Crushed Ego



picture-13I just downloaded a great new app for my iPod Touch by Garret Murray called "Ego". I've heard some really good things about it, so I decided to download it a take it for a spin. I'll just say this, it's a great app. It looks great, and adding widgets couldn't be easier.

Seeing as this is the first blog post I've written in quite some time, it's needless to say that I'm now depressed, as the numbers I'm seeing are very sad. :( Not that I'm making excuses, but this site has definitely taken a back seat to my daughter and my full time job at Google. Hopefully in the near future, I'll be able to show some dedication to this site, and start writing again. In the meantime, go download this app. Regardless of the numbers you see, it's worth the $1.99.

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Fluid: Improves interaction with commonly used websites



When you use a web based email client on a regular basis (Gmail), it can get quite annoying having to go to the appropriate tab (if you use tabs), in the appropriate browser, to check whether or not you've got new e-mails. It would be super nice if I could have an application that I could use to check my gmail account. Well... If you have a Mac with OS X Leopard installed, you are in luck. The solution is a great little application called "Fluid".

What is Fluid
Fluid is an application that allows you to create SSBs for the sites you frequent. What is an SSB? According to Wikipedia, "A Si te Specific Browser (SSB) is a software application that is dedicated to accessing pages from a single source (site) on a computer network such as the Internet or a private intranet. SSBs typically simplify the more complex functions of a web browser by excluding the menus, toolbars and browser chrome associated with functions that are external to the workings of a single site."

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YSlow, which was created by the developers at Yahoo!, is a firefox plugin that analyzes web pages and tells you why they're slow based on the rules for high performance web sites. YSlow is a Firefox add-on integrated with the popular Firebug web development tool. Below is a google tech talk session explaining all about it:
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A great lesson to be learned by this video comes at the 20 minute mark with the discussion on "CSS Sprites". This is a brilliant idea, and extremely simple to implement.

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