Jean-Noël Greffeuille launched his career in designing and creating car upholstery 21 years ago in southern France. Soon after he opened the doors of his company, his expertise and creativity in upholstery became well known. The cars he worked on were soon winning awards at car shows all over France.

Following his dream to live and work in the United States, Jean-Noël immigrated to San Diego, California (and is now a proud US citizen). He first worked for Alan Taylor, who owns the Alan Taylor Company, specializing in restoration and repair of collector cars, as a master upholsterer.

Many of the cars that Jean-Noël worked on for Alan won awards at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. During his six-year tenure with Alan, Jean-Noël gained a widespread and loyal following of his special custom top creations. After his time with Alan, Jean Noël made the transition from antique cars to hot rods.

Before opening his own shop in Pittsboro, NC Jean-Noël worked for three years at Hot Rods and Custom Stuff as a master upholsterer. His unique and custom designs have also garnered awards at various car shows across the country.

Jean-Noël’s award winning custom designs and loyal fan base reveal a visionary designer at the top of his art.

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It seems wordpress comes out with a new update every couple of months, but this is for good reason. When vulnerabilities are found in software, the company will release a patch to fix it, right? Well wordpress is no different. If you are running anything less than 2.8.5 (released yesterday) then you need to upgrade NOW; don’t wait for 2.9.

There were numerous security issues with the release of 2.8 that they found and patched with several releases (up to 2.8.4). Now that 2.8.5 is out, it will fix the follow security gaps:

  • A fix for the Trackback Denial-of-Service attack that is currently being seen.
  • Removal of areas within the code where php code in variables was evaluated.
  • Switched the file upload functionality to be whitelisted for all users including Admins.
  • Retiring of the two importers of Tag data from old plugins.

What does that mean to you? It means less chance for a hack or breach into your blog. What does that affect? It could affect a lot of things, not just your blog. After a breach is found in your software, it is open to viruses and hacks that can get into your server/host and destroy other parts of your entire server (and possibly others).

So unless you want a total online meltdown, upgrade your wordpress please. :D

If you aren’t comfortable backing up your site and upgrading your blog, kimtown can do it for you. If you have ONE wordpress to upgrade it’s $50 and you can purchase that HERE.

If you have TWO or more wordpress that you’ll need to upgrade they are only $30 each. You can purchase that HERE.

Read the full post by wordpress.org

If you have a kimtown HTML site and want to change the look, simply add a new Design Collection SKIN! Just as quickly as you can change the case on your phone, you could have a brand new look to your website! These design collections are instant downloads, Photoshop PSD files that are pre-designed for your kimtown HTML website. Simply add your photographs and logo, flatten and upload! Check out the samples below!!

FOR A COMPLETE LIST of available Design Skins just  VISIT THE SHOPPE!

Wintery Blues Collection by Kori Clark

Wintery Blues Collection for FREEDOM by Kori Clark

Noir Elegant for Diversity by Jessica Dittmer

Noir Elegant for DIVERSITY by Jessica Dittmer

Each design collection includes on or more of the following:
-Home Page Design
-Information or Text Page Design
-Portfolio Page Design
-Contact Page Design
-Gallery Background
-Overall Background Design (included in some collections)

*Please make sure you are purchasing the correct design skin for your website template. If you are unsure which template you have, check with us first. Due to the nature of the product, there are no refunds issued.

Kate Dwyer with Capture His Heart Again came to me quite some time ago to order her sites. She has been wanting to have html sites to replace her flash websites and found the perfect ones with kimtown! She has two designer collections for Diversity, the Noir Elegant and Old Patina. She just got the Noir Elegant up for her boudoir site and it’s STUNNING! After it was up she said to me, “It was so easy!” I love to hear that. Enjoy your new site Kate!

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Original Post by Manolith’s blog (fair use posted)

We all come across some seriously bad websites in our day-to-day lives on the Internet. It’s just an unavoidable fact of life, like coming across monsters on the way to the market in video games. When you come across these things, you should approach them with a modicum of fear, for it is something you don’t know, after all. But, more than that, you need to be brave, and you need to relish the experience with full sense of humor employed. These are the 20 worst websites we could find from across the world.

Space Is The Place

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Upon entering this magnificent Canadian specimen of web-dominance, your eyes will immediately be drawn to the one of two key things: The rocket-launch gif image from 1992, or the floating head of the site’s patron saint, the departed Mr. Head. Both are hideous, but at least with the floating head you can spend a solid 20 minutes laughing inappropriately. If the yellow on blue on blue-r approach to color schemes isn’t your style, then you may want to steer clear of this place.

NOISE

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NOISE is pretty much just what its name says, it’s a pile of noise on a flat black canvas. This Czech site is nothing short of tragic in its dark attempt at design – and nine out of ten experts will agree; do not mix orange, yellow, black, more orange, some geocities-style frames and strange gif animations. It just doesn’t end well for anyone.

Discover some of the most beautiful places in the World Through Dominique’s photos

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I’m not kidding you, that’s really the title of the site. Dominique apparently travels the world wreaking havoc on internet servers both at home and abroad, but never quite says where home is. We’re going to have to call this one a worldwide problem, since it doesn’t seem to claim particular citizenship.

Mushrooms and Toadstools of the Czech Republic

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Again, that title is completely serious. It’s not the subtitle of the site, it’s the real deal, and the text that comes afterwards is just as dramatic. If you’ve got a sudden urge to experience far too much teal for any eyeball to handle comfortably, while simultaneously reading about “kinky” mushrooms, this guy’s got what you need. Once you’ve had your fill of that, chop the URL to hit this New Zealander’s main landing page and get a nice dose of the color I can only call mauve.

TVSeven

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At first glance this is just a mildly crappy German website, very obviously meant to supply video feeds of some sort. On closer inspection, it becomes clear that the “image” of a computer monitor is likely an icon of a computer monitor blown up to outlandish proportions before the inevitable forced blur to smooth it out. Top it off with some offset text trying to look like it’s actually displayed on the screen and you’ve got – you guessed it – fail.

BW – Hilchenbach

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Here we see a fine example of keeping things old school, by throwing an ancient and largely forgotten hit-counter up in the top left corner of this site. As if that wasn’t geocities ‘96 enough, we’ve also got the looping train whistle and complimentary ticker-tape running across the site’s barren midsection. Throw in a healthy amount of drab, unfinished but decrepit site-design with a nonsense-title and you’ve got German web-gold.

Your New Dot Com

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This one’s fun because on top of being your run of the mill SEO sleeze-site (already enough for some gag-reflexes to kick in), this guy states up front and center that he’s available for hire in the website design department as well. Screenshots just don’t do justice for these sorts of things, so you’ll have to take this one in for yourself, but you’re in for some green. Not just hideous green on green, but also 1994 corporate-placeholder clipart. He doesn’t stop there, either. He abuses the clipart. This is a sleeper, on passing by one may not notice, but this place is hilarious.

MSY Technology Pty. Ltd

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This Australian travesty seems to be some sort of half-assed attempt at a (purely) text-based infosplash, and it’s failing hard. They made the difficult decision, first of all, to go with center-align on this gob of easter-egg colored text. While brave of them, it was stupid, and it only serves to make the whole thing look like some form of massive and immobile tag cloud from hell.

MIA UK

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Regardless of whether or not you like her music, and it is pretty good stuff, MIA needs to be booted off the Internet. The screenshot from her page simply cannot do it justice, you’re going to have to go there yourself and experience what I’ve experienced. Nausea. Terror. You may actually run to the bathroom to vomit, but lose your balance on your way there and suffer a fall. Not since the Pokemon seizure disaster in Japan has there been a worse assault on the senses. If any are lucky enough to be unaffected by this site, they may actually make it far enough to actually purchase something, or possibly view tour dates, but I fear these brave souls are few and far between. Visit this one at your own peril.

Ling’s Cars

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I’m not sure if this site is ridiculously awesome or truly this outlandishly horrible, but Ling’s Cars will be stuck in your head for hours if not days after you experience it. You may have thought that used car salesmen in the USA were bad, but check out Ling, because this place is simply amazing. The cars themselves are buried inside mounds, literal mounds of strange and non-sequitur ads, gifs, strange images that make no sense, and creepy images that make less sense. If you’re in the UK and you want to do some used car shopping online, you may not want to go here, but if you want a good laugh on your lunch break, this place might be the right joint.

Bollywood Sargasm

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At first glance I was actually scared of what I had come across with this site, since it feels basically like a porn-page link farm. Much to my dismay, however, I found that it is actually a serious site, built to look this way on purpose, and not just for link farming. For the life of me, I still cannot tell what the little icons of houses and, oddly, what appear to be some sort of ovens crossed with a televisions, are actually for. They litter the link-space so thoroughly that the actual text, which is already rough on the eyes, gets muted out. As if it weren’t bad enough that there was a link-space to begin with…

ARNGREN

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The hit-counter (yes, it’s a common theme here) on this page says it’s been counting since 2004, but the site feels like 1992, and even then it would have been lambasted for having not only no structure, but negative structure. This won’t be the only site to commit such column-crime on this list, but it’s one hell of a good example. Really topping this one off is the complete lack of any actual title, or even stated purpose. By looking at the mess on-screen, it becomes clear they’re selling electronic gadgets; the problem with that is that it’s painful to look.

The Government of Zimbabwe

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If you take one look at this page and you find that you cannot stop laughing, you’re not a bad person. Well, not for that, at least. Zimbabwe is apparently a little behind the times, by about 20 years, because this is by far one of the most pathetic websites I have ever seen. What’s saddest about this poor little page, is that it was updated at the beginning of this year. That means it’s supposed to be this bad.

Hosanna1

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The closest thing to a site title I could find on this page was Hosanna1. It seemed to be a point of pride that the site’s name be this. Why? I do not know, but the various methods of subtitling were used to show that they are involved with dogs, afghans in particular. Of course, the enormous afghan with wings animated gif image in the center of the screen also does a fairly good job of showing this was their intent as well. All in all, that dog caused possibly the longest fit of laughing I’ve experienced in about three weeks. So I’m glad I happened across Hosanna1.

The Attack Of Ufos and the Giant Deluge of Noah

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If you’re missing your dose of crazy for the day (week), and also want to see what websites looked like when children made them for free in 1995, then hit up some of Japan’s finest. There doesn’t seem to be a definitive site-title anywhere, and the navigation is downright painful. Since it can be difficult to make it far enough down this rabbit hole, just skip straight to this gem, Chapter 17 of The Attack Of Ufos and the Giant Deluge of Noah.

VF Designer

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One of my favorite types of awful sites to find, this absolute assault on the eyes is actually a place for building websites. I don’t know if this is supposed to be some sort of plot to take over the internet, by creating more horrid monstrosities like this one, or if these people were seriously just that bad at design. Either way, it’s pretty amazing, so amazing that I feel the need to tip my hat to the designer.

Wolfgang Ingenfeld

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Wolfgang seems to take “being awesome” to a whole new level with his private website. Its impossible to tell just how many layers of terrifying gif images, tickers, frames, and flat out MS Paint drawings there are in this mash-up. There is no doubt in my mind that this guy meant to go all out or go home, because sites this drastically ridiculous need careful planning to come to fruition.

Geocities 1996 – CSS Zen Garden

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Here is an enigma of the Internet. CSS Zen Garden is a reputable place online that exists to showcase and teach a little about the uses of CSS in site-design. That’s why Geocities 1996 is so hilarious, and confusing, because it’s literally a throwback to the Duke Nuke’em ages. This guy’s gone all out, he’s not only got the dancing hula girl gifs, but he’s resurrected the long-forgotten “UNDER CONSTRUCTION” sign that populated more pages in the 90’s than actual content did.

Haven Works

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Beating out every other site for the sheer number of tiny, yet blurred images that could only be described as misplaced avatars, Haven Works has given us something that can not only cure hyperactivity, but cause headaches. Its columned approach to page-layout is missing the element of having an end, and the page itself will scroll down unassisted for something in the range of three days time. This one’s not packed full of ads though, there is actual text-content crammed into these columns at a font-size so small that it looks like wallpaper. Be warned, this site will damage you.

Bella DeSoto

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Bella DeSoto deserves special recognition for creating what may possibly be the absolute worst page in the history of all bad webpages. This site is so amazing, so incredible in its evil genius, that it nearly crashes most browsers today – in 2009. That being said, be careful, because you absolutely must experience this site yourself – It’s too large for most screen-capture software to handle. Both vertical and horizontal scrollbars will seem unfit to handle the vast distance they will have to travel. I postulate that no man has ever full explored the entire site, as it would likely take more years than he has in him. Did I mention the unstoppable soundtrack?

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