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Responsive Design Isn’t a Silver Bullet

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This, I thought, was a very interesting article (as most are from this site).  I had to admit some guilt to myself, as pretty much all my sites involve this type of “mobile” take, which is essentially just scaling down and removing things to make it all fit on a small device’s screen.  I don’t think I’ve ever actually taken the time to make my website do more than just work on the mobile platform. Continue Reading…

Comparing Content Management Systems

Today I’d like to go over some of the Content Management Systems I’ve used in my time so far, and the pros and cons of all of them in terms of usefulness, ideal type for some given applications, and other things.  I’ll be discussing WordPress (my choice for this site,) Tumblr, Medium, and Facebook. Continue Reading…

Awhile back, on one of the sites I manage, I wanted to implement a nice smooth drop down navigation menu, utilizing the new CSS3 transitions.  Seemed easy at first.  The problem is, the CSS transitions don’t support dynamic height elements, so the lists for each drop down would have to be classed to a set height. Continue Reading…

Being Comfortable with Limitations

I was reading an article by one Lyza Gardner, published on A List Apart.  This article, aptly titled Never Heard of It, chronicled Lyza’s inner journey in getting comfortable with the fact that she doesn’t know everything all the time.  It sounds obvious when phrased that way, but many people, especially in tech industries, are hesitant if not outright personally barred from admitting they don’t know about something. Continue Reading…

Mobile Development Overkill

Everything is a phone.  Everything is a phone.

Not all too long ago, Google released an update to the popular free email service which, among other things, updated the mailbox UI.  The common UI was removed in favor of a much more mobile centered one.  More icons, much less text.  For many users, the update was met with less than stellar reception.  The reason?  This UI update applied to all visitors, not just those from mobile devices. Continue Reading…