Clickable Background Images Via CSS

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On a recent project, my team pursued a CSS based design as we had two sites to build that were similar in layout, but different in look and feel. We were brought in after the schematics and design had pretty much been worked out, but we felt we could work with the agreed upon design.

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Web Based IM with Meebo

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Can’t use your favorite IM tool because of a pesky firewall at your place of work? Kyle points me to this web app, Meebo which appears to be in the alpha phase, but worked fine for me. It allows you to sign in to one of several popular IM services and use a rich web-based client.

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CSS URL References And URL Rewriting

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I can get a bit overboard with my virtual paths. I tend to prefer virtual paths over relative paths since they feel safer to use. For example, when applying a background image via CSS, I will tend to do this:

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Pimp My Desktop

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Pimped Desktop Ryan Farley gives the lowdown on his tricked out desktop.

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Mini-Burning Man

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I Must Be Trustworthy

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Link Jon Galloway has an interesting write-up on the latest changes to Google’s search algorithms code named “Jagger”

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Ego Surfing

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Book Review: Bulletproof Web Design

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As I mentioned in my last post, my redesign was inspired by some of the lessons in this book, “Bulletproof Web Design by Dan Cederholm”.

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My Blog Gets A Facelift

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After completing two of the three books I said I would be reading in 2006, I decided to apply some of the lessons from the book Bulletproof Web Design by Dan Cederholm by slightly redesigning my site.

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Exception Handling Mistakes: Finally Block Does Not Require The Catch Block

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While reviewing some code this weekend, I had the thought to do a search for the following string throughout the codebase, “catch(Exception” (using the regular expression search of course it looked more like “catch\s(\sException\s*)”.

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Staples In My Head

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When you hear the phrase, “use your head” you are typically being told to think. There are other uses of the head that are quite unwise. For example, trying to clear a soccer ball away from another player rushing in on the attack when you are a step too late. Unfortunately that’s exactly what I tried today.

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The Trouble With The Rat Race...

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Read an interesting quote today, though it’s been around a while. It serves as a follow-up to my post about bringing back the 40hr work week.

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Photography Lessons

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I have a really old Kodak photography book laying around that delivers various tips for how to advance from your typical crapola™ snapshots into something worth boring your friends with on Flickr after your last vacation.

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Websites Back In The Day

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Scott Mitchell reminisces about Websites Back in the Day. You mean like this one^1^ Scott?

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Subversion 1.3 Release Notes

Via Larkware News I noticed that Subversion 1.3 has been released. Looking at the release notes I noticed one thing in particular that caught my attention.

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My Vain Dog

I happened to notice my dog Twiggy apparently admiring herself in the mirror. At one point she was right up against the mirror looking at herself. By the time I got my camera, she had decided to on a more comfortable vantage point to check herself out.

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A Huge Email Misunderstanding

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Yesterday I received a call from my very exasperated father who recently has been helping my Korean mother learn how to use the web and web-based email.

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Bringing Back The 40-hour Workweek

These days it seems that the 40-hour workweek is a pipe dream of of a bygone past (if it ever was a reality). This seems especially true for the field of software development which seems to glorify working excessively long hours like an old fashioned pissing match.

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Be Careful What You Wishlist For...

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This is an eye opening and interesting account of how Tom Oward was able to data mine Amazon’s wish list database to get a profile of “subversives” based on their requested reading list. Makes you think twice before adding a book to your wishlist.

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Happy New Years

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I’ll try not to bore you with the typical reflections of the past year. Yesterday it pretty much rained all day, ruining our NYE plans. But where one door is closed, another door opens. We ended up having a grand time at our friends place playing board games and drinking white russians. A toast to 2006!

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