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Wednesday: July 8, 2009

The ultimate beginner's guide to Applescript.The ultimate beginner's guide to Applescript.

...you don’t have to be a genius programmer to use it. In fact, you don’t have to have any programming experience whatsoever. This article will show you how to write an AppleScript for nearly any application using the simple instructions that come hidden within each app’s framework.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 4:45 PM | Tags (6) | apple | applescript | programming | tutorial | scripting | coding |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 26 Clicks | Posted by Vin


A list of the top five non-technical mistakes made by programmers.A list of the top five non-technical mistakes made by programmers.

Sad but undeniably true.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 1:35 PM | Tags (6) | developer | development | errors | mistakes | programmer | programming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 44 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 7, 2009

Ten CSS tricks to make your website look cool instantly.Ten CSS tricks to make your website look cool instantly.

Have fun.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 7:39 AM | Tags (6) | css | design | programming | cool | website | development |  | Discuss (2) |  | facebook | twitter | 71 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 6, 2009

The hazy future of web typography.The hazy future of web typography.

An interesting read regarding web typography standards and the challenges within.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 4:00 PM | Tags (7) | ars | development | fonts | programming | standards | typography | web |  | Discuss (2) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 2, 2009

Microsoft pulls the curtain back on Kodu, easy video game development on your Xbox.Microsoft pulls the curtain back on Kodu, easy video game development on your Xbox.

Kodu, known originally as Boku, utilizes an icon-based language to allow inexperienced users to create small games with no programming knowledge. Kodu game makers use the Xbox 360 controller to navigate menus, with no keyboard required.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 2:58 PM | Tags (6) | development | gaming | kodu | programming | small | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 1, 2009

New web design book from Dan Cederholm coming out next month.New web design book from Dan Cederholm coming out next month.

I was introduced to Dan's books from a friend and have since encouraged anyone who wants to get into standards-based web development to read his books cover to cover.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 4:51 PM | Tags (6) | design | programming | css | standards | books | development |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


HomeSite has officially been discontinued.HomeSite has officially been discontinued.

This software is still my web editing environment of choice ten years later.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 4:20 PM | Tags (4) | discontinued | editing | homesite | programming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: June 29, 2009

Teams join up to qualify for million dollar Netflix prize.Teams join up to qualify for million dollar Netflix prize.

Two front runners in the contest, Team Pragmatic Theory and Team Bellkor in Chaos, joined forces and submitted an algorithm that was 10.05 percent better than the one Netflix uses to recommend movies to its subscribers. The result was published on the Netflix Prize leader board on Friday.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 7:52 AM | Tags (5) | algorithms | challenge | improvements | netflix | programming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: June 25, 2009

Ten tools to help improve your site's usability on a low budget.Ten tools to help improve your site's usability on a low budget.

A good list of tools for my fellow web nerds out there. I just started playing with Google's website optimizer yesterday.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 7:25 AM | Tags (6) | usability | tools | web | programming | development | optimization |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 23, 2009

Ten ways to instantly increase your jQuery performance.Ten ways to instantly increase your jQuery performance.

Wow, didn't know about the performance boost of using IDs instead of classes.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 3:42 PM | Tags (4) | javascript | jquery | performance | programming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Over forty essential front end web developer cheat sheets just for you.Over forty essential front end web developer cheat sheets just for you.

Makes for some handy nerd wallpaper for your room or office.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 10:40 AM | Tags (6) | cheatsheets | programming | css | design | web | html |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Five pet peeves that designers have with developers (and how to avoid them).Five pet peeves that designers have with developers (and how to avoid them).

All of these instances are very much true.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 7:57 AM | Tags (5) | annoyances | designers | developers | peeves | programming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 19, 2009

Ten reasons why you should be using Firebug.Ten reasons why you should be using Firebug.

If you aren't using this tool and you develop code for the web, smack yourself.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 12:25 PM | Tags (4) | firebug | firefox | programming | javascript |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 22 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: June 17, 2009

A list of twenty-four JavaScript best practices for beginners.

After reading this article I have discovered that my current practices kind of suck.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 7:45 AM | Tags (4) | javascript | programming | practices | tips |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 16, 2009

Daily Grind: Slightly accomplished

Name: Vin (aka glm fanboy)
How Vin feels today: Slightly accomplished @ 9:04:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To mark that this is the first official new daily grind post of GeekLikeMe 4.0. Also state that aforementioned daily grind is now once again a weekday thing - hooray. Oh, and also to continue fixing various bugs with recently launched new version of this site.

Music Stuck in Head: Glory Days / Bruce Springsteen
Mostly because I'm curious to hear how it sounds with Phish as the backup band.

Stuff to do today:

  • Figure out a way to get more sleep
  • Update 'potentially related posts' feature on content pages, group posts together by date rather than list them out
  • Modify XML feeds
  • Figure out if pinging blog services really makes any difference at all
  • Build an auto-pinger just for good measure
  • Move on to less nerdy topics...
  • Pre-order the new Monkey Island games from Telltale at some point before July 6th
  • Yes, Monkey Island: click here for more info
  • Also get credit card ready to purchase Sam & Max for XBLA
  • I heart Telltale Games

Posted to Daily Grind filed in Life @ 10:04 AM | Tags (5) | bugs | dailygrind | phish | programming | redesign |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


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