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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 – 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 – July 1, 2011

Friday, July 1st, 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!

U.S. to Provide Guidelines to Bolster Computer Security – The US government wants to help small businesses write better code and defend themselves against hackers. They’ve launched a new website and released “2011 Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors.” Two more articles on this topic: A New Tool for Website Protection and US rolls out plan to protect business websites and the actual information is here: CWE: Common Weakness Enumeration.

World’s data will grow by 50X in next decade, IDC study predicts – I think it’s fascinating how much traffic growth they are predicting for this decade. It makes complete sense, but it boggles the mind a little!

“In 2011 alone, 1.8 zettabytes (or 1.8 trillion gigabytes) of data will be created, the equivalent to every U.S. citizen writing 3 tweets per minute for 26,976 years.”

IBM announces computer memory breakthrough – Very exciting stuff!

“… store as much data as NAND flash technology but with 100 times the performance and vastly greater lifespan. Currently, NAND flash memory products, such as SSDs, have write rates as high as 2Gbit/sec.”

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: July 2011 – Smashing Magazine’s collection of desktop calendars for July 2011. I’m slightly underwhelmed by the selection (I was hoping for lighter/brighter visuals) but I found one I like and you probably will, too.

Google updated the styling on all of the websites this week. Well, at least Reader, Gmail, Calendar, and Google+. Reader just has the new header/nav bar so it’s not much different. If the new look’s not quite for you in Calendar, this article will tell you how to change it back: Changes to the look of Google Calendar. For Gmail, go into Mail Settings (under the gear in the top right corner), click Themes, and then choose another theme. Note, this is also how you can turn the new look on in Gmail. The new themes are Preview and Preview (Dense). I’m trying out the latter. I kinda like it, although it may be a tad too simple for my taste.

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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 Small Business Roundup – June 3, 2011

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Weekly Small Business 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 small business things and one for technical things.

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

Google takes wraps off pay-by-phone system – Google Wallet debuts this summer. It works with Mastercard’s PayPass technology (where you can tap your wallet against a reader instead of swiping your card – similar to some transit systems). Apparently it will work to load coupons into your wallet as well as for payments. Seems kinda neat and geeky but also a little scary. Also, of course, EBay and PayPal sue Google over trade secrets because nothing is ever that easy. Find out more from the Google Wallet site.

How the Recession Saved One Company – A really inspirational story for anyone that is struggling with their business. And for those that had struggled but are getting their feet back under them – you can just nod in agreement here. This is a great story about a company that’s business really started booming so they ramped up staff only to get hit hard by the recession. This is how they got back on track.

3 Books Small Business Owners Should Read in 2011 – I’ve seen three articles on summer reading lists today. This one seems the best, and that’s not just because there are only 3. I’ll add to the list: anything by Seth Godin. Do you have any books to add to the list?

15 Questions to Ask Before Collaborating – Great set of questions to answer before your next collaborative project. Five questions each about your collaborator, your project, and your client to help you make sure it’s the best move. I think the most important question is, “what is your gut telling you?” True instincts are rarely wrong.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: June 2011 – Bring some timely beauty to your computer’s desktop. I’m a huge fan of the Smashing Magazine wallpaper calendars. This is June’s selection of 30 wallpapers. All come with or without calendars. I chose “In Love For Violet”… for now!

6 Task List Hacks to Get More Done – Apparently none of my blogs talked about productivity this week! I had to go back a couple of weeks to find this one and I’m glad I did. I am a master to-do list writer. It’s so rewarding to check things off a list. There are a couple of these tips that I’d like to incorporate, though, particularly the last two: giving due dates to everything and having a daily reality check. I’ll have to add them to my list!

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