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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 – September 9, 2011

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes FTP programs for Windows, browser trends, and WordPress contact forms.

The Best FTP App for Windows – This is a really great review of FileZilla. It also covers Cyberduck, WinSCP, and FireFTP. If you are on Windows and in the market for a new FTP client, this is a good read for you. I’ve used all but Cyberduck and would say I use WinSCP the most, with FileZilla coming in second. I prefer the simplicity of WinSCP.

Browser Trends September 2011: Can Anyone Stop Chrome? – In my August 12 Tech Roundup I covered the browser stats for July 2011. These are the stats for August. Chrome is still gaining on Firefox for the #2 spot. IE6 is still falling (yay!). These are important stats to watch if you make websites.

20 Free Contact Form Plugins for WordPress – Every website needs a contact form of some kind and there are a lot of WordPress contact form plugins out there. This is a list of 20 good plugins to help you narrow your search.

Using ‘$’ instead of ‘jQuery’ in WordPress – Great little tutorial on how to use $ instead of jQuery in WordPress. Those of you that use jQuery in your WordPress themes are probably familiar with this issue. This little trick will get you back using $ if you want.

I’m doing a big, very overdue upgrade on my desktop this weekend. And, I’m finally upgrading to Windows 7 as part of the process. I want to be able to take advantage of the 8GB RAM I got! It will essentially be a kick-ass gaming machine but really just a powerful design/development machine. I might even document the upgrade with some photos and notes if I get ambitious, but don’t hold your breath. :)

 

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From the Pages of Practical Web Design …

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

.net/practical web designTwo cool things from the pages of December’s Practical Web Design (.net Magazine in the UK):

Microsoft unveiled WebsiteSpark, which provides Windows Web Server and SQL Server Web Edition free to web companies with 10 or fewer employees. Companies must “provide services, support and hosting to businesses that develop web sites and applications.” Excellent if you’re a small business that develops on the Windows Server platform! (I’m UNIX-based myself.)

Google created What Browser? to explain what web browsers are and do and provides links to download all the major browsers. The blurb in the article suggests Google is trying to push Chrome with the site, but I thought it was pretty neutral. FWIW, I use Firefox for my browsing and I test all of my design/development work in at least Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox (all on PC).