Home Mac, Airport Extreme, DynDNS, simple remote VNC

Since I had willingly allowed my MobileMe subscription to expire, I no longer had access to Apple’s Back to My Mac service for accessing my home Mac remotely. Although the feature was definitely useful + headache free to setup and use, I couldn’t justify the $99 annual renewal for the entire MobileMe package. I experimented […]

CSS + jQuery: Highlight important keywords inside text

A few days ago while working on a new UI component I had to come up with a solution to highlight identified keywords (using named entity recognition) inside of a chunk of user generated text. While the idea was fairly simple, the challenge was creating a solution which would work [relatively] well for all modern […]

WordPress: Tweet shortened URL of current page to Twitter

One of the most requested pieces of code from the current iteration of 5thirtyone.com are the share links accompanying each article. Each link automatically grabs the current URL & title (if applicable) for the post or page and broadcasts it to the selected social network. This particular tutorial focuses on sharing your content via Twitter. […]

Over the air sync options between iPhone, Mac, Google

As a follow-up to Gmail, MobileMe, Address Book synced contacts sanity, this is a simple walk through on setting up OTA sync between your iPhone and Mac + Google. While some may question the value of such a post, this covers the requirements for syncing data which resides within your Google accounts using the free […]

Amazon S3, CNAME record, Panic’s Transmit, and WordPress

Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service (S3) is the solution for anyone wishing to store or deliver massive amounts of data without eating up precious bandwidth on their own server. Amazon S3 works great for your computer and web hosting needs. Getting started with Amazon S3 Getting started with Amazon S3 is simple and takes […]

WordPress Custom Fields; laying text over your lead graphic

For WordPress users, there are certain scenarios when the typical reverse chronological presentation of content is just not enough. I have experimented with different methods of presenting content on 5thirtyone.com each time a redesign is uploaded – from the text-centric to the image heavy version in use right now. With hundreds of WordPress driven blogs […]

Remove DRM protection from iTunes tracks with iMovie HD

UPDATE:┬áSadly, this technique does not seem to work anymore. If there are other solutions, please update the comment thread because others may find the information useful. A few days back I found myself perusing the iTunes Music Store looking for a few songs that I had heard via Sirius*. After completing the painless process of […]

Rich HTML email signatures straight from Gmail

One of the benefits of using a dedicated email application like Apple Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird is the ability to send emails which included rich HTML signatures. These email signatures are easily recognizeable and often include hyperlinks, images, or a combination of the two. Although Gmail users could easily access their accounts via POP allowing […]

Resize & reposition your browser "bookmarklets"

Firefox bookmarks bar [screenshot] with various bookmarklets for resizing & repositioning the browser window On a fairly regular basis, I find myself resizing & repositioning the browser window in order to "work happy". Be it general web browsing, web development, or multi-tasking, the browser window and position has a noticeable impact on what I’m doing. […]

Preventing content from "shifting" for Adblockers

Anyone who inserts contextual advertisements into their pages – like Google Adsense – are aware of the fact that some readers block advertisements. Oftentimes, methods for removing advertisements from view alter the structure of a page, in turn, changing the layout. For some websites or blogs, this does not pose a problem. For websites created […]