Archive for July, 2008

Social Engineering

July 31, 2008

Gotta love this video showing how to get into all the hot clubs in Australia by posing as the DJ.

Too bad techies don’t need to go to hot clubs and/or don’t know what to do when they get there… 😉

[via Schneier]

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Amazon S3 goes down

July 28, 2008

Amazon posted a lengthy description of the “Availability Event” which occurred on 07/20/08. It is fairly technical and an interesting read…for a certain kind of person. 😉

Here’s my favorite line:

“we won’t be satisfied until performance is statistically indistinguishable from perfect”

I just can’t figure out if this is supposed to be reassuring or not. Maybe for a certain kind of person…

Firebug + extensions

July 22, 2008

Firebug is a highly regarded Firefox extension used for troubleshooting and accelerating web development. Firebug’s emphasis is on browser-based aspects of webdev: html, css & javascript.

Just as Firebug is an extension to Firefox, extensions exist for Firebug. Webmonkey recently listed their favorite Firebug extensions and some seem interesting. YSlow sounds slick and the optimization suggestions it is based on are well worth reading. PixelPerfect might also be handy for the Interactive Designer types.

Code folding & regions – considered harmful?

July 7, 2008

I don’t know how much use we make of regions and editor code folding but this Coding Horror post appealed to me. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that code is readable – now and in the future.

The Problem With Code Folding