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Troubles with my Slayer Single Group Espresso Machine

I've lusted over this machine for years..... literally years.  Not only is it a powerhouse when it comes to pulling shots, its also the most aesthetically pleasing machine on the market (I mean look at it, its gorgeous).  So you can imagine my disappointment when this...

Dell XPS 8300 Card Reader Not Working – Fixed

From some googling this seems to be a common issue with the XP3 8300 series of desktops.  Whenever I put in any memory card it would show up under "My Computer" but when I clicked on it, I got the "please insert media to drive x".  I could get it to see it if I...

Write Less, Do More: Less the dynamic stylesheet language

Recently I have been playing around with a dynamic stylesheet language: Less. Less extends CSS with dynamic behavior such as variables, mixins, operations and functions. LESS runs on both the client-side (IE 6+, Webkit, Firefox) and server-side, with Node.js (which...

Memory Fox – A Must Have Firefox Add-on for Developers

If you are in any kind of web development you are familiar with the developer tool; Firebug.  Since the launch of Firefox 5 I have been more than frustrated with the blatant memory leaks in what was my favorite web browser. I turned to Google Chrome for the majority...

Placing IE only stylesheets

Every front end developer has run into styling issues when dealing with the dreaded Internet Explorer and its different variations.  I cant tell you how many bug tickets I received to the tune of, "its looks great in FF, Safari, Chrome but is a mess in IE".  Or worse...

MKV2VOB Converting Problems Fixed (PS3 Streaming)

  I am sure I do not stand alone when I say the recent problems converting mkv's with mkv2vob has been frustrating.  It seems over the last several months less and less files have been successfully converted without the dreaded "tsmuxer.exe has stopped working" or...

Optimising TVersity for PS3 / Xbox for HD Streaming

  I really didn't want this blog to shift in the direction of a tech blog, but I have walked enough people though the TVersity setup that I feel this guide is necessary. Out of all the solutions available for console streaming (TwonkyMedia, Nero MediaHome and Windows...

Browser CSS hacks for dealing with compatibility issues

Some say it’s dirty coding, and maybe it is, but sometimes it’s easier to write a little hack rather than beat your head up against the desk for hours because IE 7 wont display correctly (or sometimes at all) With these you'll be able to better target IE, Firefox,...

Ode to Firebug

If you are developer and dont know what Firebug is then shame on you.  But for those of you non-code folks, Firebug is an add-on for Firefox and is hands down the best developer tool available.  Its simple to use and lets you make live edits to your css, html and...

Aptana Studio 3 = Win

  I've been using this open-source program for a few months now and I'm impressed.  For javascript and jquery coding its simply to best out there.  I like to code in the dark (or as dark as an office will allow) and the gray background on the GUI is really easy on the...

TestingWebsites for Mobile Platforms

Its seems like only a few years ago I was saying, "who doesn't have a cell phone" and now its more like; who doesn't have a smart phone?  With the dawn of the smart phone has come a new avenue for developing apps and websites to specifically cater to the mobile...

HTML5 & CSS3 Coming to a Browser Near You

HTML 5 is the next major version of HTML. It introduces a bunch of new elements that will make pages more semantic. This will make it a lot easier for search engines and screenreaders to navigate our pages, and improve the web experience for everyone. In addition,...

Web Best Standards Checklist

Web standards – more than just ‘table-free sites’ The term web standards can mean different things to different people. For some, it is ‘table-free sites‘, for others it is ‘using valid code‘. However, web standards are much broader than that. A site built to web...

W3C Web Standards Website

Everyone should practice best standards when it comes to developing websites, they load faster, search engines index them quicker and the comsumer has a better online experience.  The W3C put together an online guide of best practices for web developing....