Posts Tagged ‘browsers’

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!

Weekly Tech Roundup for October 14, 2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes speeding up your DNS, mobile development charts, and a sneak peek at WordPress 3.3.

Speed Up Your Web Browsing in a Few Clicks: A Brief Introduction to DNS – This is a handy little tool. My results showed the fastest DNS servers for me are the Google servers, which I already use. Good to know I’m already set!

Stripe – This is very interesting to me. It’s a payment system that does not require a merchant account or gateway. As far as I know, it’s the only one that allows direct credit card processing on your website without them. For those that don’t know, merchant accounts are expensive, particularly if you don’t process a lot of transactions (which is why a lot of businesses go with PayPal and Google Checkout for online purchasing). If you’re a developer, especially dealing with ecommerce, you need to check this out!

Mobile HTML5 comparison chart and Mobile Frameworks Comparison Chart – Developing mobile websites? Unless you have this stuff memorized, you need these charts to keep up with what is supported where when it comes to mobile.

A Look Inside WordPress 3.3 – A sneak peek at the upcoming version of WordPress. I think I’m most excited for the new media uploader and the admin tool tips.

The developer’s guide to browser adoption rates – This article has some cool charts illustrating the rate of new browser adoption (within a browser brand – so Firefox users upgrading to the newest version of Firefox, for example). What is most interesting (but not that surprising to me) is that Chrome and Opera seem to have the fastest adoption rate, with Safari and Internet Explorer having the slowest. If you make websites this is very important information to keep track of – of course, in addition to what your site’s users are actually browsing with.

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Weekly Tech Roundup – September 2, 2011

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes Android 2.3.3 arriving on VZW Droid 2 smartphones, browser market projections, and workflow tips.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: September 2011 – I forgot to put this in the Small Business Roundup earlier so here it is. There are a few really good ones this month.

Streamline Your Design Workflow – Some really interesting tips for streamlining your workflow. These ideas can be applied to other disciplines, not just design.

Microsoft’s IE will drop under 50% share by mid-2012 – Very interesting projections on the future of the browser market. We’ve been seeing IE’s share shrink for many years so this isn’t really a surprise. Chrome overtaking Firefox for number two is more so.

Verizon starts Droid 2 upgrade to Gingerbread – New Android upgrade for Droid 2 users like me. I got my upgrade this afternoon and I have to say I find the interface updates appealing. The changes I’ve noticed so far, other than the interface, is the ability to remove individual notifications instead of either going to each application or clearing them all (big yay! there); rearranging of some icons; profiles for Home, Work, and Weekend (if this was there before, I missed it); and a different menu where you can get to “Manage Apps” directly. If you click through to the VZW site you’ll get to a PDF of new features. Looks like other Droids got this update a few months ago, so please share your experience if you’ve had it for a while.

Review Of Cross-Browser Testing Tools – As always from Smashing Magazine, a very thorough review, this time on cross-browser testing. Don’t miss the quick comparison chart at the end!

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Weekly Tech Roundup – August 19, 2011

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes WordPress survey results, Know Your Network lessons, and how browsers work.

So you think you can build a website? – This is a smart and funny flowchart to help you decide if you can take your website idea from concept to production. Make sure to click through to see the full size infographic.

State of the Word – WordPress year in review presentation with results of their recent user and developer survey. They have some very impressive stats and I’m excited to see more of the crunched numbers. If you are a WordPress designer, developer, or user, you should watch the video to see what has happened this year and what is up in the near future.

This week’s Night School series at Lifehacker is a good one. It’s all about getting to know your home network. Check it out if you’d like to learn more about your wifi network:

How Browsers Work: Behind the Scenes of Modern Web Browsers – Keeping with the spirit of how things work, this is a very detailed explanation of how your web browser works. It includes just about everything you’d ever want or need to know about how your browser processes information.

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Weekly Tech Roundup – May 20, 2011

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

Make Your Own Chromebook On the Cheap by Installing Chromium OS on Any Netbook – This is an awesome way to get a Chromebook without having to fork out the big bucks. The article linked here takes you through all the steps you need, from finding the right netbook to installing Chromium OS. A great geeky weekend project if you need one.

Choose the Best Font and Color for Your Message – Very interesting article on choosing the right font for your project. We usually pick what we think fits the material and looks nice, but it turns out there is also a psychology to it.

CHART OF THE DAY: Netflix Is Eating Up More Of North America’s Bandwidth Than Any Other Company – I know we stream from Netflix and Amazon from our Blu-ray player at my house. I know lots of folks only watch TV and movies through their computer and don’t even own a TV. Nothing we didn’t already suspect here but it’s always cool to see it in a chart like this.

Many browsers run insecure plug-ins, analysis finds – Not really surprising considering most of those update requests we get are for security fixes. A good reminder to keep your browsers and plugins, extensions, and add-ons up-to-date. I found this stat surprising, as I thought more of the security concerns would be with the browser itself:

Overall, around 80 percent of browser-related security flaws now lie with plug-ins and only 20 percent with browsers, regardless of which browser was looked at.

FCC: Small Businesses Need to Increase Cybersecurity – More startling news on the security front.

A 2010 Symantec study revealed that 74 percent of small and medium businesses were targeted by cyberattackers in the past year. And the FCC said U.S. companies lose about $8 billion annually to cyberattacks, with the average attack costing a small business $188,242.

Um, yikes! Just because a business is small doesn’t mean it can’t or shouldn’t make the effort to secure its website, network, and data. Ignorance, cost, and inexperience are not excuses; a responsible effort needs to be made. If you don’t know how to do it, it’s best to find someone that does. It’s better to be safe than sorry and security is the kind of thing where you get what you pay for.

All right, that’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!

Weekly Tech Roundup – May 6, 2011

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

Who’s to Secure Cloud: Vendor or User? and Cloud computing providers: Clueless about security? – A couple of articles about a recent cloud computing security survey. I think lots of folks like the cool factor but don’t realize their data is probably not secure. Security isn’t such a big deal with your MP3s but when companies start putting their sensitive customer information in the cloud, we need to pay attention. These results are not comforting:

Nearly 70 percent of users said vendors were most responsible for ensuring the security of cloud resources; only 32 percent of vendors cited themselves. Sixteen percent of providers but one-third of users said security was a shared responsibility.

And:

“Buyer beware – on average, providers of cloud computing technologies allocate 10% or less of their operational resources to security and most do not have confidence that customers’ security requirements are being met.”

How To Protect Your Company’s Passwords – Using strong, unique passwords and keeping them safe should be everyone’s top priority, not just in business. This article mentions some good options for tracking passwords so you don’t have to keep them all in your head and discusses the importance of using HTTPS.

Ask Lifehacker: Which Version of Chrome or Firefox Should I Use? – A quick explanation of the different browser channels and who should use which. Discusses Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. I use beta versions sometimes but mostly I stick to the stable release so that my add-ons work. Do you use beta or nightly versions of your browser?

Web font services – An Overview – I wrote an internal overview of web font services, mainly focused on pricing and options. This is an amazing accompaniment to that work. It’s extremely thorough. Definitely check this out if you’re looking for the best web font provider for your project. And if you’d like a breakdown of pricing and options across the providers, leave a comment or fill out my contact form and I’ll send it to you.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!