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M3talinks for Jul 27th

Today’s M3talinks for Jul 27th

  • Terri Oda: About Terri – Who am I?<br />
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    In no particular order:<br />
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    * I'm a geek.<br />
    * I'm a Canadian.<br />
    * I'm a software developer.<br />
    * I'm a editor.<br />
    * I'm a muscian.<br />
    * I'm a bookworm.<br />
    * I'm an artist.<br />
    * I'm a hacker.<br />
    * I'm a cyclist.<br />
    * I'm a mailing-list maintainer.<br />
    * I'm an environmentalist.<br />
    * I'm a leader.<br />
    * I'm a naturalist.<br />
    * I'm a scientist.<br />
    * I'm a sysadmin.<br />
    * I'm a student.<br />
    * I'm whatever I feel like being. It's great to be free.
  • Stubbornella » Blog Archive » Woman in technology – Usually I avoid topics like women in technology because (1) it is a can of worms, and (2) I can really only speak for myself. For the most part, I’d rather be seen as a person in technology than a woman, but this weekend the twitterverse erupted with opinions about Google sponsoring female students to attend JSConf. As a woman who is often the only-woman-in-the-room, I want people to know it isn’t always easy. I was a bit shocked by the blatant failure to empathize.
  • How to import certificates into certificate stores (ColdFusion) – For secure connections to remote servers over SSL, all current versions of ColdFusion require the remote system's SSL certificate to exist in ColdFusion's certificate truststore. This includes any calls from <cfdocument>, <cfhttp>, <cfldap>, etc. The default truststore is the JRE's cacerts file. This file is typically located in the following places:
  • SEOmoz | The Web Developer’s SEO Cheat Sheet – When I first started at SEOmoz about 9 months ago, I was the web development intern. My experience prior to the internship was limited entirely to writing code. Since then, I have spent literally hundreds of hours expanding my knowledge into different areas. Specifically, I have focused on accepted SEO techniques and small business practices. My beginner SEO checklists of the last few weeks have been the tangible result of my newly acquired knowledge. In an effort to return to my roots, I spent the majority of the day compiling what I believe to be the mother of all technical SEO cheat sheets. The recommended viewing format of this cheat sheet is as a PDF rather than the traditional blog post (I found the blog posts inconvenient to print). Let me know if this new format works better for all of you. I also included snippets below so you can see what is on the cheat sheet before you download it. Enjoy!

M3talinks for Jun 24th through Jun 25th

M3talinks for Jun 24th through Jun 25th:

  • Giving Great Talks: A Mashup » Bolt | Peters – I had the privilege of Jared Spool attending and critiquing some of my recent talks, and in preparation for a UIE webinar I’m giving, he took time to rip me apart give me some awesome feedback. His advice reminded me of notes I took almost ten years ago at an Edward Tufte seminar about giving great talks, and so the next logical step was to make old-timey boxing photos of them both and write a mashup of their talking tips. RIGHT? Both Jared Spool and Edward Tufte are known to be kick-ass speakers in the technology field – Tufte is all up in the freaking white house, and Jared speaks roughly 400 days a year around the world. I think we can learn a lot from their advice, and despite the artificial conflict introduced with boxing pictures, their tips are mostly complimentary.<br />
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    - by Nate Bolt
  • Less.js Will Obsolete CSS – If you design websites you may have heard of interesting tools called CSS pre-processors. A couple of great ones are LESS and SASS. I helped Alexis, the creator of LESS with the design of the language and built the public site.<br />
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    It’s a tool I wanted to use myself, and even though SASS already existed I didn’t feel like using a different syntax to CSS—I wanted something to augment CSS and make it more powerful, while still retaining the same look and feel. That’s exactly what LESS does. It extends CSS with things like variables, nested rules, mixins and operations to name a few.
  • Less.js Will Obsolete CSS – If you design websites you may have heard of interesting tools called CSS pre-processors. A couple of great ones are LESS and SASS. I helped Alexis, the creator of LESS with the design of the language and built the public site.<br />
    <br />
    It’s a tool I wanted to use myself, and even though SASS already existed I didn’t feel like using a different syntax to CSS—I wanted something to augment CSS and make it more powerful, while still retaining the same look and feel. That’s exactly what LESS does. It extends CSS with things like variables, nested rules, mixins and operations to name a few.
  • LESS – Leaner CSS – LESS extends CSS with: variables, mixins, operations and nested rules. Best of all, LESS uses existing CSS syntax. This means you can rename your current .css files to .less and they'll just work.
  • Argentina On Two Steaks A Day – The classic beginner's mistake in Argentina is to neglect the first steak of the day. You will be tempted to just peck at it or even skip it altogether, rationalizing that you need to save yourself for the much larger steak later that night. But this is a false economy, like refusing to drink water in the early parts of a marathon. That first steak has to get you through the afternoon and half the night, until the restaurants begin to open at ten; the first steak is what primes your system to digest large quantities of animal protein, and it's the first steak that buffers the sudden sugar rush of your afternoon ice cream cone. The midnight second steak might be more the glamorous one, standing as it does a good three inches off the plate, but all it has to do is get you up and out of the restaurant and into bed (for the love of God, don't forget to drink water).
  • ICT Graphics Lab – The Graphics Lab at the University of Southern California has designed an easily reproducible, low-cost 3D display system with a form factor that offers a number of advantages for displaying 3D objects in 3D. The display is:<br />
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    * autostereoscopic – requires no special viewing glasses<br />
    * omnidirectional – generates simultaneous views accomodating large numbers of viewers<br />
    * interactive – can update content at 200Hz<br />
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    The system works by projecting high-speed video onto a rapidly spinning mirror. As the mirror turns, it reflects a different and accurate image to each potential viewer. Our rendering algorithm can recreate both virtual and real scenes with correct occlusion, horizontal and vertical perspective, and shading.