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August 22, 2008 by mormegil
My original plan we to do a Video tutorial of today's icon, however after I got all the assets together I realized there was nothing particularly difficult. I realized that we can pretty much do today's icons by just tweaking our existing assets. So it looks like our first Tutorial Video will have to wait for a bit, but some videos will be coming along soon. Promise.
Day 14 (Friday, August 22th, 2008) ...
August 22, 2008 by mormegil
Today we will dive back in to the core user folder with the Music folder. We will be basing it on our Original Icon-A-Day My Music Folder, and will be using almost the same exact steps. However, because of the change in folder size, we will need to recreate almost all the assets for our 2.0 version.
Day 13 (Thursday, August 21th, 2008) The Music folder
The original Music Folder was one of my f...
August 19, 2008 by mormegil
Today I spent most of my Icon-A-Day time figuring out how to get some videos to integrate in future tutorials. Unfortunately this left me with very little time for tonight's icon, but luckily we have a quick one available; the Links folder.
Day 12 (Tuesday, August 19th, 2008) The Links Folder
The Links folder is another of the new additions in Windows Vista. It is...
August 18, 2008 by mormegil
As we enter week three of the Icon-A-Day 2.0 tutorial series I stop and ponder, why, why am I doing this? well the answer seems pretty simple: I am crazy.  Of course, this seems to come up often on Mondays. Luckily my insanity is of a variety that won't let me give up on a project once I said I would do it, so with that said, let us dive back in to the User folders with one of Vista's brand new special folders. The Downloads folder. ...
August 15, 2008 by mormegil
Yesterday we created the first of our User folders, the Favorites folder. In doing so we established the style we will be using for the rest of them. Today we will move from that one to another of the simpler examples, the Pictures folder.
Day 10 (Friday, August 15th, 2008) The Pictures Folder
The Pictures folder remains more or less the same in Vista as it was in...
August 15, 2008 by mormegil
Yesterday we created a "Wrapper folder" and we will be using it as the key ingredient for our User folders. Tonight we will start with one of the simple ones, just to see how it works out.
Day 9 (Thursday, August 14th, 2008) The Users Folder:
In the past, the favorites folder was tucked away in the depths of the Documents and Settings folder. In Vista it...
August 14, 2008 by mormegil
Windows Vista has brought us a great many things, some good, some bad. One of the less noticed changes is the new User folder structure. With this they have changed one of the staples of windows customization and icon design in general.
Day 8 (Wednesday, August 13th, 2008) The Users Folder:
In Windows 95 through XP, user folders (My Music, My Pictures, My Video, e...
August 13, 2008 by mormegil
Windows Vista made several changes and additions to the way folders are displayed. The most obvious change is the Live folders; subtler is the addition of the Data folder. The Data folder is often mistaken for a Live folder, but is, in fact, simply a folder, with another folder inside of it. It is used whenever a folder contains one or more sub-folders. The Data folder is used even if those folders are empty.
Day, 6 (Tuesday,...
August 8, 2008 by mormegil
On Day 3 we created the new Closed Folder icon, and then on Day 4 we took that folder and created our Open Folder. Today we will take it even further and use our Open Folder to create our Windows Vista Live Folder.
Day, 5 (Friday, August 8th, 2008) In Windows Vista, if you have your folders displaying at any size above 48x48, just about any folder you see is a Live Folder. These fold...
August 7, 2008 by mormegil
Back in the dark times of 2005, we did not have such things as Live Folder, and the Open Folder was a rarely seen anomaly on the Windows desktop. Now things have changed; though you rarely see the actual Open Folder icon, you see the Live Folders everywhere. We will take advantage of this to finally give the Open Folder some love, and I will try and explain just what goes into the Vista Live Folder icons along the way.

Day, 4 (Thu...
August 7, 2008 by mormegil
The first Icon in the original Icon-A-Day series was the Closed Folder. I have to admit that I was not quite sure what I was getting into at the time. This time I do, so we will begin once again at the beginning, with the Closed Folder.

Day, 3 (Wednesday, August 6th, 2008) The funny thing about the Closed Folder icon is that by default, in Vista it is no longer closed, it is jus...
August 5, 2008 by mormegil
For those of you not familiar with the Icon-A-Day series of tutorials, and icons, you can find the Tutorial Index Here, and the final Iconpackage Here. I hope you will find the new series helpful and fun, and I hope you find the new icons to your liking. For those of you who were around for the first go, welcome back, and thank you all for making the Icon-A-Day series such a great success. The original Icon-A-Day Iconpackage has been downloaded 225,673 (as of today) times from Win...
August 5, 2008 by mormegil
  I was never happy with the quantity of File Type icons in the original Icon-A-Day Iconpackage. I wanted to do more, but by the time I got to the end of the project I was about burned out. This time around should be easier since we should be able to keep almost all of the original file type icons.

Day, 2 (Tuesday, August 5th, 2008) One of my favorite things a...
August 5, 2008 by mormegil

I am thinking of moving my running blog, back to Joe User, but I need Nike+ Widgets to work on it.
So let us test it.
April 20, 2008 by mormegil
It was 28 long years ago when last I was on a train. Back then my main concern was not getting in trouble for running off. My Grandma Ruth was taking me to see my father in the far off north - by which I mean northern California (I was ten years old).  I had never even touched a computer, and was more concerned about Legos and crackerjacks than what I would do with my life.

Since then I have been allot of places, mostly in cars and planes, and my life seems to revolve around compu...