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Weekly Tech Roundup for July 27, 2012

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Weekly Tech Roundup

Estimated reading time in web design

ConvertWord documents to Clean HTML

New High-Quality Free Fonts

The Elements Of The Mobile User Experience

17 Free Icon Sites

Weekly Tech Roundup for February 17, 2012

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Weekly Tech Roundup

It’s back! This week’s Tech Roundup includes web design/dev survey, navigation menus, WPCandy Quarterly, and creating your own WordPress widgets.

The Web Design and Development Survey 2012 – If you are a designer or a developer, take a few minutes and complete this survey. Generally speaking, we’re a pretty small group so when we can get informational stats it’s really helpful. The survey closes March 20 so you have some time, but don’t use that as an excuse to forget! :)

Progressive And Responsive Navigation – Coding one site for screen and mobile but not sure what to do with the navigation menu on the mobile version? Check this article out for ideas.

Download a sample article from The WPCandy Quarterly – WordPress designers/developers/power users! Ever wish there was a magazine all about WordPress? I first mentioned this in November and now it’s just about here. You can check out a sample article here and sign up if you like it. I’m looking forward to my first copy!

Define Your Own WordPress Widgets – Speaking of WordPress… this is a detailed, step-by-step tutorial on creating your own widgets in WordPress. Very handy for when you can’t find a plugin widget to do what you want. Sometimes it’s just faster and easier to do it yourself.

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Tech Roundup for January 13, 2012

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes WordPress security update, W3 Total Cache write-up, free fonts, and Send to Kindle app.

How to Turn Off Google’s Annoying New Personal Search Results – This is kind of a follow-up to the Google+ integration in Google Search articles I just posted about in this week’s Small Business Roundup. This article tells you how to hide these new search results by default. It doesn’t really turn them off and you can easily turn them back on, but if you find them annoying or unhelpful, this will help you out.

WordPress 3.3.1 Security and Maintenance Release – WordPress released an important security update. This update shouldn’t cause any trouble for your theme or plugins and you should apply it now if you haven’t already.

Speed Up WordPress with W3 Total Cache – I’ve used this plugin on a couple of sites now and it really seems to work. This is a good write-up covering all the features.

New High-Quality Free Fonts – You know me, I love fonts! Especially when they’re free. There are some really slick ones here. Great to add to your collection.

Amazon’s Send to Kindle App Makes Sending Documents to Your Kindle as Easy as Right-Clicking – As a relatively new Kindle owner, I’m super excited to try this out. If you’re on Windows and have a Kindle, definitely check this out.

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Tech Roundup for January 6, 2012

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes Google getting into trouble with Google, New Year’s resolutions for designers, and HTML5 and CSS3 cheat sheets.

Google’s Jaw-Dropping Sponsored Post Campaign For Chrome – I don’t know that it’s “jaw-dropping”… maybe “eyebrow-raising”; certainly interesting. If you know anything about how Google search operates, paid links are a big, bad no-no. And now they have their own sponsored links. It’s not okay unless they do it? There are two follow-up articles at the end that continue the story.

Google+ Is Going To Mess Up The Internet – I think this is somewhat related to the previous post. Apparently Google is ranking shared links on Google+ higher in search results than the original article. This is obviously a rant but it’s still an interesting read because even though the author is noticeably angry, he has a very good point.

10 New Year’s resolutions for designers – I love this article! And not just because of these two: “stop stealing crap” and “learn to write,” but also “Stop being your own obstacle,” which is one of my all-time favorites, and “Stop Using Your Mom as an Example of a Stupid Person.” There’s a lot of good advice here and I hope people read it and embrace it. Oh, and these aren’t just for designers…

Test on Real Mobile Devices without Breaking the Bank – Interesting article and a good resource if you’re looking to expand your mobile testbed on the cheap. I don’t know that you really need to own all of these devices. There are enough emulators (yes, I know they don’t do everything – I ran into an excellent example of that this week) out there to get by on and I’m sure you have friends you can hit up to check things out for you occasionally.

Seven things still missing from CSS – The author of this article named some of my favorite pet peeves about CSS. Great stuff!

The Best HTML5 and CSS3 Cheat Sheets of 2011 – Quite a few cheat sheets here. Great if you are still learning HTML5 or CSS3 or to use for quick reference when you’re working on a project.

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Tech Roundup for December 30, 2011

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes mobile web best practices, a site-wide validator, font identification, and Waterfox.

Mobile Web Best Practices – An entire site dedicated to the best practices of mobile web. If you’re a mobile web designer or developer, you need to check out this resource.

W3Clove – Site-wide markup validation! This is going to be very handy.

Identifont – This seems a bit more detailed than What the Font!, which is another great font identification tool. You can find fonts based on appearance, name, similarity, picture, and designer/publisher.

Waterfox is a Faster, 64-Bit Optimized Version of Firefox for Windows PCs – Use Firefox on 64-bit Windows but want it to go a little faster? Take a look at Waterfox. I’m intrigued but I don’t know if I can handle another browser. :)

Have a great weekend! Happy New Year!

Weekly Tech Roundup for December 16, 2011

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes WordPress 3.3, power user guides for Chrome and Firefox, IE to auto update, and HTTP status cats.

What’s the Most Secure Web Browser? – The study was funded by Google and not-surprisingly Chrome was ranked the most secure browser. Each browser has a study that says their browser is the best. Still, the results are interesting.

WordPress 3.3 Released – New version of WordPress out this week. Definitely some welcome improvements (widgets, drag & drop media uploader for starters). Also, check out my post highlighting the key features and explaining why you should update.

The Power User’s Guides to Chrome and Firefox – A must-read if you spend all day in your browser, you like to tinker, or you just like to get the best out of your browsing experience. They cover interface tips & tricks, customized settings, add-ons and extensions, and other features.

Most Popular Windows Downloads and Posts of 2011 – Check these out, twenty one in all. From this article I installed Dexpot and I’ve been using it for a few days. Expose and Spaces are the two things I miss most from my Mac using days. Now they are essentially back!

Most Popular Mac Downloads and Posts of 2011 – And, of course, we can’t leave out our Mac friends. Fifteen resources in all here.

Internet Explorer to auto-update – Surprising and exciting! Microsoft is, essentially, going to force you to update your browser. XP users will get IE 8 and Vista and Windows 7 users will get IE 9. In theory, this will make the lives of designers and developers much easier. But let’s see if it works, first.

HTTP Status Cats Make Internet Errors Cute – A little fun to close the roundup this week. These are super cute. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!