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Smarty date timeSpan plugin

If you use Smarty for your templating engine, I’m sure you’ve had to format dates to different formats before. This is a handy modifier plugin which converts a date into something human friendly such as “2 minutes ago”, “Tuesday at 3:52pm”, or “March 12 at 6:49am” much like Facebook does. Works great for comments and [...]

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PHP Image Resize – generates thumbnails on demand

I wrote a single file PHP Image Resize script that allows you to generate thumbnail images on demand, and thought I would share it with everyone. It actually generates a new jpg image on demand in the correct size, caches it for later use, and displays it. Its very helpful when creating an image gallery, [...]

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Google makes fun of IE

Yesterday was the first day of the Google I/O 2010 Developers conference. During the keynote speech, Vic Gundotra (VP of Engineering for Google) was talking about HTML5 and how there are APIs to allow developers to create better web applications. A graph was then displayed showing past, present, and future adoption of these APIs by [...]

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Steve Jobs puts Flash on its death bed

On apple.com, Steve Jobs posted an article about his thoughts on Flash. The last paragraph sums it all up by saying…
“New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on [...]

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Phoenix Framework

I developed a framework for us to use at the office for web applications. Its very lightweight and fast. The only part I think I need to optimize is the view – but it works for now. The framework is built for web applications, and not really for content sites, though it will work great [...]

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Google Maps Navigation for Android

Google Maps for Android has a “Navigation” feature which isn’t currently available to iPhone users. This feature turns Google Maps into a turn-by-turn GPS device, with text to speech. Meaning, it will read off exit and street names to you to assist you. It has quite a few interesting features.
Traffic / Travel Time – Tells [...]

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UI design VS. Database design

Recently I’ve been doing allot of database planning for an eCommerce related product. In the process of doing so, I realized one problem allot of beginner and intermediate programmers have is properly designing a database schema. It seem’s the database structure almost always matches the user interface structure. This sounds logical, however can actually limit [...]

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Robot chassis

I completed the build-out of my robots chassis last night. Its exactly a square foot, and about 8 inches tall. It was a pain getting the training wheels mounted to the motors – but I finally got them mounted after some fabrication work. Anyways, here she is so far…

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Build your own HTPC (Home theater PC)

Building your own HTPC (Home theater PC) is a great learning experience for anyone who likes tinkering with computers. This entire project took about 7 hours, and less than $300.00. This can get a little technical, but with a little time and research – it pays off greatly. You can also buy gaming CPUs that [...]

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Google Calendar Syncing

Today I was setting up my netbook as a community computer in my kitchen, and was thinking what I would be using it for. One of those things would be to check and update my calendar. So, I decided to use Google Calendar and was happy to see that all the sites I keep events/calendars [...]

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