June 2012 Entries

2 small random but useful tips for web developers

Did you know about protocol relative hyperlinks? Seems they’ve been around for a long time, and I’d certainly never seen them used before. Incredibly easy to make sure users never see any mixed content warnings. I seriously can’t believe I’d not heard of this sooner – is it news to anyone else? Make a div into a link – this is something I’ve needed to do a few times, often when a designer has delivered a design that includes a top div as a logo area using an image as a background where it just feels natural to want...

PhotoSynth is now available for Windows Phone

Like many others, I find it a little ironic that Microsoft PhotoSynth has only become available for Windows Phones in the past couple of weeks. Still, it’s a cool app, so go grab it if you have a Windows Phone – although note that it functions best with devices that have a gyroscope.

Umbraco v5 R.I.P

Umbraco v5 RIP is the first time in a while (or possibly ever) where I’ve read about a piece of software going “backwards”. 5 has become an overly complex system that has turned into the very monster Umbraco was originally created as a reaction against.  The community was not involved in its development, with one of the results being a highly complex set of code which also means the community will never HAVE the option of being involved with its development.  This goes against everything Umbraco stands for.  Within the community there was a great...

The terror that is the Domainz NZ website

Domainz (unsurprisingly)  provide services around Domain name registration and renewals here in NZ. I have nothing against Domainz, other than the fact that they sell themselves as “The Kiwi Webexperts”. I personally don’t use Domainz for any of the hundreds of domains I own, however some of my customers have, so I’m often forced to use their customer portal. There’s 2 main issues I have: The customer portal doesn’t actually allow you to do anything useful When ‘managing’ a domain, there’s basically 2 options. “Redirect to an Existing Website” where you can enter a single IP...