Smashing Magazine – Maps in Modern Web Design

Smashing Magazine – Maps in Modern Web Design Geo-location was a hot topic in 2009. With so many applications on GPS-enabled smartphones, more maps than ever were accessible to the average person. But how can Web designers and developers take advantage of an increasingly location-aware user base? This article explores existing trends, conventions and the …

15+ Free Abobe Air Applications for Designers and Developers

Great Adobe AIR-based tools for web design and development! 15+ Free Abobe Air Applications for Designers and Developers | Admix Web: Adobe AIR, which stands for Adobe Integrated Runtime, is a cross-functioning system runtime engine that allows web designers and web developers to create rich internet applications, and Adobe AIR is compatible with Windows, Macs …

ASP.NET Logging to the Visual Studio Output Window with log4net

OK this one has been baffling me for a long time but I just ignored it. We have been using the open source logging library log4net for a long time, and for the most part it was working fine. But the one thing that I wanted to do but could never get working was logging …

The Remote is Dead! Long Live the Remote!

Imagine my dismay when I discovered that my Apple Remote had taken a ride through the clothes washer and dryer a couple of weeks ago… As you may imagine, this journey rendered the remote inoperative and useless (albeit totally dry). Additionally, searching on the Apple Store was a bit more depressing since the device is …

New Look

I’ve been experimenting with some new WordPress themes, and I took a shine to DailyPress by Blog Oh Blog! I haven’t decided if this is going to be the permanent design, but it’s much better than the old default look I was using, especially with all the links back here regarding the iPhone wireframing templates.

Please don’t add debug messages to your customer-facing application

Debugging messages are for developers/engineers, not for humans (I can say that since I’m a developer). But I can’t believe that it’s 2009 and I still encounter things like the following example… Every time I log into one of my online banking systems, I get a message like the following: This is just intrusive and …

HP printer driver gets subtle usability upgrade

I just noticed when printing up a document today that my [Windows] HP printer drivers must have been upgraded recently. As a result, the Printing Preferences dialog that used to have an entry entitled “Default Printing” (or something to that effect) now reads “General Everyday Printing,” which, while a little confusing in itself, is a …

iPhone Wireframe Templates for Sketching

In the spirit of Open Source, I have posted some iPhone Paper Prototyping and Design templates, and you can Download The .Zip File Here. There are two layouts, and both layouts are in PDF and Viso (VSD) formats. Feel free to download and tweak them as needed. Have fun with them! UPDATE: With all the …

ASP.NET Forum Tags: Semicolons as Separators?

Ummm… OK I know Microsoft is trying to give the illusion of being user friendly and all, but when the delimiter for tags that categorize a post on the ASP.NET developer forums, they chose semicolons. Is it just me or is that a ludicrous choice? Why not a space (my preference – a la delicious) …

User-Friendly Nissan – Now with Wi-Fi!

I have always dreaded going to my local Nissan dealer (Northbay Nissan, Petaluma, CA) for service in the morning before work, since it was like being in an information vacuum since they did not have wireless for their customers (isn’t this 2009????). However that has now changed. I went in this morning and lo and …