Rest in Peace, Flappy bird…

What can be learned about Flappy Bird? It’s that “simple design” is often the most desirable. Just like web design. Lot’s of developers want to add features and designers want to make thing prettier, but if you’ve missed the “basics” the rest doesn’t matter. Read more


What does Goodlife Fitness and Jaunt.ca have in common?

Apparently, absolutely nothing ESPECIALLY in terms of customer service.

As we become more and more of a digital culture and more of our purchasing goes online, I’ve often been challenged with accountability. Companies hide behind their privacy policies and terms of service. They have their teams of Lawyers making sure that the fine print “gets ya.” Even at a customer service level, if you take a look at many larger corporations even before you call customer support, you’re left to question if it’s worth your time. It’s such a pain just to deal with someone and then be pushed up the ladder to to tier two or whatever it is.

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How to optimize images for Retina and high density screens

A long time ago in a previous life, I sold and fixed computers. The specs were simpler,  resolutions reached 1024X768 on a 4X3 screen and the biggest hurdle was “ghosting” that you would get with a Passive Matrix Screen. Life was simple…

But those days are long gone and now that Apple has launched the Retina Display on their newly announced Macbook Pro with a Pixel density of 220 pixels per inch.  This is the first laptop to introduce a high PPI (Pixel Per Inch) count. The human eye from a normal viewing distance can’t even make out the pixels.  Same thing with the new iPad (264 ppi) and the iPhone (326ppi)…  In essence, Computers will quickly become resolution independent.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Scams!

Many of us have heard it before and are hearing it touted here in Barrie and the area. “We’ll submit your website to 2500 search engines” or “Guaranteed to be a top ranking website…”  Yeah? Um,  I don’t think so! They may not be “scams” to speak of, some people may actually be able to guarantee top placement for things like YOUR BUSINESS NAME but that’s pretty easy.

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The quick death of Facebook as we know it.

After watching the lackluster performance of the Facebook IPO spectacle, I’m left to wonder if either:

  1. The investors know something I don’t?
  2. They’re (once again) looking to jump onto a bandwagon that has historically been going up… but ready to come crashing down?

In fact, 9 out of 10 of the top web IPO’s have lost value since going public. The only one that’s kept is positive grounds is Google. But that’s besides the point of this article. The real thing I want to look at is “why” Facebook may be at the end of it’s ropes.

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Facebook falls flat and goes SPLAT!

And the markets close with Facebook falling… Flat.

I’m not going to get into the whole business side of things with Facebook, there’s plenty of other blogs posting about that. But what I’m really curious about is the draw? I mean, Facebook is certainly an online property that has skyrocketed to fame and as of this posting,  is worth more than McDonalds!

It’s estimated that of the 800 million users, each person spends around 20 minutes a day on Facebook.  Snooping on their friends, spying on classmates of years gone by…

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Macbook 2012 Slim or Chunky?

There’s a ton of rumours floating around about the path of the Macbook pro. It seems almost certain that we’ll be seeing a retina like display and the new Ivy Bridge processors, but the verdict is still out whether the profile will be slick and thin, or if Apple will decide to go with a slightly smaller version but pump it full of Battery power for 15…20…30? hours of battery life?

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Creative Cloud For Everyone!

Is Adobe attempting to move to the masses with their Creative Cloud?

I’ve been a user of Adobe products for over a decade now…  From After Effects and Premiere to Flash and Photoshop I’ve seen the products grow, morph, modify and silently been killed off *cough * cough, Director…

But now Adobe is playing with a new model.  A subscription based model. It looks like dropping $4k for Creative Suite master Collection is something that Adobe will stick with for a while, but they’re creating quite the incentive to make their offering “pay as you go.”

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