A recent client wanted some specific information about performance and load times for an ecommerce store. There are best practices, of course, and lots of factors that can affect load time, and most ecommerce shop managers also want lots of imagery, so a more detailed breakdown of load times and items was required.
Dropbox is an excellent cross-platform freemium file synchronisation and online storage application. If that doesn't have you salivating already, it has a few more tricks up its sleeve.
All of the cheat sheets are currently available in (passable) PNG and (not very well done) PDF. What would be your preferred format(s) for them, in order?
Options that spring immediately to mind include PNG, PDF, HTML, XML, SVG, JPG, DOC, ODF, mobile version and a hard copy, but feel free to add any others you'd like in the comments.
I enjoyed reading about Calendar Reform and the various interesting ideas involved recently. I especially like the World Calendar, which starts on the same day of the week every year - making calendars reusable.
Also worth thinking about was the idea that, one day, we will most likely ditch the BC/AD/BCE/CE year numbering systems in favour of a "Before First Contact" and "After First Contact" system.
Of course, changing calendars is always going to be tricky, especially with current technology, communications and global economy concerns. And it's only ever going to become more difficult as technology becomes more integrated with, well, everything.
But it did occur to me that we all already use two calendar systems concurrently - an absolute one (commonly Gregorian) and a relative one (e.g., such and such happened one year ago).
So maybe the idea isn't so far fetched after all ...
It's been quiet round these parts. I'm finding it hard to put the time into writing (more here).
I want to be able to jot thoughts down faster, while they're in my head. And not to feel guilty if I post something short.
The cure? Shorter form posts, like this one.
This handy PHP command line script for Ubuntu will switch your desktop wallpaper over whenever you like, generating you something new using letters you define and the fonts available on your system.
16 December 2009 | 27 comments | security, database, passwords, programming, webdev
Hashes are used almost everywhere on the web, behind the scenes, to protect your passwords. Learn why it's important to always add salt to your hashes.
A few lessons learned from the latest round of updates to Added Bytes.
After a year of tweaking and putting it off, I've finally flipped the switch on the new version of addedbytes.com.
Inspired by the brilliant graphs over at Information is Beautiful, I decided to analyse where my time was being spent. This is the result: