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Excellent Css tools

Here are some websites I have found useful when learning css: http://css-tricks.com/ http://quirksmode.org http://www.css3.info/ Css3 tutorial via Css Tricks: CSS3Please.com Border-Radius.com HTML-Ipsum.com Button Maker Update ( 28 July 2011 ) : Now for some excellent tools: Sass (http://sass-lang.com ) Compass … Continue reading

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What is wrong with the Crazy Baker website?

Via the New York Times, Mr. Hitzig, aka the Crazy Baker, made an appeal to the world to help with the question, “Why is the Crazy Baker getting such low conversion?”: Mr. Hitzig is savvy when it comes to Web … Continue reading

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If you don’t vote, your opinion doesn’t matter. And sometimes you shouldn’t vote

(This post is related to management I promise! ) Robert Cruickshank over at the California HSR Blog whines about Palo Alto’s “undemocratic” democratic process: In short, it is becoming increasingly clear that Palo Alto’s planning and citizen engagement process is … Continue reading

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Where to start learning Java if you are a PHP person?

Over at StackOverflow, the question was asked : Where to start with Java when coming from PHP? PHP5 has the concept of objects, interfaces and exceptions. These are similar enough to Java’s version of objects, interfaces and exceptions for basic … Continue reading

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Multi-threaded Homework Problem

Occasionally I have been asked about learning multithreaded programming. My standard suggested problem is to create a “simplistic” TCP/IP block ordering library. This is a variant of the standard producer/consumer problem that shows up in interviews. This problem is a … Continue reading

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Mac OSX — the most insecure OS around

A year ago, I gave up on Windows. I was tired of the nervous eggshell feeling with anti-virus software, security patches, and a machine that would mysteriously be slower and slower no matter what I did. Because of MacOSX Unix … Continue reading

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Third person in the room

Passion is a wonderful thing. When someone is “wrong” about a subject that you care passionately about, it is natural to argue with them and try to “prove” to them that they are wrong. Don’t. Mentally step back. Look around. … Continue reading

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How to drive a manual transmission

From Shannon: hmm well the number of people I know who keep replacing clutches & transmissions much higher than the issues I’ve had w/autos If you already know how to drive, learning to drive a manual transmission takes 45 minutes. … Continue reading

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How to learn to drive a manual transmission in 45 minutes

The patent-pending, I-will-sue-your-ass-if-you-use-it, guaranteed-not-to-fail-or-your-money-back! If you follow these steps you will learn how to drive a stick shift in about 45 minutes. Driving a stick shift will let you: get more mpg (manuals have higher EPA ratings than automatics) reduce … Continue reading

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How to buy a car.

My response to Shannon’s thinking about buying a car: Congratulations saving so much money by avoiding car ownership for so long. Here is my feedback: Forget the concept of a car retaining its “value”. A car is a liability not … Continue reading

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