35 designers, 5 questions, a long list of answers

  • April 19th, 2007

Smashing Magazine recently polled 35 different individuals whose livelihood deals in some shape or form with web design. If you’re not already a subscriber, I highly recommend their feed which regularly publishes some of the most detailed and exhaustive resource lists on the net. Their latest “list” showcases the responses to 5 distinct questions answered […]

Box.net as a collaborative file manager

  • March 27th, 2007

Not too long ago I posted a review & comparison of three online collaboration applications – Basecamp, Goplan, and activeCollab. Through personal experience, as well as input from readers, I realized that the online collaboration tools niche is one of constant change and continual competition between various services. Each tool offered its own strengths and […]

Heatmaps as a constructive tool

  • March 19th, 2007

For some time, I’ve left a small Crazy Egg <script> at the bottom of my site which provided information as to where readers were more inclined to use their mouse. My impression(s) of the service has changed little from when I shared my thoughts during the beta period. 5thirtyone.com Overlay & Heatmap 3 day campaign […]

Personal tips for local development

  • January 10th, 2007

Here are a few tips for local web development which, for the most part, are applicable for both OS X and Windows users. Simple little steps which can be implemented in order to “automate” the creation of web documents. Local development requires a development environment Simplicity is the name of the game. With less time […]

Poor boy Apple Dot Mac alternatives

  • December 26th, 2006

Purchased a new Apple computer lately? Apple recommends supplementing your new purchase with a yearly subscription to their Dot Mac (.Mac) service. Touting such conveniences as iWeb publishing (no HTML/CSS knowledge necessary), Photocasting (think personal photo broadcasting), iDisk (access files anywhere at anytime or share files with others), Backup (schedule automatic backups offsite or to […]

Web development – Recommended OS X tools

  • November 12th, 2006

Development applications & utilities surface with announcements and updates on a regular basis promising increased productivity, time-saving innovative features, and my all-time favorite – the ability to “deliver awesome standards-based sites in no time!” If only achieving the end results were so simple… I have fielded a handful questions from contacts inquiring about applications used […]

Create URL tracking campaigns

  • September 9th, 2006

The website stat whore within each of us shares a similar yearning for tracking specific links to gauge popularity. The reason? We like knowing what tickles a readers interest, what keywords entice readers to click-through, or what ad campaigns work where and when. Over the past few months I have managed to keep myself entertained […]

Shorty – Your own TinyURL generator

  • August 24th, 2006

Khoi Vinh recently announced an awesome utility for anyone who frequently passes long URLs out to contacts. The service, known as Shorty, is a self-hosted alternative to URL shortening services like TinyURL or URL123. Shorty is self hosted. This means that any long URLs you pass through the utility will be prefixed with your own […]

Publish your own and get noticed

  • August 22nd, 2006

Blogging is very much the medium of choice for publishing personal content on to the net. From as little as free, the average internet user can be up and publishing within 5 minutes. All it takes is a little know how, the proper tools, quality content, and a little perseverance to see through the early […]

Skateboards as a print medium

  • August 17th, 2006

Update: Follow-up – BoardPusher custom board arrives. Anticipating an upcoming birthday, and realizing that the most memorable gifts are of the personalized type, I set out to find a service which would allow me to convert something created in Photoshop into a physical object. In this particular scenario, I discovered a custom skateboard design service […]