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Published during: February 2012

Responsive Design, Server-Side Feature Detection, and a Big Mess

A couple days ago, Jason Gigsby (@grigs) highlighted this post by Dave Olsen on responsive design from the server-side. The biggest thing that caught my attention was his focus on user-agent detection for altering the delivery of content.

There is some sensible stuff in there; it’s worth your time. In particular, I can see the value in delivering different kinds of resources to different targets, especially in the case of video or images, where resolution and bandwidth may be constrained. Read on, intrepid explorer →

The Danger of Search Engine Optimization

I recently installed some search engine optimization plugins on the WordPress back end of this site. In the main, these are fairly simple tools with straightforward benefits. However, even in the first day of having them installed on my site, I recognized that there are some significant potential pitfalls in even having these tools present on my site. When every post has beneath it a tool evaluating the search engine efficiency of a given post, there is a significant danger of writing content to the search engines, instead of writing content to your audience. Read on, intrepid explorer →

Upgrading WordPress manually

I was recently hired to do some back end work on Church of Christ the King’s website. (Note that the site design is not mine.) In this case, the initial change I needed to make was small – trivial, even. However, I noticed as I made the change that the site was running WordPress 2.8.4. Unfortunately, that meant I was going to be upgrading WordPress manually. Read on, intrepid explorer →

Introducing: Typekitify!

Occasionally, I’ll be reading a website and just wish I could use another, better font. I can, of course… I can go look up the element on the page that I want to change, use the developer tools to dynamically alter the page, and go back to my reading. This is a pain in the neck, though, and sometimes I want to use fonts that I don’t necessarily have on my computer – like “Athelas,” the font that Readability uses to display its body text, and which they get using Typekit. Read on, intrepid explorer →

I can hardly wait to invest in a new computer. Though my current machine has served me well these past five years – and though it is still in many ways superior to even a number of newer alternatives – I am looking forward enormously to the upgrade. Five years later, I will be doubling my computing cores (with faster cores, to boot), octupling my RAM (with higher throughput), quadrupling my total storage, and adding an SSD with all the speed improvements that promises.

In short, I’ll be flying. It’s going to be fun to push the machine and see just how far it will go and still perform well.