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Web Development

Anatomy of a Website Redesign

Recently, I began the long and difficult process of redesigning the EduTech website. The current layout was designed by me shortly after I transitioned into the web development position in the fall of 2003. Because our organization is state-funded and is part of the North Dakota Information Technology Department, we were under heavy pressure to […]

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Web Development

That Whole AJAX Thing

After getting my mail today, I was happy to see two of my favorite groups of people together at last: InfoWorld and 37Signals. In the current issue, Infoworld has a really good article titled The Browser Reloaded, which is all about the newest Big Thing in web development: AJAX. In it, they interview several of […]

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Web Development

Web Development at Work

I just realized that it’s been a very long time since I last mentioned what I’ve been doing at work for the several months. In a word: lots. I’ve added PHP programming to my list of web development skills, which previously focused mostly on HTML and CSS. What does all of that mean to you? […]

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Web Development

CSS Frustration

I’m currently trying to get rid of some persisting CSS bugs in the web application I’m developing at work, and it’s starting to make my head hurt. I’ve got a fairly complex CSS layout with a lot of floats, some of which are side-by-side. When viewing a couple of the pages in Internet Explorer, a […]

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Blogging

Required Reading for Movable Type Users

Everyone running their blog with Movable Type should grab some of their favorite beverage and sit down for a few minutes to read the Six Apart Guide to Comment Spam. This guide was just released yesterday, and offers good background information about how comment spam is accomplished and also offers a good list of recommendations […]

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Misc.

Bloghost Update

On Monday I finally took possession of the berbs.net domain name from Jace Herring at Bloghosts, who will officially shut down their web servers on Saturday. Last week I was convinced that my domain was gone for good after reading that the 19 year old Jace is now apparently a drug addict. Because of that, […]

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PHP

PHP Power

I’ve been getting InfoWorld magazine for several years now, and have grown to respect the opinion of their columnists and reviews. For this reason, I was happy to see #18 in their article titled The Top 20 IT Mistakes: Underestimating PHP. “Serious” programmers have long dismissed PHP as the “Visual Basic” of the web, meaning […]

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Web Development

What Does A Guy Have To Do To Find A Good Web Host?

One month ago today, I found out that my web hosting provider, Bloghosts, suffered a catastrophic loss of data, which they claim may have been intentional. Because, of this, they are closing for business as of January 1st, 2005. I have to say that in the year they have been hosting this weblog, Bloghosts has […]

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Blogging

Movable Type Upgrade

No sooner did I install MT-Blacklist yesterday when Six Apart released Movable Type 3.1. This is a Good Thing, but unfortunately, the version of MT-Blacklist I installed yesterday is not compatible with MT 3.1. So, I manually removed the Blacklist plugin, deleted its database tables, upgraded Movable Type, and then finally installed the new MT-Blacklist […]

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Business

SEO – Not So Good?

Seth Godin has some good insights into the business of search engine optimization (SEO) today in a post titled “The problem with search engine optimization“. He provides good reasoning why he believes that most of the benefits of SEO simply aren’t worth the money. Basically, it comes down to this very important point: spending lots […]