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Jan 15 | Why I hate Unix

I didn’t want to make this so dramatic but during the first day of my wonderful externship at the Music Entertainment Technology laboratory I came to one painful, painful realization: development in the Unix environment sucks. Allow me to elaborate. I was working on compiling the source for the amazing Frets on Fire, an open-source […]

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Jan 12 | Free AJAX and Flash Packages

In order to commemorate the launching of two of my best winter 2007 projects, I have decided to go ahead and provide, at no cost, a collection of free AJAX and flash tools I’m sure you’ll like and that I, over the course of the site’s development, searched for at length and acquired. Many of […]

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Jan 11 | I Present To Thee

It is with great pride that I present to the world my latest project, ArcadeKill.com. Purchased for a figure I will not disclose, I redid the design, added lots more games, added a radio and a clip feature, and am in the process of making adjustments to grammar and minor errors. This is by far […]

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Jan 9 | How to Lose $750 a Month

Here’s a textbook example of what not do when you’re earning $750 a month in text link advertising. I’m the online ads director for the Daily Gazette, Swarthmore College’s only online, updates-as-things-happen newspaper. Everything was picture perfect before school ended for the semester towards the end of December: through Text-Link-Ads.com ($300), LinkWorth ($450), and LiveCustomer […]

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Jan 7 | The Magic Triangle

The Rule of Thirds is a principle applied to paintings and photographs in which the canvas is divided into thirds and the subject of interest is placed at one of the intersections of the lines in order to create a more aesthetically pleasing and balanced result. Now I was visiting the Frick Collection on the […]

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Jan 5 | Critique: Presidential Candidate Websites

With politics such a hot issue as of late, I’ve decided to critique websites of 8 of the major political candidates, four from each party. In order to be fair and unbiased, each website will be considered on the basis of the following criteria: Accessibility: How well does it integrate accessibility tools? Does it have […]

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Jan 4 | 2008 – The Year of Online Security?

I’ve been musing over the past few days about what this upcoming year might be. I’ve tossed out the New Years resolutions, the predictions about what is to come (hey, Barack is going to win, right?) and all the things the newspapers, the doomsayers, the warmongers, the peacemongers, and the politicians say about 2008. That […]

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Jan 2 | The PageRank Checker Demystified

I feel as though I cracked a big riddle, but in retrospect I should’ve seen it coming. The problem with the aforementioned PageRank not working on some hosts was not about cURL, not about errors in the script (though I fixed a few). It was about Google, and the host you’re using. See, Google wants […]

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Jan 1 | cURL in Ajax PageRank Checker with GoDaddy

It turns out that Google’s PageRank algorithm is pretty fickle and unreliable- the code below is guaranteed to work, but there are times when Google will flat out deny any queries. I wonder if there’s any way to disguise one’s route to their algorithm? I’m pretty sure sending multiple queries at a time disables the […]

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Dec 19 | IE8 Passes Acid Test

Arve put it in the best words when he wrote: hell just froze over. IE8 has passed the Acid2 test. My jaw has just reached the floor. IE8 beta is due out in the first half of next year, apparently, and I have no doubt web designers have a lot of mixed feelings about what […]

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