When you search the web a lot, you start to feel the rough spots of the search engines. Working with a handful of different frameworks and languages requires to me visit a search engine several times a day. Whether I’m checking for the existence of some obscure PHP function or trying to figure out the proper way to do something in a framework, Google is my friend. I’d bet that this is pretty standard among web developers.
Due to some light anti-Google rebellion that has be brewing within me, I seem to have decided to avoid using Google to perform my daily searches.
The plan is to use a different, old school search engine, everyday; instead of Google. Going in to this, the only prediction that I have made is that: these, most search engines probably return results of a similar quality. Besides search quality, I’m not sure what else to expect. Google has been my goto search engine for a long time. I’ve definitely used other search engines in the past, but am straining to remember when I defaulted to Google.
Today was Day One of my Week Without Google Search.
I’m working on a project that is requiring me to use SSL (to make a https connection) on my local installation of WAMP. After much searching and a couple tries, it appears that I finally got it working. This post should be useful to anyone who is trying to do the same.
Sometimes you will find yourself linking to documents from a page. Suppose you need to link to a PDF, an Excel spreadsheet, or a Microsoft Word document. I think that it is in good form to visually denote that these links will begin a download.
In a lot of cases, these types of links look exactly the same as any other HTML link. Not exactly optimal from a usability standpoint.
After the jump, I will share a little CSS trick to give document download links a proper icon automatically.
I seem to have a few sites running on WordPress now, as do 4 billion other people, but I ran into something today that should be a default setting – yet it isn’t. It has to do with pinging web services when you publish a new post on your blog..
So I’ve been using Adobe’s kuler when the need arises..
If you are unfamiliar with kuler, it is Adobe’s online color swatch scheme generator thing. It is a great tool / resource to find new colors and help you build color themes.
@kuler, you can browse premade color palettes that were saved by others or search them by color, keyword, etc. You can also create your own color scheme starting from a base color, or by generating one from an image. It’s pretty sweet when you are at a loss for colors to use for a design project.
There is an Adobe Air desktop app for it, but it never works as far as I know. Today, I stumbled upon a feature of the entire CS5 suite of products that allows you to search and create color palettes directly from Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks, and Flash!