Monthly Archives: December 2009

What is Brisket?

Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest. While all meat animals have a brisket, the term is most often used to describe beef and sometimes veal. The beef brisket is one of the eight beef primal cuts. According to the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition, the term derives from the Middle English “brusket” which comes from the earlier Old Norse “brj?sk“, meaning cartilage. The cut overlies the sternum, ribs and connecting costal cartilages. Political Cartoon vs Real Diagram

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microsoft paper banner ads

So it seems like a new tend in design is that of having paper cutouts used, especially with some different textures, reminiscent a little of the late 70’s – especially for advertisements. Microsoft is getting on board with the trend, which means that it is popular enough to be OK to use in the mainstream, but it also means that it is not so fresh and cutting edge (because MS just doesn’t do that!)

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Intuitive Usability / User Experience / UX

UX hero says it best: Ambiguity compounds stress by making the path unclear. When it’s not clear what will happen when you press a button, or whether “undo” is possible, you have to think harder and longer before taking action. See the complete UX article

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XSL stands for EXtensible Stylesheet Language

XSL stands for EXtensible Stylesheet Language, and is a style sheet language for XML documents. XSLT stands for XSL Transformations. In this tutorial you will learn how to use XSLT to transform XML documents into other formats, like XHTML. Start learning XSLT now!

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Information wants to be free

“Information wants to be free” is an expression that has come to be the unofficial motto of the free content movement.

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Top U.S. Companies by Sales

Here is a list of the top 1800 US Companies by sales. This is listed in alphabetical order (sorry) but does include the location (city, state) and phone number of the companies. Check out my other datasets. The list includes the top 1800 U.S. Companies by sales, as well as the top fortune 1000 companies of 2009 , and the Forbes 2000. Name City State Phone Cash America International Inc Ft. Worth TX 800-223-8738 21st Century Insurance Group Wilmington DE 800-443-3100 3Com Corporation Marlborough MA 508-323-5000 3M Company St Paul MN 888-364-3577 7-Eleven, Inc. Dallas TX 972-828-7011 99 Cents Only Stores Commerce CA 323-980-8145 A. O. Smith Corporation Milwaukee WI 414-359-4000 A. Schulman, Inc Akron OH 330-666-3751 AAR Corp. Wood Dale IL 630-227-2000 Aarons, Inc Atlanta GA 404-231-0011 Abbott Laboratories Abbott Park IL 847-937-6100 ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Orlando FL 407-851-0000 ABC Supply Co. Inc Beloit WI 608-362-7777 Abercrombie & Fitch Co. New Albany OH 614-283-6500 ABM Industries, Inc. New York NY 212-297-0200 Accenture New York NY 877-226-5659 ACCO Brands Corporation Lincolnshire IL 800-222-6462 Ace Hardware Oak Brook IL 866-290-5334 ACH Food Companies, Inc. Memphis TN 901-381-3000 Activision, Inc. Santa Monica CA 310-255-2000 Actuant Corporation Butler WI 414-352-4160 Acuity Brands, Inc. Atlanta GA 404-853-1400 Acument Global Technologies Troy MI 800-544-6117 Acxiom Corporation Little Rock AR 501-342-7799 Adams Resources & Energy, Inc. Houston TX 713-881-3600 ADC Telecommunications Eden Prairie MN 952-938-8080 ADESA, Inc Carmel IN 800-923-3725 Administaff, Inc Kingwood TX 281-358-8986 Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose CA 408-536-6000 Advance Auto … Continue reading

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Mod Rewrite on ASP Server

To create rewrites (mod_rewrite on Apache servers), you will need: Access to your .htaccess (Apache) file or httpd.conf (IIS) file in your root EE directory Mod_rewrite enabled on your server (Apache on Windows or Linux) ISAPI_Rewrite enable on your server (IIS for Windows Only!) If using IIS, you can accomplish this using ISAPI_Rewrite, see this thread. There is also a resume services (Microsoft Permissive License)and instructions for using it in this thread. If using Apache on both Windows and Linux you will need to have mod_rewrite module enabled and active. The code contained in this section was posted on the EE forums, we claim no credit for it and no responsibility for what happens if you choose to use it. Mod_rewrite can be a tricky thing, so if you run into problems, search the forums, and otherwise you’re on your own! :) thanks Expression Engine

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Web Design: Don’t overuse your Logo font

Quite a few people make the mistake of using their logo font in their web page design. While this approach does keep consistency between the fonts, it makes the logo look less like a “mark” or “brand” and more like part of the web page. When creating a logo, try to use a non-standard font, something that is off the beaten path, and outside of the Microsoft standard load. Consult a graphic designer to make sure the font “says” what you want it to say. And stay away from Comic Sans.

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jQueryUI Position – A nice job on visual documentation

I love the documentation provided for jQueryUI’s position

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Heredocs and Nowdocs in PHP

A here document (also called a here-document, a heredoc, a here-string or a here-script) is a way of specifying a string literal in command line shells including all the Unix shells (sh, csh, ksh, Bash and zsh) and the Windows PowerShell and in programming or scripting languages such as Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby. It preserves the line breaks and other whitespace (including indentation) in the text. Some languages allow variable substitution and command substitution inside the string. The general syntax is << followed by a delimiting identifier, followed, starting on the next line, by the text to be quoted, and then closed by the same identifier on its own line. Under the Unix shells, here documents are generally used as a way of providing input to commands. from Wikipedia Example Heredoc Syntax <?php $str = <<<EOD Example of string spanning multiple lines using heredoc syntax. EOD; /* More complex example, with variables. */ class foo { var $foo; var $bar; function foo() { $this->foo = ‘Foo’; $this->bar = array(‘Bar1’, ‘Bar2’, ‘Bar3’); } } $foo = new foo(); $name = ‘MyName’; echo <<<EOT My name is “$name”. I am printing some $foo->foo. Now, I am printing some {$foo->bar[1]}. This should print a capital ‘A’: \x41 EOT; ?> NowDocs Nowdocs are to single-quoted strings what heredocs are to double-quoted strings. A nowdoc is specified similarly to a heredoc, but no parsing is done inside a nowdoc. The construct is ideal for embedding PHP code or other large blocks of text without the need for escaping. It shares some features in common with the SGML <![CDATA[ ]]> construct, in that it declares a block of text which is not for parsing. A nowdoc is identified with the same <<< seqeuence used for heredocs, but the identifier which follows is enclosed in … Continue reading

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