Links from Ma.gnolia for September 17 to September 20

Here are the links that I’ve recently saved to Ma.gnolia.

Official Google Blog: Our feature presentation

“The new presentations feature of Google Docs helps you to easily organize, share, present, and collaborate on presentations, using only a web browser.”

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Plugins/Plugin Compatibility/2.3

A list of plugins compatible with WordPress 2.3, which includes some major changes, including to the database schema likely to break existing plugins.

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The Free Mac Classroom

A large list of free apps for OS X.

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BuiltWith.com – Web Technology Profiler

“BuiltWith is a web site profiler tool. Upon looking up a page, BuiltWith returns all the technologies it can find on the page. BuiltWith’s goal is to help developers, researchers and designers find out what technologies pages are using which may help them to decide what technologies to implement themselves.

BuiltWith technology tracking includes widgets (snap preview), analytics (Google, Nielsen), frameworks (.NET, Java), publishing (WordPress, Blogger), advertising (DoubleClick, AdSense), CDNs (Amazon S3, Limelight), standards (XHTML,RSS), hosting software (Apache, IIS, CentOS, Debian) .”

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Manually Compressing PNGs

With the advent of some very clean hacks to make PNGs work in IE I’ve found myself working them into my designs more. Using them has allowed me to achieve some effects that were next to impossible with JPEGs and GIFs. The biggest hurdle in using PNGs is their file size. The export tools in Photoshop tie your hands behind your back, not allowing you to tweak anything that may lead to a more compact file. Until Photoshop adds some functionality I think I may have a handy solution.

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PNG8 – The Clear Winner

An interesting alternative to the PNG hacks used to enable transparency on IE 5 & 6 – Use Fireworks to alter the alpha channel “chunk” of 8 bit PNGs.

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CakePHP : The PHP Rapid Development Framework

“Cake is a rapid development framework for PHP which uses commonly known design patterns like ActiveRecord, Association Data Mapping, Front Controller and MVC. Our primary goal is to provide a structured framework that enables PHP users at all levels to rapidly develop robust web applications, without any loss to flexibility.” – I just may use this for my next site.

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Pirate Monkeyness

An English to Pirate translator in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate day, Sept 19th.

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LastGraph

A wavegraph generator for music that uses stats from any Last.fm account.

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Brian Dettmer: Book Autopsies

“Brian Dettmer carves into books revealing the artwork inside, creating complex layered three-dimensional sculptures.” These are absolutely amazing!

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10 Easy Arithmetic Tricks

“Math can be terrifying for many people. This list will hopefully improve your general knowledge of mathematical tricks and your speed when you need to do math in your head.”

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A Gallery of Archetypes

A comprehensive list of Jungian archetypes with descriptions

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Election ’08: Seeking a ‘Tech President’

Technology companies have much at stake in 2008. Here’s where the candidates stand on the issues of crucial importance to Silicon Valley.

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What I Hate About Political Coverage

Paul Krugman discusses political reporting: “There are two big problems with this kind of reporting. The important problem is that it fails to inform the public about what matters. In 2004, very few people had any idea about the very real differences between the candidates on domestic policy. It remains to be seen whether 2008 is any better.

The other problem, which has become very apparent lately, is that this sort of coverage often fails even on its own terms, because the way things look to inside-the-Beltway pundits can be very different from the way they look to real people”

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Paul Krugman – Op-Ed Columnist – New York Times Blog

Paul Krugman writes about economics and policy.

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ZigVersion

ZigVersion – Subversion Made Easy

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We Are Opening the Social Graph

“no one company should own everyone’s online identity. An open social graph is just as important as an open identity.”

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Website SEO Score Tool

Website Grader is a Free SEO Score Tool that evaluates your website on search engine optimization and marketing. Get your free report at www.websitegrader.com with custom advice for your website.

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