January 2010 Entries
Name Fail or Wonderfully Appropriate Win? (Or Photoshop win)
Strategic SEO for startups is pretty much a must read post for anyone who dabbles in SEO, whether they’re involved in a startup or not.
Rock scissors paper SHARK KNIFE
Jake Lloyd was Anakin Skywalker in the movie that heralded the decline of one of the great movie franchises of all time. Is it co-incidence that now he happens to look similar to the “Star Wars kid”, or something more sinister?
The mStand is designed for the Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro, but is “suitable” for all laptops. While it might seem a bit silly that your Mac needs a special stand, they do look to make a lot of sense if you’re using an Apple Cinema display. Tags: Apple
iPhone app saves man trapped in rubble - this story simply can't be true unless he was trapped under rubble along with a working power source or external battery pack for his iPhone. 66 hours? Come on!
Apple updates Boot Camp, drivers for Windows 7. These updates apparently add Windows 7 support for the Mighty Mouse, however I can’t get mine to work as yet. More testing required. However, all is forgiven because they’ve fixed the hyper sensitivity of the trackpad’s tap to click functionality which was a complete deal breaker, so I’m happy (and haven’t given up on the Mighty Mouse yet). On a side note it always makes me laugh when I have a post that combines these 2 tags: Tags: Apple, Windows
It’ll look less new and shiny when it’s filled with crumbs, but for now the transparent toaster looks pretty neat.
As a long time fan of TiddlyWiki I should mention the recent release of TiddlyWeb. NEWBURY, Berks, UK, Jan 15, 2010 -- Today TiddlyWeb, the open source software package that provides the core services of a RESTful server-side for TiddlyWiki, was released as version 1.0. This long awaited version finally takes TiddlyWeb out of its beta-testing phase and provides a stable release for users and developers. Looking forward to getting a chance to have a tinker with it soon. Tags: TiddlyWiki
CSS snippets on css-tricks.com contains a collaborative approach to enhanced synergy, coupled with a strategy to enhance and increase ROI around non-bricks and mortar based application approaches. Oh, no, hang on, it contains a selection of CSS snippets. Combined with an editor or authoring tool which supports snippets (I use SublimeText) and you’re away coding more efficiently. Tags: CSS, Web Development
The Smart Mac: Smart Folders in OS X is a quick summary of smart folders – useful if you’ve not played with them a lot before. Interesting to read that they were a feature which came through from BeOS. Tags: Apple
Autoruns for Windows is apparently now the Microsoft approved way of controlling what runs when your computer starts up. I guess after years of people screwing over their registries it was something which had to happen sooner or later. Tags: Microsoft, Windows
I skipped using UltraMon while running Vista (we refer to those as “the dark times”), however I’m giving it a try again (I purchased it a long time ago) with Windows 7. Having monitor specific taskbars is just too damn useful to ignore, and I kind of like having monitor specific wallpapers too. UltraMon 3.0.9 RC (Release Candidate) is now available for download from http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/download_beta.asp. This release has several bug fixes, see the release notes at http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/relnotes/3.0.9.asp for more information.
Quote of the day, "Middleware". (It’s funnier if you read it in the style of a Veridian Dynamics commercial)
MY EYES, THEY BURN Tags: Amusing
Windows 7: Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives Tags: Windows
Nic Cage as everyone is yet another one of those sites where the title should give you a clue as to the contents. Founded on the belief that everything in life would be better with a little more Nic Cage, the most unique and versatile actor of his generation. Too many greats to list, however Nic Cage as Butthead, the Beatles and Eminem appealed to me (for whatever reason). Tags: Amusing
Star Trek Online – Overview, Tips and Review-ish Info – with full and TL;DR version (skip to the end for that one). Tags: MMORPG
MonoTouch allows developers to create C# and .NET applications which will run on the iPhone and iPod touch. MonoTouch allows developers to create C# and .NET based applications that run on Apple's iPhone and Apple's iPod Touch devices, while taking advantage of the iPhone APIs and reusing both code and libraries that have been built for .NET, as well as existing skills. Interesting. Think I'll stick with XCode for now though. Tags: Apple, Microsoft, iPhone, .NET
Mmmmm shiny. If you want the quick version then hop to 1:30 and then again to 3:45 for highlights. Tags: Gadgets
The guys at Mindscape have just published a screencast showing how LightSpeed can work with Dynamic Data. Dynamic Data is pretty useful in some scenarios, but Microsoft’s official description says that it needs to be “based on a LINQ to SQL or Entity Framework data model” – so you can add LightSpeed to that list now.
Download it here – I use it with SublimeText, but originally it’s intended as a TextMate file language file.
Cinch is a piece of software which adds window positioning features similar to Windows 7 to OSX. Looks neat, and especially useful to people who switch between Windows 7 and OSX (thanks Sonic!). Tags: Apple, OSX
Changing Visual Studio’s Color Palette – should probably mention it’s about an extension for VS 2010. Many users have requested different color themes for Visual Studio, or for the ability to change color themes to suit their preferences. I have just released an extension for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 that allows users to customize colors used by our shell color service. Tags: Visual Studio
I’ve not read it yet, but hey who knows, it could be good reading: Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition Tags: ASP.NET, Microsoft
Refresh your browsers, I’ve just applied a very quick update to the site styles. It all looks similar, but under the hood I’ve removed the old and rather dated HTML layout (cough tables couch) and replaced it with one using YUI grids. I also made a few other small style tweaks to make posting lots of short posts in a row work a bit better, as well as doing a bit more tidying up of the tags. Tags: Merauderweb
Ah developer humor: "I don't think you can count someone even as a semi-decent java dev until he wrote his very own web framework at least once in his life"
Yuck, the tag cloud here was/is pretty spectacularly bad. I’ve known it for a while but not had time to care. Working on it. Other revisions also going on behind the scenes.
Finn creates USB 'finger drive' – cyberpunk / prosthetics win.
Interested in Star Trek Online? Then head over to MMORPG.com and read their preview - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Tags: MMORPG