This post on a more minimalist information design (using the Texas Rangers website as an example) exemplifies why I started this blog. I came across it some months ago while browsing and thought it interesting. Now, as I look to move the Friends of Stuyvesant Baseball website into WordPress I wanted to find it again and see if there was anything that would be useful to me. Thankfully I remembered that the writer was a Texas Rangers fan and a search on “texas rangers website redesign” found it as the first listing. But with this blog I now have a place to stash interesting things so I can find them a bit more easily when I want them.
Responsive web design is quickly becoming the norm, and for good reason. At the same time HTML5 video is quickly becoming a reliable alternative to embedded flash video. Unfortunately, at times it can be tricky to make video elements play nice with responsive design.
Easy Version Control: Git on Dropbox – Edinburgh Hacklab
The problem: you need to share files with people on an ad hoc basis for a project.
One choice is sharing files with Dropbox. On the plus side of Dropbox is it’s ease of use, however, there is a drawback that if you work on the same files you get “My conflicted copy of x” spawning everywhere and making a mess. If you are coding you will trip over other author’ changes.
To work around that problem you need version control. But that can come with baggage. You’ll need a server to run a git/svn/cvs (infrastructure), or a project on GitHub/sourceforge/google code (open source requirement, or pro account). Some projects don’t have these resources or freedoms, so they do without version control, but there is another way…
Hugo Campos fights for the right to open his heart’s data – at TEDxCambridge
4 Solutions for Full-Screen Background Images – April 9, 2012
Nice example of a full screen background image at: http://www.photoshop-plus.co.uk/content/tutorials/css-background/index.html
Responsive Typography: The Basics – by Oliver Reichenstein
There is a Java exploit out in the wild right now and Only 9 of 22 virus scanners block Java exploit.
Oracle released an emergency update (java version 7 update 7) yesterday evening (Aug 30, 2012).
This is how I manually updated my Java runtime on a windows 7 64 bit machine
- run C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\javacpl.exe (note: use the control panel for the latest version your have installed on your system — on my windows 7 32 bit system it’s in C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\javacpl.exe)
- click on the “Update” tab (second from the left)
- click on the “Update Now” button (bottom right)
- wait for the installer to load/ click on the obvious next buttons / make sure to uncheck whatever junk they want to install on your system (e.g. Ask toolbar, McAfee Security Scan Plus, etc.)
- wait while it installs, click on the “Close” button and Bob’s your uncle.
To combat some of these ‘chilling effects’ (to put it mildly) Facebook has a procedure they call memoralization, this will limit the access to facebook pages to ‘confirmed friends’. Eventually those will pass away too and the moment when facebook’s last friend-of-a-friend passes away would be the moment the profile has finally lost value for facebook. So presumably, that’s the moment they’ll finally remove your browsing history, and that silly photo of you passed out drunk after the party.