New Design/Development Resources

The latest batch... long delayed, I know.

Here are some of the great news and resources I found over the past month. Some of them are really awesome.



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Google Wave image from the google wave website

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Craigslist Fraud

...Sure I'll send the deposit your way... J/K

I'm always impressed with the stories criminals come up with to swindle unsuspecting victims. Let's face it- I'm a Dateline and Law & Order SVU fanatic. It seems like Craigslist has become some sort of online Mecca for swindling criminals, and unfortunately many innocent bystanders are all too often financially deceived by these con artists on the site.

So as I've been searching for the perfect apartment or house in Charleston, I uncovered a beautiful James Island (right near the beach) house for an unbelievable price! $800 for a great home, complete with pictures and an address that I was even able to Google Map for legitness. Check it out:

Craigslist scam

Better yet, check out the scam of an email I got back:

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won't be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

First Month Rent:$800
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$800
Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose

Full Name__________________________________________________
Home Phone ( ) ________________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Other Phone ( ) ___________________
Current Address_______________________________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________
Rent $__________
Phone ( ) ____________________________
Are you married____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Move In Date____________________________

You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..
Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $800 USD,which is the security deposit.
Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..
I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.
My cell phone number is:(+234-802-859-3562 OR 011-234-802-859-3562)
Best Regards

My Response:

Dear Taha Jamal, or whatever you chose your name to be today:
Sure, I will send you the deposit ASAP. C'mon, we both know the form isn't really necessary. I mean truth be told, you could care less if I am married, have a really cool dog, or what I paid for rent at my last place. No, these details are not significant to you... unless you are trying to also access all of my personal accounts as well. I really don't doubt that at all. Oh well. The deposit will be on your doorstep in Nigeria tomorrow, for sure.


PPS That's a real nice fake name ya got there. Taha Jamal? Taj Mahal!? Hah. I googled your phone number, and found that you like to impersonate a vast selection of people- men, women, American, Pakistani, African...etc.

PPSS That means you double suck.

I posted this in an effort to bring just a little more awareness into the Craigslist community. Not too mention I wanted to add to the google results when you type in the phone number on the email.

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Obama Creates a "Cyberczar"

Yesterday President Obama announced he will be creating a new position responsible for adequately protecting the security of America's computer networks. This new position was created to protect computer networks in a country where numerous networks are targeted and penetrated millions of times each day. This new cyberczar, who will soon be picked by Obama, will head up the brand new White House office of Cyber Security, which will report to both the National Security Council and the National Economic Council - an indication of the value computers have to the American economy.

For more information on this revolutionary new role, be sure to check out WCBS 880's article President Barack Obama Announces Creation of Cyberczar.

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And then there was YouTube...

The Webutante's first video post.

My first video post is about some great advice I heard this past weekend regarding when it is okay to ask someone with subject-specific knowledge for their help. Check it out below.


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May's Fave Website

Classic, Fresh and Smart Design

I am normally the type of designer who's knees get week at the mere sight of big bold buttons, who salivates to the look of gradients and yearns for minimal content depicted concisely through rather un-modest font faces and sizes. This tendency is what makes me usually skip over websites like our featured website of the month of May. However, the unique take on classic design and usability combined with boundless navigation with vital aesthetics make Howarth's antiques & interiors the Webutante's May website fave.

The Webutante - May featured website - Howarths

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I'm Back!

The new Webutante

It's been about a month since my last post, and I just wanted to keep everyone filled in about what has been going on since then.

Well, first of all, at the end of last month I got married to my best friend and business partner, so time was pretty sparse around then. We had all of our closest family and friends come down to Charleston for a week of wedding oriented fun that we will cherish for a while. I posted a picture of my dad and I after our father/daughter dance on the left. But more about that later ;)

After our wedding, we opted to switch the Webutante's hosting plan over to our own server, which caused the website to be down for a little bit and also caused us to lose nearly all of the uploaded images on the site! So bear with me while I relocate all the images to the appropriate places over the next couple of days.

So since all of this has been done we are almost starting over in a sense, which is not really a bad deal for my readers. You can look forward to some awesome new posts and resources over the next week as a treat to my loyal viewership (all 3-7 of you out there, lol) and be sure to let me know if there is anything in particular you think I should discuss.

I'm excited to be back in the Webutante shoes - which, as you can imagine, are 3" stiletto Manolo Mary Janes - big shoes to fill. :)

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