Monthly Archives: October 2009

Two things we can learn from the Left 4 Dead 2 Demo release debacle

1. How not to delay a release The thing about deadlines is that sometimes, even when you’ve done everything you possibly could, they still get missed. It’s not always your fault, but nobody cares; once it’s late, everyone will blame you. And if you’re Valve, they will be loud and bitter and increasingly annoying. But […]

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What is a Font Stack?

Font Stack (n) : A list of several fonts provided from a website to a browser via CSS from which the browser will chose a font with which to render the associated text. eg. font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; This is a pretty simple concept to understand. To show text on screen, the browser needs to […]

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What Makes for a Good Domain Name?

A domain name is the unique, human-readable address of a website — the stuff in your browser’s address bar after “http://” but before any subsequent “/” characters. This blog actually has two domain names: dan-menard.com danmenard.com Both redirect to the same content, but each serves a different specific purpose (which we’ll get to in a […]

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Are Google Wave invites to blame for recent Hotmail/Gmail phishing attacks?

I have no idea how the recent Hotmail/Gmail account compromises actually took place. What follows is a simple hypothesis based on a somewhat embarrassing anecdote. Like many of you, I am currently waiting for an invite to Google Wave. Imagine my joy when this came across my inbox one Tuesday morning: Subject: Google Wave invite […]

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Does Chrome Frame do more harm than good?

There’s been a bit of buzz around the web lately after Google proposed a solution to the IE6 problem in Chrome Frame. While it seems like a great idea up front, there’s actually quite a bit of controversy behind whether or not this is a valid solution. Read on for a quick summary of anything […]

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