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Creating Creative QR Codes

QR codes are so hot right now, and clients are going gaga for them. They want them on their brochures, flyers, business cards, etc. Some even want them on their websites, but we bitch slap educate them and move on. 

Protecting Passwords

I’ve been using LastPass for a couple of months now, and it’s actually brilliant. Basically it stores all of my passwords securely online and by means of a browser plugin can automatically fill in all my online forms without storing the info in the browser. This is great at work where I don’t want to store my passwords in Firefox for all to access! I can also access the passwords via their site, or an iPhone app. What it also means is that I can replace the one password that I pretty much used everywhere (Yes, I know!) with unique 20 digit, alpha, numeric and special character passwords. Much more secure!

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Premium Pixels Image Gallery In HTML

I’ve taken the Premium Pixels Image Gallery Design (PSD) and turned it into HTML, as a means of testing what I can do with CSS3. I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve been able to accomplish using CSS rather than images.

Getting Busy With CSS3

I’m a big fan of Premium Pixels, by Orman Clark and love his little freebies that he gives away every now and then. What annoys me about them is that they’re just designs, I want it to work! For ages I’ve sat there going “I wish someone would code these up!”. Can you see where I’m going with this one? For ages I’ve also wanted to play with CSS3 and see how far I could push it. Cue eureka! moment…

Designer Slash Model

This brilliant mockumentary from Digital Kitchen is a bit of an oldie now, but still makes me laugh every time I watch it! Check out Designer Slash Model for some more funny clips and content! Remember, perfect people create perfect designs.

Why I’m Considering A Distributed Version Control System

I’ve been using Subversion for a good few years now, it’s saved my bacon many a time and I really believe that everyone should a Version Control System in place, however, whilst Subversion has served me well, I do have a few issues with it.

Portfolio, Portfolio, Portfolio

We’re currently recruiting at work for a new developer, which means I have the pleasure of sifting through all of the emails coming in from Monster. There are so many people out there that just don’t have a clue when it comes to what applying for a job in our industry involves.

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Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Yes, that is the sound I just made. I’ve just bought myself a shiny new toy! My old laptop is four years old, so it was high time I replaced it and Lion just came out so that was just the excuse I needed! :D

It’s So Hard To Find Good Help These Days

I can’t deny it, I’m in love with Campaign Monitor’s support team. They’re amazing! Not only do I get a reply in about 6 hours, but it’s from a real person, who speaks English! As if that wasn’t good enough, they’re genuinely nice people with a sense of humour too.

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Server-side Validation With filter_var()

I’ve recently been using PHPs filter_var() function to validate input on forms. Instead of having to remember a decent regular expression or create my own I can now reference one of the validation filters available. There are also sanitize filters which can be used to (wait for it) sanitise input. I know they don’t cover every eventuality but I’d rather use them than a regular expression, and definitely for sanitising input. Using filter_var() is also faster than doing a regular expression with say preg_match() which is good, but doesn’t really make that much difference on the scale that I generally use it.