Cards come in packs of 4, at $12 AUD each pack (excluding GST). Shipping is just $1 per pack to anywhere in the world! Go shopping!
spring clean, new home
Sorry for the silence, I know I’ve been a bit quiet for a while – as usual its the volume of freelance work that’s caused this. While its good to be busy, I watched with frustration as 1st April came and went, with everyone doing their little gags, and me missing my opportunity.
I’ve also been busy moving this site to a new server. I’d outgrown my little hovel at 1&1, become frustrated at the lack of decent support, and was being hit for excess bandwidth ever since Firefox 0.8 came out (all I did was the bloody icon!).
After constant poking and pestering by Mr Benjamin, I’m now with the hard working, nothing is too much trouble, chaps at Segment Publishing. I’m in good company here, with Hivelogic, Waferbaby and Antipixel to name but a few. Maniacial Rage has just joined up too! It feels like joining a record label with your favorite artists. Segments part of the deal was smooth and all the time I was dealing with A person (thanks Jeremy!). Its makes such a difference when you’re not dealing with a switchboard. Bless ‘em for uploading my SQL dump for me on a Saturday evening.
The pain in the arse has been 1&1 dragging their heels in giving up control of my domain. They make it very easy to get in, but you can’t leave without giving up your pound of flesh. Then suddenly, the site was removed from their servers before the DNS had propagated, so I’ve been unavailable for a few days. If you sent me an email recently, it would be worth resending to make sure I’ve got it. Anyway, if you’re reading this, all has gone well and the DNS now points to Sydney.
I’ve also taken the opportunity to do some evolving:
- I’ve revised the portfolio area. For those that really want to read about each piece of work, a drop down ‘info’ box will give it to you. The script I’ve used here is modified from Richard Rutters main menu that he uses on Clagnut. It also uses pngs with alpha transparency as the background image. Those that support it will get a drop shadow and a slightly transparent background. Those that don’t just get a green border and plain white background, which is fine.
- the biggest change is that the rest of the site is now 800×600 friendly. I finally found a layout that I liked, and now prefer this to the previous version. One of things that has helped this is the leaf background image on the left. This helps retain the widescreen proportions, while not adding to the actual content width.
- General spring clean throughout. Trimmed a lot of extraneous text, checked some links. Basically, everything but the journal has been updated.
- It took me a while to work out how to get a DIV to align to the bottom of another DIV. Hmm, vertical-align? Doesn’t work with block elements. Finally it dawned on me – “position:absolute; bottom:0;” . Doh.