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Even more gamercards news (and designs)

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

Since I just decided that this would also be a devblog for my gamercard service, I guess I might post all udpates I make to them – I noticed a quite big increase in traffic lately, most likely due to:

  • a) the new designs
  • b) the fact that I’m – again – actively developing the service now, so it just works. ;)


The most successful new design seems to be classicnew, but I also got some awesome responses for the ‘Big Signature‘. It comes in a few different colors and it’s inspired partly to‘s look and partly to Microsoft‘s (now patented) Metro UI. I started using it myself in forums I frequent. :) Here’s an example of the Orange Big Signature:

I also did a slightly different gamercard a few days ago, which I’m not promoting on the gamercard generator, but you should feel free to use if you wish: I wanted something that would put focus on the Avatar (the full body) but also include more info from Xbox Live. You can see the result on this blog’s sidebar.

Want one for yourself? Here’s how:

  • - dark text (for light background):
  • - light text (for dark background):


Enjoy and, as always, comments are very welcome!

Tagxedo.. neat!

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I knew something like this existed, but Tagxedo really looks like the best of its kind.

Not only it creates a ‘word cloud’ by aggregating multiple sources (websites, rss, twitter etc..), but it also lets you shape the cloud in a handful of ways – here’s the stunning result with a violin key based on by blog.

Tagxedo word cloud

[via Be_Lead blog]

New server, new design

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I’ve started moving my websites to a new server I got: WP7applist came first and now it’s my blog’s turn. For the record, I went from a small dedicated server in Italy, to a pretty good VPS in the UK with Xtraordinary Hosting, and the performance increase have been impressive so far!

With the move, I took the chance to update the blog’s design and drop the pre-made theme I had in favour of a new one I designed. Nothing fancy, but you can tell it’s strongly inspired to the Metro UI which I literally love lately so yeah.. I’m pretty happy of the results so far.

Oh and if you’re reading this it also means that your DNS cache has been updated and you’re indeed browsing the brand new server. Things should be smoother from now on!

I’m a software developer, I guess.

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

That’s what I do for a living, and that’s what I’m good at. But is it what I want to do for the rest of my life?

I remember a few years ago when I didn’t have a job, and used to dedicate most of my time to software development, solely for passion. One day I was chatting on MSN messenger with a good friend of mine, other than one of the most skilled software programmers I knew. Well I was kind of shocked to find out that he had a job in the managment field, I was like.. “you love development as much as I do, and you’re so good at it – why are you some kind of manager instead?”
I’m not sure of the answers I got at that time, but I do know that I can answers that myself right now.

As I grow older, I realize that what I would love the most is that all the skills and experience I made through years of software development would be a background for my work. A strong background, but not the central part of my work day.

In the last few years I’ve been building A LOT of fansites for passion: every project of mine starts with days of planning, a good amount of development and then countless hours of public relations, marketing, promotion etc etc.. Well the point is I find the last part to be the most enjoyable at the moment, expecially when things are successful. And I know I’d totally love to have a team of developers working for me to get stuff done, instead of doing everything myself.

Does that mean I don’t like software development anymore? No. Does that mean I don’t love it like I used to? No. Does that mean I’m looking for something “different”, something more? I believe so.

I’m not quite sure of how one in my position would go in order to acquire skills and competencies in fields such as managment, marketing, sales.. but I guess I’ll find out soon, and hopefully have the chance to switch to a slightly different kind of daily job. In the meantime, I constantly keep an eye on Microsoft’s careers website hoping I’ll get a chance from the company I admire the most. One day..

Your Microsoft Application

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

While your skills and background are impressive, we have received a large number of applications and others more closely matched the current requirements.
This decision will not affect the outcome of other Microsoft applications which you may have made in other areas and we will also keep your CV/Resume on file for future opportunities.

Thank you, I surely won’t give up.