Obligatory Website Color Tools Post

An assortment of website color selection tools, including web-smart options. Web-smart color is a palette of 4096 colors that are likely to display well on almost all modern displays. It has largely supplanted the earlier “web-safe” colors, which were a set of 216 colors likely to display well on all displays running at 256 colors or higher.

This post will be revised as I go through my bookmarks and with future tools and may end up changed into a reference page. More useful items are likely to end up higher up within the content of this post, and suggestions are welcome in the comments.

Color Picker is a simple web application that lets you use web-safe or web-smart colors and see how they’ll look.

MoreCrayons Web-Smart Palette tools has both a color cube (view interior of cube by unchecking boxes to hide the “layers” of color on the blue/Z axis) and a slider tool that only operates in the web-safe color ranges.

Adobe has a very nifty color theme tool called Kuler.

Sharebrain has a nice collection of links to color resources.

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Sony Vaio Z505 / Z600 Hard Drive Replacement

Here are photos of the process of opening my old Sony VAIO Z505JSK laptop and upgrading the hard drive. The pictures are linked to larger versions.

The pictures on this page should apply to most Sony VAIO Z505 laptop / notebook computers, as well as to the Z600 laptops since they’re the same (just renumbered for the European market). Even where the pictures don’t match, the procedure is the same – carefully disassemble, keeping things organized. If something won’t go, look around to figure out how it might be attached or fastened, don’t just try to force it.

Your laptop was designed to be opened and serviced by technicians without damage. That means there’s a way to get into it without breaking things.

You may not know the official correct steps, but if you think you have to break something then you’re doing something wrong or have missed something. Expect tricky clips and redundancy because of the need to balance between a sturdy laptop and an easily disassembled laptop.

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Backpacks for Laptops (1990s-early 2000s)

This is the new home of the non-updated listing of backpacks for laptops. While the listing is out of date, it may still contain information of use to some people.

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