A Book Apart – Responsive Web Design

At the 2011 WWDC Apple made a point of demonstrating that for many of us, the PC is becoming a secondary device.  Additionally, it is clear that we want our content experience to function across all the devices we are using.  This doesn’t mean that they have to act the same on a mobile as on a desktop but it does mean one or the other shouldn’t be broken.

From mobile browsers to netbooks and tablets, users are visiting your sites from an increasing array of devices and browsers. Are your designs ready?

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What A Difference A Decade Makes

Hmmph, some interesting statistics here about how much certain things have ‘improved’ and others deteriorated over the last 10 years.


So what’s changed? Technology has gotten unimaginably smaller and better — just look at the differences between an iMac in 2000 and an iPad in 2010…

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The Incredible Shrinking Mac

10 years ago my pocket wasn’t nearly big enough to carry an iMac around in.  After spending 10 years looking for a bigger pocket, it would appear that technology has made this unnecessary.  If technology continues to accelerate at current rates, future devices will either be so small and disposable they’ll be unrecognizable or I’ll have a CRAY super computer in my pocket.


Making Statistics Fun (and Pretty)

There are an awful lot of ‘infographics’ floating around the interwebs these days.  It seems its all the rage and any one with two numbers and a couple circles thinks they are somehow adding value.  This is not the case.

However, here’s something cool - a free interactive way of playing with some very interesting stats about the world population, health, technical prowess, etc…  I stumbled upon Gapminder.org via this article in The Economist about Hans Rosling’s new BBC TV show all about statistics.  Boring right? Nope, just the opposite. Check out the included video to see the possibilities.

Hans Rossling – The Joy of Stats

I’m Now Using a Windows 7 PCoIP Virtual Machine

Super cool.  Finally got my virtual desktop hardware setup with the VM server. We have converted nearly all of our servers to a virtual environment already and are prepping to setup 200 virtual desktops.  I’ll admit I’m a bit nervous about it but so far the experience is great.

I have a 24″ Samsung nc240 connected to our VMWare host via PCoIP.  The machine is wonderfully fast (faster than my new Mac Mini with 4 GB of RAM) and, so far, very stable.

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Magazines On The iPad

One of the primary reasons I bought the iPad was my addiction to The Economist.  I had partially justified the purchase by canceling my print subscription under the assumption that reading it online would work out great on the iPad.  That was only partially true.  Reading the Web page was possible (I have an online subscription through work) but a pain in the rear at the same time.  Finally, The Economist launched a true magazine app last week.

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Christmas Infographic – Size Matters

Just a fun comparison of the sizes of trees installed in major cities around the US.  The graphic compares the type of tree, their height, weight, miles of wire, number of LED bulbs and power consumption for each.

Makes mine seem small in comparison…

Via Gizmodo

Server Downtime – Thanksgiving Weekend Is Inconvenient

Sometimes I think my job is hard.  At other times I realize how much pressure I’m not under.

As part of our year and a half of upgrades to core systems while we prep for our move, we’ve had to take nearly every system offline at some point to do planned (or unplanned) maintenance.  No matter when we do it or how much warning we give, someone always has to add some stress by making the case “this is a really inconvenient time.”

The weekend: inconvenient
Holidays: inconvenient
Midnight: inconvenient

Well, at least I’m not the CIO for Spirit Airlines.  As of Wednesday morning Spirit Airlines has had a nationwide server crash causing even longer lines during the busiest travel weekend of the year.

Maybe taking Exchange down for an hour on Sunday is so convenient after all.