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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 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 November 4, 2011

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes WordPress infographics, free fonts, and a new security tool for small businesses.

New Tool to Help Small Businesses Plan for Cyberattack – The FCC is developing a tool to help small businesses with their security planning. The tool will ask a series of questions and output policies and suggestions based on those results. Be on the lookout for it later this month.

20 High Quality Free Fonts Every Designer Should Own – As an admitted font hoarder, I was excited to see this as a reminder of some of the fonts I lost in a recent upgrade (the one thing I forgot to back up – ugh!). It was great to somewhat replenish my stash.

WordPress Developer Tools – Two tools to check out if you make WordPress websites.

15 Entertaining & Informative WordPress Infographics – Exactly what the title indicates, these are interesting and fun infographics. If you work with WordPress you’ll appreciate them.

A Brief History of Web Standards – Another infographic. This one is very informative. It takes you all the way back to 1962! It covers technology, typography, and web standards.

15 Point Checklist: WordPress Start-Up Guide After Installation – A handy guide for what to do after you install WordPress. There’s an pared-down advanced version and a more detailed beginner version. I can see this being really useful for both types of users, particularly for beginners as it explains what everything what each is and why it should be done.

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Weekly Tech Roundup – August 12, 2011

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes the latest browser trends, a new font for readers with dyslexia, and a custom redesign of the WordPress widgets page.

Browser Trends, July 2011: 1 in 5 People Now Use Chrome – Some very interesting stats if you’re interested in the “browser wars.” Firefox is slipping, Chrome is gaining, and IE6 lost another 3.1%. The full data is from here: StatCounter, including other stats.

New font designed for readers with dyslexia – This is a really cool idea and I’m very looking forward to see more fonts like this. If your users have dyslexia, this is one solution. Find out more from the creator: StudioStudio.

Stephanie Leary shares custom redesign of the WordPress widgets screen – This is awesome. I’m not a huge fan of the way the widgets page is laid out in WordPress now and this would be a fantastic improvement. So clean and uncomplicated!

WordPress shortcode: Display a thumbnail of any website – If you ever include screenshots or thumbnail images of other websites on your WordPress website or blog, this is for you. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this included with Jetpack in the future. Until then you can do it yourself with this super-short tutorial. Update: I was super excited about this but in all of the testing I’ve done I haven’t been able to get beyond the “Generating Preview…” screen so I’m guessing WordPress.com has turned off outside access to this feature.

The Evolution of Web Design – A very interesting infographic showing the evolution of web design from the beginning (1991) to now; text to mobile.

The Web IQ Quiz – Addicting and fun. Test your #webcred.

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Weekly Tech Roundup – July 8, 2011

Friday, July 8th, 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!

WordPress 3.2 – The newest WordPress release drops support for IE6, includes some big changes to the wp-admin style, and gets a little more secure by requiring newer versions of PHP and MySQL. I’m very much enjoying the new admin, including the full screen editor option. Here’s an article on the release from .net. And, a quick article on why you really need to upgrade if you haven’t already: Unpatched WordPress installations rife with malware. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your WordPress install.

CHART OF THE DAY: Android Is Blowing Everyone Away – Those commercials keep telling us if we don’t have an iPhone we don’t have an iPhone. Well, apparently a lot of us don’t have iPhones. Android’s growth has been exponential over the past year and currently Apple is a distant second. I feel kinda bad for RIM’s Blackberry. It seems everyone is jumping off their bandwagon onto Google’s. I know I was one of them and haven’t looked back.

How to Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide – Great article if you were lucky enough to get an invite and signed up before Google+ “exceeded capacity,” or if you want to take a sneak peek and see if it’s worth all the hype.

One Page Apps I Actually Use – When I first read this article, I immediately added a few of these to my business wiki. They will come in very handy. What one page apps can you add to the list?

My Favorite Programming Mistakes – If you’re a programmer, coder, developer, or just know a few things about code, you’ll get a kick out of this article and probably learn something. Each mistake comes complete with a story and lessons learned. A long, but easy read.

Google Web Fonts v2 Released – I’m super excited for this release. It addresses all of my frustrations with the original website and they’ve added even more fonts. The best part is the ability to preview multiple fonts with your text all on the same page; either as a word, a sentence, or a paragraph. Check it out for yourself: Google Web Fonts v2. If you are a font geek like me or you just want to learn more, check out this presentation from Google:

From the above presentation, TypeDNA is an add-on for Adobe Creative Suite you can use to find similar fonts and fonts that are in harmony (close match, contrasting, etc.) with others. If you have a font on your computer that is not a web font, you can use this tool to search web foundries (like Google Web Fonts) for a close match. It looks pretty cool and for $49 it might be worth checking it out. Works on PC and Mac. Look for the demo version on their website (just beware it’s not fully functional).

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Weekly Tech Roundup – June 10, 2011

Friday, June 10th, 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 useful .htaccess snippets to have in your toolbox – If your website runs on the Apache web server, these are some tweaks you can take advantage of. Unless you run your own web server, double-check with your hosting provider before trying to implement any of these. I know a lot of providers have many of these as options in their control panels.

IPv6 Guide for Home Users and Small Business – This is one of the better articles on IPv6 I’ve seen geared toward home and small business users. If you’re still wondering what the heck I’ve been talking about with IPv6 the past couple weeks, this is the article for you. It talks about the areas you need to look at and briefly describes each one (networked devices, website, mail, DNS). Make sure you also check out Test IPv6, linked in the article, to see if you and your Internet provider are ready to go.

Reader Poll: Is your company ready for IPv6? – These results aren’t good. As of this posting, 40.22% of respondents answered “No,” 38.04% “I Don’t Know,” and only 21.74% “Yes.” For the record, my answer was yes. :)

FontDeals – Smashing Magazine said it is like Groupon for Fonts. If you love fonts, this is a great way to get a whole slew of fonts for cheap. The site says they hope to offer 4-6 bundles per year. I didn’t see any fonts I had to have, but I’ll definitely be watching. There are 13 days left on the deal so you have time to decide. No way to sign up for notifications, though.

Bacon Ipsum – Designers and developers that are familiar with “lorem ipsum” will surely get a kick out of this web tool. It’s the same idea, a text generator for placeholder text. But this has an interesting twist: it’s all about meat! Not quite as versatile as some, but you can choose the number of paragraphs to include and if you want “all meat” or “meat and filler.” There’s also an option to start with “Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet…”

About Obsolete Features in HTML5 – A quick article on how obsolete features are handled in HTML5. Might be a relief if you are taking a rather old website and updating it. You don’t have to worry about the pickiness of XHTML.

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