The Quick & Dirty:

  • 9+ years in the biz, 10 messing around
  • All the latest in HTML, CSS, JS & PHP (Sorry, no .net or Ruby skills yet)
  • Cross-browser compatible code from Photoshop or Illustrator files.. or napkins!
  • Custom Specialities in Wordpress theming & plugins, Twitter & jQuery
  • Subversion, server-log analysis, and blocking hack-attempts (of late).
  • Data/Project Geek. I ♥ timelines.

I’ve compiled some handy PHP functions I’ve had to whip up. More extensive code-samples are also available.

Wordpress-from-Photoshop/Illustrator

Wordpress-from-static HTML

Wordpress-from-Photoshop

Can this be the mobile future?

The world seems addicted to apps & icons. Seriously, what is this, Return to Win3.1′s “Program Manager”?
I’m all about community support.
I’m all about expanding a platform to do cool stuff.
But I also think that a platform should, well, offer basic stuff.
There should, for each app, be a ‘service listing’ which it can or cannot be the default app for. This listing should in every-way be open & available to developers to expand. If I’m taking a photo, why can’t I switch then-and-there between filters or UI’s? Maybe I like the “vintage” filter on one app, but the UI of another? Why can’t these be swappable? Simple solution: style-guides instead of image-icons & UI-wireframes with “zones” instead of hard-coded buttons.
This also takes the form of web-services. Where do you want to keep your bookmarks? Delicious? Opera-sync? Firefox-sync? Dropbox as a file? There are plenty of options, and no “app” is needed for the interface to be consistent. I guess I’m suggesting plug-ins (replacements) for core-services. Surely, if you have a good idea, or like a service out there, why not use it? Trouble is, people like simple. Downloading an app doesn’t usually require any more config than signing in. And I’d hate to return to the days of “which file extension do you wish to associate with this app?” Nobody ever really config’d those either. Next-stop: Google or Yahoo Profiles, where everything is stored & if the phone recognizes that you have recent content in Delicious, well then, it keeps that user-trend going. Or it sync’s ‘em all. Or suggests when a new service is available. C’mon ppl, this isn’t hard!
Second, if I’m in a photo-shooting app, I should be able to switch to a gallery & editing app all while not losing data-context (aka, keep the picture/album in focus).
Third, whatever happened to smart-computing? How is Vision Objects the only decent HWR out there? And why are PDF’s the standard, despite not being (a) open (b) consistent in annotation & searching, let alone text-selection! The other day I was using a screen-reader only to get to page 4 and here nothing but gobbledy-gook! Where went the text? It’s in the docx I converted it from! Sheesh.
Fourth, do I really need another device? Another UI? Why can’t I get a tablet which runs nothing but a vnc-like system a la RedFly? maybe I just want to read & write on a larger screen? Maybe I don’t want another place to lose my files? Maybe I don’t want another UI altogether!

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