The art of surviving the long haul flight

On Tuesday I will make the 30+ hour journey from Manchester to Auckland. As something I have done countless times, you might say I’ve become quite the experienced long haul flyer. But it doesn’t seem to come any easier. In fact, once the novelty wears off it all becomes a lot harder – suddenly the inflight entertainment system isn’t interesting, you have seen all the movies, the food is overfamiliar and the duty free has been bought before. I am...
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Transparency Gradients using CSS

The latest site I’ve been working on has used gradients, but with one end resulting in transparency. Here’s a quick demonstration of how you get there with CSS. #canvas { background: #FFFFFF; /* Well hello, useless IE! */ background: -moz-linear-gradient( /* Firefox transparency gradient */ center top, rgba(255,255,252,1) 100%, /* Opaque White */ rgba(255,255,252,0.1) 5% /* Transparent White */ ); background: -webkit-gradient( /* Chrome and Safari transparency gradient */ linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(1.00, rgba(255,255,252,1)), /* Opaque White */ color-stop(0.05,...
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The Morals of SEO: Why not to play it dirty

As web developers, we have clear web standards that guide us to see what is right and wrong. In SEO, unfortunately the laws aren’t quite as clear. In fact, there are barely any laws at all – something that a morally competent practitioner can find incredibly frustrating. Because there are absolutely loads of so-called SEO “experts” out there all too willing to play it dirty to get what they want in the short term. One of the reasons for why...
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My Social Media Top 5 Essential Guidelines

Five quick things that I believe to be essential to good social media. 1. Treat everyone online as you would offline. If you wouldn’t say something to their face, don’t write it. If you wouldn’t want your Mum to read it, don’t write it. 2. Stay away from anything remotely controversial. And preferably, political. 3. Don’t ever use Social Media to sell. People will turn off. Instead think of it as a branch of PR… your best foot forward. Bring...
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