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SWAT Analysis: Movie Review – X-Men Origins: Wolverine

May 4, 2009 at 8:55 am

The second SWAT Analysis is now up on YouTube (first one here). Jared gives a hilarious summary and review of the new X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie. If you haven’t seen the actual movie, this will contain spoilers… sort of. If you have seen it already, you will totally understand what is going on. I generally enjoyed the movie, but there were some things that were pretty hokey, and Jared points these out very well. Check it out:

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I must be a robot because CAPTCHAs are too hard

May 2, 2009 at 7:25 pm

So… I have gotten a few funny CAPTCHAs recently as I have signed up for some services online. CAPTCHAs are those extra parts of sign up forms on websites that ask you to read and type in some sort of distorted-looking word. You probably think they are annoying (and I happen to agree with you), but they are a good way to reduce the amount of spam on websites due to attacks from spambots and other automated programs. reCAPTCHA is one of the more secure (and accessible) CAPTCHA services available. In fact, it is so secure sometimes that I even have a hard time signing up for things when they are protected by reCAPTCHA. The few I have had recently have either been completely unreadable or have contained characters that you can’t actually type. I mean, you can get them by using the Windows character map, but who wants to do that? Here are a few hard ones:

Hard CAPTCHA 1

Umm… I think the first word is the name Gwinn followed by a period. The second word? Not sure at all. I think it might be something like “höara”. Anyone else have a better idea?

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Today’s Browsers Wars – some visualizations and statistics

April 20, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Ten years ago, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator were still fighting each to be the most popular web browser. Internet Explorer won the battle… easily, in fact. Support for Netscape finally ended in 2007, and since then Netscape has only been a byword. Shipping with (and being a fundamental part of) Windows has given IE a near monopoly over the web browser market. Is it the best web browser? Back when it was just IE and Netscape, I preferred IE. Now I would take any of the other browsers over IE. Ever since Firefox emerged in 2004, we’ve seen a change from what browsers were, to what they can be. We’ve seen innovations like tabbed browsing, speed dial, useful extensions, greater web standards support and faster JavaScript engines. It is also no surprise that these innovations are not coming from Internet Explorer; they are coming from all the newer browsers. Because of this, the market for these other browsers are growing.

Icons of some of the more popular web browsers

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SWAT Analysis: Tax Time – The first SWAT Report

April 18, 2009 at 9:45 am

The SWAT Analysis is a new set of online videos featuring writing and acting by Jared Nielson (my brother-in-law and the same guy who did the Ninjormon). This first one brings some humor to tax day. Check it out, and share it with your friends.

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Latest web development articles on the web – April 8th

April 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm

These are articles that have to do with Web Development that I have bookmarked. You can view all of my bookmarked articles on my Google Reader page.

Recent Blog Posts

  • 10 Places to Find Absolutely Free Vector Graphics
    Wednesday, 8 April 2009, 11:00 am
    Vector graphics allow the preservation of quality within an image. These graphics at times offer superior quality over the traditional (raster) image formats, such as Bitmap. This means that if you we. […]
    Posted by Joel Reyes
  • Getting Started with Magento Ecommerce!
    Wednesday, 8 April 2009, 2:00 am
    Magento is the next generation of eCommerce! It is incredibly well architectured, fully flexible, scalable, and fun to work with. If you’ve ever thought about creating an online shop, Magento is you. […]
    Posted by Max Berndt
  • Photoshop Tutorial: Partial Color With Layer Masks
    Tuesday, 7 April 2009, 12:00 pm
    I’m going to show you how to make a black & white image with selective color, using a very powerful tool in Photoshop called Layer Masks, and painting on these layer masks using the Brush Tool. We. […]
    Posted by Charles McNally

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Facebook Discussions: Favorite Email Providers and Web Browsers

April 7, 2009 at 9:07 pm

My new favorite thing to do on Facebook is to have discussions on my wall via the comments. I propose a question or thought as part of my status update, and then everyone else supplies their opinions by leaving a comment on my status. It’s fun. This past week I asked about Gmail and web browsers. I took a screen shot of both discussions. Read through and feel free to comment here if you didn’t get a chance to on Facebook.

Gmail

I have been using Gmail since 2004 (the year it started) and I have always felt that it has been way ahead of the competition in terms of features, usability, and speed. However, I also have a Yahoo, Hotmail, Live Mail, and a few other accounts. I use these all for specific things (like handling spam). Gmail has always just worked well for me. It has features that I can’t live without anymore like labels (better than folders), search, filters, chat, labs, themes, todo list, etc. You can read more about Gmail on their blog. Let’s see what everyone else said.

Gmail Facebook Discussion

Web Browsers

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Urgent: Latent computer virus is said to activate on April 1st

March 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm

A vicious computer virus (worm) named “Conficker” has been infecting computers since October last year. The virus is supposed to activate itself tomorrow (April 1st) with unknown consequences. The virus with its current forms has already proved itself to be both extremely pervasive and resilient to removal. Is it a giant April Fools’ joke? Some think so, but it’s up to you to decide. Read this article from PCWorld to learn more about it and how to remove it.

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My friend Richelle sings and dedicates a song to Christian and Stephanie Nielson

March 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm

I chanced upon this video of Richelle Talbot singing on YouTube last night. It is from October, but I never new she did this. For those of you that don’t know, my friend Richelle has an amazing voice. You are about to find out for yourself. She recorded this cover of Held by Natalie Grant in her dad’s studio and dedicated it to Christian and Stephanie Nielson, who are survivors of a terrible private plane accident last August. Christian and Stephanie miraculously survived, but were severely injured. Stephanie, who got the worst of it, received burns on about 80% of her body. They have both recovered, and are trying to return back to normal life. However, the costs of months of hospitalization and dozens of surgical procedures along with other things have been insurmountable. If you would like to help them, find out how by visiting the Nie Recovery website. Also, there is a benefit concert being held Saturday, April 18th at 7:00pm in the Gilbert High School Auditorium (Gilbert, AZ). Christian and Stephanie are cousins to Penny, so we would love it if you helped them.

Anyways, Richelle is awesome. Check out this YouTube video of her singing.

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Giant, Razor-Clawed Bioengineered Crabs Pose No Threat

March 12, 2009 at 11:05 am

I, for one, am in total agreement with the team at the Onion News Network. I believe these giant mutant crabs will be able to aid humanity in ways that we can’t help ourselves.


Experts Agree Giant, Razor-Clawed Bioengineered Crabs Pose No Threat

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My Blog Articles on HTMList.com

March 8, 2009 at 11:28 am

Last summer as an intern at Synapse Studios, I contributed several posts to the company blog. Since we are a web development company, most of my posts had to do with web development. Here are the links to each of those articles in case anyone is interested. They are listed in reverse chronological order.

HTMList Logo

This post is also on HTMList. It wasn’t written by me, but it was written about me.

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