Trying out Facebook Connect

After much deliberation, I have decided to give Facebook Connect a shot on Snipe.Net. Those of you who read this site regularly may remember that I had quite a lot to say about using Facebook Connect last month, so it may seem odd that I’m making this decision. I’ll explain.

Learn New Languages Online For Free with LiveMocha

Learning a new language becomes increasingly harder, the older we get – but it’s not impossible by any means. People do it all the time for school or work, but they very often have the advantage of taking a formal class or lessons.

Handy Mac OSX Command Line Tricks

Mac users love their Macs for lots of different reasons – the interface is pretty and (generally) stable, things just “work”, and for the command-line junkies, there’s nothing you can’t do by command line that you can do through the GUI. In fact, there’s some stuff you can’t do with the GUI, but a quick…

Easier Cross-Browser Testing

Cross-browser testing is one of those aspects of web development that no one really likes, but everyone has to do. It’s gotten better, don’t get me wrong. As browsers have slowly crawled (some more slowly than others *cough*IE*cough*) towards achieving standards compliance, the differences between browsers has become far less drastic than it used to…

Heatmapping and Better Conversion Rates

With all the fancy analytics packages available, most web developers have a pretty good handle on their traffic: where it comes from, how long they stay, what browser they’re using, and which page on the site was the one that failed to hold their attention to the point where they left (exit pages.) These stats…

Moving to Mosso

I am in the process of migrating all 200 domain names (approximately 100 websites) on my server over to Mosso – which is why you would have gotten a 404 if you happened on the site for a short time last night. (.htaccess did not transfer correctly, so mod_rewrites were borked.) Sorry for any inconvenience…

Advertising on Facebook Applications – An Experiment

This article has been deprecated, and has been replaced by the new series Advertising on Facebook.The new series goes into more detail about social network ad companies, pros and cons, and updated results based on my own Facebook application. Please update your bookmarks and linkbacks. Click here to go to part one of the series…

Web Usability Blunders That Still Piss Me Off

It’s 2009, and although website usability practices have gotten overwhelmingly better over the past decade, there are a few slip-ups that I still see far more often than I should, even on sites designed by professional agencies. I’m certainly not proclaiming to be a usability guru like Jakob Nielsen, but these usability issues are easily…

Tilt-Shift Photos (and How to Fake Them)

Tilt-shift photography (also known in the industry as “swing and tilt”) is a method by which photographers can take an aerial shot of a real-life place that makes it look as though it’s a miniature model. It’s a fascinating effect, and I have always found it interesting how the lens can fool the eye into…

Buy or Sell Unwanted Gift Cards Online For Amazing Deals

You would think that if someone is going to take the easy-out and give you a gift card for a holiday, birthday or wedding, they would at least get you a gift card to a place you actually have some interest in.  And yet, now that Christmas is over, you find yourself staring at a…