I’ve got a couple of different things I want to talk about, but none of them warrant an individual post, so I’m gonna wrap ’em all into one.
I’ve started using Meebo as my instant messenging program of choice. The only thing that prevented me from using it before was having to go through the trouble of actually typing in each account whenever I wanted to use it. A few days ago, however, Meebo rolled out a new update which included individual user accounts, so now all you have to do is sign up for an account, type your information in one time, and it will save it for future use. It rocks; I mean, I’ve only been using it for a few hours, but any time I can use a browser to accomplish something instead of a program, I’ll do it. Firefox has quickly become the home of everything I do on the computer, which I guess is going to be the wave of the future.
I’m thrilled about the prospect of getting back into the designing game. I know I’ve got a long road ahead of me in terms of catching up with all the new standards (CSS, XHTML, etc), but I’ve got three books coming in this week from Amazon that will get me back where I want to be. I’ve had a name in mind for my design company for five years, but haven’t ever done anything about it because I’ve been too afraid/lazy to try and learn everything that I’ve missed out on. Last night, however, I registered the domain name, and I’ll be taking it live in a few weeks time. I’ve got two clients already based on past work, but I’m waiting to start design on them until I feel like I’m proficient enough in CSS and layout to get them done the way I envision them in my head. One designer who has heavily inspired me to get back into the game is Derek Punsalan; his work is incredibly creative and a perfect example of where I’m going to be taking my designs.
Om Malik is reporting that Six Apart may have pulled in another 12 million in Series C financing. I understand that Six Apart has three of the biggest blogging platforms available (Movable Type, Typepad, and Livejournal), but is the company really worth over 100 million dollars? That seems incredibly pricey to me. Movable Type is pure junk compared to WordPress, anyway. Blog software should not have a “rebuilding” step in this day and age; it was fine when MT first released, but WordPress raised the bar and MT should have followed their lead a long, long time ago.