Orienteering

August 29, 2008 Leave a Comment

How to change the page orientation of just one page within a Word document.

I wanted to test Scribd, so needed a document to upload. voila!


Changing-Orientation-of-a-single-page-with-Word-2007Upload a Document to Scribd
Read this document on Scribd: Changing-Orientation-of-a-single-page-with-Word-2007

Not overly useful, I know, but fits the purpose.

One Week Later

June 30, 2008 Leave a Comment

The puzzle advertised last week was of course advertising the return of MENEFT. The answer, specifically, was ‘murphyz Entertaining Neverending Film Titles is back’.

It’s a game started by me a long time ago, developed by someone else, then resurrected by a third person, and now back where it belongs on my forum as of today.

You’ll need to log in to play, but it’s basically name the film by the image shown.

http://www.meneft.com

Web site design

August 23, 2007 2 Comments

I’ve often thought in the past that I should make a little money out of designing websites for small companies, but have always shied away from doing so. Even when someone has come to me and asked me to do it, I’ve always said no – for free or for payment.

Perhaps I don’t have enough confidence in myself to sell something I create, or to be able to design something that has to be liked by someone else. Whenever I do create a site it’s normally for myself or a friend, and normally something which I personally like the look of – not creating for someone else. The nearest I came to designing for others was when I did custom diaryland designs for a few people. Sure the people I did the work for seemed to really like what I did – but blog people are fickle and seemed to move on quickly to another theme. I haven’t bothered creating them for wordpress as there are so many good ones out there that do the job better than I could.

Yet, there are so many people out there on the internet that are making money from creating websites which, to be honest, I think I certainly could do better than them.

I hate to name and shame, but I will anyway. Here’s a website I found earlier belonging to a guy who is selling a basic website for £500. www.leonardmurphy.co.uk

To me the actual designers website just looks amateurish and would not impress me enough to consult them in an attempt to create my business presence in an online world. Then again, if I was a small business that knew it was best to get on the internet, but didn’t have a clue how, a clue what I wanted my website to do or what the options are, perhaps I would pay £500 for a site from someone random.

The thing that bothers me most about this site is that they don’t show a portfolio of any other sites they have created. As a designer you should be proud of your work and willing to show the diversity of what you can do, and to give a potential client a feel for what you are capable of.

I did find another site designed by this person. http://www.clivemurphy.co.uk/ It’s not great, but to be honest I like it more than the designers own site – it seems to be more subtle, and minimal. I do like white.

Now Leonard, if you happen to look at your stats page or do a Google search and find yourself on this blog, please rise above the fact I am openly stating my dislike for your work. I admire anyone that can go ahead and make money from personal ventures such as this, so I applaud you if you have sold just one site design and made cash from it – as it’s something I’ve never done, and nowadays I tend to use pre-written CMS systems and designs for my needs.

I do, however, often go back over things I designed years ago when I first learnt about the internet. At the time I thought ‘I am a god, this is amazing, look at what I can do. I will own the internet tomorrow!’ – and with hindsight I often just say to myself ‘so…you thought that was good?’.

Imagine, if you will, a child colouring in a picture of an elephant in a zoo and going out of the lines a lot and quote proud of the fact the elephant is green with a purple trunk; as a teenager that child may look back on the drawing and realise just how bad it really is.

Still, the child isn’t making money out of it – whereas these web designers are and for some reason that annoys me a little. Probably because I’m not doing so myself – but then I know I’m not good enough, regardless of how much better than some other people I may be. I would have serious moral issues with charging someone £500 for something that wasn’t great.

Rant over – I’m off to search for more examples of bad web designers. There are plenty out there.

Home Page

August 5, 2007 9 Comments

I’ve done very little today…but I guess that’s what Sunday is for right?

I spent a bit of time watching the Grand Prix, a bit of time playing with t’internet coding, and also a little time creating a new image for the home page of murphyzville.com.

I would like something such as a cartoony village, a bit like the one on the main page of The Simpsons Movie Website; alas my artistic abilities are very much lacking and there is no way I could come close to creating something such as that.

A sign is the best I can do.

Welcome to murphyzVille
Welcome to murphyzVille

Now I should shave and watch a bit of crap TV before bed, I guess.

Monday comes around oh so quickly.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

July 17, 2007 7 Comments

I’ve just read Chapter 1 of the latest Harry Potter book, and am very much looking forward to it being released over the weekend.

It’s available as an ‘ebook’ to download from various places on the internet, but rather than an actual ebook, some guy has managed to steal a copy of it and thought he had nothing better to do with his Monday evening than sit on the floor and take a photo of each and every page.

Still…I guess if he has nothing better to do.


HP Page 1

The quality of the photographs, lighting (or at least reflections from the camera flash), and the angle of the pages makes it quite a difficult read; so much so that I will not be reading past Chapter 1 and will, instead, await Saturday when it’s released.

Still, I’m sure there are some fans who will spend the next few evenings pouring over them so that they can read it fully before the release.

I’m glad it’s the last one.

Sorry

June 22, 2007 2 Comments

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.

“Miss Whack, I’d like to get a £30,000 loan to take a holiday.”

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral.
The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.

Very confused, Patty explains that she’ll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.

She finds the manager and says, “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow £30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral.”

She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what in the world is this?”

The bank manager looks back at her and says…

“It’s a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan, His old man’s a Rolling Stone.”

#1 – so why try harder

April 24, 2007 3 Comments

Gold A couple of years ago I wrote a short story, which some of you may remember after I posted a link to it on ABCtales.com

I noticed that a recent text competition on worth1000.com had the theme of ‘Trapped’ which fit this story quite nicely, so I went back to it, edited it a little, and submitted it.

I’m more than delighted to say that it has given me my very first Gold Trophy for an advanced contest. W00t!

I’ve had a gold medal before for coming first in one of the beginner photoshop contests, but never a trophy.

You can read my story along with the other great entries here.

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