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I'm not a graphic designer, but I'm trying to learn enough to get by. Luckily there are tons of great designers out there who like to share their knowledge. Like: Design tip: never use black. Is this correct? I don't know. But the argument makes sense to me. And I use black all the time. I guess I'll try to change my ways and see what happens.
Image Picker is a jQuery plugin that transforms a select element into an interface for visually selecting images.
Web fonts are something that is undergoing explosive change. A couple of years ago you basically had no choice. You had to use a font which would be installed on all computers by default, and the set of such fonts was extremely small (Helvetica, Georgia, Arial, Times, ect...) These days, with some caveats, it's possible to load fonts along with your page, freeing the designer to use specimens that are not already installed on the browser's computer.
The now standard (but not necessarily without peril across browsers and platforms) @font-face CSS rule allows anyone to embed their own fonts into web pages. Paul Irish has an in depth look at the issues and offers a bunch of work arounds for common problems. But beyond even these technical issues (due mostly to browser differences) there is the issue of most high quality fonts aren't licensed for use like this. (i.e., just because you own a bunch of great adobe fonts doesn't mean you are allowed to embed them in web sites you make.)
Typekit is an Adobe web service that allows you to choose from a huge selection of fonts. Fonts are downloaded to the browser from the Typekit servers. It's not free, but it's reasonably cheap ($50 - $100 per year depending on usage), and the quality is very high. And you don't have to worry about licensing issues.
Google Web Fonts is a similar service. The quality is probably not as high (there are lots of fonts in the collection without bold and italic versions, plus lots of just bad fonts since anyone can contribute to the collection), but it's free, and the fonts are all legal to use. I used GWF on the Louis/Dressner site (metrophobic for most of the text.) Some people have collected what they consider just the "good" Google web fonts so you don't have to wade through all the chaff in Google's directory. For instance: Better Google Web Fonts.
Some type foundries have free downloadable fonts. Prime, from Font Fabric, is one I want to remember for an upcoming project.
There are issues, but I think it's usable. And it's great to see some variation in fonts on the web.
Still, if you want to stick with the old way (using only fonts already available on the browser's computer), there well may be a bit more variation in what is possible then what is commonly assumed. CSS Font Stack is a nice collection of font stacks that should be reasonably safe to use. (We say "stack" because you can specify several different fonts for each use, and any particular browser will try to use the first specified, but if it isn't installed on the computer it will try the next font specified, and then the next.)
Obviously I haven't been blogging here in quite some time. I think that is going to change, and the changes I've gone through professionally, which I think largely mirror trends in the industry in general, should become clear.
TideSDK looks incredible: "Create multi-platform desktop apps
Could have used this years ago, but at least I know about it now: mod_xsendfile
mod_xsendfile is a small Apache2 module that processes X-SENDFILE headers registered by the original output handler.
If it encounters the presence of such header it will discard all output and send the file specified by that header instead using Apache internals including all optimizations like caching-headers and sendfile or mmap if configured.
It is useful for processing script-output of e.g. php, perl or any cgi.
HTML email boilerplate. Should probably incorporate this.
Maybe I should change the name of this blog to WOW and then start every post with wow.
The cool thing in the example here is the use of the HTML5 History API - specifically
replaceState - so that the URL changes as you scroll, thus making any point on the infinite page bookmarkable.
Just received an Eye-Fi Pro X2 SD card for the new camera. The Eye-Fi card has Wi-Fi along with 8GB of storage. Totally cool. At home if I shoot pictures they are automatically uploaded to my computer as I shoot. Away from my computer I can upload straight from the camera through any open Wi-Fi network to a whole bunch of photo sharing sites (flickr, picasa, etc...) plus there is support for FTP so you could send them to any server on the internet (although, to be geeky about it: FTP? Really? Holy outdated insecure protocols.) And evidently there are free apps so that I can upload directly to iPhone and iPad (and Android too.)
Packaging and set up are very nice and straight forward. Great product so far! Highly recommended.
I first blogged about this tech way back in April 2006. Took them a long time to come to market, and me a long time to get on board. Here we are 5 years later and my mind is still blown. How did they get Wi-Fi in that tiny package?