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What can I do with my iPad?

December 28, 2010, 12:28 am

’Tis the season. A friend of mine was gifted an iPad for Christmas. After ‘32 hours of playing Scrabble,’ she asked me what else she can do with it. This is the list I sent her.


December 21, 2010, 12:12 am

I started at Tapulous 5½ weeks ago. Last night we launched version 4 of the most downloaded app (not just game) ever on the iPhone App Store, Tap Tap Revenge. Almost instantly, it vaulted to #1. Yeah, you could say I’m pleased.

I’m a bad tribe member.

September 26, 2010, 1:26 pm

On teh internetz, badges and ribbons are a signifier of tribal affiliation. I’ve taken part before, like during the height of the election crisis in Iran and in support of internet freedom in New Zealand. Today, I questioned whether linking to pages in Mozilla’s excellent Developer Center JavaScript documentation is the best way of boosting its Google juice. How dare I?!

CSS Fast Nav: Because (perception of) speed matters!

April 9, 2010, 9:04 pm

There must be 80 million tutorials for turning unordered lists into pretty navigation using CSS. This is not #80,000,001. Here, I focus on one detail that often gets overlooked: how to give the user the perception that her click had an immediate effect. In this post, I borrow a little inspiration from and show you how to give your site fast nav.

When is a global variable not a variable?

April 7, 2010, 1:37 pm

I’ve started reading Dmitry Soshnikov’s excellent series, ECMA-262-3 in detail. I’m only on chapter 2 and I’ve already learned a thing or two. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to know JavaScript at a deep level.

Our misguided culture of cool

April 2, 2010, 10:30 am

People who know me might find it amusing, if not ironic, that I’m riffing on what’s cool. As the dad to two pre-teen daughters, I’m well aware that I’m not hip. But, perhaps with experience comes insight, so I offer my 2 cents on the subject anyway.

InSTEDD: Open Source Software that saves lives

February 26, 2010, 12:34 pm

I gave a 20x20 talk at the Auckland Web Meetup last night (my last one before I move back to the States!) on the humanitarian software organization InSTEDD. The following are my slides with notes.