I’m excited to unleash my first live site unto the world!
I spent a month totally redesigning the site of Sydney-based gift basket company Gift Sensations (total story can be found in Portfolio).
You owe it to yourself to take a look, constructive criticism is more than welcome!
Gift Baskets and Hampers for All Occasions – Gift Sensations
Any web developer using the ePages shopping cart software will soon realise its limitations, compared to solutions where you can edit the source code.
PRINTING AND NETWORKING – A
If you plug your printer into a Linux box, nine times out of ten it’ll simply work. And that’s just what happened with my Epson Stylus TX110. No drivers, no messing about, no stupid CD that force you to load a ton of bloated crap on your system – it just works. That’s the way it should be done, much better than under Windows or Mac. CUPS (the Common Unix Printing System) has drivers for nearly every printer under the sun. Extra brownie points go to CUPS for supporting older hardware too – our old Xerox DocuPrint P8ex laser printer only has had drivers released supporting Windows 9x and NT 4.0. It’s dodgy old system of kernel mode drivers meant there was no chance it worked on Windows Vista or 7 (XP worked… to a point). But Linux has given it a new lease of life after my Dad relegated it to the shed since it didn’t work on his new Win7 laptop. Continue reading My Adventure of Switching to Linux – Part 3
MORE IMPRESSIONS – A
My PC is far from low-spec. At least that’s what I’d like to believe anyway, seeing as I built it this year. With a solid Core i5 at the beating heart, a Radeon HD 6850 pushing pixels, 4GB of DDR3, and one of the fastest 1TB mechanical HDDs around, you’d expect Windows 7 never to break a sweat. Unfortunately, that’s far from the case. It takes at least a minute to fully start up and get past that ‘Welcome’ screen and open Firefox, a fair bit of spinning circle and takes ages to shut down. Mint takes 15 seconds to hit the login screen from GRUB (itself determined by how quickly I can press ‘Enter’ from a cold boot) and upon entering in my password – instant GNOME desktop! Continue reading My Adventure of Switching to Linux – Part 2
Linux on the desktop has largely had an image problem with being ‘too hard’. And a few years ago, this was largely true – in comparison to Windows, how much configuration did you need to go through to get a working install in 2004? If anyone has been reading APC magazine in 2007, you might have read through veteran Linux journo Ashton Mills’ monthly piece ‘Open Source Challenge’ and felt intrigued at Linux’s (Ubuntu in particular) resurgence in usability. There were a few rough edges – but how does Linux as a desktop OS stack up in 2011? Continue reading My Adventure of Switching to Linux – Part 1
I’m excited to be working with the owners of www.giftsensations.com.au to design and develop their new website!
Gift Sensations, a long-running Sydney online company sells all sorts of gourmet gift baskets featuring plenty of tasty treats, fine wines and impeccable presentation!
The site is currently running through its second phase of development, all the backbone of the site is in place and design is complete! We’re in the process of adding products to the site and within a couple of weeks the site should be nice and ready to go live. All in time for Valentine’s Day!
I’m looking forward on unleashing this site to the world!