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ChasingSteel.com is Now Optimized For the iPhone and the Web

Being a huge fan of the iPhone, and all Apple products for that matter, I spent Saturday learning how to make ChasingSteel.com more iPhone friendly. 

I had to learn the details of my web site provider’s elements so that I could craft a CSS file that would take the standard web content and make it more appealing and usable in Safari on the iPhone without altering any of the content’s format on my main site.  A full day of effort later, I am proud to announce that ChasingSteel.com looks better on the iPhone!

I do plan on tweaking the format as time passes and I feel the need to do so.  However, I am happy with the first release.  It turned out that about a 10-line CSS file was all that was required. Man, technology is cool, once you understand what you need to do and why. Google played a big part in the effort, obviously.

I have tested the final product and it seems to function fine, however, you may encounter something that is a problem or doesn’t display right.  If so, please let me know so that I can correct it.

I hope you find the new design useful and it makes visiting ChasingSteel.com on the iPhone a better experience!




Apple? Who would have thought?

I have been working in the IT industry for over twenty years.  During that time, I primarily deployed and supported solutions that ran on Novell NetWare and Microsoft Windows-based operating systems.  As such, I always viewed Apple and their line of computers as the “other guys” or as “the enemy,” if you will.

Well, that has all changed.

I recently wanted to buy my wife a GOOD computer to use to surf the web, do emails, and work with the family photos.  She had been using the family hand-me-downs and she deserved better.  So I began evaluating options.

I had always heard that Macs were a good computer for non-techies and was more than capable on the graphics front, so I looked at what was available.  I saw the iMac at the Apple store and asked the salesperson for a demo.

I was amazed at the capabilities of the computer, the gorgeous graphics, and the ease of use!  Consequently, I bought my wife a 24” iMac on the spot.  Ever since, we haven’t looked back.  Having so many years under my belt in IT, I am qualified to say the Mac platform, and all Apple products for that matter, are the way to go.

There is a clear advantage to using Apple products.  Apple has been able to, through awesome user interface and user experience nuances, to unleash the creative capabilities of the average “Joe.”

We now have 3 iPhones (the greatest device EVER), an iMac, an Apple TV, and countless iPods in our home.  Our lives are truly more enriched thanks to Steve Jobs and Apple.

I continue to work almost exclusively with Microsoft-based solutions, but, that is, after all, work.  I design, express, and play on a Mac!