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Archive for November, 2010

Element-specific data handling for jQuery plugins

Monday, November 29th, 2010 by Servage
The jQuery Plugin Authoring documentation uses the following example for usage of options for a plugin: (function( $ ){ $.fn.tooltip = function( options ) { var settings = { 'location' : 'top', 'background-color' : 'blue' }; return this.each(function() { // If options exist, lets merge them // with our default settings if ( options ) { $.extend( settings, options ); ...

Another way of defragmenting a Mac

Friday, November 19th, 2010 by Servage
Defragmentation of a Mac computer always triggers different opinions. In various other discussions online you can find very different opinions on the same question. However, it is a fact that your Mac gets slower over time. It's annoying, but it happens. It's nothing unusual. It happens to any other computer as well. Unfortunately it's not a black & white story with a simple solution. There are many reasons for computers getting slower over time, such as many apps running at the same time, hidden services running in the background, fragmentation of data, maybe even wear on mechanic components, such as hard drive. The official position from Apple is that defragmentation is ...

Create a cool CSS-based tab-menu

Monday, November 15th, 2010 by Servage
We received a lot of great feedback for our CSS-based dropdown menu, so I thought it would be time for another little tutorial. This time showing how to create a nice-looking tab-menu, based purely on HTML and CSS. See a live tabmenu example here. First, we want to have the menu code created in HTML. I find that the most appropriate way of doing this, is by creating the menu as a list. Thereby non-supporting browsers will still show the menu as a list, which somewhat resembles a menu. Everyone else will see the cool tab-menu :-) <ul class="tabmenu"> <li><a href="">Overview</a></li> <li class="active"><a href="">About</a></li> <li><a href="">Products</a></li> ...

The Facebook story as a movie

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 by Servage
The Social Network is a movie based on the story of the early days of Facebook. It has hit the cinemas a few weeks ago, and received mixed feedback from critics. How the idea emerged, the initial web app was developed, and how the relationships between the different players - mainly Marc Zuckerberg - pushed Facebook in a successful direction. It is also a story about trust, ideas, innovation, betrayal and big money. Anyone interested in the starting days of one of the biggest Internet startups will very likely be entertained by this movie! Although it is being discussed if the plot is real or not, it is definitely a ...

Sweet icons for your interfaces

Friday, November 5th, 2010 by Servage
In this previous post I presented nice designs for admin panels. Upon request I have now compiled a list of resources for nice icons as well. When creating an admin panel for a web application, often the asthethics fall short. Sometimes because the system is created by technology-minded developers that don't have the eye for layouts. Sometimes just because it's extra work to do it. Nevertheless, when creating a professional website for users, especially when it is a comercial product, even the design of your admin panel matters. So for your own satisfaction and success, I suggest that you put that extra effort into your product development, and ...

Get your Internet content on the TV

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 by Servage
The world of TV is increasingly merging with the Internet. Numerous TV manufacturers have models with Internet access for some apps, DLA clients for content sharing etc. Now one of the most popular media center softwares gets it's own box, ready to run: Boxee. A set top box to play content from storage in your own network or the Internet isn't really a new thing, but Boxee still introduces or combines a few cool old and new ways of doing things. The shape, the remote, the software. I'm sure it's a pretty neat device, but is it really needed? I mean, for you as developers of web content, ...