I’m going to indulge in a rare bit of tech nostalgia, but not out of sentimentality. It’s for a good purpose! Early Silicon Valley was exciting. It was also rough-and-tumble in both cultural and corporate ways. I thought Apple’s “90 Hours a Week and Loving It” (or other number) t-shirts were insulting and, because they […]
Category: Editor’s notes
Picking (At) a Successful Design
A new client, apropos of nothing, interjected, “Why do committees usually produce crappy design?” That client is not a designer, so it was an insightful question and difficult to answer in concise talking points. We do not intend to enshrine designers, but there seems to be something intangible at play in their best work. Something […]
How Often Do You Update WordPress Plugins & Themes?
We offer to teach most of our website clients using WordPress to update its plugins and themes themselves. It’s typically not a difficult chore, but it is yet another recurring task on a manager’s or entrepreneur’s to-do list. For that reason, we’re hardly surprised when someone asks, “Can you handle it for us?” WordPress is […]
About Web Sites for Lawyers, Law Firms, Paralegal Practices
When any new client chooses us to develop their web site, it an honor and a responsibility. The observations here concern web sites for law firms, in particular. We approach each law firm, paralegal practice, or independent legal professional’s web presence from the ground up, with an understanding of their “business personality,” objectives, and motivation. […]
No Place Like Home Pages — None Needed?
Once upon a time, when the World Wide Web had barely outgrown its blinking, “NEW”-shouting, and “Under Construction” infancy, there were splash screens. From Splash Screens to Home Pages A splash screen was a showy entrance to a web site or to a section of a web site. It was a way for the site […]
Web Browsers and Standards of Perfection
For web developers and designers who, sometimes, push the limits of their tools… It’s old news that different web browsers sometimes have different ways of interpreting web-site code. That’s more true when it comes to newer features of the evolving coding languages, and to our complex or novel uses of them. In all except pixel-perfect […]
Clicks ‘n Taps
Heads-up, copyeditors: in some contexts, “click” and “tap” are in the process of becoming synonymous. We expect that to continue and to bleed into non-technical contexts. “Touch,” however, is almost never appropriate when a more-specific verb is accurate; it’s too lingering for a tap or click, but too short and/or imprecise for a press-and-hold gesture. […]
Of Hype and “The Cloud”
Shadows and silver linings Someone1 on Google+ mentioned: “The hype around cloud reminds me of the hype around outsourcing or programming without programmers. These are marketing concepts, not technical solutions.” To which we replied, as follows. Yes, more hype than usual. Plus, perhaps consumers need a reminder that the model before personal computers was that […]