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1512, 2011

Screenshots on Macbook running Windows

December 15th, 2011|Categories: General Internet, Tech Blog|0 Comments

I’m running Windows 7 on a Macbook Pro and recently wanted to do a screenshot (without using a special application). If you’re looking for the answer, try: shift + fn + f11.

Hopefully that helps save you 15 minutes worth of Googling :)

2208, 2011

Find that Robot!

August 22nd, 2011|Categories: Front end development, Tech Blog|0 Comments

Find that Robot

Last night Philip and I released our new pet project “Find that Robot“. It’s a small online maps game where the goal is to find the little robot figure at various movie locations around the world.

It’s been a fun project to work on giving us a chance to play with new technology – the site is built using node.js and uses a little bit of HTML5 and CSS3. We’ve also been enjoying writing the content and ‘in-jokes’ that you’ll appreciate if you’ve seen the films.

Check it out and and see if you can get on our Top 10 Scoreboard: Find that Robot

1205, 2011

Fixing your HTML email layout on iPhone and iPad

May 12th, 2011|Categories: Front end development, Tech Blog|7 Comments

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Finding that your html layouts are fine in all clients except on your iPhone? This may be due to text size.

The iPhone and iPad mail client only display text at 13px or higher. If you have specified a lower value than this, the text will be displayed at 13px.

It seems that Apple has done this in order to make emails easier to read on their portable devices however a 1px change can really make an HTML layout look terrible. Text such as disclaimers & fine print really don’t need to be this large, particulary since it’s so easy to zoom in on the mail application.

To prevent your fonts from being resized, you can use this style (inline or header are fine):

-webkit-text-size-adjust:none;



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1204, 2011

Should you hire a Social Media Expert that doesn’t use social media?

April 12th, 2011|Categories: General Internet, Tech Blog|0 Comments

Back when I was at university I was very disappointed to be turned down for a barista job at a well known Wellington cafe, based on the fact that I didn’t drink coffee. I’d had 2 years experience making the stuff as well as having attended a couple of training sessions and thought that I was more than qualified. Now, looking back, I feel they were probably right. Making great coffee isn’t just about science – it’s about adapting quickly to change and knowing how the slightest change in your behaviour can alter the taste. If the weather changes dramatically, you’ll notice this in your fresh grind and will need to adjust your technique to get the coffee right.

I was reminded of this experience recently while working with a Social Media coordinator who wasn’t on Twitter, didn’t use RSS and only used Facebook for work purposes. The question I ask is: Should you hire a Social Media Expert that doesn’t use social media?

Eighteen year old Toni probably would have said yes. Go for it, if they know the theory then why shouldn’t they be hired? Now I feel a little different.

Social media is an ever changing landscape where many of […]

1003, 2011

Improving the speed of your Drupal website

March 10th, 2011|Categories: Drupal, Tech Blog|0 Comments

If you're reading this post, you're probably a Drupal developer with a website that's about as speedy as a child eating brussel sprouts. If you were not the original developer on the project, finding the cause of your performance issues can be tricky. Here are a few things you can do to get your website running faster.

303, 2011

Post Expiry

March 3rd, 2011|Categories: Tech Blog, Wordpress|3 Comments

Post Expiry Plugin

Post Expiry is a simple WordPress plugin that allows you to set a category to move your post into at a specified date. It was initially created for use on Best Competitions to move competitions that had finished into the ‘Previous Competitions category’. read more…

I’m currently working on my website so this is some placeholder text. Hi there! :)