Cropping and centering fixed-size elements with CSS

Cropping and centering fixed-width elements with CSS Cropping and centering fixed-width elements with CSS seems, at first view, a fairly simple procedure. But in truth, it's actually a little more complicated. This week, one of my students asked me if I could show him how to make sure that the mid-point of an image always remained in the dead center of it's container as the browser window was scaled. It's fairly simple to use responsive CSS to scale the image down as the container resizes with the browser, but this wasn't the goal - the requirement was that the image [...]

Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks - Strategy, Print, Web, Coding, E-Learning, E-Commerce A happy new year to everyone! I hope that you all had a good holiday and are keen to get back to work! With that purpose in mind, I'm finally about to deliver on a promise I made some time ago. I'm going to create an area on this website purely devoted to helping people get good advice on a number of topics, particularly in the area of design, development and maintenance of websites, mobile applications, e-commerce and e-learning. This will take the form of a Blog, and it'll be a [...]

Android co-founder jumps ship

Andy Rubin leaves Google to set up startup incubator for hardware technology. Rubin sold Android to Google in 2005 and ran the Android development until 2013 when he moonwalked to head up the "moonshot" robotics project team. Now Rubin's focus will be more on hardware than internet services. It'll be interesting to see what his tightly-focussed and entrepreneurial ways will do to hardware development. Google/Android's tight hand-in-glove partnership with Samsung might have persuaded Rubin that a more open arrangement would be better for the end user and his share portfolio so hopefully his team will come up with some really funky that [...]

Using Web Fonts

Tips on using Web Fonts Many times I've found myself wondering what font or typeface has been used on a website, particularly in these days when the availability is not restricted to just what the end user has installed on their local computer system. Being an ex-typesetter from the days when type was set in metal, and leading (line-height) was actually a piece of lead, I've always been fascinated with type. For a long time, web browsers have disallowed the use of fonts except for the most pedestrian and over-used varieties, and as the general public we've been punished unduly [...]

Website Design & Development : WordPress Tip

Remove P tags around images in Wordpress. Here's a Wordpress tip that solves the annoyance about WordPress  in the way it adds paragraph tags around images when you put 'em on posts and pages. This can play havoc with spacing and styling and I simply can't stand having to write extra CSS just to correct the problem. So here's a simple REGEX pattern that leaves the images untouched. To employ this, you'll have to open your Theme functions.php and add the code to the end. The best practice approach is to add it to the functions.php file in a child [...]

Website Design & Development : Experience Relaxation and Healing

We're thrilled to announce the launch of the Experience Relaxation and Healing website. After some intense consultation, we're confident that this wonderful crew of healers will get exactly what they need from this website. It's responsive, functional, and beautiful to look at. Experience Relaxation and Healing

Johnny Depp. Singularity. Transcendence.

Johnny Depp. There, I've said the name. Now  the story. Johnny Depp's new movie 'Transcendence' has been savaged by critics : 'Sleepy-eyed Johnny Depp is an implausible genius in this unclever sci-fi movie about artificial intelligence' and  'Johnny Depp is less attractive here than Zoolander'. Personally I couldn't care less about Johnny Depp's facial hair - what interests me is the concept of artificial intelligence and the idea that the entire consciousness of a human being could be uploaded to a computer. A brain in a bottle. The concept is certainly not new and whether the Frankenstein factor exists or [...]

Facebook and Google buy high altitude drones

The news that both Google and Facebook have spent billions of dollars buying up technology companies is not new. Google has bought at least eight top robotics companies, spent masses of cash buying the artificial intelligence company Deepmind and acquired the high-altitude drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace. Facebook, on the other hand, has bought Instagram, the photo sharing network, WhatsApp, a messaging company, Oculus VR, a virtual reality company and Ascenta, the aptly named company that creates high-altitude solar-powered drones that can stay airborne for weeks. Conspiracy theorists might speculate that the drones are all about keeping tabs on you, but [...]

NSA denies knowledge of Heartbleed Security bug

NSA didn't know about the  Heartbleed Security bug - or so they say. Everyone loves a good conspiracy story , so when Bloomberg reported that the NSA had been aware of the potential for exploitation for at least 2 years, the White House and US intelligence agencies replied on Friday that neither the National Security Agency nor any other part of the government were aware before this month of the "Heartbleed" bug. They wholeheartedly deny that the spy agency exploited the glitch in widely used web encryption technology to gather intelligence in order to obtain passwords and other basic information used [...]

Heartbleed Security Bug

Heartbleed Security Bug - Will you be affected? There's been a flurry of news on the web over the last few days about this because clearly some of the major news services needed some front-page pull.  The vulnerability has been common knowledge for over a year, and the affected versions have been available for at least two years. Let's get a few things straight before you start running around like headless chooks changing your passwords, moving your Internet Service provider and generally making life difficult for yourself. What is Heartbleed? The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular [...]

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