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IT/Tech Job Boards

If you are a freelancer, you know exactly, how hard it can be to build up your reputation and find a good job in a good company with good financial perspectives. If you are a company seeking for IT-professionals, particularly developers and designers, you know exactly, how hard it can be to find some good ones, the ones you could rely on and get well-done job from.

In fact, it's important to keep an eye on some job openings and/or job seekers, who/which might help you to improve your financial situation or make another important step in your career. The list below delivers 47 good starting points you could begin your search for new IT job opportunities from.

Keep in mind, that most of the sites offer RSS-subscription to new job offerings; some "fresh" sites listed below present not so many job offerings yet, but they were included in this post, because they might become popular in the future.

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Firefox Themes in an Overview

It's amazing if you think about it. The new generation of web-browsers has become so flexible, so adaptable and so easy to use that you can design and use it according to your personal taste and needs. So if you are a Mozilla Firefox user, you can add almost any functionality you ever thought about via external extensions. Furthermore, you can also personalize your web-browser, changing its look with Firefox Themes. Thus you can let your browser have a fresh Vista look or appear like Opera, Internet Explorer or Mac-Browser. But which look can you choose to guarantee the most enjoyable browsing experience? Well, it's a tough one.

In fact, there are many of them. We've selected some of the most beautiful Firefox Themes, which work in Firefox 2 and listed them below. Usually the changes concern not only the visual appearance and interface (icons and background colors), but also the functionality of the "adapted" Firefox - e.g. extensions.

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More Creative and Beautiful Wallpapers

Wallpapers can be creative, inspiring, gorgeous and hilarious. Recently we've posted an overview of Selected Wallpapers for Desktop and Web Design and Christmas Wallpapers. However, there is more to showcase. And these wallpapers are definitely worth a look.

Now it's time for something fresh, original and creativie. Let's take a look at some more creative and beautiful wallpapers for your personal desktop.

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Free Design Templates

Free design templates don't have to be unattractive, inaccurate and boring. Some web-sites offer high quality templates for the best price you would ever get - for free. You can download Flash-based templates as well as CSS-based layouts absolutely free; furthermore, you can use them for your personal and commercial projects without any restrictions whatsoever. Still, before using some of the templates, throw a glance at the license agreements - they're changing all the time.

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

As a vector-based drawing program Adobe Illustrator has nowadays become the standard for illustration design. This tendency can be noticed in the Web as well as in Print Design. Few weeks ago we've selected some of the best Adobe Photoshop tutorials we've found on the Web so far; now it's time for Adobe Illustrator. Below you'll find a list of hand-picked Illustrator tutorials you can use to achieve some special visual effects in your designs.

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Inspire Yourself: 50 Remarkable Favicons

Actually it's a pity that many designers don't really make use of them. Favicons, mini graphics for a particular web-site, can be displayed in the browser's URL bar, next to the site's name in lists of bookmarks, and next to the page's title in a tabbed document interface. To be recognized immediately, favicons have to be visually appealing and fit to the design or logo of a given page. In fact, if you use Favicons for your sites, users can easily find your URL in their bookmarks - in this way you create some kind of a visual connection between your web-site and your sites' visitors.

However, the design of Favicons can be tricky - it isn't that easy to create a beautiful 16x16px mini-icon. Still, some designers manage to achieve tremendous effects. Logotypes with clear geometric structures are easier to work with than typefaces or abstract images. The color selection corresponds to current Web 2.0 trends. Let's take a look at 50 beautiful favicons you can inspire yourself from. You can click on favicons - they lead to a page, which uses the image as a page icon.

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Tutorials Round-Up: Ajax, CSS, PHP and More

Coding or designing a page, it's always nice to have some basic templates you can quickly modify or adapt to your needs. However, at least once you have to know, how to create this "universal" template. In this case tutorials prove to be an ultimate solution, particularly if you just want to get an idea how something works and where to start from. In fact, you don't have to re-invent the wheel all the time - you can use existing solutions, modify and improve them and publish them as well - just the way other people did it for you.

In this post we've covered over 200 Ajax, CSS, Flash, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, RSS, XML as well as ASP, C++, Perl, Python and Java tutorials. You can also check out our list of Photoshop tutorials we've published before.

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Hand-Picked Photoshop Tutorials

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful tool for designing various visual elements one can use for web-pages. However, sometimes it's important to know what to do in order to achieve some effects. In such cases, step-by-step tutorials can provide help and save a lot of time you would have to spend on finding a solution otherwise. Let's take a look at some of the best Adobe Photoshop tutorials we've found in the Web so far. Links checked: June/17 2008.

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