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And, we’re back…

First of all, apologizes for the unplanned disappearance of this site (and a few others I run). Apparently a post or two received a lot of attention from reddit.com which caused our host to pitch a fit and shut our sites down. Lovely people. Knee-jerk reactions like this are always fun to fix. From what I’ve heard a lot of hosts have this type of shoot first ask questions later policy.

So what happened? On Thursday our site caused the server we’re on to get hammered and this must have set off some sort of alarms at our hosting provider. Now rather than look into the problem and do some basic troubleshooting, we were summarily moved from our old server to the stabilization server. However as our host now admits, they botched that up and didn’t move our databases over which caused the site to become dead. So for the past two days I’ve been going back and forth with them via email, their ticket system, and yes by phone. All that needed to be done was add a caching plugin to our site that got hammered and we should’ve been golden. However to do this, I needed web access to my site and functional databases, neither of which my host could seemingly provide.

For the time being we seem to be functional and hopefully we’ll be around for the foreseeable future. Thanks for your patience; mine are long gone.

Google’s Chrome Browser

After using Google’s new Chrome browser for a couple of days I have to say that it shows promise as being a great choice for my go to browser. With some work. Here’s a quick rundown of my initial pros and cons…

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Fast. I mean really fast
  • Intuitive to use
  • Did I mention it’s fast?
  • Great new features. I love being able to tear off and rearrange tabs, searching and bookmarking are cake, and it doesn’t seem to have any obscure page rendering issues.
  • Easy to use download manager
  • Auto hide status bar
  • Runs better than IE8 beta.
  • Cool Opera-like start page

Cons:

  • No home button in the toolbar
  • No print preview
  • No Undo Close Tab feature like Firefox has.
  • No add-ons (yet). Chrome’s source code is available now so we’ll see what happens with that. Adblock is my favorite Firefox extension and if Chrome can get something similar (yes I realize Google owns Adsense) then it will be a huge plus.
  • Lacks some basic customization features
I’m eager to see how the browser’s development progresses and how it impacts Firefox and IE.

Welcome

Welcome.

Welcome to Catch My Fame. For now, CMF is a place where I’ll share my 11+ years of IT experience and 8+ years of web development and design experience with you. I consider myself stuck somewhere between web developer and designer. I have worked on big celebrity web sites, small home grown mom and pop sites, and everything in between and have both developer skills (PHP, Perl, ASP, MySQL) and designer skills. I’m a designoper. I’ll share my insight, frustrations, and solutions to the wonderful work of web sites. So sit back, read, share, and learn.