22 Jul 2008

Generate lists of banned words for forums and other applications

If you develop software for a living, or if you moderate any online forums, you may have found yourself in the situation where you need a list of banned or blocked words. The problem is, what works for one application doesn’t work for another. A forums targeted at adults can

20 Jul 2008

Poll Everywhere Gathers Votes by SMS

The website Poll Everywhere allows users to sign up for a free (limited) account and run an SMS poll of up to 30 votes per poll. For projects requiring higher volume capabilities, they have monthly plans going up to 10,000 votes ($370 a month, no contract) and they offer custom

14 Jul 2008

Vector Polishing Techniques in Photoshop and Illustrator

For those of you who are already rock stars at Illustrator, Nick La of Web Designer Wall has some quick – but impressive – techniques that show you how to really jazz up the finished design using Photoshop. These 9 simple techniques add amazing amounts of depth and richness to

08 Jul 2008

Firefox Add-On ErrorZilla breaks FF3 SSL error page

If you use the Firefox add-on ErrorZilla, which conveniently displays additional options (Try Again, Google Cache, Coralize, Wayback, Ping, Trace, and Whois buttons) when Firefox hits an error page, you may notice something frustrating happening in Firefox 3.

03 Jul 2008

GUI Planning Made Easy with the Pencil Project

Designing a good GUI is arguably one of the most difficult – and critical – phases of application development. It’s absolutely one of the most overlooked, and part of the reason for that may be the fact that we haven’t had many tools that allow us to quickly and easily

03 Jul 2008

What Exactly is the Point of Twitter?

Since this question has come up at least three times in the last week, I figured it might save time down the road to jot down my take on Twitter, just so its in one place and I don’t have to try to dig up what I’d previously written about