One of the most meaningless, transient, amateur patterns in “graphic design” is the trend of adding extraneous punctuation all over the place. The sad part is that this design sin ignores the meaning and history of the symbols it abuses.
Bookmarklets, including enabling/disabling sub-pixel text rendering, guessing which font is used on the page, improving reading experiences, forcing the entire page to render in grayscale, allowing text selection (copy-paste), converting a page to Markdown, showing linked images and videos in-page, and killing GIFs
I’m moved by this incredible remix of Radiohead’s “Nude” (from In Rainbows), which uses old computer peripherals as instrumentation and voice for the song. Watch the video, read the remixer’s rationale and discover what makes this so emotional.
Dvorak keyboard layout: What is is, how to switch, and more.
Essentially the Dvorak keyboard looks just like the keyboard you’re sitting in front of right now, but the letters and some symbols are rearranged so that the most commonly used keys are already under your fingers (on “home row”) or close by. By minimizing the distance your fingers are traveling, you can type faster and healthier.
Opera Software is miffed at Mozilla because they discovered a problem affecting their own Firefox software as well as Opera’s, fixed the hole, told Opera, and then announced the hole to the public one day later.
This is a big deal because it’s industry-standard behavior to give software manufacturers anywhere from months to over a year to fix a security problem in their software after you warn them about it. A day is unheard-of. Only after a long time or after they’ve fixed it does it become ethical to tell the public. Why? Because announcing a problem before the vendor fixed it puts users at risk.
Now I’m upset with Mozilla for leaving me out in the cold.
In attempting to write cross-platform, portable PHP code, I used PHP’s DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR constant to write path strings, e.g. “..”.DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR.”foo”, because the “proper” way to do it on Windows would be “..\foo” while on everything else, it would be “../foo”…
Apple’s “Scrolling TrackPads,” found in the MacBook and MacBook Pro, are flawless.
Some who have used HP or Dell touchpads may find this hard to believe. Here I respond to common questions and discuss what I love about Apple’s touchpads.
I just wanted to say that, as of December 2007, I am beginning in earnest the process of giving this site the rehaul it so badly needs. The content here is only a part of what I offer online, and soon, my homepage will provide access to much more.
Good news for web developers! Microsoft is now pushing IE7 to all Windows XP users as a high-priority, automatically-delivered (if Automatic Update in Windows XP is on) update. Strangely, they say, “Distribution of Internet Explorer 7 by Automatic Updates
I just thought I’d share that Qwest internet (DSL) is a lot slower than advertised. 1.5Mbps down? No, I don’t think so. More like 56k each way is what it feels like (but is more like three times that).