Posts by JWells

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JWells says

I’m almost ready to submit my first item here – an under construction/coming soon template. My question is how advanced do these need to be to be accepted? They’re so simple that barely any documentation is necessary and there’s not a lot of room to go nuts on features. Seems like it should be almost all about the design.

Also, is there anything I should watch out for?

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JWells says

The 27” 2560×1440 IPS panel in my iMac (same as in the Thunderbolt display) has served me very well.

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JWells says

I’ve been working on my web design skills for several years now. I’m nothing grand, but I’m not terrible either. My work could probably be accepted here with a little extra elbow grease.

During this time, one quote has consistently come up again and again: “Websites don’t have to look the same in every browser.” I’d be inclined to agree, but all of the designs I’ve created so far just don’t look right if one browser decides to deviate on something by a few pixels. This makes me think it’s a core problem in my design methods, and I’m trying to root it out.

What is the key to designing so that small variations won’t be noticed or make a difference? Is it less fine details (double 1px borders, for instance)? More whitespace? What’s the secret?

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JWells says

I’m confused by what you mean when you say, “16GB external”. The only memory any computer has is its internal memory. It’s not like a hard drive, which can be hooked up through external interfaces like USB and Firewire.

Don’t buy the iMac with 16GB of memory. Just go with the standard 4GB and buy your memory from an online retailer like http://www.newegg.com/ or http://www.crucial.com/ and install it yourself. It’s extremely easy (the iMac has a little hatch that you open to insert the memory sticks into) and you’ll save a ton of money because Apple overcharges for RAM .

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JWells says

If he’s going to wait, then yeah I’d agree with going for the Mac Pro. As it stands, however, the top-end iMac puts the low-end Mac Pro to shame.

I really hope the next Mac Pro update is nothing short of incredible. If it isn’t, I’ll have to turn to hackintoshing to get what I want from a Mac OS machine.

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JWells says

I would say the Sandy Bridge CPU is a good reason. It’s a good leap over Nehalem with a 20% overall performance boost, PLUS you’re talking about whole 1Ghz difference in clock speeds. The iMac is going to perform better in nearly all circumstances.

Let’s not forget that the 5770 is an ancient graphics card now, which is going to impact the performance of things like live/preview rendering and video encoding (OpenCL). The iMac’s 6970 is dramatically more powerful than the 5770 – several times, in fact.

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JWells says

As it is right now, you’re getting a lot more bang for your buck for the iMac than you are for the Mac Pro. The iMac uses a latest-generation Sandy Bridge CPU whereas the Mac Pro hasn’t been updated in two years and uses an outdated Nehalem-based Xeon. This is significant because the Sandy Bridge architecture provides about a 20% performance boost over Nehalem – nothing to be sneezed at.

So while the Mac Pro might do better at heavily parallelized tasks that take advantage of multiple cores (say like video editing/encoding), for nearly any other purpose the iMac is giving you more power for your money.

Something else to keep in mind is that the iMac gives you an industry-grade IPS display, exactly the same as the Apple Thunderbolt display and Dell’s 27” IPS display. One of these alone will run you $1,000US, making the $1,999US 27” iMac a pretty nice bargain. The only sacrifice you make is upgradability.

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JWells says

As far as build quality goes, the only laptops out there that are on the same level or are better than Macbooks are Lenovo Thinkpads. They’re tough, have great hardware, and will last you for a long time.

I’ve also heard Dell’s business laptops aren’t bad, but aren’t as good as Thinkpads.

Practically everything else out there is creaky, consumer-oriented plastic junk.

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JWells says
KarmaThemes said
hogash said
Hi, Responding in a week is a total lack of respect for the users. It doesn’t matter if there are 200 emails. At 200 emails, either the theme is a pain, either it’s selling very well. So if it’s selling very well = money, the author could hire a partner for support. I respect my clients by answering them in a short time and i always get awesome feedback from them, so in just a few months i have a good customer loyalty. However, OrganicBeeMedia is right, support isn’t required when being an author.
Sometimes there are personal reasons for not doing support, don’t accuse authors that don’t support to mean harm or disrespect clients. Even if they earn a lot of money, maybe they need all of the money to pay their bills, rent or illness? Who knows. Just stop assuming.

Quite right, everybody’s situation is different. My first items are unfinished still, but once they’re up and selling, due to my personal situation it simply won’t be feasible for me to provide extensive support or hire someone else to do so. The most I will be able to do is answer the most common and basic questions and perhaps point people in the right direction (tutorials, etc) in cases where they simply don’t know how to use the purchased item.

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JWells says

Perhaps Envato should add an additional price point, which is around $25 higher. The original point has no support while the higher point does, and authors can choose if they want to offer the higher point or not.

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