Quick & Easy CSS3 Generators

Here are a few CSS3 Generators that you should definitely take a look at.  I say this because in my opinion they cover the most ground when it comes to ease of use all in one place and browser support.  These CSS3 Generators are great for border-radius, box-shadow, background gradient and opacity.

There are a ton out there for all sorts of variables, but these hit the mark quickly when it comes to the more common effects you would like achieve on your website.

The CSS3 PIE is especially great, for it’s quick easy set up and ability to satisfy IE 6-8.  However, I’ve been advised that it can be quite the performance hog in IE.  I researched it a little and came across this posting that gets into the details.  Does anyone know if there is a way to improve performance using CSS3 PIE’s HTC in IE?

See below for more CSS3 generators:

Google Chrome – Full Screen Kiosk Mode

Here are steps for running Google Chrome in full screen Kiosk Mode on a Windows PC:

1. Right click on your Desktop and go to New > Shortcut

2. Browse to the chrome.exe file (depending on your set up, it might be found here: username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe) and click Next

3. Type a name for the shortcut (ie “Chrome Kiosk Mode”) and click Finish

4. Right click on the new shortcut on your Desktop and go to Properties

5. At the end of your Target replace chrome.exe with “chrome.exe –kiosk http:// [enter URL here]” and click OK

6. Double-click the shortcut on your Desktop and it will launch the full screen Kiosk

7. To quit the Kiosk, press Alt + F4 on your keyboard.

Speed Up & Improve iPhoto ’09 Performance

Okay, since I updated to iPhoto ’09 (yes, I realize it’s currently 2010), I noticed a huge lag in performance upon opening the application.  Not only would it take long to load, but once the interface came up, if you tried to click around with your mouse, the rainbow wheel of death would start spinning.  Nobody likes that.  Follow these steps to improve and speed up iPhoto performance:

  1. Option + Command click the iPhoto application
  2. A box will pop up entitled: Rebuild Photo Library
  3. Check “Reclaim unused disk space from databases”
  4. Click “Rebuild”
  5. Checking any of the other ones doesn’t hurt either, it actually speeds it up even more.  Give it a try!

Also, if anyone has any additional advice or tips, please feel free to share.

Backblaze Icon Missing from Menu Bar in Snow Leopard

Long story short, Backblaze is awesome!  Up until I lost my Backblaze icon from the menu bar in Mac OSX Snow Leopard.  I researched online a little and couldn’t find an easy method of fixing the issue.  With that nifty little icon missing, I worried if it were working at all – all those precious photos, video and digital memories gone?

By going into the Backblaze settings in your System Preferences, you can select the check box next to “Show Backblaze icon in the menu bar.”  However, every time I checked the box, the icon would not come back.  And upon return to the preferences, the box remained unchecked.  A mystery?  Yes, indeed.

Therefore, I contacted customer support and they gave me a quick and easy solution that made my day.  Try the following steps below to fix the mysteriously missing Backblaze icon from the menu bar in Snow Leopard.

  1. Click on the Finder
  2. Press Command + Shift + G
  3. Enter /Library/Backblaze in the text field and press “Go”
  4. Right click on the folder “bzdata” and Get Info (or press command + i)
  5. Change the permissions, so that all users have “Read & Write” permissions.
  6. Then click the gear icon and select “Apply to enclosed items..”
  7. If the Backblaze icon doesn’t show up on the menu bar, follow steps 1-3 again and this time double click “bzbmenu” and this will place the icon in the right spot.