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Rethinking the way we design web sites for higher pixel density displays Sun, Jul 07, 2013 New laptops like the one I got and "retina" ones, and tablets above 200 pixels per inch are very hard to read when the web is viewed at 100% zoom.  All text is about 6 or 8 points like that.  These displays squeeze 1080p or higher resolutio... Read More

Is Google Public DNS actually better then your ISP? Sat, Jun 29, 2013 For a long while now, I've been using Google Public DNS, but lately, I have been getting slow DNS performance and more issues with sites loading.  I was curious on if it was actually better then my Road Runner (Tampa Bright House) DNS server. I... Read More

Becoming known for building the finest components as a web developer instead of rushing towards customization & integration Fri, Jun 14, 2013 Here is the vision I try to paint for the people I work with.  Often it feels like we are addicted to making money off a few high budget clients and it seems hard to replace that with something else.   One way to expand on your web de... Read More

Allowing other developers to manage custom development via a web server proxy Thu, May 30, 2013 Today, I realized it is possible to configure my web server to proxy the request through to a remote server for the purpose of allow collaboration between multiple developers without causing security concerns.  This would allow the content to ap... Read More

Is web development bad for you? It feels like it to me. Tue, May 14, 2013 I'm having the worst time right now doing any work at all.  I have seemingly permanent health issues with my eyes/neck/back, which are cutting my work days short and making computer work feel stressful most of the time.  I have managed howe... Read More

Why I won't sign a non-disclosure or non-compete contract with a client or web development company Wed, May 01, 2013 If someone wants to work with me, they need to realize a few things which may be different they hiring other web developers. I believe in free software. It is important that I maintain ownership of the work, so that I can ensure that I can distribute... Read More

Peace of mind promises by hosting companies are often clever marketing with little substance Tue, Apr 16, 2013 What I find with hosting companies is that downtime is usually related to software problems rather then the network or hardware. When it comes to network or hardware, the hosts I've used (Rackspace, theplanet, softlayer, liquidweb, 1and1, godaddy, h... Read More

Hot rod your PHP app with Caucho Quercus and start learning Java technologies Mon, Apr 15, 2013 Caucho Quercus is a commercial solution for accelerating PHP applications that starts at around $700 for a single processor.  They rewrote PHP to run on the Java Virtual Machine, which is a pretty amazing feat.  Caucho was able to optimize ... Read More

A plan for scaling a CMS to multiple servers Mon, Apr 15, 2013 This article attempts to discuss how you could go about converting an application that is designed to run on one server to run on multiple servers.  Jetendo CMS is my application and it has its own unique issues to solve, but most of this articl... Read More

Considerations when implementing high availability for a web application Wed, Apr 10, 2013 If you host an web application, do you want to make it fault tolerant? Will you use high availability to scale out to multiple servers? To what extent would you take this? Below, I discuss how you might answer these questions for yourself. I help ... Read More

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