How Demand Media Could Ultimately Fail

Low Pay For Poor Content Does Not Make For Relevancy I have been going through the new-writer resources at Demand Media, and I have to say, they have a variety of good resources to help an aspiring writer emerge as a true author, journalist or publisher. With the IPO a few weeks ago, one must wonder whether Demand Media will be able to meet a long-term obligation to provide relevant content. Here is what I…

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Facebook Capitalization Could Mean Leak of Facebook Financials

NY Times Reports $500-Million Investment In FB By Goldman Sachs and Private Russian Investor Facebook.com has reportedly received a massive infusion of capital, according to the New York Times today, in a $500-million investment from Goldman Sachs and a private Russian investor. No word about whether the investor is also vested in Facebook’s Russian counterpart,VKontake.ru. The deal puts the value of Facebook at $50-billion. The size of the investment will likely mean the people at…

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iPad CSS Issues Leave Us In The Gutter

Safari Mobile Web Works Differently Than Terrestrial Webkit The iPad has brought with it exciting possibilities for mobility and cloud computing, and it has brought some design headaches for website developers. A new series of standards is not the issue. The issue is the portrait versus landscape variations of the iPad’s display, and depending upon the orientation of that display, your site will have to adjust to the variable “x-y factor”. For those of us…

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Serve Self or Document Root

One of Those Noob PHP Issues That Is Easier to Resolve Than You Think It’s well after midnight, and it’s time to go to bed. We’ve put a new site online today, making for a total of three websites deployed in the past week. So, this wonderful little PHP issue comes up rather frequently because it’s a common bug we create, that we then have to fix. We are not infallible. The issue at hand…

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A Required Moment to Rip A Registrar To Shreds

There So Little Time, But GoDaddy Just Pissed Me Off I have little time for shenanigans, bullshit and what-nots, obfuscation, dilatory games, and fuckwads. I have even less time to to write about them. But this time the exchange with GoDaddy over Incident ID 9463164 just finally pissed me off to the point it must be shared. Let’s start with the reCaptcha API. I have used it across multiple websites for over a year, and…

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CSS Cheat Sheet

With The Approach of New CSS Standards, Some Help For the Transition We’re heading to CSS 3.0, which is already here but not widely supported by every browser. Standards-based browsers, like Firefox and Safari, support most of the new CSS tags, of course. Among them, the ability to finally apply drop-shadows or rounded corners to your divisions (think the ) . Of course, if you’re still using tables for layout (as we do on many…

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Designs That Produce Clicks

Online Sales Are More Likely With Simplicity As The Design Scheme As the Internet has evolved, the use of websites for commerce has become so common, we hardly muse about its implications any longer. The idea of a website without some form of payment gateway, particularly for websites selling products and services, seems almost laughable. This was not necessarily the case even five years ago. Today, people have become so web savvy, as they say,…

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Semantic Networks Versus Semantic Web

The Difference In Driving Traffic With Content Versus Metacrap We love¬†Cory Doctorow’s¬†description of the potential irrelevance of meta tags. He calls it metacrap, primarily because the tags, which are read by search engines and algoriths, are prone to falsification, they become outdated, and they are often simply not included. Considering the ability of machines to read tags is a critical facet of Semantic Web, or Web 3.0, one has to consider the implications of metacrap…

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Developer? Joomla-er? Word Presser?

Clone Wars Strike Back Online As DIY Snags The Internet The Attack of the Clones has gone online. This is a Star Wars reference, of course, but it really has nothing to do with George Lucas’ magnificent entertainment “empire”. Strike that. It does, in a way. Remember, in Attack of the Clones, how a clone army was being built in secret, only to be propitiously available for use by the Jedi when the separatist worlds…

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WordPress, Joomla, and Front Page, OH MY!

We Share Our Own Unique Approach to Development A recent bout with a case of bad business caused me to think long and hard about the kind of development platform we use. We don’t use a platform. We build everything from the ground up. It does explain why our sites tend to not look like everything else that’s pressed out on the web. The remarkable thing about this skill is how today’s newer, alleged developer…

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