About Scott Orchard
Scott Orchard is a designer and web developer living in Orange County, California, who specializes in Wordpress or Shopify-based e-commerce projects. I’m available for hire.
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2010 Year in Review

I decided to write my own year in review post after being inspired by Seth Godin’s post, #YearInReview What did you ship in 2010? This was an exciting year, both in business and my personal life. Here’s a breakdown of what I shipped:

  • Rachel and I got engaged! We’re looking forward to a small ceremony with friends and family, then off to Italy for our ten-day honeymoon.
  • Worked with SALT. Optics to launch a new website for SALT. Optics and SEESALT. a blog of inspirational items.
  • Worked with Dewey Nicks to transition their site from one that was Flash-dependent to a mobile-friendly version utilizing HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery.
  • Launched Imperial – Barbershop Grade Products for Razorback’s Barber Shop in Long Beach, California.
  • Worked with CMg Design to launch an online version of the Parsons Sustainability Report
  • Worked with Maerita Cooper to launch her new website Manage My Life NYC.
  • Worked with Luxury Brand Group to update their Portfolio and Press sections.

2010 has been a great year, I’m looking forward to 2011 and the new experiences it brings!

Is this thing on?

It’s only been two years since the last post so I figured that it was about time to update my website. I can’t complain, business has been steady, but it’s no excuse for neglecting to write or post new work. So what has happened over the last two years?

I’ve been working with SALT. Optics the past few years and we were able to finally launch their new website, offering an updated look and ease of use on any platform. We also worked with Pat Brumfield from Normalcy to launch their online store. Feedback has been great and I consider myself lucky to work with such a great group of people.

While partnering with CMg Design I was able to work on some great projects for Microdevices Laboratory at NASA JPL, Mercury Insurance and Parsons Corporation.

One of the most exciting non-work relate news items, is my girlfriend, Rachel, became my fianceé, we’re looking forward to the wedding next year. When you have time, take a look at all the new work while I continue working on the new site design.

Running Multiple Internet Explorers’s with Tredosoft & Virtual PC

Running multiple Internet Explorer versions on one system used to be a bit unreliable and offer some problems for web developers that need to ensure cross-browser compatibility. Thankfully there are a couple options, one from Tredosoft another from Microsoft.

What Do I Know recently touched on Tredosoft’s Multiple IE, which allows you to install IE 6 through IE 3, while allowing Internet Explorer 7 to remain untouched on your system. This is a great aid, something I’ve been using for a few months thanks to a recommendation from a friend. Tredosoft’s solution is much more stable than the archived browsers from Evolt.org, and they seem to run pretty well at the same time if you need to check 2 or 3 browsers at once. I haven’t tried this with Parallels, but I’ve heard it runs well this way, I do know that this isn’t compatible with Vista yet, which would be nice. I have noticed a slight tendency for IE6 to crash and/or incorrectly render some pages, which brings me to my next recommendation.

The other option is to download Virtual PC 2007, which looks like it’s Vista compatible, and the IE Application Compatibility VPC Image, which is a small Virtual PC image with Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6. In my opinion, this way is a little more involved, but I’ve seen pretty accurate results on IE6 when compared to an acutal PC running IE6.

Take a look at both options, they seem to work well for me. Though I’m not running Windows XP or Vista on my laptop yet, I have a late model Powerbook so no Boot Camp or Parallels, I plan on picking up a Macbook Pro after the next revision and finally be able to run OS X, XP, Vista and possibly a Linux distribution to become more familiar with Linux systems for a pretty solid web development testing environment,