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[Tutorial] Create a professional navigation bar in Photoshop

This tutorial with guide you through how to make a professional looking navigation bar for your site. This tutorials takes in to account that you have a reasonable knowledge of Photoshop.

The result will be like the following:


Top free applications to aid in web design and development

FileZilla FTP Client -
A FTP client to upload documents from your computer to your web server. Also supports SFTP for secure transfering of files.

Microsoft SuperPreview: Test websites in multiple browsers at the same time

It appears Microsoft is making web design testing a lot easier (or at least taking some time out by removing the need for VirtualPCs with different versions of IE on) with a FREE application called Microsoft SuperPreview.

With a large number of people still using Internet Explorer 6, this is nothing but a good thing until IE6 is gone for good.

Create a simple image gallery in Drupal 6 using CCK and Views

This tutorial will guide you through how to create a simple gallery within Drupal 6 using CCK, Views and a few more custom modules.

This tutorial was written with the following versions of Drupal and modules:

Update: Modules have been updated to the latest versions as of 20 April 2009, version numbers are in brackets after the links above.

Counter Strike: Source weapon skins

Here are some Counter Strike: Source skins I made a couple of years ago.

Skins were exported from the game then modified using Photoshop and saved back in to VTF for Counter Strike: Source.

Blue Scout

Free access…is it always free?


Something should be thought through before being put online.

This was on a webcam site from someone who added me on Twitter.

Windows Vista x64 to Windows 7 Beta

With the new Windows 7 beta out from Microsoft, I decided to try to upgrade an existing Windows Vista x64 which has been very stable and not had a problem, has a fair few applications installed and lots of documents.  I wasn’t putting up much hope, but backed up all the Documents and proceeded to upgrade the Vista installation as opposed to a new installation.

The installation started properly with no issues from within Windows Vista, then the PC required a restart, so restarted and the installation continued.

A message then came up during installation that “a required driver could not be found”.  This could be a problem, once the error had been closed, the window on screen said that all changes made would be reverted to how they were.  So my thoughts here were that it would restart back to Windows Vista like it was before with a heap of temporary installation files on the C drive.

HTPC software configuration using MediaPortal

For my HTPC, I now have configured most things up, so it is all working just like it should be. It took a few OS reinstalls to get it exactly where I wanted it, but I more or less have it, just have to sort out Blu-ray & HDDVD playback sorted first.

Here is a list of what I was aiming for:

Spammer alert -

Over 430 spam messages in 6 days.

A good one to put in your ban list.

Another spammer -

Another spammer caught in action.

Some others that have come up: