Category Archives: m3talink

linkHive For Feb 12th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 12th

  • Plupload – A tool for uploading files using Flash, Silverlight, Google Gears, HTML5 or Browserplus – [[Wow! This is super impressive. I haven't tried it yet - but I will definitely give it a spin. And hosted on GitHub. What's not to love?]] The developers of TinyMCE brings you Plupload, a highly usable upload handler for your Content Management Systems or similar. Plupload is currently separated into a Core API and a jQuery upload queue widget this enables you to either use it out of the box or write your own custom implementation.

linkHive For Feb 11th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 11th

linkHive For Feb 8th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 8th

  • Forget About Photoshop: 5 More Ways to Stop Using Images in Your Designs – Cherrysave – Images increase download time for end-users and workload for web designers, slowing down the time it takes to fully develop a concept for clients. Furthermore, images can add unneeded clutter and increase search-engine blindness, detracting from the principle of simple web design.
  • Knowledge Games – How to apply game thinking to your business challenges
  • Understanding CSS – Padding, Positioning and CSS3 « CreativityDen – With the release of CSS3, which is now being used more frequently, I’ve put this little article together for more of a beginner. However you never know, there may be a few tricks you don’t know.

    I’m also going to be giving advice on such things as Padding, Margin, Borders and Background Colors, and how to us them effectively.

  • Web Designers’ Browser Support Checklist, Web Designers’ Browser Support Checklist : FindMeByIP : what browser am I using, how modern is my web browser, and what’s my IP address? – The table below displays browser support for HTML5 (including Web Forms 2.0) and CSS3 (including CSS3 selectors).

    It relies partly on the excellent Modernizr javascript library and browser testing information is supplied via the ever useful LitmusApp browser testing application.

    Updated every Friday: follow @deepbluetweets.

  • Strategizing Web Content – Writing for the Web | letscounthedays – When it comes to designing a website, content is often overlooked, but why? Very rarely do users browse the web looking for a good design or decent experience. Users come for the content. Not giving them what they want with poorly written content will frustrate users. Not only does it waste their time, but your time as well.
  • 0x1fff: 35 Google open-source projects that you probably don’t know – Google is one of the biggest companies supporting OpenSource movement, they released more than 500 open source projects(most of them are samples showing how to use their API). In this article I will try to write about most interesting and free releases from Google, some of them might be abandoned.
  • 50 Free UI and Web Design Wireframing Kits, Resources and Source Files – Smashing Magazine – Planning and communication are two key elements in the development of any successful website or application. And that is exactly what the wireframing process offers: a quick and simple method to plan the layout and a cost-effective, time-saving tool to easily communicate your ideas to others. A wireframe typically has the basic elements of a Web page: header, footer, sidebar, maybe even some generated content, which gives you, your clients and colleagues a simple visually oriented layout that illustrates what the structure of the website will be by the end of the project and that serves as the foundation for any future alterations.

    This article focuses on actual wireframing tools and standalone applications, as well as resources that you’ll need to build your own wireframe: wireframing kits, browser windows, form elements, grids, Mac OS X elements, mobile elements, which you’ll use in any typical graphics editor such as Photoshop or Illustrator. …Or you could use pen and paper.

  • A List Apart: Articles: Unwebbable – It’s time we came to grips with the fact that not every “document” can be a “web page.” Some forms of writing just cannot be expressed in HTML—or they need to be bent and distorted to do so. But for once, XML might actually help.

Bookmarks for Feb 6th through Feb 7th

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linkHive For Feb 4th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 4th

  • The Art And Science Of The Email Signature – Smashing Magazine – Email signatures are so easy to do well, that it’s really a shame how often they’re done poorly. Many people want their signature to reflect their personality, provide pertinent information and more, but they can easily go overboard. Why are email signatures important? They may be boring and the last item on your list of things to get right, but they affect the tone of every email you write.

    Email signatures contain alternative contact details, pertinent job titles and company names, which help the recipient get in touch when emails are not responded to. Sometimes, they give the recipient an idea of who wrote the email in case it has been a while since they have been in touch. They are also professional: like a letterhead, they show that you run a business (in some countries, you’re required to do so). Here are some tips on how to create a tasteful signature that works.

  • The Art And Science Of The Email Signature – Smashing Magazine – Email signatures are so easy to do well, that it’s really a shame how often they’re done poorly. Many people want their signature to reflect their personality, provide pertinent information and more, but they can easily go overboard. Why are email signatures important? They may be boring and the last item on your list of things to get right, but they affect the tone of every email you write.

    Email signatures contain alternative contact details, pertinent job titles and company names, which help the recipient get in touch when emails are not responded to. Sometimes, they give the recipient an idea of who wrote the email in case it has been a while since they have been in touch. They are also professional: like a letterhead, they show that you run a business (in some countries, you’re required to do so). Here are some tips on how to create a tasteful signature that works.

  • Free Hand-Draw Sketched Website / Blog Icons Collection – Web Design Tools Blog for Webmasters – I have just sketched up some icons for your websites and blogs with a hand-drawn / sketched out ‘look’. These icons are free to use, so download them if you like them.

linkHive For Feb 3rd

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  • Coding Horror: Separating Programming Sheep from Non-Programming Goats – [[This is very interesting - I haven't read the paper yet...but I'm looking forward to it]] A bunch of people have linked to this academic paper, which proposes a way to separate programming sheep from non-programming goats in computer science classes– long before the students have ever touched a program or a programming language:
  • 83POx.gif (GIF Image, 640×480 pixels) – [[This animated gif walks through a hilariously horrifying security hole in Windows' Login. Looks to be circa Windows NT...]]

linkHive For Feb 2nd

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 2nd

  • dygraphs JavaScript Visualization Library – [[Wow - this is very impressive. This makes me want to do more HTML slidedecks, since this beats the pants off graph interaction on PowerPoint/Keynote etc.]] dygraphs is an open source JavaScript library that produces produces interactive, zoomable charts of time series. It is designed to display dense data sets and enable users to explore and interpret them.
  • 10 best free Windows clipboard replacements | News | TechRadar UK – Windows' clipboard consists of a single item – press [Ctrl] + [C] or [Ctrl] + [X] again, and your original entry is lost.

    Thankfully this shortcoming hasn't been lost on the programming community, and a large number of tools have been developed to fill the gap.

    So we've scoured the web looking for 10 of the best freeware alternatives.

    There's a lot of crossover between the vast majority of them, so we've highlighted what makes them unique where applicable to help you pick your chosen clipboard replacement tool.

  • What Gets Measured 1106.pdf (application/pdf Object) – Data, metric, measures, assessments, evaluations, scorecards, progress reports… Many of us have
    been faced with a whole host of measurement opportunities. Seems like some of the performance
    measurements are moving targets that we seldom hit. Some measurement processes come and go
    like fog. I recall hearing this maxim years ago: “What gets measured gets done.” It has been
    attributed to Peter Drucker, Tom Peters, Edwards Deming, Lord Kelvin and others. Why is it that so
    often we get hung up on metrics and measuring things to the point that we sometimes lose track of
    measuring what really matters?

linkHive For Feb 1st

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 1st

  • 500 Internal Server Error – 500 Internal Server Error
  • Flash, iPad, Standards – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report – Lack of Flash in the iPad (and before that, in the iPhone) is a win for accessible, standards-based design. Not because Flash is bad, but because the increasing popularity of devices that don’t support Flash is going to force recalcitrant web developers to build the semantic HTML layer first. Additional layers of Flash UX can then be optionally added in, just as, in proper, accessible, standards-based development, JavaScript UX enhancements are added only after we verify that the site works without them.
  • 13 Useful WordPress SQL Queries You Wish You Knew Earlier | Onextrapixel – Showcasing Web Treats Without Hitch – WordPress is driven by a MySQL database. This is something active WordPress users would know. However, if you only just read about it here from us, here’s what you should know. MySQL is a free relational database management system available in most web hosting services. All of the WordPress data like the posts, comments, categories, and settings are stored within the MySQL database. If you wish to read up more about MySQL, you can take a look at WordPress’s Database Schema.
  • 10 Tips for Better Print Style Sheets | Webdesigner Depot – Print style sheets have been somewhat forgotten, and yet they remain important all the same. Many people print out articles to read while traveling or when they have no access to the Internet.

    Print style sheets have definite benefits. For example, reading on paper is less tiring on the eyes than reading on screen.

    Also, following tutorials is easier if you have one next to you, with your code editor open on the screen; that way, you don’t have to switch windows every time to look something up.

    In this article we’ll point out 10 easy tips that will help you create better print style sheets.

linkHive For Jan 27th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveJan 27th

  • Eight Tools for Capturing Screenshots in Firefox 3 – It isn’t difficult to imagine that we need to take a lot of screenshots during the course of a day here at Mashable. Sure you can do the old “Print Screen” trick, but that’s a lot more hassle than it’s worth when there are so many great options out there, especially if you are using Firefox as your browser. Here are eight Firefox 3 screenshot tools that are worth trying.

    These tools will do everything from save just a section of a page to entire pages, as well as give you the ability to upload images automatically to specified image hosting services. In case you were wondering, I use FireShot for all of the images in the lists I create.