I Can See Clearly…

Bootcamp icon

…now the green has gone.

For a while now I’ve harboured the suspicion that my ‘bargain’ 21 inch Sony Trinitron CRT monitor I bought off eBay has not had quite the right colour balance, yet trying to compare it with the 17 inch tft next to it is by and large a pointless exercise, as I don’t believe that shows colour or contrast correctly either. I’ve always suspected that it had something of a green cast to it, and had the green bias turned down quite a bit in comparison to the red and blue.

However last night I think I finally nailed it. Having decided that that background colour for the site should be grey, hex #333 to be precise, I re-skinned it and proudly presented it to Darcy, who in his inimitable way, managed to point something out straight away.

“I like the olive green background”

“Uhhm… it’s supposed to be grey”

“It isn’t”

And he was right. So the green bias has been lowered right down to practically nothing, and whaddya know… the greys match on the tft and the crt. Also, a lot of the work looks much better as a result. Cheers Darcy!

For the record, I don’t do olive green… 😐

I’m starting my ‘mac fund’ soon, and am dithering between saving up for an iMac, a MacBook Pro or the rumoured intel dualcore powered G5 PowerPC replacement allegedly coming towards the end of this year.

One thing I do know, I can’t bloody afford any of them at the moment, but Darcy needs a new system (which usually means I get a new one and he inherits mine) so something’s going to have to give soon. I’d like to get a laptop, but that’s probably not going to be an option for replacing my system here so I guess I’m shooting for a tower system (expensive). The fact is the one single most significant thing that’s making me consider getting a mac is Boot Camp.

My largest single reason (excuse!) for wanting a Macbook Pro was that I wanted to be able to check my html and other stuff for cross compatibility with other browsers / formats. But Boot Camp has kinda removed that excuse, and given me a whole new one: why on earth would I not want a mac now that I can easily dual boot either OS?


9 thoughts on “I Can See Clearly…”

  1. I wish I posted as often as you redesign your site! πŸ™‚
    The gray background is great; the girl in the upper left really suprised me when I noticed she was there. I like that effect a lot.
    Also, I don’t know if adjusting the bias on your monitor had anything to do with this or not, but the coloring on the gentleman at the top of your post is fantastic.

  2. Mmmm. I think this is my favourite redesign thus far.
    I think the colouring was just a happy accident.. I did him before I reset the monitor.
    Now if I could just get this blue background on the comment form to work in IE I’d be a happy bunny indeed.
    &^%# IE. πŸ™

  3. Yup, this works well! I like it better than the blue/orange bit you had. And like Chris says, that guy is awesome.
    As for the new mac, once you get one, you’ll hate going back to Windows. I do on a daily basis to check sites and stuff, but I wuuuuuv my mac. Apple just introduce a 17″ MacBook Pro. Sooooo drool worthy.
    Bootcamp definitely looks like the bees knees. And there’s Rumor that OS X 10.5 will support windows apps natively.
    How friggin sweet would that be?

  4. I like the new look. Was the the longest time between tweaking? πŸ™‚
    I’ll assume you fixed the blue bacground on the cooent page since I see it and I’m using IE.

  5. I think the bit you can see is the ‘type message here’ image, olton, yeh?
    The whole comments form should be in a blue box with an illo of two characters chatting with a bubble over their heads. Can’t for the life of me work out why IE hates it so much.

  6. Can’t for the life of me work out why IE hates it so much.

    It would be much easier for me to explain “why I hate IE so much.”

  7. Well, this might be hopeful:
    I’m looking at your site on IE 7 Beta 2…and I see the little blue dudes talking just like I do on my mac in Firefox.
    so, maybe there’s a light on the horizon after all!

  8. Hah. I did read that IE7 was going to be more standards compliant, yet despite that, transparent png support & tabbed browsing there’s no way I’ll use it for anything other than css checking.
    Might download that and have a look though, as long as it’s secure….

  9. Great new look – I’m a fan of using neutrals on portfolio/ image heavy sites.
    As for the new mac – it might be worth waiting for 10.5 to bed in first so that all the kinks get ironed out.

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