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17 year old builds ‘artificial brain’ to detect cancer

by on Aug.02, 2012, under cool, development, science, technology

In an amazing display of pure talent, a 17 year old by the name of Brittany Wenger has taken first price is the google science fair by creating a computer program that detects breast cancer with an accuracy of 99.1%.

To read more about this very talented youth, visit:

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The Cicada Principle and Why It Matters to Web Designers

by on Apr.08, 2011, under development, Internet, web design

One would not have first thought that the amazing world of cicada spawning cycles and web design have anything in common at all. However, through this insightful article, Alex Walker shows us that irregularity in our designs can lead to beautiful solutions.

when you notice a distinctive feature — for instance, a knot in some woodgrain — repeating at regular intervals, it really breaks the illusion of organic randomness. Maybe we borrow some ideas from cicadas to break that pattern?

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Jo JavaScript Framework: Cross Platform Demo

by on Oct.08, 2010, under CSS, development, Javascript

There are a lot of javascript frameworks out there, but none has impressed me like this for a while. Jo is a lightweight multi-platform framework leveraging functionality from HTML5 and CSS3. Coupling this framework with PhoneGap, allows the web application to be ported to mobile devices such as iPhones and Blackberry’s quite easily.

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Raphaël: Vector Drawing JavaScript Library

by on Sep.01, 2010, under development, Javascript

Dmitry Baranovskiy and his team have released another version of Raphaël, an excellent javascript vector drawing library.

“Raphaël is a small JavaScript library that should simplify your work with vector graphics on the web. If you want to create your own specific chart or image crop and rotate widget, for example, you can achieve it simply and easily with this library.”

For more information, visit the Raphaël website:

For an amazing demonstration of its animation features, visit:

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Rasmus Lerdorf Discusses PHP Performance

by on Aug.05, 2010, under development, PHP

For all the PHP tech heads out there,  here is a fascinating and insightful presentation by Rasmus on PHP Performance and the identification of Bottlenecks. He mentions some really cool tools such as HipHop and Siege.

Thanks steve for sharing this link with me!

“After a quick overview of some of the new features in PHP 5.3, he gives us a detailed and practical look into PHP performance pitfalls. He walks us step by step through the tools and techniques to optimize an application, showing us some remarkable improvements in the performance and throughput of WordPress installation. You can view the slides online here.”

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ExtJS Designer Preview

by on Oct.22, 2009, under development

From the depths of the Official ExtJS Blog, Aaron Conran has recently posted the first previews of the ExtJS Designer.

With features such as:

  • Duplicating Components
  • Transforming Components
  • Undo/Redo
  • Configuration Searching
  • Auto Updating
  • Screenshots

the interface is definately looking pretty slick! Checkout the screencast below, for a quick preview of as many features they were able to cram in

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How to create a space (&nbsp) using the DOM

by on Sep.01, 2009, under development, Javascript

This is a problem which stumped me when I first started to experiment with creating elements dynamically. A couple of simple methods I have found to work are:


or the Unicode equivalent:


Hope this has been able to solve many a headache!

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Fixed positioning for IE7

by on Aug.19, 2009, under CSS, development

Let me begin by simply stating that it would be so much easier if everyone stuck to the standards and played nice!

With the release of IE7, came a semi-adherence to CSS standards and finally acknowledgement of fixed positioning. so why does it not work when I specify position:fixed; within my css? well, this is a problem that continues to annoy me but is easily overcome.

The problem lies within the doctype as specified by your HTML Page.  Simply specify (the strict mode equivalent should also allow for fixed positioning):

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN”

and it should rectify the problem :-D

For further information on element position from a microsoft point of view, visit

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "">
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Shortlist of the best development firefox extensions

by on Aug.12, 2009, under development, Firefox

logo-onlyAnytime I need to build up a new profile for myself, these extensions are always the first to install.

Web Developer

Author: Chris Pederick
This tool is a godsend. Its the little things like modifying stylesheets and HTML on the fly, viewing generated source (as opposed to what is initially delivered) and the highlighting absolute/relative elements. But these are just a small number of the wide variety of tools this toolbar provides. Fantastic work chris! looking forward to see what other contributions you make in the future.


Developer: Parakey, Inc.
Now this is the tool i have been waiting years to use but just wasnt available! there was of course the javascript console provided by netscape navigater, but then all of a sudden a dry spell of nothing.  Basically, this tool allows you to Edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.


Developer: Alex Sirota
Another very handy tool! This firefox extensions allows you to get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program. Tools like this just make things a whole heaps easier! especially when you couple this with a tool like adobe kuler ().


Developer: Yahoo Inc.
YSlow analyzes web pages and why they’re slow based on Yahoo!’s rules for high performance web sites. this is a great finishing tool! fully recommend it


Developer: Christopher Dom
Enables you to log to your Firebug Console using a simple PHP method call


Developer: Kevin A. Freitas
This tool draws out a ruler to get the pixel width and height of any elements on a page. Fantastic tool! Well done Kevin!


Developer: Nighlight Productions
A Free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers


Developer: InformAction
Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks


Developer: Arantius
Allows you to customize the way a webpage displays using small bits of JavaScript – provides a flexible framework for expansion – love your work arantius!

HTML Validator

Devloper: Marc Gueury
Adds HTML validation inside Firefox and Mozilla – fantastic development / finishing tool!

Live HTTP Headers

Developer: Mozilla Development Team
View HTTP headers of a page and while browsing


Developer: Andy
It will capture what you can see in the window, the entire page, just a selection, a particular frame… basically it saves webpages as images – either to a file, or to the clipboard. Great for sending designs to management or clients!


Developer: Fonlabs
Just in case you cant find a memory stick and your hard drive is full, this tool will allows you to use your Gmail Space (4.1 GB and growing) for file storage.

Dummy Lipsum Generator

Developer: Sogame
As the name suggests this tool generates dummy lipsum text – very useful for laying out fake content in your site!

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