Flash: #superfail

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 in geek stuff | No Comments

Nuff said, really. While I really hate Flash*, I think it would be a good thing for Adobe and Apple to dry their legs and become friends again, so we could play nicely with this horrid programme. *Note, I don’t hate THE Flash** **Yes, I KNOW there are a mix of Marvel and DC guys […]

Responsive Web Design

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 in blog, copywriting | No Comments

What is responsive web design? The term Responsive Web Design was coined by web designer Ethan Marcotte (http://unstoppablerobotninja.com/) in an article on A list Apart (http://www.alistapart.com), and it basically amounts to a new way of designing and developing websites to ensure that the design is optimized for all possible types of browser window displays, resolutions,  […]

5 Common PHP security issues and how to address them

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 in blog, copywriting | No Comments

PHP has developed into the most popular language for programming on the web, but like all languages, it has its weaknesses. Described below are some of the more common areas of vulnerability found in PHP web applications and suggestions on how they can be managed and prevented.   1. SQL injection What is it? One […]

The importance of Web Accessibility: how to build an accessible website

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 in blog, copywriting | No Comments

1. Introduction Definition Accessibility in its broadest sense is the ease with which one can access, read and understand the information on a web page. It is influenced by many factors including disability, the browser being used and the functionality supported by the user’s browser.  In order to design an accessible site, the web developer […]

A history of HTML

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 in blog, copywriting | No Comments

HTML was invented by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee with a support team at CERN. He is currently the Director of the W3C, the group that sets technical standards for the Web and vets and approves changes to HTML versions. HTML or HyperText Markup Language is a subset of SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) […]

A history of the Open Source movement

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 in blog, copywriting | No Comments

Wikipedia defines Open Source culture as “the creative practice of appropriation and free sharing of found and created content…where participants in the culture can modify those products and redistribute them back into the community or other organizations.” The concept of Open Source had its roots in ‘hacker culture’ and the “Free Software Movement” which was […]

A history of the Internet

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 in blog, copywriting, portfolio | No Comments

In 1957, the US Department of Defence established the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), later renamed the TheDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency (or DARPA) in 1972. In 1962 Paul Baran, of the RAND Corporation (a government agency) produced a report on the potential for establishing a network which would enable communications between decentralised locations in […]

Service #win: Mailfire goes above and beyond

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 in geek stuff, marketing, web design | 2 Comments

This is a post that is way overdue, and to those about whom it is written, I apologise for my tardiness. It is another work-related post, but allow me to allay your fears, dear readers, that this trend toward the serious is not permanent and all manner of frippery, tomfoolery and lollygagging will soon return […]

The new DA website (2009) – my two cents

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 in geek stuff, marketing, politics | 3 Comments

I very seldom write about work on this blog as it is largely dedicated to pure self-indulgence, and the two really don’t mix in my experience. That said, last week saw the culmination of nearly two years of effort in putting together the DA’s new website, launched last Thursday and that definitely merits a mention. […]

Branding after the fall

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 in graphic design, marketing, politics | One Comment

So it’s official…the world is in the worst economic crisis since the great depression and that’s no laughing matter. Some very near and dear friends and family have been cast into very dark places by the goings on in international markets, and a lot of people out there are wondering for the first time what […]