Friday, July 28, 2006

Single city block hosts world's longest race - Yahoo! News


Single city block hosts world's longest race - Yahoo! News

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Spyware Disguises Itself as Firefox Extension

"The antivirus specialists at McAfee have warned of a Trojan that disguises itself as a Firefox extension. The trojan installs itself as a Firefox extension, presenting itself as a legitimate existing extension called numberedlinks. It then begins intercepting passwords and credit card numbers entered into the browser, which it then sends to an external server. The most dangerous part of the issue is that it records itself directly into the Firefox configuration data, avoiding the regular installation and confirmation process."

Spyware Disguises Itself as Firefox Extension

Connecting Mac to a windows based network

We live in an interconnected world. But sadly, connecting a Mac to a Windows-based network isn’t always as straightforward as it should be.


Flash Photography


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Salt and Pepper

A photo of salt and pepper from BBC News, Visions of Science, via reddit.

Creating a webpage from a mockup/comp

Good article on how to go from a mockup to code.

Garrett Dimon / My Process from Comp to Page

We should really think about starting a wiki of best practices for:
1. Design
i. Patterns
ii. Photoshop
2. Code
ii. CSS
iii. JavaScript
iv. PHP
3. Administration


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Jaslabs Optimizing PHP objects

Short but interesting read

Jaslabs Optimizing PHP objects

Monday, July 24, 2006

The Cursor Kite


TechEBlog : The Cursor Kite

Notes from An Event Apart

Here are some notes from the 'An Event Apart' event in NYC

1. all html elements can be styled with CSS, even the < head > element
2. proximity does not affect specificity in CSS
3. check out css-discuss.org
4. check out Microformats
5. check out mousepose for mac if doing presentations
6. apple.com copywrite class = sosumi

metadata keywords are ignored by major search engines now

a:target is a pseudo class to style elements which are targets of an html anchor. Nice way to draw attention to the content referenced after the browser jumps to the anchor. ie give content a background color.

margins collapse
Margins collapse, padding does not. Refer here

look at source of this page
meltter toledo

The developers were in the audience and requested it be critiqued. Needless to say it was ripped to shreds.

Mac OS X 10.4 Orientation - Atomic Learning, Inc.

Mac OS X 10.4 Orientation - Atomic Learning, Inc.

Free AL Widget: AL Tiger WidgetAtomic_Learning.wdgt.zip

Download our widget and let AL help you learn the tips and tricks of using Mac OS X Tiger. After downloading the widget, you will see Al's friendly face in your Dashboard. Click on AL and he will play one of our newly released Mac OS X Tiger tutorials."

Using Eye Tracking to Optimize Label Placement in Forms | Smiley Cat Web Design

Looks like we are doing the exact opposite!

Using Eye Tracking to Optimize Label Placement in Forms | Smiley Cat Web Design

Conclusions at-a-glance

Their conclusions were both expected and unexpected:

1. Labels above input fields is best, but if you can't do that, right-aligning labels is better than left-aligning them.
2. Bold labels are harder to read.
3. Drop-down list boxes are very distracting and so should be used sparingly. Make the first (i.e. the visible) option a direction such as 'Please choose…' rather than an actual choice.

I've always believed that right-aligned labels looked and worked better – it's good to have some formal validation of that belief

Layout Grid Bookmarklet


Friday, July 21, 2006

Five Common PHP Design Patterns


Thursday, July 20, 2006

20 pro webdesign tips

The difference between a good web designer and a great one is the ability to know how to take short cuts and save time without compromising the quality of work. Pixelsurgeon’s Jason Arber has put together 20 top tips and tricks you should be using to give your work that all-important professional edge


10 Questions to Ask when Taking a Photo

10 Questions

What goes through your mind in the moments as you raise your digital camera up to take a shot and before you press the shutter? If you’re like many digital photographers you’re not thinking about too much - you just want to capture the moment and then move on.

However getting in the habit of asking some simple questions can help take your images to the next level. Here’s 10 questions to get in the habit of asking while framing your shots. I’ve included links in each one to further reading on the topics. I hope you find them helpful:

Cool Advertising Optical Illusions

Cool Illusions

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Using Background Image for Layout

This looks like a great (and simple) time saver.
Using a Background Image Grid to Layout web pages

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Website Design Mockup Tips

Mockup Tips

This tutorial will show you a few tips, tricks and techniques you can use when mocking up your next website. When mocking up a website design, there are a few design elements and styles that are really easy to create in code, but may not be as obvious when working in Photoshop.

Virtual Machine for Mac

Run Windows apps in a virtual machine on your new Mac. It costs $80 bucks, but it might be worth it.

From the review: "I think you'll be hard-pressed to find software for any x86 OS that doesn't work within a Parallels VM"

Parallels Desktop 1.0 for Mac OS X

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Photography Tips

Photography Tips

DSLRBlog, this site looks pretty good!

Here is another good Photo Blog



Not only bad on the Wallet

First Key Lay dies, now some guy in England.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Syd Barrett Dies

End of an era.

Syd Barrett, Founder of Pink Floyd, Dies - Forbes.com: "Syd Barrett, the troubled genius who co-founded Pink Floyd but spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60."

Free Photoblog Software

Pixelpost is a free photoblog application that is supposed to be very easy to set up. You put it up on your own domain, they do not provide storage for your photos. It's written in PHP and uses a MySQL database.

You can see it in action at this photoblog. (That photo won a notable mention in the "Happiness is..." PhotoFriday competition.)

Kodak Lecture Series

Ryerson University has posted lectures online from their Kodak Lecture Series. "Lectures with remarkable talents such as Sebastiao Salgado, Lauren Greenfield and many others..."

Automatic Magazine Layout

Automatic Magazine Layout

This article covers a PHP-based technique for automatically resizing—and more importantly, positioning—between two and eight images in what I call a magazine-style layout (images in a magazine are always carefully positioned—usually one image takes pride of place and several smaller images surround it).

Monday, July 10, 2006

Learn Chinese

Learn Chinese

China launches a Web site offering free Chinese lessons and materials to promote the study and use of the language abroad.

Creating & Maintaining a Web Style Guide

Creating & Maintaining a Web Style Guide

This article describes how to create and maintain a web style guide to better manage your organization’s web presence.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Control Depth of Field with Photoshop CS

Article on how and why to think about depth of field when taking the picture and afterwards.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Funny Pictures

Pork the one you love.

Beware falling cows.

Don't drink and make signs.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Be Notified When Google Crawls Your Site

Here's a link to a very short and sweet PHP script that will send you an email when it detects the googlebot on your site.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Say Hello to my Little Friend!

Say Hello to my Little Friend!