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Google and the end of IE6

February 2nd, 2010 | 4 Comments | Industry

Web designers and developers have long complained about the restrictions developing with considerations for older browsers like IE6 places them under (find out what the fuss is here). Recent statistics show that the other IE versions are growing in popularity – this means the average user is making browser updates. The biggest hold-back is the […]

Inbox Zero

January 26th, 2010 | Comment | Work Flow

In college I was always fascinated by work-flow best practices. I spent my first year obsessing over work spaces and learning keyboard shortcuts and gleaning tricks from the pros. You can find stuff that works and fails in everyone you watch work. Everyone has a work-flow weakness, and I quickly discovered that for a lot of […]

Domain Registry Scam

January 4th, 2010 | 1 Comment | Industry

Once a year I get a snappy reminder to renew my domain name – but not from the current registrar. Domain Registry of Canada is an unsolicited third party that is hoping you’re not going to scour the fine print and pay the premium to renew with them. I would sooner let my domain expire […]

Could Wave sink BaseCamp?

December 21st, 2009 | 6 Comments | Industry

Conceptually I love Google Wave. It promises to revolutionize the way we collaborate on projects. It is branded as Email for the 21st Century. It’s hailed as a huge time saver – yet I am beginning to think I’m the only one using it. When I first heard rumors of what Wave could be I […]

Platform Agnostic

December 7th, 2009 | 3 Comments | Industry, Work Flow

I’ve always loved computers. The first computer I ever used on a regular basis was the Unisys Icon. You know, the one with the trackball. I would love to make a website on one today. That’s right: I would gladly develop on this beast right now. I’m not saying it would always be pleasant, but […]

Happy Blue Beanie Day!

November 30th, 2009 | Comment | Industry

Today is the third annual Blue Beanie Day; the day to show your support for designing with Web Standards and Accessibility. Web Standards awareness has been growing largely by the work of industry giant Jeffrey Zeldman for his work writing Designing with Web Standards. In an ideal world if all sites were created to a […]

The Practical Value of Twitter

November 20th, 2009 | Comment | Industry

Twitter buzz seems to be dying down, and I’m sure the media is ready for the next big site to emerge. There has been a lot of talk about the value of the micro-blogging site from a dollar sign point of view, but rarely do people talk about the practical value. Twitter has really proved […]

To Scroll or not to Scroll?

November 13th, 2009 | 5 Comments | Debut

I am amazed how often scrolling on a website is called into question. Some clients truly feel that it is an extreme faux pas. When asked why,  the client will give responses ranging from their own laziness (and unwillingness to scroll), the hope of getting more impressions/exposure for ads, or the fear that their audience […]

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