Posts Tagged ‘CSS’

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 9, 2011

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes how-to guides, WordPress hosting review, WordPress 3.3 field guide, and a free Q&A call.

Most Popular How-To Guides of 2011 – I am so building a Hackintosh Mini next! These guides aren’t all geeky, but most of them are. They are all pretty useful, though.

How to structure your CSS – An interesting take on how to structure your CSS. I think this method is probably best suited for large projects. I prefer clean and simple and I was a little overwhelmed just reading about all the different CSS files the author uses. I can certainly see the benefits to using this approach though.

Seven advent calendars for web designers and developers – Look at all the geeky advent calendars! It’s nice that we can have a little fun while we work and learn.

The WordPress Hosting Review: Results – This is an exciting article and one I will come back to regularly. It’s always nice to come across something you were going to write yourself and now you don’t have to! The feedback here is really interesting. If you are looking for a WordPress hosting provider, definitely check this out. I will say, I love DreamHost, but I have to echo the downtime concern. It is wonderful when it is working and super frustrating when there is an issue. At least their support is top-notch. I’ve also used HostGator and had customers on BlueHost and GoDaddy. Glad to see I made the right choice by not going with Media Temple when I switched to DreamHost.

WordPress 3.3 Field Guide for Developers – WordPress 3.3 is almost here. Check out this wrap up of the key changes from a core developer.

Last, but certainly not least, Amy and I are doing a free Marketing Preschool Q&A call next Thursday. Here is the call info:

UPDATED:
Thursday 12/15/2011 11:00 AM PST
Conference Access Number: 1-218-936-4977
Conference Passcode: 397389#

Join us with your marketing and technical questions and we’ll do our best to answer. Did I mention it’s free?

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Tech Roundup – September 23, 2011

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes a security hole in HTTPS, Windows 8 in-depth, and the Lifehacker Hackintosh guide.

Researchers to detail hole in Web encryption – It was bound to happen eventually. Interestingly, no one seems all that concerned about it. Still, I’d expect to see a patch in the next update of your favorite browser. Another reason to always keep your browser up-to-date. Read more about it here: Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites.

The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Building a Hackintosh – One of these days I’ll build a Hackintosh. It’s on my “someday” list. For those that don’t know, or can’t tell from the name, a Hackintosh is a computer running OS X on non-Apple hardware. This guide takes you through the entire setup process. It’s pretty slick. Take a look!

Lifehacker put together an in-depth four-part series this week for all of your Windows 8 curiosities:

Create Sticky Notes To-Do List In CSS And JQuery – I thought this looked like a fun tutorial. It comes with a demo and a download so you can skip the hand-coding and just use it if you prefer.

Introducing The Smashing WordPress Section – Smashing Magazine now has a dedicated section for WordPress. Should be a wealth of information and a good source for tutorials.

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Weekly Tech Roundup – August 26, 2011

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes what’s new in Firefox 6, a must-read on CSS best practices, and a review of caching plugins for WordPress.

Firefox 6 is here – Details of what’s new in Firefox 6. Have you upgraded yet? It took me a few days because I had to wait for all of my must-have add-ons to become available for the new version. I haven’t noticed much difference yet.

An Event Apart: CSS Best Practices – A bullet-point overview of Nicole Sullivan’s talk at An Event Apart Minneapolis, called “Our Best Practices Are Killing Us.” Fascinating statistics and a must-read for any designer or developer.

Komodo Edit Is a Versatile Open Source Code Editor for Windows, Mac, and Linux – Looking for a new code/text editor? You might want to take a look at Komodo, especially if you use more than one operating system. I am a big fan of Notepad++ but I’m going to give it a shot. If you’ve used it, feel free to share your experience in the comments.

8 Excellent WordPress Caching Plugins to Speed Up Your Site – If you run a WordPress site with a good amount of visitors, chances are good you’ll want to make your site faster at some point. One way to do that is to use a caching plugin. This article goes over 8 options.

Infographic about WP_Query – I love infographics. Even more when they are super useful like this one! If you’ve ever written or edited a custom WordPress theme you’ve probably come across WP_Query. Unless you’re a seasoned pro this is probably still a touch complicated but it should help you get a better understanding of how it works.

What Are Websites Made Of? (Infographic) – Yet another infographic with some very interesting stats about what makes up the web.

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Weekly Tech Roundup – June 24, 2011

Friday, June 24th, 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!

ICANN opens the domain floodgates – There were a ton of articles on the new top-level domains (TLDs) this week. Kind of exciting but not really useful for small businesses. Unless you have $185,000 lying around. And another $25,000 per year to maintain it.

Useful Resources, Tools and Services for Web Designers – An extremely comprehensive list. One of the reasons I love Smashing Magazine!

Five Useful Interactive CSS/jQuery Techniques Deconstructed – The five are: Extruded Text Effect, Animating A Background Image, Mega Dropdown, Animated Slideshow Navigation, and Animated Icons. Complete with explanations, code samples, and demos!

What Kind of Maintenance Do I Need to Do on My Windows PC? and What Kind of Maintenance Do I Need to Do on My Mac? – Great suggestions for both Mac and PC.

Popuload for Adobe Photoshop – This is a really fun idea! Have you ever had to sit and wait for Photoshop to process something? During these times I usually pull up my browser and try to read a quick article. Popuload is an RSS reader for inside Photoshop! Whenever the loading/processing bar appears in PS, Popuload appends a window with your RSS feed content for the duration of the processing time. Only for Mac, so I’ll still have to pull up my browser for now.

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Weekly Tech Roundup – April 29, 2011

Friday, April 29th, 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!

10 Characters for Your WordPress Blacklist – As pointed out by someone in the comments, if you have “Comment author must have a previously approved comment” turned on, these spam comments will never get through. Still a good tip.

Faking ‘float: center’ with Pseudo Elements – Awesome tip! Had to share.

Writing made easy with Writing Helper – WordPress has added two new features to their wordpress.com blogs: Copy a Post and Request Feedback. I really hope they add these to Jetpack soon so we wordpress.org folks can use them! I’ve been dying for a post copying feature for a while now. Particularly for these weekly posts!

Why IE9 is a Web Designer’s Nightmare – A cautionary tale for designers and developers who think they no longer have to worry about IE-specific design & code with IE9. It’s no IE6 but it’s far from perfect. My advice is to continue cross-browser testing when you create a website. You’ll have to do it anyway until everyone is on board with the same HTML5 and CSS3 standards.

21 essential resource sites for web designers – An excellent resource for designers, developers, and those that want to learn. I noticed two comments at the bottom of the post: one commenter suggests W3Schools and the other suggests W3Fools. I use W3Schools occasionally when I can’t remember the exact syntax for something and want to look it up quickly. I’ve never used it for detailed “how to” so I didn’t realize how bad they are. I have noticed several times that they were wrong but I figured it was just outdated (like many educational things are). W3Fools is a very interesting read.

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