Author Archives: Thom

Cloud Hosting versus Dedicated Hosting

Earlier today, .net magazine (@netmag) asked the Twitterverse if “cloud hosting” was simply a new buzzword for dedicated hosting, or something different.  I replied: “It’s certainly different, but requires more know-how and the difference won’t be felt by 90%+ of … Continue reading

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iPhone or Android?

Lately, I have been asked one question more than any other question–heck, more than all other questions combined: “What phone should I buy?”  Part of my day job is spent supporting computers, browsers, email, and network connections…  And yet no … Continue reading

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Textpandable: jQuery Expanding Textarea Plugin v0.9

Just wrote my first jQuery plugin!  Textpandable is a plugin that enables textareas to auto-resize to fit content.  Just load jQuery and Textpandable, and include the following Javascript: $(‘textarea’).textpandable(); …and voilà!  All of your textareas are expandable, like this: Textpandable … Continue reading

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Quantum Theory of CSS Image Rollovers

I’m working on the redesign for my beloved first-born child, SmartPopcorn.  The previous design iteration is nearly four years old, so needless to say, the new design is a big, big change with a lot of design features that weren’t … Continue reading

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GoogleFail and the Cloud: Bring it on.

It seems that the talk of the week this week was the massive GoogleFail.  I will refrain from rehashing my “post a corporate logo on the fail whale” shtick today, because I don’t seem to be as downcast about it … Continue reading

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“Voodoo Child” CSS Reset v1.0

I developed my own CSS reset a while ago, and I’m pretty happy with how it’s working, so I thought I’d share it. The concept of a “CSS Reset” is embarrassingly new to me–I only read about them a month … Continue reading

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Firefox: Move Aside and Let the Web Go Through.

There has been a little buzz lately about what the next version of Firefox should look like, and it’s certainly different.  The latest idea seems to put the tab, and tab-like items such as apps and workspaces, in the sidebar.  … Continue reading

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I tried out Parallels desktop when it first came to Mac, back when it was just Windows in a box on my screen.  It was neat, but as I wasn’t freelancing at the time, there was no need for Windows … Continue reading

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Broken Record: Firefox Bugfixes

Every time an update to Firefox is released, I hear the same conversation: “Oh no, does this mean Firefox isn’t secure?” “I think so…  There were six critical vulnerabilities in this release!” “Did you know that more vulnerabilities were reported … Continue reading

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