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July 2011 Entries

New and interesting this week – the security edition

Responsive Web Design Techniques, Tools and Design Strategies (Web Development, Posted Friday July 22 2011, 867 Tweets, 109 Facebook likes) Lessons Learned: Productivity Tips For Running A Web Design Business (Web Development, Posted Wednesday July 20 2011, 406 Tweets, 45 Facebook likes) MacBook Pros, Hit the Bench: The Air Is Gaining Muscle (Gadgets and Technology, Posted Thursday July 21 2011, 224 Tweets, 178 Facebook likes) Stanford’s Lightsaber-Wielding Robot Is Strong With the Force (Gadgets and Technology, Posted Wednesday July 20 2011, 212 Tweets, 265 Facebook likes) Freebie: Professional E-Commerce Icons Set (20 Icons) (Web Development, Posted...

posted @ Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:53 PM | Feedback (0)

Box js–a modular loading system for JavaScript (with compression)

Boxjs gives you the flexibility of a modular loading system whilst providing the speed of a single, compressed JS file. I’m a little torn on this one. Combining and compressing loads of JS files is a good thing – we know this! But having a huge dependency on an external site is a pretty scary thing.. there’s also a version for images (with resizing and quality adjustment) and for CSS files as well. Tags: Web Development

posted @ Friday, July 29, 2011 4:04 PM | Feedback (0)

Lion installation–create a USB key

Yep, there’s a fair few of these going around, but here’s another one which looks useful if you’re planning on doing the Lion thing and want to make a USB installer: SCO0305a - Lion Installation [Free Tutorial Tags: Apple, OSX

posted @ Friday, July 29, 2011 8:42 AM | Feedback (0)

Inspiration Pad

Apparently if you’re in need of inspiration, then the Inspiration pad might help. However, I think that it would be an excellent tool to help anyone who likes to doodle in boring meetings or classes. I wish things like this were around when I was in school.

posted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:28 PM | Feedback (0)

New and interesting this week

This one is for the last 2 weeks as I got insanely busy. How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History (Information Security, Posted Monday July 11 2011, 1457 tweets) Wi-Fi–Hacking Neighbor From Hell Sentenced to 18 Years (Information Security, Posted Tuesday July 12 2011, 624 tweets) Orbit and Reveal: jQuery Plug-Ins For Image Sliders and Modal Windows (Web Development, Posted Sunday July 17 2011, 500 tweets) Lessons Learned: Productivity Tips For Running A Web Design Business (Web Development, Posted Wednesday July 20 2011, 374 tweets) Apple set to release Lion, new...

posted @ Monday, July 25, 2011 9:58 PM | Feedback (0)

Tilt: Visualize your Web page in 3D

Tilt is a Firefox extension that lets you visualise any web page DOM in 3D. Basically, if you’re a web developer and you’ve used Firebug or any other DOM inspection tool you should watch the video as it’ll probably put a grin on your face. It’s like Tom Cruise is there debugging the web and preventing crimes against browser cross compatibility while Samantha Morton lies in a bathtub behind him screaming MUUUURRRRRDDDDDDEEERRRR – yes, the future is now. Tags: Web Development

posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2011 10:55 PM | Feedback (0)

VisualSearch.js– add enhanced autocomplete and auto prompting to your search boxes

VisualSearch.js enhances ordinary search boxes with the ability to autocomplete faceted search queries. Specify the facets for completion, along with the completable values for any facet. You can retrieve the search query as a structured object, so you don't have to parse the query string yourself. It looks pretty neat – although it’s the sort of UI widget which isn’t going to be suitable for every type of search (demo here). Tags: JavaScript, Web Development

posted @ Monday, July 18, 2011 12:38 PM | Feedback (0)

I Spent A Coin (And I Liked It) — How I Bought Lunch in Manhattan with Bitcoins

I Spent A Coin (And I Liked It) — How I Bought Lunch in Manhattan with Bitcoins – cool story of using bitcoins for every day purchases.

posted @ Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:30 PM | Feedback (0)

Sanctum–Tower Defence Evolved

I’ve been a Tower Defence nut for quite some time, and have spent many hours playing simple but fun TD variants such as this one. While I wouldn’t call myself a purist of the genre, I don’t really get into some of the modern takes on the genre,such as Plants vs. Zombies and so on. So if you’d asked me a few weeks back whether I thought mixing Tower Defence with FPS would work, I’d probably have said “Nope”. However in the case of Sanctum it works very well indeed. Sanctum is a First...

posted @ Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:33 PM | Feedback (0)

Kilian Martin: A Skate Regeneration

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a skateboarding video that made me smile and say “Wow” like this one did. When I skated many years ago, I never managed to enjoy watching freestyle skating – even though I appreciated the technical difficulty of it. However this mix of street with a hint of freestyle and some multi board tricks thrown on top is amazing. Tags: Skateboarding

posted @ Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:09 AM | Feedback (0)

Apple's iPad commands 1% of all web traffic after just one year

Apple's iPad commands 1% of all web traffic after just one year – for some reason my initial reaction was to be quite impressed by this.

posted @ Monday, July 11, 2011 3:54 PM | Feedback (0)

New and interesting this week

Facebook Announces New Design, In-Browser Video Chat With Skype (Gadgets and Technology, Posted Wednesday July 6 2011, 323 tweets) Microsoft Adds Lasso Gesture to iPad for Bing Searches (Apple Mac/iPhone/iPod, Posted Tuesday July 5 2011, 276 tweets) Skype Update Adds New Video Chat Features (Apple Mac/iPhone/iPod, Posted Tuesday July 5 2011, 276 tweets) Inside Google’s User Experience Lab: An Interview With Google’s Marcin Wichary (Web Development, Posted Friday July 8 2011, 247 tweets) Why the #AskObama Tweet was Garbled on Screen: Know your UTF-8, Unicode, ASCII and ANSI Decoding Mr. President (.NET, Posted Thursday July 7...

posted @ Sunday, July 10, 2011 10:20 PM | Feedback (0)

The iOS Design Cheat Sheet

The title on this one pretty much says it all - the iOS Design Cheat Sheet is a collection of useful information for iOS developers. When you are designing a lot of applications for Apple’s touch devices like the iPhone or iPad you often have to follow some conventions regarding sizes or radii of Icons, Buttons or Tables. Because it is always a big time loss if you have to search on the Web for this information again and again, I’ve put the most important specifications into a nice iOS Design Cheat Sheet. Useful....

posted @ Sunday, July 10, 2011 4:09 PM | Feedback (0)

“Hacking” voicemail–some pretty pathetic media coverage

Hacking voicemail - it can be done in NZ too is one of those articles that just makes me rage at the media. There’s a bit of a difference between hacking and simply trying some default passwords, and really in this day and age anyone who leaves any password or passcode as the default option probably deserves what they get. The fact is there’s nothing newsworthy in this story. ONE News found all that's needed to hack someone's voicemail is a landline phone, the hacking target's home or cellphone number, and a guess at their...

posted @ Sunday, July 10, 2011 4:03 PM | Feedback (0)

Google Plus–tips and tricks

This document contains some tips and useful information on Google Plus. It’s also interesting that it’s a document that was written by about 120+ people at the same time. Some useful G+ related stuff in there. Tags: Google

posted @ Sunday, July 10, 2011 3:56 PM | Feedback (0)

Xbox 360 Cloud Storage Now Available, Syncs Your Multiple Consoles & Games Progress In Cloud

Xbox 360 Cloud Storage Now Available, Syncs Your Multiple Consoles & Games Progress In Cloud – an obvious and good use of the cloud. Achievement data isn’t overly sensitive (unless you want to hide how much you’re playing your Xbox), and during the PSN issues it was amazing to see how many people weren’t concerned about their private data being spilled – all they cared about was “Will I lose my achievements? OH NOES!”. Tags: Gaming

posted @ Friday, July 8, 2011 9:54 AM | Feedback (1)


DropKick is a jQuery plugin to help make Dropdown lists attractive. Looks nice although the custom theme in the demo doesn’t seem to play nice in IE9. Tags: jQuery, JavaScript

posted @ Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:35 PM | Feedback (0)

Irony is always funny

Tags: Google

posted @ Tuesday, July 5, 2011 11:52 PM | Feedback (0)

Why yo’ momma won’t use Google+

Why yo momma won’t use Google+ (and why that thrills me to no end) – Scoble on Google+. I kind of agree with a lot of what he’s saying there, but the elitist tone comes off pretty badly. I really do like the level of granularity that Plus gives me – not that putting people in circular boxes is a good thing, but simply that one of Facebook’s biggest flaws right now is that sometimes you don’t want to share everything with everyone, and that sometimes you’re socially obliged to “Friend” someone who you might wish to deprioritize –...

posted @ Tuesday, July 5, 2011 11:39 PM | Feedback (2)


Extremities from Eli Stonberg on Vimeo. A different take on a skating video. Via Sonic (who’s website I’d link to here if he had one).

posted @ Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:16 PM | Feedback (0)

Node.js inc on Windows

Porting Node to Windows With Microsoft’s Help – node.js is making its way over to Windows. I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft is partnering with Joyent in formally contributing resources towards porting Node to Windows. As you may have heard in a talk we gave earlier this year, we have started the undertaking of a native port to Windows – targeting the high-performance IOCP API. Tags: JavaScript

posted @ Sunday, July 3, 2011 10:22 PM | Feedback (0)

New and interesting this week

Apple Patches Security Holes in Java for Leopard, Snow Leopard (Apple Mac/iPhone/iPod, Posted Tuesday June 28 2011, 276 tweets) Clash of the Tablets: From iPad to TouchPad, 6 Slates Compared (Gadgets and Technology, Posted Wednesday June 29 2011, 269 tweets) Apple's iPad contributes 89% of global tablet traffic (Apple Mac/iPhone/iPod, Posted Saturday June 25 2011, 265 tweets) Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: July 2011 (Web Development, Posted Thursday June 30 2011, 242 tweets) Apple's iOS more secure than Google's Android, says Symantec (Apple Mac/iPhone/iPod, Posted Wednesday June 29 2011, 235 tweets) Google gave original Mac designer free...

posted @ Sunday, July 3, 2011 8:53 PM | Feedback (0)


WOW Slider is a very slick looking jQuery based image slider effect which has nothing to do with World of Warcraft. Jump straight for the demos if you’ve forgotten or misplaced your Ritalin. Well worth a look if you’re looking to upgrade your image slider library of choice. Tags: jQuery, JavaScript

posted @ Sunday, July 3, 2011 8:50 PM | Feedback (0)


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