Blueprint CSS Framework

I stumbled on the BluePrint CSS framework, seeing it used in another blog’s template. I had no idea there was such a thing as a CSS framework. So I’ve been playing around with it this morning.

I first wanted to try it out on a very simple page, and the public end of the site is very simple but uses a lot of floats which are replaced in the framework with the concept of a “grid.” It makes things a lot simpler.

There was one tricky part, the content of is centered ala most Google pages. In screen.css there is a container class that you use when you want to use grid layouts. The default width is 950px so it doesn’t center at all. I was only using 18 columns in my grid and the math for width of columns is columns * 40 – 10 = width so I changed it to this:

.container {width:710px;margin:0 auto;}

Viola! Centered content with the magic of grid layouts!

My initial impression is that the Blueprint CSS Framework is well worth learning and using for reduced development time and great simplicity and easier maintenance. Two thumbs up!

Caring Labs

In the process of incorporating Keyring Labs, my company. Also launching a new effort which I thought of during a conversation with someone who works at a non-profit (as I do). Caring Labs is going to be a sister corporation of Keyring Labs, offering pro-bono consulting, products and services to any non-profit needing any of that.

The idea is that the non-profit I work for has more resources than most non-profits, and a very good CTO who has gotten the organization ahead of the game technology-wise in most ways, but even for us some of things we do are a little backwards (only in dealing with technology). There are a lot of non-profits fighting for things of great value to this world that have even less resources than the organization I work for. If there was an organization that could come into a place, look at how they are using technology, and either point them in the right direction or do the actual work to get them operating far more efficiently, well, hopefully enough has been said and you all get the picture. Will update on the progress here often.

I checked the stats for (relaunched as this morning. Turns out I’ve actually created a google search:
battle rc
rc plane laser tag
laser tag rc airplanes
jet laser tag
laser tag plane
rc laser aircraft
laser tag airplanes
laser remote control
1 real laser tag
1 laser tag remote control
battlerc island

Nobody was searching for these things before, they’re all directly related to being up. Looks like there is some buzz. It’s about time for a mailing list send!

Card Swipe for BlackBerry

It’s been a good morning. I took the code from the manufacturer’s website and hooked it all in so that a BlackBerry should theoretically connect to the device and read card information. Now that I know the code is, well, sane, I can actually get the device with no worry that it’ll be a nightmare to interface with it from Java code. When I have it working with the device I’ll post an update here.

Here’s what the BlackBerry will show when no P25M is connected: