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Stealing Time: How Technology Can Hurt or Harm Our Inner State

The promise of modern technology has always been: use it and you’ll have more time for the important stuff in your life. As it turned out, it’s quite the opposite. There’re a lot of socioeconomic reasons for this development but, to some degree, it’s caused by the way digital services today are designed from the very beginning. Those services are stealing time by design, tricking us into thinking the stuff we do on there is somehow important.

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Enterprise Software Sucks

When asking people about printing there’s one common ground – namely, that it sucks. This sentiment comes from the experience with connecting printers with the devices to print, and the act of printing itself with a plethora of print settings to chose from.

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Using <kbd> for Fun and Profit

There’s this HTML element meant for marking up keyboard keys named <kbd>. Obviously it can be styled with CSS so why not use it to make those elements look a bit more like hardware or the iOS and Android software keys.

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The Android Tab Bar Conundrum. Again.


With Instagram for Android there’s once again an app getting ported to Android from iOS which doesn’t follow the platform specific guidelines with a lot of elements. Most obviously in the form of the app's main navigation tabs which Instagram for Android puts at the bottom as opposed to Google’s suggested placement of tabs at the top as part of the action bar. Now smart Android designers chime in and call foul for this Android Design Guideline violation as others and I have done in the past with other apps.

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Using the New Post Thumbnail Feature in WordPress 2.9

Wordpress Logo by kremaliciousWordPress 2.9 added a new feature which allows you to assign an image to an article to make it the post image like it’s often used in magazine style themes. This new feature along with a new template tag makes all the custom field hacks usually used for this functionality in the past obsolete. So here’s a quick walkthrough to make use of the new post thumbnail feature and of course how to make it backwards compatible.

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Ultimate Share Link Bonanza for Coda, Wordpress and Everything Else

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Ever wanted to include those sharing links to social or bookmarking sites so users can easily submit your content to these sites in a Wordpress site or any other platform? Then you might have experienced a rather time consuming search odyssey to get those links. But fear no more! In this article I’ve provided a huge collection of all the links to your favorite social sites compiled in two handy Coda Clip files in a plain and a Wordpress version. And the non-Coda users can download an html file with all the links included.

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The Mac in Futurama

The Mac in Futurama
Time for some Mac Futurama crossover geekiness! In a fun watching process I’ve compiled a list of all the references to Apple’s Macintosh and other Apple products. In Futurama we mainly see references to the old, classic Macs running System 6, System 7 or OS 9 ending with the colorful iMac G3. This is likely caused by the timeframe in which Matt Groening and David X. Cohen developed the first season of Futurama (1997-1999).

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HowTo: Styling Author Comments With Wordpress 2.7+

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Since my update to Wordpress 2.7 I’m pretty much into all the new comments stuff. As I’ve written before, the comment functionality changed dramatically with Wordpress 2.7. This makes writing a comments template much easier but if you used Worpress prior to 2.7 you have to change some things to work again. Beside other things this includes Gravatar styling and also adding different styling to comments from the author of an article. In this article I will show you how to realize the latter with Wordpress 2.7 and above.

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HowTo: Set a Custom Gravatar Image in Wordpress 2.7+

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Sure enough I’ve upgraded immediately when Wordpress 2.7 was released. Among all the other things that changed in this new version the comments functions got a massive overhaul. But the new comment loop with the new function <?php wp_list_comments(); ?> lacks the ability to quickly set a custom default gravatar or avatar image. But with some help of the functions.php file we can set the default gravatar image in the Discussion settings in the Wordpress backend.

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Architect and Façade: Theming for Leopard

Architect iconThere’s good news for all you Mac OS X Leopard GUI Themer out there. While there’s Panic’s Candybar for icon customization in OS X there is no application to alter all the user interface elements of Leopard. In Tiger there was an application called ShapeShifter but since the whole GUI in Leopard changed it stopped working. Architect and Façade to the rescue.

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Wordpress 2.5+: Get Rid of That Sluggish Dashboard

Wordpress Logo by kremaliciousSince Wordpress 2.5 it was nearly impossible for me to log into Wordpress and quickly head over to the write tab. The Dashboard always wants to load a bunch of things in it but this always seemed to fail in my setup and slow things down. And not enough the Dashboard just locks everything up while loading which can take more than one minute.

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Awesome Parallax Optical Illusion: Make a Horse Move

ParallaxAs you may know there’s a nice parallax effect implemented on this website. Just resize your browser window and you can see the black polaroids in my header flying on different layers. As I stated in an earlier post there is already some usage for it around the web while this effect seems to be first used by the guys from Silverback. If you don’t know what this effect is about head over to thinkvitamin to get to know what it is and how you can achieve it.

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WebKit Team Introduces CSS-based Gradients

WebKitWriting right now on a longer article about text-shadow and it’s implementation in WebKit, the rendering engine which powers Safari and Konqueror. But now this exciting news popped up from Surfin' Safari, the blog of the WebKit development team:

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HowTo: Changing the Image Icons in Mac OS X Leopard

Aperture File TypesAfter i released my Aperture File Types icon set many of you asked how they can really use these icons for displaying the icons of images on your Mac system. Sadly this isn’t as easy as dropping them in Candybar into a well for image icons cause there isn’t any well for them. So using other icons as standard file type icons for images is a bit tricky. I discovered two ways of doing it, which involves overwriting resources of Preview.app and Photoshop. So before doing anything I mention in this post, you should make a backup copy of them.

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Love the Parallax

parallaxIf you resize your browser window while you are browsing this website you can see the black polaroids in my header fly and move at different speed on three layers. Pretty cool, huh?

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How to Quickly Generate Encrypted .htpasswd Passwords

As you may know you can easily password protect your website or parts of it using an htaccess file with special instructions on an Apache-based server. For using this method you just have to put a file named .htaccess (which includes the instructions for the webserver) and a file named .htpasswd (which includes the login-accounts) in the directory you want to have password protected. But you have to encrypt the passwords of the login data for yourself, which is a quick task on a Mac.

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