Recently I have decided to give the ol’ faithful Internet Explorer 8 a break. It’s not that it’s a bad browser, it’s just not that good either … It’s almost like every version of Internet Explorer is created by a completely new team, they see all the functionality in the old version but don’t understand the “reason” it’s there so they lose some of it and add other bits. All in all each version is better than the last but you always feel like you’ve lost some useful features when a new version comes out. Maybe the IE dev team is a bit like the “Cold Front”, if you’re a bad little Microsoft developer you get sent to the “IE Dev Swamp” until you’ve learned your lesson and are allowed back into the dev team for an exciting “paid for” application.
Anyway, enough rambling about IE, I’m not anti or pro Microsoft but no one is perfect and IE could definitely learn some lessons from some of the other browsers out there.
So on to the point of this post, having switched to Firefox (and now I can’t live without NoScript, but that’s another story …) I started looking at the Firefox Persona’s that people have created and decided to try my hand at creating some of my own.
Whilst not the simplest of tasks (there always seems to be a few things they just don’t tell you) I soon had a few Persona’s up and running and plan to create more as I get the time. Apart from being a bit of fun it seemed like a great way to promote my images to a wider audience. The process allows you to place information about yourself against your profile so there’s always a chance people will visit my web site if they like my images.
To see my profile and current Firefox Persona’s go to http://www.getpersonas.com/en-US/gallery/Designer/zMADCAT
This is the age of social media and anything that reaches the masses must be good 🙂 Talking of social media, did I mention I have a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/madcatphotography, please feel free to pop over and click the “Like” button.
So with a new browser and some Firefox Persona’s under my belt I’m on a roll and decide to give iGoogle another go. I now have accounts with, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader and Remember the Milk (a great free online task manager) and they are all linked on my iGoogle home page. Works like a dream so far and we’re slowly moving all our calendars and task lists over.
Needless to say once I got iGoogle setup I started looking at their themes and just had to create one of my own. I have to say that although the Firefox Persona process was not simple, creating an iGoogle theme was much more complex. Whilst there are several tools that allow you to configure your iGoogle theme in real time they were not exactly problem free and having to co-ordinate the text and background colours as well as the images also made it a bit more time consuming.
So at last I have a Google theme accepted and in use, click here to see it.