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7Aug

Retro MacOS Wordpress Theme

In full 1-bit glory

I thought I'd try my hands at WordPress tweakery, and so I thought I'd mark up my first custom theme. For whatever reason, I decided that a rendition of the monochrome MacOS from circa System 6 would be cool - with a few liberties taken for the sake of the web, of course. [read more...]

3Jun

Guest Posting on Wisdump

Followers of fellow weblog Wisdump (née Whitespace) probably already know this, but with owner / 9ruler Scrivs selling the site to Manchester-based Maxafi there was an opportunity for a new batch of writers to write for Wisdump. [read more...]

16May

How Long is the Ideal Blog Post?

On word counts and writing for entertainment

The internet is changing the way we read information. No longer are we constrained by a physical medium - we don't have a fixed number of pages to fill, nor a certain column inch quotient to meet. [read more...]

22Apr

Book Review: The Photoshop Anthology

101 Web Design Tips, Tricks & Techniques (Corrie Haffly, Sitepoint)

Photoshop is a deceptive beast. You can use it day in, day out, to the point where you consider yourself an expert – only to discover some basic functionality or keyboard shortcut that you really could have used some months ago. Perhaps it’s just me – but, for instance, having recently discovered that pressing the Tab key hides the menus, I wonder if there are any more nifty tricks that I’m missing out on. [read more...]

14Apr

Comment on this post?

I’ve been knee-deep in PHP this week, working on a multitude of projects – and I’ve finally found the time to implement bona-fide commenting in the backend Modern Life blog software. [read more...]

10Feb

Windows Vista: Better designed than OS X?

On design challenges and keeping all the people happy, all of the time

This week I gained my first experience with Windows Vista. Whilst it wasn't so much of a 'Wow' starting as a mildly impressed 'Hmm', I do believe Windows Vista is a step in the right direction for the Windows operating system. It may be a couple of years late, but we'll forgive Microsoft for that seeing as they eventually made it to market. Whilst functionally, not all that much has changed, Vista has a lot of swish new minor features and visual chrome that do add significantly to the desktop experience. [read more...]

21Dec

2006 Recap: Best posts

A comprehensive summary of what was hot in 2006

In part 2 of our 2006 recap series, I’ll be listing some of the best posts on Modern Life in 2006. ‘Best’ in this case means the stuff that got the most attention, links, Diggs etc – essentially a run down of the most trafficked pages in the last few months. If you missed any, check them out – you might just like it. [read more...]

18Dec

Why Good Hosting is Important

Or, how a dedicated host cured all my Google woes

Google knows an awful lot about the web, and one of the things the Googlebot tracks is the response time of your pages. If you know where to look, Google will also gladly divulge their data on your site via the Webmaster console, hidden away in the ‘Crawl stats’ section of the diagnostic tab. [read more...]

10Nov

ModernLife Changes

New server, back from the dead, hoorah!

As some of you may (or may not) have noticed, I've been quiet for the last month or so. The good news is that I haven't perished, nor have I tired of writing about web-stuff or general miscellany. Indeed, I've been busy - bills to pay, project meetings to attend and the suchlike. However, I have made a couple of important changes to the ModernLife site - after being on the front page of Digg no less than 8 times, I decided it was time to upgrade my (somewhat flakey) hosting. [read more...]

5Sep

Technorati Rank: In Depth & Explained

Meaningless number or viable benchmark?

Technorati has established itself as the definitive tracker for the blogosphere – with more than 50 million blogs in their index, they certainly have a gargantuan task at hand when it comes to organizing that information. Much in the same way that Google ranks search engine results by link popularity, Technorati keeps track of who’s linked to who in the world of the blogosphere, accumulating data on the ‘authority’ of such publications. One interesting side effect of this is that Technorati can effectively ‘rank’ the entire blogosphere, based on link popularity – but what can this figure tell us? [read more...]



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