Archive for “Geeky stuff”

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Accessibility and the inclusion principle

Posted July 27th, 2009 by Rachel

While looking for an old article on Alistapart that I really should have bookmarked eons ago but forgot to, I stumbled across an article on the inclusion principle. The basic message of the article is that accessibility is something that should be considered right from the start of a design, and not as an afterthought. [...]

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Easy website background image

Posted July 26th, 2009 by Rachel

I’ve stumbled upon an easy to do background effect for a web page if you’re looking for a fairly “natural”/neutral background if you don’t want a stark white background on a page. This gives you a nice texture which takes the ‘glare’ off a stark white page (works best with “natural” type themes) which is very [...]

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Keeping it clean

Posted September 27th, 2008 by Rachel

No…this isn’t about keeping smut and pr0n online, or keeping your computer dusted and not covered in grubby finger-marks, but about keeping it clean and free from any nasties like viruses, spyware, trojans and such like – commonly referred to collectively as “malware”. Last week I had a problem with my laptop which I suspected [...]

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Goodbye August

Posted August 31st, 2008 by Rachel

Well, it’s goodbye to August. I’ve no idea where it went to. Come to think of it, I’m not entirely sure where January, February, March, April, May, June, and July went to either! It’s been a busy month (hence the lack of me or Bliss around here recently) and I’ve been off on my travels [...]

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Dancing to the rhythm of a new .beat?

Posted July 25th, 2008 by Rachel

I think I’m probably behind the times on this one (just a tad, considering it was invented in 1998!). One of the small bits of slightly useless trivia I’ve learned on one of the current Open University courses I’m doing (T175) is that in 1998, the Swiss watch makers, Swatch, re-invented time, in the form [...]

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Time management and modern web design

Posted March 5th, 2008 by Rachel

A few days ago Gill over at JBVoices posted a blog entry about a graphic she’d happened upon on the web, showing a pie chart of a time breakdown for modern web design which had amused her greatly. It amused me too. For those requiring a text version of the image, the breakdown reads thus: [...]

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The wonders of the web

Posted February 16th, 2008 by Rachel

Somewhere I’ve got a copy of Tim Berners-Lee’s autobiography, “Weaving the web” – the “inventor” of the world wide web. It’s a fascinating read if you’re a geeky type, all about how the web came about and required reading for any true or aspiring geek. TBL had a vision of a worldwide network of computers [...]

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Woo hoo! I didded it! (and a rather nifty PHP include menu)

Posted February 12th, 2008 by Rachel

It feels like ages since I’ve done a site from scratch – just lately all I seem to have been working on is re-designs and re-brandings, so it’s made a nice change to get back to doing some original design work, and this weekend I finished off a one-page sample for a client. The basic [...]

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I wish I knew how to quit you – 2

Posted February 11th, 2008 by Rachel

Nope, not another ramble on about Brokeback Mountain – this one’s about my employer’s dimwit IT dept. Every day come time to go home, I start shutting down apps in preparation for switching off my PC (wouldn’t want to be caught by the energy efficiency police leaving a monitor or something on! *gasp*) and everything [...]

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