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Mobilegeddon

(Original Image Source) We’re about a month and a week into Google’s mobile friendly update. A lot of people were in a Gozilla-attack panic mode over this and as a result it’s been a busy two months for me. Things are starting to cool down. Now that the dust is beginning to settle, we’re all […]

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What is Responsive Web Design?

The trend towards Responsive Design has been going for a while now, but there’s a good chance that term means absolutely nothing to you. What is Responsive Design and why should you use it when building your website? Hopefully by the time you are finished reading this, you’ll have a good general handle on the concept. What […]

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Aaron Draplin Designs a Logo Before Your Eyes

I watched this earlier in the week and it changed my life. I got no fewer than 10 very usable bits of info ranging from inspiration sources to keyboard shortcuts to creative process. Glory!

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SHARPIES!!!

I love Sharpies. It may be a borderline addiction. I blame it on years of using them to mark scripts back when I was directing. Joe Satriani uses oil based Sharpies to create designs on 50+ guitars. What are you gonna make today?

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Creating Something Timeless (Tedx Talks)

Creating an environment that fosters innovation.

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The CAPTCHA is dead?

No more crazy, warped letters. All hail Google!

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What your zipcode says about you

Esri’s Tapestry(TM) project is one of those borderline scary tools. Type in your zipcode (or any zipcode) and get instant demographic info for that area and all sorts of information such as median income, age, and segmentation classes. Link: Esri Zip Lookup

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Dropbox Passwords Stolen?

Dropbox is dismissing today’s news of stolen passwords from their site saying that they weren’t hacked and the stolen credentials are from other sites. While this is probably true, could it really hurt you to change you password? Or maybe even turn on Dropbox’s 2 step authentication and make it even harder for the bad […]

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Akira Camera?

Spotted by my friend Scott Davis somewhere in Virginia.

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Microsoft Fake Telephone Support Phone Scam

I got a call last night from someone with a fairly heavy accent claiming to be from Microsoft. They were calling to tell me that I had a virus and needed to go on my computer so they could show me where it was infected and how to fix it. Yeah, right. Microsoft is never going […]

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Google Authorship is Gone

Google Authorship info is no longer showing up in search results. Glory! I remember the first time I added the appropriate rich snippet code for a client on a blog (at the request of their somewhat questionable SEO company, but that’s a story for another day.) because I thought it was one of the most […]

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Microsoft to Drop Support for Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Last week Engadget reported that Microsoft will drop support for old versions of Internet Explorer beginning in January of next year. This means no updates or tech support for anything other than the current version of IE. Business customers that need legacy support for web apps can use IE 11’s Enterprise Mode for backwards compatibility. […]

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Copyright 101: You Can’t Use Stuff Without Permission

Image Credit When I worked in television, we occasionally would get a request from a client involving using a popular song on one of their commercials. Our response was always something along the lines of,  “You can’t do that without permission or you’ll get a cease and desist letter from or (worse) they’ll just sue […]

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WordPress Zero Spam Plugin

I’ve become so frustrated with comments that I don’t ever recommend turning them on unless a client has time to burn deleting them despite whatever countermeasures we can try to install. However, this week I’ve caught wind of a new plugin, so I’ll be giving it a whirl to see if it works. Based on […]

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New Client: Coastal Hot Tub

  We welcomed a new client to the Akira Media Designs family this week: Coastal Hot Tub. This is only the second site we’ve launched using a premade theme and we had to hack the code a little bit to get it to do what we wanted, but the end result is a clean looking […]

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Little Pork Chop: A Twitter Tool for When 140 Characters are Not Enough

Little Pork Chop A neat little tool that will take your verbose thoughts, break them up into 140 character sections and post them to twitter with a specified delay time between tweets. Becauses hardly anyone wants to click through to a thrid party site and you reduce friction by putting your content right in front […]

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Internet Explorer Bug Could Expose Your Computer

Over the weekend, Microsoft released an alert concerning a bug in Internet Explorer versions 6 – 11 that could expose your computer by simply visiting a specially built webpage. They’re currently investigating and have some instructions for you here under “suggested actions”. Also, hey, bad luck for you if you’re running Windows XP since support […]

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Unamused with our conduct, Facebook cracks down

Facebook made an announcement last week that made me pretty happy. I’ve got a really big pet peeve about Facebook business pages that try tricks and manipulations to boost their reach. It bothers me a lot when I see posts ending with things like: “Like this post to show your support for this fallen soldier.” “Comment […]

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Restaurant Websites

Today I’m working on a website for a nice Italian restaurant in San Diego. I love working on menu pages for restaurant websites because it’s a good example of well organized content that is easy to format. I come across a lot of restaurants that use PDF’s or even straight images ( ack!) to display […]

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Heartbleed

Heartbleed is a bug in OpenSSL that could potentially expose your information to people that would do very bad things with your information. Servers are currently being patched, but it can’t hurt to change those passwords too. Mashable has a list of websites and services that have been hit and advice on what you should […]

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