Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Google Analytics Dashboard failed on blank screen with AdBlock Plus

In a recent post I mentioned that advertising on websites can be costly in terms of download bandwidth and CPU processing time. Particularly I have a little Samsung Netbook with a dual-core Atom processor, have an automated ad-blocking service is a must on that device in order for it to remain usable.

Even more recently I noticed my Google Analytics account stopped working and I could no longer log into the dashboard to view the statistics.

I had to find out more...

Monday, 20 May 2013

Bootstrap by Twitter front-end framework

Ok, I'm sold. I'll be switching my projects over slowly, I've already started with OnlyCentral.com and an administration panel. Will be switching my companys tools over as well!

What is Bootstrap?

"We are happy to announce Bootstrap, a front-end toolkit for rapidly developing web applications. It is a collection of CSS and HTML conventions. It uses some of the latest browser techniques to provide you with stylish typography, forms, buttons, tables, grids, navigation and everything else you need in a super tiny (only 6k with gzip) resource. Check out Bootstrap on Github."

In short, it makes your life easier for both simple and complex web development along with providing fantastic cross-browser and mobile support - for no extra effort by you the developer!

I'm sold..

Saturday, 18 May 2013

How advertising is killing the internet

Recently I have become increasingly annoyed at advertising on the internet.

Things that should be banned include:

How to use your Android phone in a foreign country

Smartphones are the best thing since, well, I don't know when but damn are they handy!

Recently during my trip to Istanbul and Gallipoli (Turkey) I found myself in a country which only spoke English when there was money involved. Wanting to learn more about the country, the places I found myself and the food I was eating I decided to try out my Android smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.