September, 2007 Results

Links for the Weekend, 9-15-2007

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Thank You! Well at least 20% of You…

Friday, September 14th, 2007

The 80/20 Rule

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) states that, in many cases, 80% of the effects comes from 20% of the causes. The Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto observed that 80% of the income in Italy was received by 20% of the Italian population. The assumption is that most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes.

Take some time this week to see if this holds true for you. In the activities that you do, does the minority (around 20 percent) account for the majority (around 80 percent) of your outputs.

I see this all the time in my life.

I often find myself teaching the Sunday school lesson at our church along with 4 or 5 other guys. Week after week the same group of guys step up to teach the class because out of around 30+ people they are the only ones to volunteer.

I remember as a kid playing soccer one of my coaches said that in a 90 minute soccer game the combined amount of time that you will actually touch the ball is less than 2 minutes… “so don’t screw it up son”.

Even at work, I’m willing to bet that my best work would make up a small chunk of time, say an hour, maybe two. It’s not to say that the other six hours are wasted, but they are spent in less productive ways.

This blog is no exception. This blog, like any other blog I’m sure, receives the majority of its comments from a select few. These precious few take the time to comment on most of the posts that we spend hours creating. And so today we thank them!

Thank you to ALL who have taken the time to comment. It means the world to us. We hope that you will continue to do so.

And an extra special thanks to our top 5 commenters – THANK YOU!

Stop Worrying – About SEO

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

There’s little question to the premise that if you own a website it really does benefit you to know the proper markup to appease the search engines. It’s also important to know a little something about how Google ranks web pages so that you can take the necessary steps to ensure that your website is search engine friendly. And it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a marketing budget to be able to advertise your website.

Once again, I want to be clear, a sound understanding of SEO/SEM can benefit your website.

Now that I’ve said that, some people are spending way too much time worrying about SEO.

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You Could Use An Extra 2 Inches!

Monday, September 10th, 2007

I’m talking about screen resolutions people!

widescreen monitor

Today widescreen monitors are becoming more the norm than the exception. You’d be hard-pressed to find anything other than a widescreen monitor at your local Best Buy store.

In addition, laptops are also increasing their display sizes — that new MacBook has a display that is bigger than my first TV!

You might also recall that in 2003 the New York Times reported that laptops now outsell desktop computers: “Laptops accounted for more than 54 percent of the nearly $500 million in [US] retail computer sales.” This trend continues today. And we know that laptops have always used higher screen resolutions than desktop computers.

So I think we can safely say that widescreen displays and thus higher screen-resolutions will only continue to grow in popularity.

So are we, as developers, taking this into account when we build websites?

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Links for the Weekend, 9-8-2007

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Blogs – The New Tattoo

Friday, September 7th, 2007

KatHave you ever watched the show Miami Ink?

I’m a big fan.

Each week the show takes you into the life of someone who’s come to the Miami shop to get a tattoo. I love watching the tattoo artists work up a tattoo and then apply it to the canvas — the person’s body. But, perhaps even more interesting than the tattoos are the people that receive them. Each person provides a little snapshot of their life and why they’ve come to want the tattoo and what it means to them.

Tattoos are as varied as the people that get them.

Not only is each tattoo different, but the reasons behind each tattoo differ from person to person. A look at “Why people get Tattoos?” from Yahoo Answers reveals:

“People get tattoos for millions of reasons, mostly they mark an occasion, an emotion or a period of life.”

“People often feel the need to decorate their body as a way to keep track of events or state their preference for one activity or another.”

Is it me or does a tattoo sound strangely similar to a blog?

A blog is an expression of who you are. It’s a lasting impression on the web of your thoughts and opinions. And blogs, like tattoos, are as varied as the people behind them.

I know that this blog is a direct reflection of who I am. Start with the design — it’s very symmetrical. I can’t really articulate why I like symmetry as much as I do, but I do. I guess it’s like art — you just like what you like. As for the colors, well they come from a certain Big Ten school of which I am a fan. Then there’s the blog’s topics: web-design, web-development, web-promotion and just about anything else web-related. Most people will tell you that you need to pick a niche and become an authority in that given niche. That’s typically sound advice, but you know what — that’s just not me — I am a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type guy; so I didn’t want to limit myself to a single topic. To thine own self be true has to be more important than picking a niche, right? Lastly, there’s the way in which this blog is run — by a team. I am a big believer in being part of a community. But, I will talk about that in a future post…

What does your blog say about you?

Let’s Be Clear About This!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

If you browse any CSS forums you will undoubtedly see a number of posts where the answer is: “You haven’t cleared your floats.” Although the concept behind the CSS clear property is quite simple it is still a common cause of frustration among newcomers to CSS. This article will explain when and where you need to clear floats and the reasons why this is necessary.

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