Source Control Tools

Aug 06, 2008

H.O. Studley Tool Chest

The limitations of your tools are your limitations. Choose your tools wisely. More...

Sidewalk Chalk

Aug 05, 2008

Shakespeare may have thought All the world's a stage, but Julian Beever thinks all the world (or at least the sidewalk) is his canvas. Mr. Beever has some interesting artwork he calls pavement drawings.  I don't think he actually digs up the sidewalk (pavement if you live in the UK), but it sure looks like it.

Visit Julian Beever's site to take a look at his portfolio of interesting chalk drawings.

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NASA Visible Earth Pictures

Aug 04, 2008

NASA has a list of several (over 100,000) visible earth pictures at NASA Images. Many of these images are quite stunning as is this one titled The Blue Marble.

NASA Earth North America

ISP Speed Test

Jul 30, 2008

At the Raleigh office, we recently upgraded our Time Warner Road Runner business class plan to 5 Mbps down, 1.5 Mbps up.  If you have to verify a speed test, the best site I've seen is at Speedtest.net.

Speedtest.net provides a very interesting looking graphic interface along with some very interesting comparison statistics.

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Microsoft Product Support Lifecycle

Jul 30, 2008

Did you ever want a reason to upgrade? Before you start a new project on a mature stable Microsoft technology, you might want to check to see if it is still supported.  Microsoft typically provides support five years after the product general availability.

For example, did you know that Microsoft .Net 1.1 mainstream support ends in October 2008?

For more information on currently supported products, refer to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Index. More...

Does Shading On Tables Improve Readability?

Jul 14, 2008

Jessica Enders has an interesting article at A List Apart on Zebra Striping: Does it Really Help?

Her main points considered are does it increase accuracy, or speed.  The raw statistics don't show anything statistically significant.  The readers did report a 46% preference for zebra striping, but 36% said they didn't care.

I believe that anything that improves the readability, or visual appeal of information is going to be helpful to users.  I also believe that with wider screens and more space between columns, the striping is more helpful. More...

Visual Communication

Jun 19, 2008

It often takes so much effort to gather data in the first place that we rarely take the time to put the data into a visual form. If we take the time to present information visually though, it can have a much greater impact on recognition, retention and comprehension. More...