October 26, 2005

Why do you cling to IE5/Mac?
“Today, it would seem, all the users of Internet Explorer 5 on a Mac have conspired to get together to piss me off.”

October 13, 2005

“The demise of CSS hacks and broken pages”
Um, Internet Explorer v7 isn’t the demise of broken pages, it will create them ... because for years we’ve had to use hacks to get earlier versions of IE to play nice, and now they will “break” pages in IE7.

September 16, 2005

Urchin dead in the water?
“I know myself and three others whose decision to purchase Mint was directly influenced by Urchin’s neglect.” Amazing. A company too busy to take money from 5,000 customers (I’ve e-mailed them twice ... they’re a black hole). And it will soon be too late.

September 14, 2005

Embrace your bottom!
“The bottom of a page is the kiss at the end of the date - and we’re making sites that end without even a handshake”

September 06, 2005

TextDrive : Back Open for Business
TextDrive is again taking new clients, has a new VC offer, and “a substantial percentage of each sale will go directly to independent aid organisations working in the horrifying aftermath of Katrina” ... $12,350 in the past 32 hours

August 23, 2005

A List Apart 4.0
Now run with Ruby on Rails, hosted by TextDrive ... the porch where all the big dogs hang out

August 11, 2005

Key Website Research Highlights Gender Bias
“A first-of-its-kind study conducted by experts at the University of Glamorgan has proved that men and women really are poles apart when it comes to what catches their eye on the internet.”

June 01, 2005

One Year Ago Today: TextDrive, or How To Raise $40,000 In 4 Days
It surpassed all expectations within months, and after 1 year there are 4000+ urls being served. It’s simply the finest web host in existence, wrapped in a big community of talented people.

May 26, 2005

A version of this, with code snippets from the brain trust at TextDrive

May 20, 2005

Anisa International, Inc., Cosmetic Brushes
Not the usual link, this is just me passing some Google Juice on to a client’s site.

May 14, 2005

Myths of the Self-Taught Designer: The First Conversation between Ego and the Devil
“Desire, devotion, performance, production: look to the worker and to the work, not to the credentials on the door, for evidence of seriousness.”

May 11, 2005

Reasonable expectations on a $12 web hosting plan
“You should have your shit together before pushing it to TextDrive. Develop on your local machine, push to TextDrive when it works.” Or pay more $$$’s for a dedicated server where you don’t impact others, and they don’t impact you.

May 07, 2005

Google’s Web Accelerator is the new net SUV
“it gives some sense of comfort to its users at the expense of others’ resources” ... a good collection of resources and links on this hot topic among web/application authors

April 15, 2005

evhead: Running your company on web apps
An interesting summary from Ev, in which he also pimps TextDrive

January 30, 2005

An introduction to mod_security
If your web host has it, you’ll love it. POST_PAYLOAD kicks serious butt against comment spam

January 22, 2005

css Zen Garden: “Geocities 1996”
“validity and accessibility by no means guarantee a good page” ... but it can still be damn funny. If you weren’t surfing the web in 1996, it may just hurt your eyes

January 13, 2005

Introducing the Google Mini
It’s not a joke. And, what a coincidence, it’s $4995! It’s not exactly a mass market device, but still a lot of bang for buck
Severe Tire Damage
A blast from the past, a reminder of old flamewars, and just how primitive this medium was not so very long ago

January 12, 2005

The Folly Of Content Management
“Do we really need to wear those goat-leggings and should we really be worshipping Google?”

December 13, 2004


November 30, 2004

Not as kinky as it sounds, it’s me surrendering to the del.icio.us trend. You’ll find it boring. The best links will still be here

November 25, 2004

Textpattern Resources
A well done new site for Textpattern plug-ins, templates, tips, and tutorials

November 04, 2004

TextDrive Forum: Using mod_security to block comments based on keyword
“However, how many hosts have mod_security installed? That’s right, One. TextDrive.”

October 29, 2004

The ones that didn’t quite make it
Jon’s self-rejected site designs are better than 98% of the designs you see on the web

October 21, 2004

If Architects Had To Work Like Web Designers
“PS: My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many of the instructions I’ve given you in this letter. As architect, it is your responsibility to resolve these differences”

October 06, 2004

37signals: An Introduction to Using Patterns in Web Design
Designers who come from a print background especially need to read this

September 30, 2004

TextDrive adds new web hosting plans, and now offers dedicated servers
I endorse them 1000%, and get no referral fees, kickbacks, or other benefit from telling you how how insanely great they are

September 14, 2004

Managing static pages with Textpattern
Another fine TXP tutorial from the ZemMaster

September 12, 2004


September 08, 2004

Lorem Ipsum, Thundercat style
“Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy!”

September 07, 2004

100 straight days of uptime from textdrive.com
I cannot convey how good Textdrive is, it’s the way web hosting ought to be, but never was before

September 04, 2004

Programming Ruby, the 2nd Edition goes on sale Oct. 3, and the First Edition is online
If I’m going to dive into programming, I think this is my language of choice

August 31, 2004

Photo: When Nerds Protest The RNC.
Only 5% of viewers may get it, but that’s a darn funny protest sign

August 11, 2004

A Better Image Rotator from A List Apart
More control is a Good Thing

July 22, 2004

Online .htAccess Generator
A great idea that should have been done long ago
Project planning and setting priorities
A good method to quantify a process that is often too subjective

July 16, 2004

A nice collection of links on creating the popular “Weatherworn” look in Photoshop
Everything old is new again ... or it’s new, and we’ll make it look old, so it can be new again.

July 15, 2004

Using Movable Type 2.6x/3 for non-weblog content management
Lots of good tips on making MT less ‘blog-like’
Reducing comment spam in MT using mod_rewrite
Very clever, and has other potential uses

July 13, 2004

Smarter Image Hotlinking Prevention
Using mod_rewrite and PHP to block hotlinking, yet allow image linking
IE’s ‘Photo Bar’ is not “Standard Browser Behavior”
“It reminds me of blink and marquee tags”
Standard Browser Behavior is Important
“it is very important to make sure common functionality still works”
XHTML Validation via RSS
“Iíve made a widget to create a XHTML Validation Results RSS feed from any page”

July 07, 2004

Blogs By Their Covers
A showcase of cool design

June 20, 2004

Stylish, accessible forms
My comments form could still use some work

June 15, 2004

Conversion from Pantone to RGB and Hex HTML
Wow, this is so valuable I’m going to save it to my hard drive, in case it goes away

May 31, 2004

Seven tricks that Web users don’t know
“I’d take it as a sign that God doesn’t want me to buy this”

May 28, 2004

Burningbird’s Ongoing Survival Guide To LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
Given my upcoming move to TextDrive, I need to get some skills

May 27, 2004

mezzoblue : Comment Highlighting
An interesting experiment in ‘marking up’ comments

May 20, 2004

Design by Fire: Design Eye for the Usability Guy
Jakob gets a serious and much need makeover

May 07, 2004


May 01, 2004

A List Apart: Creating CSS Boxes with Rounded “Mountaintop” Corners
I like this technique better than previous attempts to do the same thing. And, people, drop shadows are *so* passe.

April 30, 2004

“Bandwidth Thieves - and what to do against them”
From the guy who tipped me to the previous link
This will likely disappear quickly; I don’t understand a single word, except the ones in that familiar graphic
Another giggle worthy usage of my ‘bandwidth thief’ graphics, this time on what looks like a business site.

April 27, 2004

Todd Dominey’s Flash slide show source
A dynamic, cross-fading image loader

April 26, 2004


April 08, 2004

How to Stop Hotlinking and Bandwidth Theft with .htaccess
” You can stop servers from hotlinking your site’s files by editing the .htaccess file in your site’s root directory”

March 18, 2004

Jeffrey Veen: I don’t care about accessibility.
“when Web design is practiced as a craft, and not a consolation, accessibility comes for free.”
“An open letter to Jakob Nielsen” ... Ouch
“I would dare say you are doing far more harm than you are doing good, and I ask that you cease this behavior”


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