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Archive for December, 2010

When do we have universal control?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 by Servage
It's time for a little hardware review again. Often hardware fulfills it's purpose and works acceptable, but sometimes I'm just surprised how big the gap between the expected and actually experienced value of a product. Take the Logitech Harmony One universal remote control as an example. I find a lot of ads for this type of product from Logitech at the moment, so I guess they are pushing the technology now. And honestly, the concept is pretty damn smart. Instead of having one remote for each of your electronic devices, you just need one. And instead of programming them individually to achieve a certain goal, you use activities. That means ...

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24th, 2010 by Servage
I wish you all a merry Christmas out there! And if you're not one of the people celebrating this holiday, enjoy yourself watching all the others stressing around to get things done in time for Santa's arrival today or tomorrow. Maybe someone could tell me why some places get presents Christmas eve, and some on Christmas morning? Or is it just to allow Santa enough time to get around to everyone? I hope you get a great time with your family, and may your wishes come true for some nice electronic gadgets, or whatever you have wished for. Feel free to submit your wishes regarding topics for our blog by submitting a ...

Last-minute holiday stuff

Monday, December 20th, 2010 by Servage
The Christmas stress is moving into our lives again. Like every year... Have you gotten all the presents yet? If not, you could choose one of the following great (read: crappy and useless) gadgets which we presented last season: The Christmas tree (lights powered via USB) The Christmas Stocking USB stick The Santa USB hub combined with pen-holder If not, you might want to start getting creative. Even with overnight-super-express-shipping it is getting close! In case you're totally frustrated with the organization of wish lists. Who wants what, who gives what to whom, and what's already bought two or three times? Try Whishlistr. It's a pretty nice service to solve some of these ...

Jumpstart your jQuery plugin development

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 by Servage
I stumbled over a very usefull service called "Starter" which helps you quickly jumpstart your jQuery plugin development. After specifying a few simple settings for your plugin, it creates a ready-to-use plugin code, so you don't have to do all the basics over and over again for each plugin you develop. See it here: Very usefull and intuitive! There should be many more such little helpers out there :-) Starter follows the general guidelines for plugin development and adds a few more of it's own. It's a nice way to build your plugins' basic structure, and the concept could almost be regarded as a jQuery Plugin Framework.

Use CSS-based grids for website layouts

Monday, December 6th, 2010 by Servage
In the beginning of the evolution of the world wide web, we saw many websites relying on table based layouts. Actually, it was pretty genius, because it took a two dimensional table and build the layout of the website within it. However, the table had one major problem. It wasn't meant to be used like that and ruined the logic of the page. A table element should be used to represent tabular data, not layout. This is why the div and span element comes in handy today for modern css designers. These are elements you can use more freely, and still create both proper valid HTML code, and nice design. ...