Cake on OS X with Headdress

As I’ve been testing CakePHP I’ve run into an odd issue on my local OS X development environment. I couldn’t get the system configured to properly render the site I was building. It didn’t even show the default documentation properly – the CSS and images were missing. After digging around the Web and trying many different options, including mod_rewrite modifications and changes to MAMP, I discovered that I hadn’t properly configured my local dev site in Headress.

The issue was my choice of document roots within Headdress. I had chosen the main directory (Dev/MySite/), but what I needed to choose was the webroot directory a couple of levels down (Dev/MySite/app/webroot/). That small change fixed the appearance and redirection issues. Easy as Cake!

Recent Links: October 20 to October 27

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Em Calculator

Em Calculator

“Em Calculator is a small JavaScript tool which helps making scalable and accessible CSS design. It converts size in pixels to relative em units, which are based on a text size.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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ActionScript 3.0 Language and Components Reference

ActionScript 3.0 Language and Components Reference

“The Adobe Flex 2 Language ReferenceActionScript 3.0 Language and Components Reference is a reference manual for the Flash® Player application programming interface (API).

The Adobe Flex 2 Language ReferenceActionScript 3.0 Language and Components Reference provides information on the syntax and usage of supported elements in the ActionScript language. It includes the following sections:

* Language elements, such as globals, operators, statements, keywords, directives, and special types
* Packages
* Alphabetical entries for class elements
* An index containing all entries
* An appendix that compares some key language and API changes from ActionScript 2.0 to ActionScript 3.0
* Appendixes of errors and warnings with annotations

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I Want Sandy

I Want Sandy

“‘ll help you get organized and stay productive by adding smarts to the email you’re already sending.

* Turn your “email to self” into an actual to-do — and get it done.
* Maintain an up-to-date address book without even trying.
* Get appointments into your calendar without wasting time cutting and pasting.
* Automatically gather the web addresses friends email to you.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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The Open & Closed Project

The Open & Closed Project

“The Open & Closed Project is a new research project headquartered in Toronto. Our main goal is to improve quality by setting standards for the four fields of accessible media – captioning, audio description, subtitling, and dubbing.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Websites as graphs

Websites as graphs

A Java applet that graphs the DOM of a page you provide.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

jobberBase

jobberBase

“jobberBase is a great open source job board software, foundation of the successful www.jobber.ro”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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What Spices To Use

What Spices To Use

“Spices are the basis for flavoring your barbecue. They are many and are everywhere in the world. In days of old they were a sign of wealth. They were traded, and the quest for them has spawned new nations and caused wars. Once you learn how to work with spices, you can make your own spice mixtures, to season your barbecue, and even serve at the table instead of or in addition to, salt and pepper.”

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What Wood to Use

What Wood to Use

A great breakdown of woods and the flavor they impart to barbecue.

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The Superest

The Superest

“The Superest is a continually running game of My Team, Your Team. The rules are simple:

Player 1 draws a character with a power. Player 2 then draws a character whose power cancels the power of that previous character. Repeat.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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BusyMac – BusySync for iCal

BusyMac - BusySync for iCal

“BusySync allows multiple users to share and edit calendars on a local area network. Changes made by one user are instantly synchronized with all others on the network.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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MRI :: for web developers

MRI :: for web developers

“MRI is a bookmarklet for Internet Explorer 6+, and Webkit and Mozilla based browsers (including Safari, Firefox, Camino or Mozilla). Use it to test and play with selectors.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Frijoles Refritos (“Refried” Beans)

Frijoles Refritos (

A recipe for making refried beans from scratch.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Apply A Background Color Gradient To A Flex Panel

Apply A Background Color Gradient To A Flex Panel

“an ActionScript class that enables you to apply a background color gradient to a Flex container.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Flex Skin Design Deconstructed – Behind the Design

Flex Skin Design Deconstructed - Behind the Design

A walk-through showing how to create a gold metalic skin for Flex.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Adobe Exchange

Adobe Exchange

“Download hundreds of easy-to-install extensions, time-saving functions, code and more.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Ask 37signals: Can I build a product business if I’m just a designer?

Ask 37signals: Can I build a product business if I'm just a designer?

“Is there any hope for designers in the online entrepreneur world? As in, people who can for concepts sketches and design layouts, but who can’t program themselves? Or would you say that the ability to program is an absolute must?”

Rating: pan class='dead_stars' >★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Shrimp a la Diabla

Shrimp a la Diabla

This looks to be a very tasty recipe for a very spicy shrimp dish.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Papercraft Skull (with Articulated Jaw)

Papercraft Skull (with Articulated Jaw)

A downloadable template to make your own skull out of card stock.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Mozilla Prism

Mozilla Prism

“Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop.”

“Unlike Adobe AIR and Microsoft Silverlight, we’re not building a proprietary platform to replace the web. We think the web is a powerful and open platform for this sort of innovation, so our goal is to identify and facilitate the development of enhancements that bring the advantages of desktop apps to the web platform.”

Very interesting…

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Adobe CS3 and the Case of the Disappearing Thumbnails – The Sequel

Adobe CS3 and the Case of the Disappearing Thumbnails - The Sequel

“Along with the DLLs and REG files mentioned in the original solution, William has put together a detailed PDF explaining the registry changes CS3 users will need to make to get their AI and PSD thumbnails back.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Simunication

Simunication

“A Simunication is a rapidly designed web application prototype designed online using Simunicator to enable users to visualize and test drive the application before the formal development process begins. You can use our design editors to build the prototypes or upload your own HTML, CSS, Flash, script, etc.

Simunications are designed with integrated use case, requirements and feedback traceability. So what is an example of a simunication? You’re interacting with one now, our web site is a simunication that we are incubating …we drink our own kool aid!”

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VectorMagic

VectorMagic

“This site traces bitmap images, turning them into beautiful vector art. Just upload your image and we will convert it for you.” This free service is absolutely amazing!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Understanding CakePHP Associations

Understanding CakePHP Associations

An explanation of associations in CakePHP

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Image Upload Component (CakePHP)

Image Upload Component (CakePHP)

A plugin that makes it easy to upload images to yoru CakePHP app.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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I Want Sandy

I’ve used e-mail as a pseudo-reminder service for about as long as I’ve had an electronic address.; sending myself a quick note is efficient and highly effective for remembering to bring something into the office the next day or reminding myself about an event. But this system isn’t very effective for racking ideas and appointments that are more than a day out, as the messages get lost amidst their neighbors in my inbox. Calendar systems are great, but I don’t tend to use them as my schedule isn’t chock-full of events, and they aren’t suited to capturing non-event informatio. My GTD app of choice is great for keeping track of project tasks, but I don’t use it for time-based reminders, and it doesn’t run on my work PC (this may change with the release of the Web-based version).

So, I have several useful apps and processes, but none of them makes it easy for me to remember events, ideas or keep track of miscellaneous bits of data.

I Want Sandy IllustrationEnter Sandy, my new “personal email assistant”. Whether I e-mail her directly (via an unique address), or CC her on a reply to someone else, she captures the vital information and makes it easy to find when I need it, whether it’s an appointment reminder, contact information, to-do items or a random bit of info.

The E-mail I Send to Sandy

Building atop my ingrained habits of sending messages to myself, Sandy takes my e-mails, transforming them into To Do lists, appointments (which are easily imported into my calendar) and timely reminders. for example, here’s a message I sent to Sandy the other night:

Remember to check ATC Support message on Thursday at 8am
Remind me to get off the computer in 30 minutes

This message contains two tasks. The first is to remind me to check up on a support message that I left on behalf of a client earlier. I’ll receive the e-mail on Thursday at 8 in the morning. The second is set for half an hour from when I sent the message telling me to log off and go do other things.

Sandy’s Got it Covered

Like every good communicator, Sandy makes sure she’s got everything down, sending a confirmation, with links to each entry she has added (the URLs won’t work for you – just me):

Hello, alex!

I scheduled these:

#1 Thu, 10/25 8:00am Check ATC Support message
– email reminder at 7:45am
– http://iwantsandy.com/100177

#2 Wed, 10/24/2007 9:23pm Get off the computer
– email reminder at 9:23pm
– http://iwantsandy.com/100178

Yours truly,

Sandy

Sandy’s Nudges Me

At the appointed time, Sandy drops me a line via e-mail or a message to my phone. Simple, friendly and effective. Plus you can subscribe to the calendar if you want to include the events in Apple’s iCal or Google Calendar. Here is the e-mail reminder she sent me:

Hola, alex!

Psssst! Here’s your reminder:

————————————————-
#1 8:00am Check ATC Support message
– email reminder at 7:45am
– http://iwantsandy.com/100177
————————————————-

To snooze this reminder until you get home, reply with: remind me this evening

Best,

Sandy

That’s pretty damn cool. Sandy’s deep – after learning about her advanced skills, I realized this is a concept that should have been delivered a very long time ago – it’s that obvious. That isn’t to say Sandy is simple, quite the opposite. Creating a system that is easy for a human to interact with via text without jumping through hoops is actually rather complex, even with a paired down set of commands. The folks at values of n did an amazing job recognizing this need and delivering a beautiful experience.

Feeling Ethereal: Prism, Air and SilverLight

Mozilla Labs has launched Prism, which is an application, based on Webrunner “that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop” They are approaching the solution in a different manner than Adobe’s AIR and Microsoft’s Silverlight, choosing to harness the power of the Web, which they call “a powerful and open platform for this sort of innovation” ultimately aiming to “identify and facilitate the development of enhancements that bring the advantages of desktop apps to the web platform.”

It’s interesting and exciting to see another contender working on the Web app to desktop app bridge. It’s even better that they won’t require developers and designers to come up to spread on yet another language.

Thanks to Rick for the heads-up on this one!

Austin Blogs

Wired spreads word (Where The Bloggers Live: Austin?) of a new report from Scarborough Research stating that Austin has the “highest percentage of residents who read or write blogs.” About 15% of adult Austinites “had read or contributed to a blog in the past 30 days”, edging out Portland and other tech-heavy cities. According to the report (PDF),

The top cities for bloggers have tech savvy and youth in common. Thirty-seven percent of Austin adults are between the ages of 18-34; they are 20 percent more likely than the national average to be within this age range. Adults in Austin and Portland are attracted to new technology. Austin adults are 17 percent more likely than adults nationally to be a part of a household that owns a DVR and 51 percent more likely to be a part of a household that owns a PDA.

As an active member of the local tech community, I’m not surprised. Austin loves technology and as a whole, has an insane amount of energy, curiosity and love for life on the bleeding edge.

Simply put, Austin and its bloggers rock.

Recent Links: October 13 to October 20

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Maniacal Rage Archive – a photoset on Flickr

Maniacal Rage Archive - a photoset on Flickr

A photoset depicting screen shots of the various designs of the Web site Maniacal Rage from over the years.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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LinkedInABox: Unleash Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedInABox: Unleash Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedInABox™ is a simple widget that can be embedded on any web page and provides a summary of your personal LinkedIn profile, as presented in your LinkedIn account.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Photoshop Smart Objects, smart but not always that smart

Photoshop Smart Objects, smart but not always that smart

“One of my favorite Photoshop features is the Smart Object one. It has saved me a lot of time because you can avoid repetitive tasks. It’s perfect when you design template web pages with temporary content placeholders etc. But that’s just one advantage…”

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Design Deadline

Design Deadline

“Design Deadline is like a monthly CSS Reboot minus the suck. Or a monthly May 1st Reboot without the ridiculous Flash bias and hard to use website and with a more flexible, practical deadline, community features and an easier-to-use website that will display the best new and redesigned sites from around the world starting Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 at 12pm EST”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Exploratree

Exploratree

“Exploratree is a free web resource where you can download, use and make your own interactive thinking guides. Thinking guides can support independent and group research projects with frameworks for thinking, planning and enquiry. We’ve provided a set of ready-made guides which you can print out or use online. All of the guides are completely customizable or you can start from scratch and make your own! You can share them and work on them in groups too.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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What the F***? (1 of 3)

What the F***? (1 of 3)

“When it comes to political speech, we are living in a free-speech utopia. Late-night comedians can say rude things about their nation’s leaders that, in previous centuries, would have led to their tongues being cut out or worse. Yet, when it comes to certain words for copulation and excretion, we still allow the might of the government to bear down on what people can say in public. Swearing raises many other puzzles–linguistic, neurobiological, literary, political.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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A Mock Columnist, Amok

A Mock Columnist, Amok

Stephen Colbert’s Op-Ed for the New York Times.

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Quick and Dirty Tips

Quick and Dirty Tips

“Whether you want to manage your time and money more efficiently, communicate more effectively, observe the correct rules of etiquette, or improve your performance in other home and workplace endeavors, Quick and Dirty Tips are here to show you that education and entertainment can go hand in hand, and that learning can still occur no matter what stage of life you’re in if you’ll just invest five minutes of your time.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Validator S.A.C.

Validator S.A.C.

“Validator S.A.C. (Stand Alone Complex) is a stand-alone, easy to install, version of the W3C’s HTML / XHTML Markup Validator for Mac OS X. Validator S.A.C. is a normal Mac OS X application. No installation is required, just put Validator S.A.C. where you need it (hard drive, flash drive, CD-R, etc).”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Flex Developer Center

Flex Developer Center

Tutorials, samples and community resources for Adobe’s Flex

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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ZIPskinny

ZIPskinny

Enter a zip code to retrieve census data which you can compare with other zip codes.

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Videos of people using assistive technology | 456 Berea Street

Videos of people using assistive technology | 456 Berea Street

A guy with spinal muscular atrophy playing World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 2004 using only his thumb. A woman with ALS controlling her computer with a switch taped to her cheek. A girl with athetoid cerebral palsy who can write and draw thanks to the computer. A woman with cerebral palsy who uses her computer to do graphic design work.

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8 Practical PHP Regular Expressions

8 Practical PHP Regular Expressions

“Here are eight examples of practical PHP regular expressions and techniques that I’ve used over the past few years using Perl Compatible Regular Expressions. This guide goes over the eight different validation techniques and describes briefly how they work. Usernames, telephone numbers, email addresses, and more.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Flex 2 Style Explorer

Flex 2 Style Explorer

An extremely useful tool for working with Flex.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Flex 2.0 Samples Explorer

Flex 2.0 Samples Explorer

Documentation with samples for Flex development.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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ScribeFire

ScribeFire

A blogging extension for Firefox.

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The Prevailing Winds

The Prevailing Winds

A post discussing the recent shift within the G.O.P. in regards to Global Warming, and the impact it has had on the crop of candidates for 2008.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Biography timelines of the 2008 presidential candidates

Biography timelines of the 2008 presidential candidates

A collection of biographical timelines of the 2008 presidential candidates.

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Twine

Twine

“Twine is a new service for sharing, organizing and finding information with people you trust. Use Twine to better leverage and contribute to the collective intelligence of your friends, colleagues, groups and teams. Twine ties it all together.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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jQuery Logging

jQuery Logging

A handy extension for jQuery”that logs the current jQuery selection to the firebug console…The nice thing about logging to firebug is that each node becomes clickable in the console, so you can immediately see the context.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Creating a Visual Language

Creating a Visual Language

“One of the more subtly powerful things we can do as designers is create a consistent and flexible visual language. Buttons are a common place where this type of activity manifests itself, and Amazon has traditionally done a very good job of this.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Flex Examples

Flex Examples

A bunch of examples for Adobe Flex and ActionScript

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Godchecker.com

Godchecker.com

“Mythology Encyclopedia. Browse the pantheons of mythology and meet weird and wonderful Gods from around the world. Always entertaining (and sometimes hilarious!), we strive for accurate accounts of legends and myths from classical and world mythology. All Gods and Goddesses are detailed with alternative names, pronunciation, research, speculation and even the odd picture! Explore the Gods of pagan belief and find the right Goddess for you, with the unique Holy Database Of All Known Gods. Discover polytheism, paganism and other religions with our fully searchable mythological reference guide. An essential resource and also amazingly fun to browse!”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Google Coming to Austin

According to the Austin Business Journal, Google is set to open an office here in Austin. Apparently they are about to lease the entire second floor of the Scarbrough building at 6th and Congress, which is a sweet spot. Having worked for three different companies downtown, I can tell you that it beats the hell out of locations in North Austin or elsewhere.

While Google hasn’t announced what the satellite will work on, this move is guaranteed to heat up an already hot market for engineers and Web folken.

Recent Links: October 06 to October 13

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TwitterNotes

TwitterNotes

Take notes anywhere using Twitter (tags included).

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Political Base

Political Base

Political Base is a user-powered online community providing bi-partisan commentary, information and coversation about US Politics.

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jQuery Crash Course

jQuery Crash Course

“For those who’d like to learn more about jQuery, one of the more popular libraries, here’s a crash course written with code-savvy web designers in mind.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Sim Daltonism

Sim Daltonism

“Sim Daltonism is a color blindness simulator for Mac OS X. It filters in real-time the area around the mouse pointer and displays the result — as seen by a color blind person — in a floating palette.

Since there are many types of color blindness, Sim Daltonism allow you to choose the one you want to see.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Cover art for In Rainbows

Cover art for In Rainbows

“It’s out, and I’m listening right now. It’s even better than I hoped it would be, but it’s bare bones at the moment. No cover art – well that just won’t do for this coverflow user. According to NME the art is coming, and it sounds like it will be a Stanley Donwood artgasm.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Minimalist Website Design Patterns

Minimalist Website Design Patterns

“In this article I’ll discuss a basic standard for minimalist web design, show examples of how a few current sites measure up to these standards, and finally show you a road map to your own web design minimalism.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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From Subject Received Size Categories

From Subject Received Size Categories

A sad case of domain squatting. Oh the humanity…

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From Subject Received Size Categories

Domain Squatter So, I accidentally dragged some messages from Outlook onto Firefox a minute ago and was delivered to www.fromsubjectreceivedsizecategories.com, which, upon inspection reveals itself to be made up of the heading names of the columns I use to sort my e-mail. While I’m not going to reward them with a link, I’ve included a screen shot (click on the thumbnail for a large view) so you can see that it is the typical squatter’s fare.

I’m curious as to how many variants they have running to account for all of the different combinations of columns and order. If I wasn’t so amused by the pathetic nature of companies that do this crap, I’d cry for the brain cells, energy and time lost to such dumb pursuits. They should be doing something worthwhile. Like cutting my lawn with those snub-nosed scissors they give first graders or testing how long a human can exist in space without a pressurized suit.

Recent Links: October 07 to October 10

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TwitterNotes

TwitterNotes

Take notes anywhere using Twitter (tags included).

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Political Base

Political Base

Political Base is a user-powered online community providing bi-partisan commentary, information and coversation about US Politics.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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jQuery Crash Course

jQuery Crash Course

“For those who’d like to learn more about jQuery, one of the more popular libraries, here’s a crash course written with code-savvy web designers in mind.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Recent Links: October 04 to October 07

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Friedman Writes Back

Friedman Writes Back

George Friedman, found of Stratfor has begun blogging.

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Visualizing Fitts’s Law

Visualizing Fitts’s Law

“I thought it would be nice to go over Fitts’s Law, a staple in the HCI diet, with a few visuals to explain both the concept and why it’s ideas are a bit more complicated than most would have you believe.”

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Select a Candidate 2008

Select a Candidate 2008

Minnesota Public Radio has posted a candidate quiz, meant to “find out which candidates are most aligned with your views and opinions…This quiz is not meant to pick your candidate for you. It is designed to inform the public of the various stances candidates make.”

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The Best Figure Drawing Books Ever

The Best Figure Drawing Books Ever

“I put together this list of my favorite figure drawing, sketching and anatomy books for fellow artists and student friends. You can download any and all of these books for free. I hope you’ll find them useful.”

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PHP Cross Reference of WordPress Subversion HEAD

PHP Cross Reference of WordPress Subversion HEAD

List of WP function, constants etc for WordPress.

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Historical Anatomies on the Web

Historical Anatomies on the Web

“Images have been selected from the following anatomical atlases in the National Library of Medicine’s collection. Each atlas is linked to a brief Author & Title Description, which offers an historical discussion of the work, its author, the artists, and the illustration technique.”

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text sizing – up the garden path

text sizing - up the garden path

“So I want two things from a text sizing method: that it present my choice across the main browsers, but still be resizeable to respect people’s needs and different hardware.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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thecreativeblog.com

thecreativeblog.com

“This blog is meant to celebrate quality concept and design in the creative
field.”

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A CSS styled calendar

A CSS styled calendar

A nice write-up of styling a calendar via CSS, which provides a few tips about implementing accessibility.

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Accessible Calendars for Blogs and Websites

Accessible Calendars for Blogs and Websites

An accessible calendar is created using several techniques. Here we will discuss the most important technique of using table headers. We have also included some valuable
code for quickly adding an accessible calendar to your site.

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Amazon.com : Your Media Library

Amazon.com : Your Media Library

“Catalog, organize, and share your videos, books, music, software, and video games. Access and view your Amazon.com digital purchases and bonus materials.”

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Web Worker 101: Setting Limits

Web Worker 101: Setting Limits

“Put in too much time at the virtual office and you’ll start making mistakes, stop enjoying your work, alienate your friends and family, and ultimately burn out.”

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Recent Links: October 01 to October 04

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Adobe Media Player

Adobe Media Player

Adobe’s new AIR-based media player has been released as a beta.

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uiGarden.net

uiGarden.net

“uiGarden.net is a webzine dedicated to provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners who work in the user interface design (including user experience, information architecture, GUI, and usability) field in the Chinese and the English speaking worlds to publish their thinking and exchange views with each other. “

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Inconsolata

Inconsolata

“Inconsolata will be my first serious original font release. It is a monospace font, designed for code listings and the like, in print. There are a great many “programmer fonts,” designed primarily for use on the screen, but in most cases do not have the attention to detail for high resolution rendering.

Inconsolata draws from many inspirations and sources. I was particularly struck by the beauty of Luc(as) de Groot’s Consolas, which is his monospaced design for Microsoft’s upcoming Vista release. This font, similar to his earlier TheSansMono, demonstrated clearly to me that monospaced fonts do not have to suck.”

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Monospace/Fixed Width Programmer’s Fonts

Monospace/Fixed Width Programmer's Fonts

“Becoming frustrated with source code not aligning in my favorite source editor I decided to hunt for the best font. In particular, I began to hunt down the available fixed-width or monospaced fonts.”

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R A D I O H E A D

R A D I O H E A D

Radiohead’s new album site.

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Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

“At Rejuvenation, we are passionate about period lighting and hardware. We bring back beautiful and enduring designs of the last 115 years with exacting attention to quality, authenticity, and value.” A great resource for steampunk, Victorian, art deco and other period-specific fixtures. Cool stuff!

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SitePoint’s Ruby on Rails Book is now FREE

SitePoint’s Ruby on Rails Book is now FREE

“I’m very happy to announce that for the next 60 days our book Build Your Own Ruby on Rails Applications is FREE* in PDF Format (a $29.95 USD value).

That’s right… Not an extract… Not a sample chapter… The ENTIRE 447 pages of Patrick Lenz’s incredible book is (for the next 60 days) free to download.”

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Creating a coat of arms in Illustrator

Creating a coat of arms in Illustrator

“Here is another step-by-step tutorial (per reader’s request) where I show you how to draw the basic shape of a coat of arms and a banner by using the Pen tool and Reflect tool in Adobe Illustrator. For those who are struggling with the Pen tool or readers that are just starting to use Illustrator, this is a prefect exercise. I’ll explain every move and step on how you draw the path. “

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Greenlight Concepts

Greenlight Concepts

“At Greenlight Concepts we create retro-modern lighting fixtures using glass lenses recycled from discarded traffic lights. Across the United States, giant truckloads of red, yellow, and green lenses are tossed into land-fills as cities upgrade to more efficient lighting technology. We’re reclaiming these glass artifacts to create “Stoplights,” our new line of lighting fixtures.”

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Use Smart Folders to find recent files and apps

Use Smart Folders to find recent files and apps

“Want quick access to a recently opened document or application? Take advantage of the Smart Folders feature in Tiger.”

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TiltViewer

TiltViewer

“TiltViewer allows you to browse Flickr’s most interesting images in a 3D space. It’s designed to provide a fun, intuitive user experience. Images are pulled from Flickr’s Interestingness list.”

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Thermo – Adobe Labs

Thermo - Adobe Labs

‘”Thermo” is an upcoming Adobe product that makes it easy for designers to create rich Internet application UIs. Thermo allows designers to build on familiar workflows to visually create working applications that easily flow into production and development.’

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Colors of the Top 20 Magazine Covers

Colors of the Top 20 Magazine Covers

“n 2005, the 40 greatest magazine covers of the last 40 years were unveiled at the 2005 American Magazine Conference (AMC) in Puerto Rico, by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) and AMC. Looking at the top 20 has shed some light on some of the most interesting color choices in the industry. Starting with number twenty, we’ll take a trip back through the world of publication color.”

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Branches in Space, Time and Code

For anyone involved in development, whether for the Web or a computing platform, Jeff Atwood’s entry, Software Branching and Parallel Universes provides an excellent description of branches and their importance within a version control system and the larger software development cycle.

Perhaps the most accessible way to think of branches is as parallel universes. They’re places where, for whatever reason, history didn’t go quite the same way as it did in your universe. From that point forward, that universe can be slightly different– or it can be radically and utterly transformed. Like the Marvel comic book series What If?, branching lets you answer some interesting and possibly even dangerous “what if” questions with your software development.

Using the concept of parallel universes and a healthy smattering of comic book industry practices, Jeff presents a very readable case to utilize the power of branching more often than many of us do.

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Rock Your Presentation with the Right Tools and Apps

Rock Your Presentation with the Right Tools and Apps

“Whether your demo’ing software or explicating Melville, a computer hooked up to a projector can either give an audience a great audio/visual experience, or a bullet-studded snoozer. Whether you’re using a Mac or Windows, PowerPoint or Keynote, or simply presenting straight from your web browser, there are a few power tips, apps, and tools that can make your slideshow or demonstration smooth, entertaining and memorable.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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iFoods.tv

iFoods.tv

“Providers of recipes for celebrities, chefs’ secrets, healthy food, recipes and video recipes”

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Adobe Media Player

Adobe Media Player

Adobe’s new AIR-based media player has been released as a beta.

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uiGarden.net

uiGarden.net

“uiGarden.net is a webzine dedicated to provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners who work in the user interface design (including user experience, information architecture, GUI, and usability) field in the Chinese and the English speaking worlds to publish their thinking and exchange views with each other. “

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tags: , , , ,

Inconsolata

Inconsolata

“Inconsolata will be my first serious original font release. It is a monospace font, designed for code listings and the like, in print. There are a great many “programmer fonts,” designed primarily for use on the screen, but in most cases do not have the attention to detail for high resolution rendering.

Inconsolata draws from many inspirations and sources. I was particularly struck by the beauty of Luc(as) de Groot’s Consolas, which is his monospaced design for Microsoft’s upcoming Vista release. This font, similar to his earlier TheSansMono, demonstrated clearly to me that monospaced fonts do not have to suck.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tags: , , ,

Monospace/Fixed Width Programmer’s Fonts

Monospace/Fixed Width Programmer's Fonts

“Becoming frustrated with source code not aligning in my favorite source editor I decided to hunt for the best font. In particular, I began to hunt down the available fixed-width or monospaced fonts.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tags: , , ,

R A D I O H E A D

R A D I O H E A D

Radiohead’s new album site.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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