What would it be like to have an almost unlimited budget for your new offices and to start from scratch? Goal: to have great space for work space for sixteen to thirty two employees with on premises presentation facilities.
37signals had that opportunity and went to their architect Brad Lynch with a clear concept. A large open space surrounding a core of private space (sound proof phone booths, multiple conference rooms). This bathes the whole group in natural light from massive windows in their loft space. The traditional approach is to put all the important people in private offices along the windows. Here founder Jason Fried successfully turned things upside down and ended up with a space in which more people would be happy.
37signals office central island for private functions
For years we had our sites all on Cartika Hosting and we loved it. For about five years I think. We recommended Cartika Hosting to all our clients and put up a lot of sites on Cartika.
The disk space limits and even bandwidth were always pretty tight in comparison to what you could get with Dreamhost, Bluehost or Hostgator. But we didn't mind.
What we wanted was quality and security and for that we were prepared to pay a significant premium over discount hosting. We called it "business quality hosting", after a rough ride with our own site Foliovision on Dreamhost for a few months with our client sites on Hostroute.
For some reason Flickr - they should know better as good coders - have decided to be cute and try to prevent downloading of some images. Photographers probably requested the feature so much that Flickr went against their better judgement and coded this hack. We get this kind of silly request from clients all the time: "I want a website where no one can copy any of my content ever."
If you don't want people to be able to copy your content, don't put it on the internet, people.
The Flickr trick is CSS based and consists of a div which carries the style classes "facade-of-protection" and a div called "spaceball". Basically Flickr is putting the image behind an empty div so you can't get at it with your mouse to save it.
If you are purchasing online advertising you really have to watch your media partners like a hawk. Who could imagine that a respected mainstream publication like ZDnet would be ripping off all their advertisers?
Here’s what happens if you visit a ZDnet page…if you click on anywhere except in the article you get taken to the advertisers ad (today it’s SAP getting the shaft: target is http://www28.sap.com/mk/get/comcrmlp ).
In my case I was just reading about
Imagine my surprise when I ended up on the SAP ad five times while just scrolling around. It turns out the page background on both sides will create a click. When you put a ZDnet page in the background, just clicking on the window to bring it forward will generate an ad click. Not cool ZDnet.
People wanted more pictures of their favorite SEO's. For Day Two, we have many more pictures of the SEO's for you. Alas no dancing firebreathing girls today, just a night at the pub.
Personally I found Day Two to hold more surprises and insights in terms of SEO practice. The big highlight for me was Martin MacDonald's hands-on talk on how he rescued a thin content site which had been wiped out in Google's MayDay update.
Sam Crocker, Ben Hendrickson, Andy Davies and Jane Copland all offered actionable insights which you wouldn't easily learn from just keeping up with published SEO material. Rand Fishkin and Will Critchlow's faceoff on big budget linkbuilding covered big picture issues which stimulated long term thoughts on SEO, picking up where Dave Naylor's presentation on Google left off.
The new MacBook Airs are adorable, particularly the 11". Should you get one...reluctantly I must say probably not. Here's why.
No standard memory socket.
We own lots of Macs in this category at Foliovision (old MacMini 2 GHz with 9400 GPU: a great basic machine). The bare minimum memory for a really great work experience on an OS X computer is 3 GB. Apple should be putting 4GB soldered on and leaving us at least a single installable memory slot. I'd put in another 4 GB, other might even put in an 8 GB sodimm (Samsung has started mass production).
Great first day at the ProSEO 2010 Seminar in London with SEOmoz and Distilled. Wonderful to see old friends again. Here are just a few pictures from the day and some more of the superb night which Lynsey Little organised for us at the opening night party.
These are just a few selects, uncorrected and uncropped. Distilled will have many more photos of the speakers in their own coverage of the seminar.
Click on any picture to enlarge with Lightbox.
This article describes a simple way how to update your plugin by using the TortoiseSVN. TortoiseSVN is a powerful tool for subversion control, in your case used for the management of your plugin stored in the WordPress repository.
The main idea of SVN is to monitor changes being made by different users on the same files, in order to avoid uncontrolled overwriting of someone else's work.
To get started, get your copy of TortoiseSVN and install it at your Windows computer. Following steps will guide you through the whole process of downloading, updating and committing changes into your WordPress plugin.
Step 1 - The Initial Check-Out
- Create a directory where you wish to store your plugin.
- Right click on this folder and select SVN Checkout..., a window similar to the one below will appear.
SVN is a great tool, as it allows you to maintain different versions of your WordPress plugins and synchronize its development among multiple programmers.
This article shows the exact steps of how to update your plugin descriptions on WordPress plugins directory using a Mac with OS X. You don't need to install anything.
Phase I - Checkout
First we must download the plugin from SVN to a local copy. This procedure is called checkout:
Imagine having only 4 fonts in your operating system. Silly, is it? But almost by accident that's what happened to the web. The best web fonts were Verdana, Tahoma and Georgia. What is special about these fonts is that they are designed to look particularly good on screen rather than in print.
Unfortunately for designers, working with three or four fonts is no fun. Even for end users, we are all getting tired of looking at the same typefaces. But until now there's been no solid working solution for using alternate typefaces. Those that did exist either did not work properly across all important browsers or they slowed down the display of your website.
First tools were moving into wrong directions. They were either transforming text into images or into Flash. Which makes the text basicaly unusable. Nice, but still unusable. Now the situation has improved. There are online tools, which still render text, but the output is text again. To list a few of them:
We just had a small hosting accident yesterday.
One of our clients had his weblog cut off with the dreaded Bandwidth Limit Exceeded notice:
Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.
Richard’s visitors had pumped 80 GB out already this month on his FreeTheAnimal weblog primal living weblog. Not bad for a single writer not in a formal network. Every month his traffic is growing. Congratulations Richard!
These 80 GB of bandwidth are the real thing, with just a few slightly overweight images, not a single big file accidentally uploaded.
Richard was surprised and upset to see his weblog cut off as were we. While most hosts cut clients off as a routine matter of business, we do not. We treat our clients as we would like to be treated ourselves.
The new release of FV WordPress Flowplayer comes with lots of new features:
- Autoplay for single videos
- Show/hide the control bar
- Show/hide the full-screen button
- Uploads through WP Media Library
- Redirection option
We tested the plugin also under WordPress 3.0, and all features were found compatible.
Download the latest version of FV WordPress Flowplayer plugin.
Older versions of the plugin can be found on the WordPress plugin site.
You do want to be using SSL. Unencrypted connections are far too easily eavesdropped. On the other hand, it’s worth remembering that SSL only gets your login and email encrypted between your computer and your smtp server. Once your email hits the big pipes, it’s unencrypted again, vulnerable to whomever can get access to the transit points. A rogue operative in any ISP or fiber optic supplier could still siphon off huge amounts of data. Even if such a person existed, s/he would be unlikely to be able to regularly get all of your email though. However, random emails, especially if they traverse exotic territories with loose security could be grabbed.
Email is not private. Don’t forget that ever. Email is not private.
The most important thing which you must know before starting the move is whether the mail account to be moved is POP or IMAP.
If the account is POP, your task is fairly straightforward.
You want to make sure that you move any unread move (mail from between the time your client last collected email and the time of the move is picked up and put on the new mail server). The best way to do that is to log into the old mail server and the new mail server via IMAP simultaneously. You will see what has been read and what hasn't. Just move the unread messages.
If you move the read messages, when your client logs in again via POP, he or she will have to sort through a 1000 or even 3000 archived messages in the inbox. Not fun.
We recommend using Apple Mail as the IMAP client as it's very easy and quick to set up. Windows Live Mail hides the IMAP accounts and folders and is ugly as sin. Thunderbird is very fiddly and exposes too many options but could do in a pinch or if you don't have a Mac handy.
As I've mentioned, I handle hundreds of messages per day for myself and my clients. I have separated my email from bulk email effectively now, but still found my computer sluggish.
The problem seemed to be around Apple Mail. I'm new to IMAP so I decided to dig deeper. I initially thought the issue was with Rules, as I have SpamSieve and many dozens of rules to deal with bulk email (things I might want to read but don't want in my InBox).
The problems turns out to be something else altogether:
Smart Mailboxes. Every time you get new mail your Smart Mailboxes folders update their unread counts: "Updating Smart Mailbox Unread Counts" is the message you will see in Mail's Activity Monitor.