Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Delicious Purchase

After announcing that it was giving up on Delicious, Yahoo has finally found a buyer for the bookmarking tool in the form of YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Delicious, has millions of users around the world, was launched in 2003 and bought by Yahoo! in 2005.

I have always liked Delicious but gave up on it a few months ago after all the uncertainty and swapped to Google bookmarking. I think that many people also moved away, and it even lost its spot in popurls.

AVOS chief executive Hurley said in a statement"We're excited to work with this fantastic community and take Delicious to the next level," Hopefully its new owners will bring it back to life again.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Essential JS files

When starting with a new web site there are certain files that you will need to include to have a modern and well functioning site.  Obviously your site may be more minimal and therefore you could not add them but here are the ones that I try to include.

<script src="//" type="text/javascript"></script>

Most sites that I build use jquery and why not let the google content delivery network take the strain and host it for me  directly from Google’s network of datacenters.  Benefits include decreased latency, increased parallelism, and better caching.

HTML5 shim
<!--[if lt IE 9]>
        <script src=""></script>

Also the same as shiv, this js file is to be added if you are building in html5.  This script tells IE what the html5 elements are.  Use in conditional statements

<script src=" /js/modernizr-1.6.min.js"></script>

Modernizr is is an open-source JavaScript library that allows you to use CSS3 and HTML5 as it adds classes to the <html> element which allow you to target specific browser functionality in your stylesheet.  This means that you can take full advantage of all the HTML5 and CSS3 features that will be implemented in some browsers, without sacrificing control over the user experience in other browsers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What is that font?

Web fonts are now more and more common and sometimes when you see a good looking site you think, humm I like that font, I would like to use it too. Well that is why I love the What Font bookmarklet from Chengyin Liu.

This little JavaScript bookmarklet lets you easily know which font a site is using by just clicking the bookmark and hovering over the text in question. What Font will then show a a small transparent overlay with the typeface name. Of course you can do this in FF firebug but this is just so simple and quick.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cool USB's

A USB is a functional device that is also incredibly handy. It can also be a beautiful bit of design or something quite cute

Budweiser Offers Beer-Filled USB Drive Bud USBA Budweiser newest promotional USB filled with golden goodness
R2D2 USBstarwars - r2d2 usbwhat list is complete without a starwars gadget
Ninja Flash Driveninja usbA cute ninja usb fashioned from tactile, water resistant silicone.
Lego man USBlego usbAn official LEGO Minifigure USB drive. Need I say more.
Gold Robot Flash Drivegold robot usbBe decedant and geeky at the same time with this little fellow
Clothespin USB Flash Drive clothspeg usbSomething just so simple about this, I really like it.
Wooden USB Stickwood usbSome very woody USB sticks
Transformers UBS A usb and a toy that transforms to Ravage, the tiger-like creature in Transformers 2

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The end of IE6

At the beginning of the year Google announced that it would no longer be supporting IE6, as it is the browser identified as the weak link in a cyber attack on the search engine. As a result many of their applications and sites won't work properly in older browsers. Many developers jumped up and down with joy at the news although for some time there have been many campaigns to stop supporting this old browser such as Kill IE6 and lots of sites just showing a page telling the user to update their browser. Even Microsoft have a campaign to end the 10 year reign with the The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown which states that there are 11.6% still using it.

So the question that I have to ask myself, do I stop adding in the hacks and separate stylesheets for it? So many companies still have to use it and really how much hassle is it to get a site working in IE6, if not looking pixel perfect? I started in this industry at about the same time as IE6 was born and so many of the little hacks and allowances for this old boy have become second nature, yet should I not be staying in line with all the big boys and just say no? I guess at the end it is really up to the client and if they want to support it. They are not always right but they are the ones who pay the bills.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Royal Weddings

With the upcomming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday 29 April at Westminster Abbey, everyone is speculating on the design of the dress and how it will all look. Below are some of the previous big Royal Weddings.

and now for the latest beautiful wedding on 29 April 2011 ...
royal wedding - william and kate

royal wedding - charles and diana

royal wedding - elizabeth and philip

royal wedding - bertie and  elizabeth

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Great Music Haircuts

Here is a cool info graphic of 108 iconic haircuts from the music industry from the Fast Company. I am sure that next will be the even more outragous footballers hairstyles.

The image would also make a nice little pop quiz.

Monday, April 04, 2011

great insult

You don't get a good insult like this anymore

Learning Javascript and JQuery

There are many good places on the internet where to learn javascript or jquery from basics.  Some sites have nice tutorials others with informative videos or slideshows.
Here are a couple of nice sites to begin: