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Posted on 02/23/2013 at 11:47 am | Viewed 33,360 times | 0 comments
iBackuper is an iPod Access and Transfer Tool for Windows
My review of iBackuper: Excellent, Simple and easy to use. You can't go wrong when there are only 3 buttons.
I can restore my iTunes Library onto a new Computer using my iPod. Sure thing.
My Windows music library computer finally crashed. With its demise, all of my music files were safe. Don't worry I said. All my music is safely backed up to my iPod. Common sense, right? Well, to actually import your iPod into iTunes and make your iPod be the actual starting point for the new music library (on the PC), you can't do it in iTunes! You need software! Well, most of us need software- if all of your music is in iCloud then you wouldn't be reading this article, anyway. Right?
Posted on 02/03/2010 at 12:17 pm | Viewed 16,525 times | 2 comments
I came across an interesting issue with web forms and CSS. Surprisingly, the end result is much better than I expected. I knew that using an image instead of a traditional form submit button (<input type="submit">; instead of <input type="image"> or <input type="button">) would be a little challenging. I like a challenge, plus I wanted to use the submit button because it's the standard approach to forms and I remember reading somewhere that input's of type image or button do not submit when you press enter...a usability faux paus in my opionion.
Posted on 09/30/2009 at 10:37 am | Viewed 16,039 times | 2 comments
I was about to start coding a CakePHP helper that would analyze a bulleted list and split it into columns. Starting to think about how I would approach this problem, my head began to hurt. Then I found an awesome jQuery plugin- columnizer.
Posted on 09/22/2009 at 02:45 pm | Viewed 7,602 times | 0 comments
Awesome Captcha Implementation
I just experienced a version of Captcha that I actually like. Instead of having to type in jumbled letters and phrases or answering simple questions, Service2Client actually asks you to identify the color of the letter in a certain position. Not only does it fool spambots (I would assume anyway) but it's pretty easy to understand.
Posted on 07/02/2009 at 09:02 am | Viewed 26,863 times | 2 comments
This may seem simple and trivial, but it took me a little while to figure out. If it saves someone a little trial-and-error then great (I know I won't forget how to do it).
I needed to create a redirect in CakePHP that redirected to an inline, on-page anchor- <a name="destination">Scroll to Here</a>. Typing the link directly into the address bar of the browser, it would need to look like this: http://www.mainelydesign.com/blog/view/1219/#destination. The #destination is what I needed to figure out how to append to the redirected url. Turns out it was easy...
Posted on 05/28/2009 at 11:11 pm | Viewed 9,070 times | 0 comments
The default settings for my OfficeJet L7500 All-In-One Scanner suck! I thought the scanner was junk. Every photo I scanned, espcially glossy finished photos, were coming out looking like they were from a 1960s era camera: over-exposed and super high contrast. Not good! I thought I had good Photoshop skills, but even they were no match for the over-exposed mess that HP was sending into Photoshop.
Posted on 05/13/2009 at 12:09 pm | Viewed 7,867 times | 0 comments
When re-designing a site, or somehow being locked into a given web site structure that uses .html (or .htm) file extensions, it's a good idea to keep the file names the same (especially if the site has been around a while and has good search engine visibility). Think you can't use PHP on .html or .htm web pages? Think again. With apache it's as easy as modifying the .htaccess file.
Posted on 04/29/2009 at 11:14 am | Viewed 10,403 times | 1 comment
People use what they know. Most of the time I get photos embedded in an MS Word document for use on a web site. My workaround to date has been to enlarge the picture (in Word) until it is as big as it gets (keeping quality) or the size I need. I would then do a print screen and paste into Photoshop.
I knew that there had to be a better way, but at least I was getting as much resolution as possible from the photo/picture. Well I came across an interesting scenario today- I couldn't enlarge the photo. I don't know if formatting was locked on it, but I didn't have time to fiddle with it. Instead I searched for a way to export embedded photos at full resolution and found this thread.
Posted on 04/28/2009 at 05:03 pm | Viewed 10,112 times | 0 comments
I finally found the perfect font for making really small, yet readable text in web graphics. I've played around with plenty of fonts and usually arrive at a reasonable result. In the past I would use Eurostyle with enough spacing to make it legible. Now, I have a new go-to font for small typeface. Introducing Silkscreen.
Posted on 04/21/2009 at 10:26 am | Viewed 14,825 times | 1 comment
Now that I've got my blog up and running, I've been playing around with syntax highlighting of source code. I really appreciate sites that serve up code samples in a nice format, so I've tried to comply with my own version of this best practice.
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