Archives for January 2006
Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs – Damn, now this is cool! Just need a sheet or two of graph paper? Print it yourself instead of spending cash on a bundle of it at the office store.
“If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.”
Photon “is the open source iPhoto plugin that gives you the power to manage your Movable Type™, TypePad™, Blojsom and WordPress photo-blogs in the familiar surrounds of Apple iPhoto.”
Nick Gagne has posted a great explanation of the vertical-align
property which is a must read for every front-end Web developer. The examples wrap it up beautifully. Good stuff!
OS X Dock Dividers should prove useful for organizing the application dock.
It appears that solar electricity is finally reaching the every-day-consumer level thanks to companies like Solar Style, which are producing convenient solar chargers for use with various battery powered devices. The prices are coming down, and are close to hitting the sweet spot that will make it economical for many of us to purchase a charger in order to reduce our consumption of electricity from the grid. Thanks to Treehugger for the great pointer!
Matt Brett provides a set of Illustrator and Photoshop files for those wanting to implement the The New Standard Feed Icon in use by Firefox and IE 7.
It’s easily customizable for anyone who is familiar with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. I’ve put together a little package containing 18 files. 14 PSDs in different sizes ranging from 16×16 to 128×128. They come in the default orange and grayscale for those who would prefer to customize them to match their site – as I’ve already done. There’s also 4 Illustrator files. Both colour variations which come in 2 versions of Illustrator – CS2 and 10 for those running older versions.
For those with a Mac laptop, Orbicule’s Undercover software could prove a very useful bit of kit, should the computer ever be stolen. If someone absconds with your iBook/Powerbook/MacBook Pro, Undercover will reveal the Net location (IP address) of the machine plus “it also transmits screenshots, enabling you to closely monitor your stolen Mac… As these screenshots are sent at regular intervals, they will sooner or later reveal the thief’s identity (e.g. when chatting, reading e-mail,…) making it much easier to work with law enforcement in order to recover your Mac.” And if that doesn’t work, it will:
simulate a hardware failure, gradually making the Mac’s screen unusable. This erratic behaviour will be accompanied by a Mac OS X system message stating that a hardware failure has been detected. All this should urge the thief to bring the Mac to an authorized Apple reseller. At that point, Undercover will show a full-screen message alerting the reseller (or someone who bought the Mac from the thief) that the Mac has been stolen, that it has become unusable and that it needs to be returned as soon as possible.
Apparently it checks against their central server to determine if your Mac is in the “stolen list”.
Found via Gizmodo.
iIR: img Image Replacement appears to be a great way to provide images for both the on-screen and print versions of a site, without adding additional markup, nor sacrificing usability and accessibility when images are disabled.
The one thing I’m not so keen on is the fact that you are forcing the user to download the print version of the image before they have decided they want to print the page – or, more importantly if they want to print the page.
A discussion of the concept is running at the associated blog entry.
A scanned in version of the 1950s Ground Meat Cookbook which has “204 Intriguing Recipes”. Mmm!
Mini Slide Navigation from Stephen Clark