Patio Blogging. Well not blogging — working though….

It was a perfect day to work on the patio. Open the umbrella, turn on the radio, unpack my supplies and dig into why the HTML file I’m working on doesn’t update the way I expect. And (as usual) it’s because the file I thought I was editing was not the file that I actually was editing. Duh.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been experimenting with some of the other editors I’ve got and I thought I’d shut down the last one before going back to Dreamweaver this morning — but I hadn’t. Then in closing it I either saved it or didn’t save it — in any case, I scrambled the files with some things saved and some lost. But it’s all sorted now.

I have to get away from Dreamweaver (my own copy of 5.5) (even though I kind of love it’s fancy features) because I cannot justify the annual Adobe subscription to keep it going. And Dreamweaver 5.5 (5 years old now) doesn’t recognize many of the HTML5 or CSS3 features that I want to use. If those features aren’t recognized, what’s the point of all the fancy bells and whistles?

So, I’m moving on. I am perfectly capable of hand coding — it’s going to be fun!

I’ve spent a lot of time today using Textastic which has versions for iOS and the Mac. Which is great. And even better — it works really smoothly. It took me about a half minute to connect to my web server and download the two files I needed. Editing/uploading/viewing was slick, really easy.

The next step is to play with the Mac version (which I’ve installed) but life intrudes….


Hunting an App: Text editors

Productivity week continues….

The new battery is installed in my Macbook Pro (AND working like a champ, I must say.) I’ve expanded my iCloud subscription and all my documents are now safely parked off-site. The macOS Sierra upgrade went like a breeze (once I snapped nto focus and opened the clamshell) I found a great deal (at Amazon) on a backup hard drive to replace the on that can only be read — and it’s on the way.

And this morning, I dived back into TheCSSWorkshop online class. I’m ready to make websites!!

Thus the text editors… I’m addicted to them. I have almost half a dozen on the Mac. But pretty much only Notes on the iPad. So I’m poking around to see f I can find some tempting tools:

Some reviews:

have given me a start. Maybe I’ll try a couple….

UPDATE: I just downloaded Visual Studio for Mac (what an idea!!) — it’s open source and free. And that fits my price.


A Hiccup

Quick note: When installing software — especially operating systems — open the laptop.

I almost always work on my Macbook Pro in clamshell mode. But it just doesn’t work when doing installs.

Some of the online hints are pretty scary. I matched problem 2 on this page but I wasn’t going to interrupt the installation without screaming …

So I was forced to think. And it came to me. Laptops aren’t meant to operate closed.

Case closed.

Stylin’ the Sheets… Cascading Style Sheets, that is

Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web DesignI am having a blast!!

My friend and I met about an exciting (secret) project — we are making so much progress, I can hardly keep from talking about it!

Part of the fun is that I have the excuse to polish my skills and update my knowledge in Website Design. I haven’t ever STOPPED looking into those things but my last active project was in Shopify and that was a more closed environment with certain rigid requirements.

This new project is wide open. So I’m gathering my tools:

I’ve been reading about Web Design and CSS today. I don’t have anything dramatic to offer but here are some links and thoughts about CSS Style Sheets:

Tons of stuff here… 70 Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding: Interesting idea for organizing different styles for same tag. I am NOT sure, I would do this but the organizing thought is interesting:

h2 { }
#snapshot_box h2 { padding: 0 0 6px 0; font: bold 14px/14px "Verdana", sans-serif; }
#main_side h2 { color: #444; font: bold 14px/14px "Verdana", sans-serif; }
.sidetagselection h2 { color: #fff; font: bold 14px/14px "Verdana", sans-serif; }<\pre>

So, with this method, we’d begin with an empty tag (in the above example, h2) then list the instances where it is used. Presumably not just IDs, but also classes.

I don’t want to get too far into this topic without mentioning Rachel Andrew and her CSS Layout News: a fabulous weekly newsletter filled with useful links to up-to-date news.

Rachel also offers online classes, CSS Layout Workshop that are VERY good. I finished the Introduction and am ready to start the Advanced set.


One of the things I love about Twitter is getting to interact with some of my heroes… Rachel is on Twitter (@rachelandrew) and so is Andy Clarke (@Malarkey).
Andy wrote my historically favorite web design book, “Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design,” which I have read to pieces. And recently, I have been trying to memorize is 5th Anniversary Edition of  Hard boiled Web Design.

So my projects are moving along. And life is good….

A New Habit or I’m Back!

14195924_10153803361836674_6471341163229262514_oIt has been years since I’ve been here — long enough ago that the backups from the original blog just don’t fit me anymore.

So. Knitting and computer stuff and food & weight issues (of course) — I am working on some projects and I want to share some of my thoughts and progress as I work on them.

This week has been full — relocating sites from one server to another — knitting a Sweater for My Sister Julie — Dealing with a failing laptop battery — setting up this blog…

I learned that I should have given my Macbook battery more attention. I’ve calibrated it every year or so but, I should have done it four times a year or more. … Now I have a replacement battery on order….

One of my projects involves OCR Scanning and I found a fabulous program — Abbyy FineReader Pro for the Mac. Before finding this program, I spent WAY too much time editing scanned documents to correct misread words. FineReader is nearly (Maybe completely? Is that possible?) perfectly accurate.

I’ll get better about saving links to share. But this is a start 🙂