Artisteer Template Designer

Review – Artisteer Web Template Designer

Artisteer - CMS Template GeneratorI’m currently reviewing and evaluating a really neat program for designing and modifying CMS templates.  I do have some pretty steep requirements for what such a thing might be able to do, but as advertised, it should generate templates for the most popular content management systems, including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and DotNetNuke.  So…..  what does it really need to do rather than just generating cookie-cutter sites, to be useful as a design tool?

Here’s what I want to know:

  • Can I use my own images and theme elements in a design to get something that’s actually original?
  • Can I move things around and adjust sizes and widths as I wish to get what my customer wants?
  • Does it support any type of active navigation with slick pulldowns?
  • Can I customize the navigation with javascript?

We will see!  Stay tuned… And if you want to try it out for yourself and let me know, please feel free!

- Mike

Operating System Essential Anti-Virus

It’s always amazed me that the anti-virus software market’s been so big.  When you install anti-virus software, modifications are made to the very lowest level parts of the operating system to monitor internet traffic, email applications, scan devices when they are attached, and scan files when they are opened, in addition to monitoring system processes….. all of this sounds like techno-babble for stuff happening under the hood of your computer.

Under the hood of your computer you say?  Isn’t that where an operating system is supposed to exist for the most part?

An operating system should protect itself from viruses.  You shouldn’t need to have to install software on a computer system to guard against unapproved subversion of its operating system.  There are two ways to make this happen: Read More »