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28 Jul 12

I often get asked whether I'd recommend dashes or underscores for words in urls. For urls in Google, I would recommend using dashes. Why? To find out, let's take a trip in the Google Time Machine.

23 Feb 11

Last month I brought you details of Microsoft Mathematics, a free program for anyone who's trying to study or teach maths.  Almost 21,000 of you clicked on the link to my story, making it one of the most popular Hot Find items ever.

23 Feb 11

For the holiday, I mozied down to Home Depot to get some replacement lights and to generally just walk around.  I noticed more green products on the shelves and was surprised to see this WaterSense Glacier Bay toilet with Niagara’s Flapperless flush system selling for $88.  On the way out, I was given a copy of The Green Guide with these 10 suggestions for saving money, energy, and water.

23 Feb 11

This week’s “Change the World Wednesday” challenge covers a topic which is close to my heart. It’s all about swapping disposable items for reusable ones. This means we’re moving up the 3Rs ladder, away from recycling and on to reuse - yipee!

23 Feb 11

Whether it’s a prototype, a single serving site, or something more complex, it’s always a thrill to see even the simplest app up on the web. Adding that “appness” brings life to what were previously just pages on a server.

23 Feb 11

Soon, we’ll probably be seeing Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries being used in most electric cars and bikes. This new battery type is set to dominate the market. Based upon lithium ion technology, LiFePO4 batteries offer many advantages over lithium cobalt dioxide (LiCoO2) batteries which are commonly used in laptops, mp3 players and cell phones.

22 Feb 11

A lightbox often refers to a pop-in window that can be used to display images, videos and html content in modern web applications. There are many fantastic javascript Lightbox solutions available on the web, however this article is focusing on CSS3 Modal Window solutions.

22 Feb 11

This site is a resource to provide information about which new HTML5 user interface features are accessibility supported in browsers, making them usable by people who rely upon assistive technology (AT) to use the web.

22 Feb 11

HTML 5 introduces new elements to HTML for the first time since the last millennium. New structural elements include aside, figure, and section. New inline elements include time, meter, and progress. New embedding elements include video and audio. New interactive elements include details, datagrid, and command.

20 Feb 11

Many of you are aware of the built-in sort function for sorting JavaScript arrays. But you might not realize the true power of this function. This tip will talk about how this built-in function can be used to sort multi-dimensional arrays.

19 Feb 11

CSS is one of the most powerful tools that is available to web designers (if not the most powerful). With it we can completely transform the look of a website in just a couple of minutes, and without even having to touch the markup. But despite the fact that we are all well aware of its usefulness, CSS selectors are still not used to their full potential and we sometimes have the tendency to litter our HTML with excessive and unnecessary classes and ids, divs and spans.

18 Feb 11

Researchers explore how melodies can help regulate heart, boost hormones

17 Feb 11

Nvidia’s about to up to the ante again in the mobile processor race. At a private meeting tonight in Barcelona, the company demoed its brand new quad-core processor and announced it has already begin sending samples to vendors. Tablets using the chip, codenamed “Kal-El,” could hit the market as soon as August.

17 Feb 11

As LTE continues to gain momentum around the world, and especially in the U.S., it looks like Sprint might be switching 4G gears. During a roundtable discussion at Mobile World Congress, Sprint’s senior vice president of networks, Bob Azzi, said that the carrier will watch how many of its customers migrate from EV-DO to mobile WiMAX over the next 4 to 6 months and then evaluate the best way to use its existing spectrum. As reported by FierceWireless, Sprint could decide to deploy LTE, potentially leaving Mobile WiMax for dead.

17 Feb 11

Machines first out-calculated us in simple math. Then they replaced us on the assembly lines, explored places we couldn't get to, even beat our champions at chess. Now a computer called Watson has bested our best at "Jeopardy!"

17 Feb 11

This document summarizes the results of some browser tests done while attempting to implement key stroke handling code in JavaScript. It documents inconsistancies in the way different browsers implement keyboard events.

16 Feb 11

tagName and nodeName are both useful Javascript properties for checking the name of an html element. For most purposes, either will do fine but nodeName is preferred if you are supporting only A-grade browsers and tagName is preferred if you intend to support IE5.5 as well.

15 Feb 11

Who would think that you'd learn about an eco-friendly product at a birthday party? Well, with my family, you never know where the conversation will lead us. Last weekend at our youngest family members party, my sister told me about this new printer they just got at work. "It uses crayons instead of toner," she said. "It's supposed to be more energy efficient and eco-friendly because there's no cartridges to throw away." I had to know more.

15 Feb 11

E-waste stands for electronic waste. This includes anything from discarded and broken cell phones, computers, iPods, and small appliances.

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