Why god why – Helvetica Neue must die!

by Anthony on July 13, 2011

I’m seeing a very ugly trend on the web today.  Lots of people having taken a liking to “Helvetica Neue” font.  Why is that?  It renders terribly.

This image shows what Helvetica Neue looks like on my home PC, my work computer, and my laptop. About 60% of the time I click through to a site using this font, I’ll close it right away. It’s just that hard to read.

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Bike Storage in Australia

by Anthony on January 25, 2011

Jack Sinclair is a pretty impressive kid.  When he was 15, he and his dad rode their bicycles across Australia. And I mean west to east, not north to south.  In a family of cyclists, they have a lot of bikes – and bikes are always tough to organise.  You want them to be out of the way, but not so much that you have to move boxes before you go for a ride.

Enter this little beauty: A ceiling mount bike lift!

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Phishing Calls – “Your Computer Has a Virus”

December 14, 2010

I’ve had a few strange phone calls lately. The first few said they were calling from Microsoft, the one I just had said he was calling from “PC Tech Support”.  They’ve all been the same though.  They always ask for me by name, too. The caller, a very friendly fellow with an Indian accent, explains […]

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Update to Simple Sitemap Plugin

September 28, 2010

I’ve just uploaded an update to my SimpleSitemap plugin.  It now supports shortcodes, custom titles for All In One SEO plugin and Thesis theme, and a few other goodies.  Read more…

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WordPress Plugin: IP Allowed Script

November 30, 2009

Sometimes you want to show your WordPress site to someone before you’re ready to properly launch it. This plugin creates an “Allowed List” of IP addresses.  If you’re not on the list, you see a generic “Coming Soon” page. The admin panel lets you view your list, and remove IP’s you don’t want.  You can […]

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Thesis Theme 1.5 with WordPress 2.8

May 20, 2009
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I’ve been playing with the newest version of WordPress (2.8), which is due to be released in the near future.  It features a completely new way of writing Widgets, so I’ve been testing that out. I discovered a clash with my favourite wordpress theme, the Thesis framework.  Took me a little while to figure it […]

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Australia Post = Australia's Ghost?

March 30, 2009
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I heard the most wonderful stream of profanity at the office today.  Funny story, really.  The long suffering Sinclair women (Brendon’s wife and daughter) have fled the country.  They’re spending a few weeks holidaying in Europe.  And no, the profanity wasn’t because Brendon and his boys are starving without Mel to cook for them.

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WordPress Plugin: Link Hopper

March 29, 2009
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At work, we’re running some affiliate sites based on WordPress.  Standard practice is usually to pipe affiliate links through a /hop/ script.  We typically accomplish this by creating a .htaccess rule to redirect /hop/(.*) to hop.php, which will determine what hop was requested, and redirect based on that. It’s a pretty tidy method, but still […]

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Thesis Tutorial – Creating New Widget Areas

March 28, 2009
Wordpress Thesis Tutorial - extra sidebars for extra widgets

[NoticeBox text="This tutorial deals with the Thesis wordpress theme. It may not mean much if you haven't worked with Thesis before."] The wonderful Thesis wordpress theme comes with two sidebars which are very configurable.  You can insert widgets into either sidebar, exactly as you wish. But what if you want to put a widget somewhere […]

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Tailored gets recognition

March 28, 2009
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It’s always nice to receive recognition for your work. At my workplace, we’ve taken to using the Thesis theme and WordPress together for a lot of sites.  This combination gives us powerful content-management capabilities, backed up by a highly-customisable design framework and strong search engine optimisation.  When you add some custom-built plugins to the mix, […]

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